Even though the surgical lamp was beaming light onto her eyebrow under fives times magnification, I just couldn’t see the needles or hair strokes anymore. The warm tears had steamed up my glasses. I was just too overwhelmed by God’s mercy and grace to continue. I had to stop and show her what I was seeing.
Amber had come to me several months ago with bright red Sharpie eyebrows. That happens sometimes with Alopecia patients when they have their eyebrows tattooed on because they have no hair. The color goes all wonky after a few years.
Correcting Amber’s brows required a two step process. First, tattooing over them with an almost green shade to cancel the red. When she returned eight weeks later after they had healed to an ash brown color, we proceeded with the second step; microblading hair stokes into the brows to give them a 3-D appearance.
After Amber and I wept together for quite some time, we were able to pull ourselves together enough to continue. With each stroke, I kept thinking how devastated she must have felt when a man came up to her in the mall and said, “You would be so much more attractive if you didn’t draw on your eyebrows.” My prayer as I worked was that each little hair
stroke would erase some of the humiliation and embarrassment Amber had suffered over the past thirty five years and give her back what the alopecia had taken.
Amber’s Alopecia started when she was three. She has three children. Her fear is that it may have been passed on to one of her children and that they would suffer as she had. Not if I can help it.
IF YOU HAVE NO EYEBROWS DUE TO ALOPECIA, I WOULD BE HONORED TO OFFER MY SERVICES AT NO CHARGE.
YOU PAY WITH A SMILE .