Tamika Cleggett, from Perth, visited a brand new beautician and booked in for her eyebrows to be waxed and colored with pencil – earlier than catastrophe struck.
A bride-to-be feared she’d be compelled to stroll down the aisle wanting like “Frankenstein’s monster” after she suffered a horror allergic response when a beautician tinted her eyebrows by mistake.
Tamika Cleggett, from Perth, visited a brand new beautician and booked in for her eyebrows to be waxed and colored with pencil.
But she was surprised when on the finish of the session she found they’d been tinted with out her data – a probably life-threatening mistake given she’s allergic to the dye.
The 30-year-old stated that simply a few hours later her brows began to turn out to be heat and irritated and over the course of 4 days her allergic response worsened – till she regarded “deformed” and like an “alien.
The retail manager was hospitalised for two days and the build-up of fluid around her eyes became so severe that they “completely sealed” – leaving her blind for twenty-four hours and fearing she’d by no means see once more.
Shocking images present the pores and skin round her eyebrows changing into pink, blistering, scabbing over and her face ballooning – and Tamika believes her look left children “scared” as a result of she regarded like “Frankenstein’s monster” to them.
Tamika was compelled to spend three weeks off work after getting her eyebrows achieved in April 2016, however fortunately made a full restoration in 4 weeks – nicely forward of her tying the knot that December.
Tamika is now talking out and sharing her story to lift consciousness about allergic reactions to magnificence therapies.
Tamika stated: “They tinted my eyebrows without my permission.
“I didn’t think to mention that I was allergic to tint as I’d asked for just a brow wax and a bit of pencil.
“I was worried I would walk down the aisle looking like an alien. I would have cancelled the wedding and eloped.
“Everyone growing up has always said I’m a very photogenic and personable person and I suppose something like that where people will see me differently, that was kind of scary as well, not being myself and people thinking of me or looking at me differently.
“I wasn’t in a good place mentally because obviously with my wedding and the unknown of if I’d be able to see again or have any scarring, it was daunting.
“My biggest fear was the unknown of what was going to happen next, when the doctors said ‘there’s nothing we can do for you’, that’s quite scary.”
Tamika stated that a number of hours after having her eyebrows achieved they turned heat and risen, however after she awakened the following day her response was much more extreme.
She dashed to the docs who suggested her to go to a hospital, and regardless of solely simply with the ability to see by means of her lashes, she was advised she’d simply want to attend for it to subside.
But the next day her eyes had closed utterly and he or she returned to hospital, the place she was monitored for 2 days to make sure the response didn’t unfold to her throat and block her airways.
The fluid finally travelled right down to her cheeks and jaw earlier than she was finally despatched residence with steroid treatment.
Tamika stated: “It was definitely the most painful thing I’d ever experienced.
“It was an itchy reaction at first and I put eye packs on it but it didn’t do anything.
“And then I had a burning sensation – it’s like this hotness that you try and scratch but it makes it worse.
“It blistered quite badly, almost like a burn, then scabbed.
“For at least four days it just kept on getting worse and worse and then the fluid build-up stopped.
“It dropped further down my face and that’s what made me look a bit deformed.
“I was completely blind for 24 hours as my eyes were completely sealed. That was quite scary, especially because it was just months before my wedding.”
The 30-year-old found she had an allergy when she had a henna tattoo and her eyelashes tinted when she was youthful.
However she believes her response was much more extreme this time round as her pores and skin had been waxed and the tint had entered her bloodstream.
Tamika stated: “My sister said that I look like an alien and multiple people on TikTok have made that comment, which I think is funny. At the end of the day you just have to laugh it off.
“I had a friend come over and the local show was on and she goes ‘come on, I’m taking you out’.
“She actually walked me around like I was literally a blind person, hopping on these rides with the kids and stuff.
“I can only imagine what I looked like and how much I scared the kids.
“In hindsight I told her maybe it wasn’t a good idea, I was Frankenstein to them.
“Towards the end my mum put me in my little onesie which happened to have little ears and they thought it was hilarious that I looked like this little chipmunk.”
Tamika stated she was additionally left with a ‘scary’ redness on her face however that finally disappeared with the assistance of steroid cream.
She stated she was inspired by others to put up the TikTookay video sharing her horror expertise, which has amassed greater than 220,000 likes, feedback and views.
Tamika stated: “I wanted to raise awareness about what happened.
“To me it felt that time had healed and enough time had past and TikTok was an easier platform to do so, it reaches more people than what Facebook would do.
“Especially for young teens who are wanting to use more make-up or hair dye and I supposed to spread the awareness that some people can have allergies because I didn’t know until I had a tattoo [henna] and then my eyelashes done.
“You just never know, just to give that extra caution to make sure that you do patch tests or if you go to a beautician that you actually sign something mentioning that you have allergies.”