Meet North Carolina’s own Stephanie Williams– Supermom, entrepreneur and owner of BrowzNAround Eyebrow Studio. For the past eight years, Williams has been bridging the gap between beauty, brow restoration and bringing awareness to epilepsy. After years of providing brow sculpting, restoration and micropigmentation services for clients suffering from breast cancer, alopecia or epilepsy; Williams suddenly found herself providing the very same services for her son, Isaiah. After her son suffered an epileptic seizure, leaving him with two teeth fractures and a complete reconstruction of his right eyebrow, Williams found herself rejuvenating her son’s eyebrow and restoring his confidence through her passion and art. Sheen had the pleasure of catching up with the beauty pioneer to discuss what steps beauty professionals can take when dealing with clients with epilepsy, signs to look for, advice for parents and what we can expect from her in 2020. Check it all out in this Sheen exclusive interview below!
What inspired you to create BrowZnAround Eyebrow Studio?
I began doing eyebrows as an intern when I was in highschool at a hair salon. The manager trained me to manage her brow shop. In 2008, BrowzNAround Eyebrow Studio was established, and that same year my son began having seizures. Recently, I myself, had to restore his eyebrow back to its original state, and just continue to build his self esteem and just being supportive.
What advice, and how can beauty professionals prepare themselves, or staff for dealing with clients needing brow reconstruction, or loss of eyelashes due to epilepsy or other conditions?
Simply by letting them know that you will make sure they look and feel good, all while being empathetic. Take that particular client in a private room, so they’re more comfortable. Educate yourself on whatever their condition may be and let them know they’re not different and it’s nothing for them to be ashamed of.
What are three ways you can help boost their self esteem of someone dealing with epilepsy?
First, start by supporting them and boosting their confidence. Let them know they can and still do anything their heart desires. Second, be kindhearted. And lastly, be understanding.
What are the signs and resources parents need to look for or to educate themselves if they have a child with epilepsy?
Communication is key. I have three boys, and I talk to them exactly how society will. You may not always know your child’s condition immediately or understand, but it’s important to listen. If your child says they don’t feel good, listen and look for the signs.
What can our readers expect from Stephanie Williams in the future?
They can expect the “BrowZn For Cure” Foundation. This foundation and it’s efforts have been created to help find a cure for epilepsy. They can expect to see me looking for more ways to bring awareness and informing others how they can help, learn and volunteer. I will be creating a platform to teach others and educate them on barbering, micro-pigmentation, scaring, restoring hairlines and more!
All images courtesy of Browz ‘N Around Eyebrow Studio | Featured image by Nathan Pearcy