This week Leo was back in the ITV studio to create some more amazing Makeover Magic! Three women with with amazing stories where treated to a day with Leo to give them a new start and a magical christmas to remember.
Leo’s makeovers have recieved such an amazing response from the public and have become one of the ITV’s most watched features!
Earlier this week I had the privilege of working with three extraordinary women. ITV This Morning invited Debbie, Janet and Doris onto the show to discuss one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment – hair loss and re-growth. Each of the ladies had undergone various types of chemotherapy and had lost different amounts of hair. Anyone who has experiences hair loss knows that it can take away your confidence, and leave you feeling less feminine.
Debbie used to have straight hair but it grew back curly and she didn’t know how to manage it. For Debbie it was a learning curve, she had to figure out how to style her new hair and make it work for her. I gave her a permanent blow dry, which removes frizz and controls curls and taught Debbie how to blow-dry her new hair at home.
Janet ‘s hair fell out as soon as her chemo began and it had been pride and joy. Loosing it had a massive impact on her but thankfully it grew in quickly. Janet had a good amount of hair but was in desperate need for some texture and shape. After a good haircut, Janet’s hair instantly looked styled, with more volume and enhanced colour.
With Doris, her hair had started to thin at the front, which was due to bereavement, and the stress of finding out she had cancer three weeks after her husband passed away. I could tell from looking at Doris that her confidence had been shattered. The kind folk at Trendco donated a lace front wig, which I cut to suit Doris and as soon as I fitted it you could see the joy and confidence reappear.
The thing with chemotherapy is that it kills off the cancer cells but it alters other cells, including your hair follicles, which is why the hair can grow back differently in texture and colour. I would advise anyone having undergone chemotherapy to leave their hair for about six months before getting any colour or treatments applied and the hair needs time to settle.
It was a huge honour to work with Debbie, Janet and Doris, three beautiful women who at the end of the day began to feel like their old selves.
ITV This Morning Christmas Crackers – WATCH MAKEOVER HERE
I can honestly say, hand on heart; the current Christmas Cracker feature on ITV This Morning is my absolutely favourite yet to work on. We chose three women from hundreds who were nominated by family and friends and we set out to give them a complete body overhaul. The aim of the makeover is not to make the three lucky ladies look better, but to make them feel better, feel more confident and a little more polished.
First up and shown on ITV today (you can still get it on ITV Player) is the very lovely Joanne Sparks. Joanne has had a bit of a rough time of it in recent years after splitting with her husband then losing her son. The absolutely devastating events had taken their toll on Joanne’s hair, skin and teeth and we set about changing this. As well as a teeth whitening treatment and skin light treatments, I invited Joanne for a day of pampering at the Leo Bancroft Salon. Joanne’s hair was looking tired and lank – she has been home colouring for years and this had built up creating a dark, dense base, which left her skin looking washed out, and pasty. I spent an entire day safely lifting this colour whilst conditioning and nourishing her dry hair. I lifted to two shades lighter and added a stunning warm caramel shade to add warmth and depth. Joanne has a petite face and her hair over powered this so I cut it into an angular bob that highlights her fantastic cheekbones and gives her a younger, fresher look.
I’m sure you will agree that Joanne looks absolutely stunning, and I think I got the ultimate seal of approval live on ITV – her mum loves it! Result!
Leo creates a new look for Ruth!
The lovely Ruth Langsford made one of her regular visits to see Leo at the Salon this week and he decided to give her a new fabulous flicky hair style!
The gorgeous ITV presenter was thrilled with her new style and revealed it on ITV the next day. Ruth then asked her 70,000 plus followers on twitter what they thought and Leo and Ruth were in undated with amazing tweets of comments on how they all loved Ruth’s new hair style!
and… It’s got a thumbs up from Eamonn too!!
Keep an eye out for Ruth’s new haircut on ITV and leave a comment below this blog and let us know what you think of her fabulous NEW hair style.
Leo appeared on ITV’s This Morning today to surprise 4 special mums with a magical makeover for mothers day! Leo, Steve and Holly were up early to make the trip to the studios to surprise the lucky 4 women. They had a fantastic time treating the women to gorgeous hair styles and making them look and feel beautiful. The mum’s and family loved their new look and Leo is delighted to have helped them all. If you missed it click on this link below and watch Leo in action.