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Profile: Happy Valley resident overcomes adversity, starts business

Posted: September 10, 2010 10:47 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2010 4:30 a.m.

In a recent photo, Ever Fescke makes hair accessories in her Newhall home. Fescke was inspired to make headbands, hair clips and hats after being diagnosed with an immune deficiency disorder that made her lose her own hair.

 

Ever Designs, a hair-accessories business with outlets around town, began with an ugly-boy haircut, Ever Fescke said.

Months into steroid treatments for an immune-deficiency disorder that curbed her acting and singing career, the 26-year-old Happy Valley resident had to deal with the treatment side effects: gaining weight and losing her thick, tightly curled hair.

“The ultimate in feeling ugly is steroids,” Fescke said. “I never thought of myself as a very superficial person, but it’s hard to deal with so much change.”

Armed with craft glue, fabric, rhinestones and ribbon, Fescke created her first hair accessory.

“I’ll never forget it. It was a headband wrapped in blue ribbon with three small blue flowers,” Fescke said. “I dotted it with small rhinestones.”

Fescke put it on, and instantly felt like her former perky self.

As Fescke wore the headband everywhere, people began asking how much she would sell it for.

“It got bought right off my head,” she said.

Since then, Fescke has started a small business, selling hair clips and headbands featuring brightly colored, handmade flowers at boutique stores throughout the Los Angeles area.

Hair accessories and clips under the Ever Originals label can be found at the boutiques Fresh on Chestnut Street and Ignition on Valencia Boulevard, and at Rituals Colour Salon on The Old Road.

She’s also done custom work for weddings and other special events. Her work can be viewed and purchased at everoriginals.com. The business owner said about 500 of her pieces has sold.

Fescke felt famous the first time she spotted someone donning her accessories.

“I stopped and called my friends and family,” she said smiling.

Fescke is now working with the Beauty Bus Foundation, a nonprofit organization that delivers makeovers to homebound terminally or chronically ill people. Two dollars from each headpiece sold will go to the Beauty Bus.

“It totally changes their outlook,” Fescke said of the recurrently ill who wear her headbands. “It gives them a little positivity.”

Fescke is launching a line exclusively for the Beauty Bus patrons, tentatively called The Celebration Collection.

“It’s ‘Let’s celebrate!’” Fescke said. “‘You’re fighting for your life. Let’s put a medal on you!’”

Consumers can shop for decorative hair clips, head bands and shoes at: http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/EverOriginals/Categories.bok.

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