This week, we're going to shift our focus to one of our very own real world beauties: the staggeringly gorgeous Chanté. Chanté suffers from an anxiety disorder shared by as many as 4% of the population called Trichotillomania that causes a person to compulsively pull out their own hair. Although she has found ways to successfully manage and minimize her anxiety on a daily basis, due to years of plucking, Chanté's lashes and brows stopped growing in. That is, until she discovered two pretty amazing products: Revitabrow and Revitalash. Many sufferers of this disorder are afraid to speak up about what they are experiencing out of confusion or fear of judgment or rejection. Because of this, Chanté decided to share her story with hopes that she might be able to help someone who may be struggling.
I remember the day I started pulling my eyelashes out. There is honestly no rhyme or reason to why I felt the urges to do it, and a lot of times I would pull for 20, 40 or more minutes without realizing I'd been doing it. After a short time, I started pulling my eyebrows out, as well as patches on my scalp.
It was so difficult as a kid and a teenager to have to deal with this out-of-the-norm manifestation of anxiety, which in turn made my anxiety worse because of the teasing and the cruel things that were said to me on a daily basis.
I pulled my lashes and brows out for so long that they don't grow back, and I started drawing my brows on and camouflaging the fact that I had no lashes with thick eyeliner in 8th grade. I'll be 28 this year, so I've been hiding behind makeup to look "normal" and avoid questions about why I don't have brows for 13 years now. I'll have been dealing with trich and its effect on every aspect of my life for 18 years; 2/3 of my life dictated by a stupid chemical imbalance and lack of serotonin in my brain.
Something good has come my way recently, and I feel like a completely different person in the few weeks that I've been using it. I started using RevitaBrow on June 6th AND I HAVE EYEBROWS AGAIN!! They're short and more sparse than a 'normal' person's, but they're coming in so well, in a great shape, very evenly and consistently...I'm floored. I have used it every day but two since the 6th, and I will definitely continue to do so. My lashes are taking longer (which was expected and normal), but the tiny ones I do get here and there are longer and thicker, and I can feel little baby ones coming in along my lash line. I'm excited to see how those come in!
Thank you Got Beauty for documenting my progress and being excited about this with me! I hope that someone who may deal with trich or another disorder like alopecia or even a chemo patient who has lost their brows or lashes or both like I did sees this, and is willing to try RevitaBrow/Lash. It's been a life-changing experience, and it's only been four weeks."
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.