When most people think of makeover shows, they probably imagine televised displays of pure human vanity. After all, reality television hasn’t exactly celebrated the best in humanity, right?
Well, the British show “Body Fixers” is something different. Sure, it has its silly nods to peoples’ preening, everything from removing body hair from a potential pop star to giving a wannabe fashion icon glittering armpits.
Its official website even describes the program by saying, “Hairdressers Daniel and Nathan, beauticians April and Melissa, make-up artist Alex, and cosmetic doctor Dr. Esho are the experts at hand to make sure all beauty fails get nailed.” Sounds pretty standard, right?
But “Body Fixers” does more than merely aid people who want to primp. They also reach out to individuals with severe medical issues.
One of those individuals was a woman named Georgia. On the sixth episode of the show’s second series, the pretty, pixie-faced woman appeared before the experts.
And then she took her wig off. “You’re literally the third people (sic) to see me with this problem other than my mom and my little boy, who’s three,” she said.
“It’s, like, a massive thing. It’s not nice.”
Sliding her hair away, she revealed a scalp with only the tiniest dusting of stubble. The shocked hosts tried not to stare at her, their faces rigid.
Georgia suffered from alopecia totalis, a condition where the hair on the scalp falls out entirely. The National Institutes of Health’s Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center says that no one knows what causes it, but some theorize it’s an autoimmune condition where the body accidentally attacks its own hair follicles.
Georgia came to “Body Fixers” not for a medical miracle (there isn’t one), but for a cosmetic fix. See, even her longtime partner hadn’t seen her without her wig — and that put her in a bind.
“So my partner proposed to me,” she said. “I would like to be all dolled up, have a little bit more confidence, and make me look pretty.”
Hairdresser Daniel set out to do just that. He presented the young woman with an array of wigs, each composed entirely of human hair and requiring three weeks to craft.
In order to keep the wig from slipping, he shaved what remained of Georgia’s hair, which prompted her to quip, “I feel like a man at the barbers.” Then came the true test: the viewing of the wig.
“How are you feeling?” Daniel asked just prior to the big reveal. “I have never been this nervous in my whole life,” Georgia responded.
She needn’t have been. When the hairdresser whisked away a partition concealing a mirror, a shocked Georgia beheld herself with a head of rich, auburn-tinted tresses.
The woman’s eyes began to brim, and soon enough Daniel found himself fighting back tears. “The first thing I want to do is show my partner,” she said.
She had her wish moments later when he appeared on the set. Embracing her, he said the three words every woman hopes to hear: “You look gorgeous.”
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