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Trevor Sorbie Makeover With Maeve Stenson

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


Re - knowned stylist Trevor Sorbie will be giving a very deserving lady a fantastic makeover.

We have a very special lady in with us today to receive a once in a life time make-over. Celebrity Hair Dresser Trevor Sorbie is here with some brand new hair for 21 year old Maeve Stenson who has just began Chemo for Breast Cancer. He is joined by celebrity make-up artist Annie Gribbin who will transform Maeve's face make-up routine and Tanya Grimson will give her a brand new style.

Maeve Stenson  - Makeover Nominee
Maeve Stenson is 21 she is from Leixlip in Co Kildare and has one sister (Dawn) and a nephew (Shane).  She has just qualified as a nurse and was away working in America for the summer on a J1 when she found a lump in her breast. This did worry her a little as her mother (Kathleen) had suffered from Breast Cancer before but she waited the three weeks until she was home until she had it checked out.

On 24th August she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go for surgery on 14th September to have her breast removed and a full reconstruction done straight away. This she said was a very grueling operation but psychologically, the only way she could deal with the ordeal was to have her breast reconstructed before she had even seen it.

She began her chemotherapy last Thursday and although she felt sick on Friday she feels fine now, this will go on for 6 months, for the first three months every three weeks and the last three months every week. She is also participating in a clinical drug trial for a new drug on the market which allows her to take drugs orally rather than having to go to the hospital every week for intravenous injections. After Chemo therapy and drug therapy she will need radiotherapy. So although her hair hasn't fallen out yet, it is inevitable that it will.

She said although this has changed her life completely she is trying to be positive about it and she has a huge amount of support from her family and friends.
She has long straight, thin brown hair and although she would like to keep it like it is now she realizes there will probably have to be a fringe cut into her wig to hide the line so this will be different to what she is used to. She describes her style as casual but she has her graduation in December so we are going to give her a makeover which will include beauty products and an outfit for that occasion.

Trevor Sorbie - Renowned Celebrity Hairdresser
Trevor Sorbie is a world renowned hairdresser who has won British Hairdresser of the Year four times. A pioneer of cuts and styling techniques, his frequent television appearances and range of haircare products have made him a household name.  His latest project, Wig Head, aims to educate hairdressers on how to cut wigs for clients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy or other illnesses.

Annie Gribbin - Celebrity Make-up Artist
International celebrity make-up artist and creator of FACE 2 Annie Gribbin is one of the country's best known make up artists. She has made up everyone from the Taoiseach to the Pussycat Dolls. Her career has taken her around the world working with Celebritys including Kate Hudson, Alicia Silverstone, Debby Harry, U2, The Corrs and The Sugababes. Having been listed in Angela Phelan's 2006 "Who's Who in Ireland: The Influential Irish" as THE pioneer of the professional makeup industry in Ireland. Annie's experience is often called on. Most recently, Annie has written a chapter featured in Sarah Traynor's "How to Have A Champagne Wedding on a Bucks Fizz Budget".

Annie Gribbin has been one of the great pioneers in the Irish Cosmetic Industry since establishing herself as a professional makeup artist and entrepreneur in 1989.  It was then that she opened the doors to her hugely successful Make Up For Ever store, now situated on Clarendon Street, Dublin and created her own signature cosmetic range, FACE 2.

Annie has worked on the faces of many celebrities worldwide including Alicia Silverstone, the Corrs, Pierce Brosnan, U2 and Samantha Mumba to name but a few. She has worked in New York, London and Ireland alongside Paul Costello, John Rocha and Louise Kennedy.  At present she is working on Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler, as they undertake their European music tour.

Tanya Grimson - Super Stylist
Our fabulous fashion stylist Tanya Grimson has come on board to make Maeve's day even more memorable. House of Fraser in Dundrum has kindly let her have the pick of the shops to choose three potential outfits for Maeve's graduation night. Once Maeve has her hair and make up styled she will choose her favourite outfit from the three Tanya has and this one she will be allowed to keep for her big day.

About Trevor's My New Hair
Hair loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells, healthy cells as well as cancer cells. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair. If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic: clumps in your hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on your pillow. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time.
Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms.

The extent of hair loss depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for how long. Battling cancer is hard enough, without having all your self confidence taken away with the loss of your hair. For most women, losing their hair is unbearable and incredibly difficult to deal with.

It was Trevor's personal experience 3 years ago helping his sister in law when she lost her hair that inspired him to help others. He says 'she had a clumpy wig so I cut it. It was her reaction when she saw herself in the mirror that really hit me, she just burst into tears. That's when the penny dropped, that I could really help people that needed me. I knew then it was more than just a hair cut. How can a patient feel positive and strong when their self image has been rocked by baldness? Giving women back their hair, hair that looks natural, attractive and feminine gives them back a little of the confidence to face the world in their darkest hour.'

Trevor's Top Tip
99.9% of women looking for a wig after hair loss want the same style as they had before. He says 'the best advice I can give to people looking for a wig is not to go to department stores as they don't have much of an arrangement. The best thing to do is go to an actual wig shop and take a recent colour photo of your hair before treatment into the wig store - that gives the sales assistant exactly what to look for...'

Trevor says 'it's important to me women all over the country can get their wigs cut and feel great about themselves. Cutting a wig is a bit like cutting a hedge or creating a sculpture! It's really important the hairdresser's trained as cutting a wig is nothing like cutting a normal head of hair! In my experience, most wigs have about 40% too much hair in them and I normally concentrate on first removing the bulk and then customising the shape to suit the face. I nearly always use a razor because I feel that sculpting a shape and reducing bulk is much easier using it.'

About The Clothing
Purple top - €60 - by Untold at house of fraser
Black ruffled skirt - €110 - by linea at house of fraser
Black cropped jacket - €160 - by linea at house of fraser
Black velvet dress - €160 - by linea at house of fraser
Purple belt - €40 - by untold at house of fraser
Black cropped jacket - €160 - by linea at house of fraser (same as previous jacket)
Red silk dress - €130 - by linea at house of fraser
Black jacket as before
Black clutch - €40 - by untold at house of fraser
Black dress - €130 - by Linea

There are also salons in Ireland which cater wig hair styling:-
Roches Hair Solutions:
They are one of the first companies to bring hairpieces into Ireland over 40 years ago and have been supplying wigs for Cancer and Alopecia patients for the past 15 years.

Combining the traditional skills of wig making with the latest innovative hair advancements such as Monofilament-top, and Demalite wigs, they carry a huge range of wigs from classic styles to current fashion trends including hi-lights, low-lights and even tri-lights. Because of their hairdressing background they can, when necessary, cut and shape wigs to suit each individual client, thereby personalising your wig.

They also offer a comprehensive after care service which ensures that wigs are kept in excellent condition. If you lose your eyebrows and/or eyelashes, they can also provide alternatives along with information on how to care for your scalp and your new hair when it starts to grow back. They visit hospital as well as go to your home, or you can come to their salon and have the wig made and styled to suit you. They provide a very personal service here in Dublin at Roches hair salon.

Roches Hair Solutions
153 Lower Kimmage road,
Dublin 6w
Phone: 01 4926829 / 0872053464
Andrew Mulvenna Salon
16-18 Montgomey Street,
BT 14N
Phone: 028 902 49191

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