‘I feel fabulous, confident and flirty!’ Alopecia sufferer Gail Porter reveals her joy after having her eyebrows tattooed


By Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

Alopecia sufferer Gail Porter has revealed her joy after getting her eyebrows tattooed on.

The 45-year-old TV presenter and former model, underwent a microblading procedure after her 14-year-old daughter Honey told her to stop drawing her brows on.

Speaking out following the hour-long treatment, which starts from £895, she said: ‘I’m so chuffed with my new brows, they’ve left me feeling fabulous, confident and flirty!’

Before and after photos show how Gail’s new light brown eyebrows have helped frame her face.

Gail entrusted the help of Karen Betts, who has a clinic on London’s Harley Street and is nicknamed the ‘Queen of Microblading’ to get the semi-permanent make-up applied.

Microblading uses fine needles to create marks on the skin.

The technique creates finer strokes than regular cosmetic tattooing, giving a more realistic finish that lasts up to 18 months.

It apparently feels like an ‘electric toothbrush being held against your skin’ as the brushstrokes are applied.

Before the tattooing a pencil is used to outline the shape of the brow, and up to three-different colours of pigment can be used to create a realistic finish.

The initial colour of the tattoo is darker than the healed result, but in about two weeks it softens to a lighter tone.

Explaining the reason why she decided to give microblading a shot, Gail said: ‘Honey told me to just stop drawing them on! I could never really get them to look right.

‘Recently my eyelashes grew back which has been amazing, getting them back got me thinking that maybe I’d like to have my brows back too.’

Gail started out as a Blue Peter Presenter, then a lad’s mag pin-up, when an image of her naked posterior was famously beamed onto the Houses of Parliament.

But the next decade would see Gail battle with bipolar disorder and anorexia and then diagnosed with alopecia, which saw her lose all her hair – including her eyebrows and eyelashes back in 2005.

After a doomed marriage to Dan Hipgrave, guitarist in the band Toploader, and the birth of her daughter Honey, Gail’s health unravelled further.

She suffered post-natal depression, for which she was prescribed Prozac, which in turn sparked a suicide attempt and she was sectioned back in 2011.

However, the star gradually returned to health, abandoning medication and regularly attending the gym.

Microblading isn’t the only procedure Gail has had this year.

Recently she underwent a breast reduction, taking her from a 28JJ to a more manageable 28C.

After having the operation, Gail said: ‘I’m not ashamed, I’ve got these problems but I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.’

The 45-year-old star explained her motivation behind her breast reduction, saying she was always self-conscious about her womanly figure from a young age.

Gail explained: ‘I was the first person at school to get boobs, my period, a moustache. I felt like I had three heads, I was like “Hello, I’m up here” but they speak to these two [pointing to chest].

After years of contemplating having the operation, the Scottish star decided to take the plunge when she realised just how much the size of her chest was affecting her health.

While training for 5k runs with her daughter, Gail found herself unable to run far due to extreme back pain and was suffering from bad posture.

Explaining her decision to go public with her secret struggle, she said: ‘I shared the hair thing, I thought – I’ll share this as well.’


Alopecia is a hair-loss disease that affects, men, women and children.

The onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent.

Although the disease does not damage a person’s physical health, it can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health through its impact on confidence and self-esteem.

Alopecia affects around 1.7 per cent of the population, with men and women equally affected. About 25 per cent of people affected have a family history of the condition.

The exact cause of alopecia is not known, although experts generally agree it is a disease of the immune system. There is believed to be a genetic component and in some cases it is linked to stress. In alopecia, the immune system attacks the affected hair follicles by mistake.





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