08th Feb 2019
A breast cancer survivor has created the first false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.
In July 2014, Codilia Gapare from Chesire in the UK was diagnosed with breast cancer on the same day she had an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University. The mother-of-two was offered a place and began her studies, but two months in, she found it difficult to balance studies while completing her treatment, and she had to drop out.
Related: Do not ignore this’: Vicky Phelan urges women
to listen to their bodies
While in recovery, Codilia had a brainwave: there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients, particularly when they lose all their hair.
Her thought soon transformed into an actual product, called ‘C Lashes’. She then partnered with beauty brand Eylure, who have since released the lashes in Boots stores.
View this post on Instagram
The lashes are specially designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band, and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the lid; and when there are little-to-no natural lashes, this improves the process considerably.
Codilia wanted to create something that would help cancer patients feel more like themselves. In an interview with metro.co.uk she spoke of how difficult it was to lose her hair, saying, “being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair.”
“But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes,” she continued. “When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again.”
The lashes come in three different styles including ‘Naturals’, ‘Lengthening’, and ‘Volume’, and they are priced at €7.49 on boots.ie now.
When you can't get to the hairdresser, it's time for some hair dressing.
Trying to maintain a streak-free tan at home is no...
You might not be filled with love right now, or drowning in dates, but if anyone deserves a gift, a bit of attention and to feel a bit spoiled right now, it's you. These new little luxuries will pick you up and give you some much-needed indulgence.
Planning a Netflix night in? Indulge yourself in a self-care...
What’s in your vanity cabinet? Three IMAGE beauty writers reveal the skincare products they can’t live without
From gua shas to day creams, we asked three of our beauty...