Stylist helps breast cancer patients feel beautiful after treatment

Women have unique post-treatment concerns

COOPER CITY, Fla. - Facing a diagnosis of breast cancer is daunting but just as difficult for many women are the physical changes they experience during treatment.

"As time went on, I'd look in the mirror and couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Lisa Jordan, who was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in December 2011.

Hair stylist and make-up artist Olivia Smalley has had many clients face the same struggle.

"If you can find it in your heart to know that you are still the same person, nothing has changed about you except your physical appearance," said Smalley.

At the Blown Away Hair Salon in Cooper City, Smalley went to work on Jordan's biggest areas of concern.

"We started with her hair, which is just growing back from her chemotherapy treatment," said Smalley. "Since it's short, I went with that pixie look made so popular by Halle Berry and we spiked it a little to give it an edge."

Treatment left Jordan without eye brows or lashes, an easy fix with an eye brow pencil and some lash extensions.

"Wow, that made such a difference," said Jordan.

Then Smalley addressed Jordan's complexion with foundation that had more yellow undertones to counteract the redness in her skin.

"When you're going through chemotherapy, your skin changes, your tone changes," said Smalley.

Skin can also turn grey and dull.

"Using a little bit of a highlight and bronzer mixed to put around your face will give you back that glow," said Smalley.

With hair and make-up complete, Jordan chose a new outfit to finish off the look.

"I look at myself in the mirror and I go, 'Oh my God, look at me!' I've never looked this beautiful and I will remember this forever," said Jordan.

To reach the Blown Away Hair Salon, call 954-3925592.

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