Monthly Makeover Mania: Lisa Yates

Monthly Makeover Mania: Lisa Yates

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You’ve heard it before: To help others, you have to help yourself sometimes too. Easier said than done, though, right? Well, Cincy Chic found a woman who puts others first and offered her the opportunity to make herself a priority for a day.


Respiratory therapist Lisa Yates constantly works to give others the breath of life (literally), so her sister nominated her to win a Cincy Chic makeover experience that would turn the tables and give Yates the chance to sit back, relax and just breathe. "[My sister] recognizes my hard work and wanted me to have a day to myself," Yates says.


So Yates headed to Tuscany Spa-Salon for her day to shine. Hair stylist Brittany Borchard brightened Yates’ day — and her look — with some highlights. Borchard also kept the length of the locks while giving Yates a more structured style with some layers.


Her new ‘do was Yates’ favorite part of the experience, and the gift keeps giving as her new style makes it easier to brush and style, she says. "I don’t really have to try as hard because there’s not as much weight on it," Yates says.


In addition to Borchard’s styling work, Yates’ day of pampering included an eyebrow wax and tint from esthetician Tamara Saling. At first the drastic change came as a shocker to Yates, but the look is growing on her (no pun intended). The shock came 011110MAKEOVER3.jpgbecause of the change, but that change wasn’t bad, Yates says. 


Yates even enjoyed her "15 minutes of fame" with all eyes on her, including ones looking through the lens of a camera. With a photographer capturing the experience on film, Yates took the opportunity to escape from reality into reality — TV that is. "I watch ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ so I pretended like I was on the show," she says.


To learn more about how you can give yourself a day of pampering or to set up an appointment, check out the Tuscany Web site at


Or nominate yourself or someone you know for a complete makeover with Tuscany! Send an e-mail to with a picture and a small explanation for why your nominee is deserving of a complete makeover. One winner will be chosen each month.



Photographer: Kate Messer

Models: Lisa Yates and Brittany Borchard

Location Tuscany Spa-Salon