Well that's what happened with Alison O'Neil last summer.
I had not seen Ali for months and all of a sudden, there she was..in the store..trying our products. It was a dream come true.
First let me introduce Ali. She wears a lot of hats. Alison O’Neil has been in medical aesthetics and has worked with all kinds of skin conditions in dermatology for decades. Her care for her patients and her applications for anti-aging treatments are highly sought after.
Her tireless work in her charity Beauty Becomes You has caught national attention. She was named a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth in 2015 and received 2 awards originating from the White House for her work with elderly care.
Her foundation, Beauty Becomes You provides basic aesthetic services for the elderly and caregivers, many of whom cannot afford weekly trips to get a manicure or a trip to the hair salon. By providing these services through a volunteer network, Beauty Becomes You lifts spirits, instills, hope and provides a renewed sense of self worth.
We have had a wonderful time introducing Ali to the wonders of natural products and just how effective they can be. She in turn has introduced us to some new miracle ingredients that come from the earth but have not previously been available in the US. Ali will be joining Sally B's and helping us bridge the gap between the traditional medical/dermatological community and our offerings. I can say proudly that Ali is impressed with the quality of our products. Going forward we will be working together to provide not only great products but the great information that a clinical skin care specialist can provide.
We asked Ali to answer a few questions so you can get to know her:
Your biggest dream?
I have had a dream since I was a little girl to make a positive difference in millions of lives. My journey continues.
So far, I have been blessed to touch thousands of lives with my clinic work and my charity works. I combined cosmetology, psychology of appearance and dermatology (I am not a dermatologist, however, I was trained by the BEST as a clinical skincare specialist- you won't find many, if any, like me.)
I thought my dream was answered when I was 22 years old when I was given the opportunity to create the first and only dermatologic rehabilitation program in the country at Emory University. Then at 24, I was invited by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (Now the PCPC- the trade assoc. for the cosmetics industry) to develop a volunteer program to address the specific aesthetic needs of cancer patients. I helped them develop and provided the training and launched the program in Atlanta and around the country. I was a volunteer for 10 years. I am very proud of Look Good…Feel Better which became an American Cancer Society program. We addressed related skin sensitivity, changes in skin color, hair loss, etc.) and over the course of its reign, millions were treated to meaningful make-overs provided by beauty professionals who understood the sensitivity of their health and life situations.
Most recently, (the past 15 years) my dream of serving has been fulfilled through my own charity, Beauty Becomes You, which are the three words my father said to me just before he died. Here we prevent Failure to Thrive syndrome in senior adults who are living alone or in isolation from age related disease and need to be touched and reminded that they are still worth while. We also serve their family caregivers who need breaks from one of the most challenging life responsibilities. Hundreds of beauty professionals and student volunteers have provided more than 15,000 hair cuts, basic facials, manicures, pedicures, massage for more than 5000 men and women who are living longer lives than ever. Beauty Becomes You reminds them all that ~ They are WORTH IT! My greatest honor was receiving the L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth recognition for this work. A sign that I am on the right track.
Along with our Sally B's customers, I love my patients and continue to help improve their countenance both emotionally and physiologically. From acne to all conditions we experience through life there are so many considerations that occur individually and so many special needs to take into account that coaching and personal consultations turn into customized treatments both in clinic and at home. But, most importantly, this kind of coaching leads those I care for to helping them help themselves. I believe that there is no better way to a happier, healthier, more successful life than to live a life worth living.
Why you love your work?
Your passion beyond work?
I feel the sense of love when I see crystal when it is gleaming and silver when it is shining and the feel of expensive china. These are all elegances that should not be denied if they bring out what shines in me. I am particularly passionate about how we as humans all contribute to making this world whole and dearly treasure any works that involve a humans creative hand or brilliant mind in their creation.
I also love animals and think we have a lot in common when it comes to love. But, they know more.
Something you did but don’t share often?