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Makeover contest winners treated to new looks at Romford salon

Tracey Ayris and Yvonne Grover showing off the results of their makeovers Tracey Ayris and Yvonne Grover showing off the results of their makeovers

Friday, December 27, 2013
10:01 AM

Three mums touchingly nominated by their daughters for a makeover competition saw their hair transformed at a Romford salon last week.

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Carmel Gates showing off her new lookCarmel Gates showing off her new look

Winners Tracey Ayris, Yvonne Grover and Carmel Gates visited the Uppercut Hair Group on December 20 for their pampering experience.

The Recorder teamed up with the Market Place-based salon for the contest, which asked readers to nominate an inspirational lady who deserved a treat.

Carmel was nominated by her daughter Joanne, 22, as she is a full-time carer to her husband.

The 48-year-old, from Rush Green, said: “I was very surprised and happy. I didn’t know until I got a phone call from the people who did my hair.

Tracey Ayris after her makeoverTracey Ayris after her makeover

“My daughter said I deserved to win as I care for her dad and don’t have time for myself.”

Carmel’s husband Gary, 54, has suffered from hernia problems for a number of years, but his health has worsened after an operation last year caused complications.

The mum also used to be a carer for her daughter Helen, who has learning difficulties. The 21-year-old now lives in sheltered accommodation.

Carmel said of the makeover experience: “I love it, the colour is really nice. I have had my hair coloured and highlighted before, but this style is different.

Yvonne Grover after her makeoverYvonne Grover after her makeover

“The hairdressers were lovely, they were really great.”

Tracey scooped her makeover after her nine-year-old daughter wrote a heartfelt nomination letter.

Little Caitlin called her mum the family’s “angel” for taking care of them and helping out her and her sisters with homework.

Caitlin’s sisters, Charlotte, seven, and Karla, five, also helped with the nomination, which their nan Llyn sent off for them.

The three ladies posing before their haircutsThe three ladies posing before their haircuts

Tracey, 39, said: “I was very surprised and shocked to be honest, I didn’t know anything about it [the competition]. All three of my children were really delighted.”

Tracey, who has a house in Suffolk but spends much of her time in Hornchurch with her parents, added: “They [the hairdressers] did really well, because I didn’t want anything too short.

“They decided to glam me up because I was going out with work that night anyway. I was very happy.”

Yvonne was nominated by her daughter Emma, 21, who noticed the competition on Facebook. Emma entered her mum because of the care and support she provides to her family, despite battling heart failure.

The 46-year-old said: “I was shocked, I don’t enter competitions as I think you never win them. Emma was shocked too to be honest.

“She wrote in saying I have always been there for my kids and my grandchildren, even though I haven’t been well. She thought I deserved a treat.”

The severity of the mother-of-five’s heart problem was realised when she was rushed to hospital nine months ago for chest scans.

She said: “It was quite serious. My lungs got flooded with fluid and I couldn’t breathe.”

Yvonne, from Aveley, Essex, takes medication to control her condition, but may need a transplant in the future.

The makeover came as a welcome tonic for her.

“I loved it,” she said. “I was nervous, but when I was in there it was lovely.

“At first I said just a trim but then said they could cut it into a bob. It makes a change as I have never had it this sort of style before.

“I can’t fault them in any way.”

The salon’s manager Lauren Paton said: “I had a chance to read through the entries before the winners came in for their makeovers and each person had such a special story.

“It gave us so much pleasure to provide this fantastic pick-me-up. We had lots of fun discussing styles and colours with these three lovely ladies, who were very grateful and all loved their new look.

“These makeovers are such a wonderful thing to do and really made each one of them feel special.”

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