Jeanna Doyle: She’s Helping Oncology Patients Feel Beautiful

May 2 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Flying in the Face of Beauty Trends

When an Australian radio host and comedian posted a makeup tutorial video online in February, it went viral. Key to the video’s success is Tanya Hennessy’s hilarious perspective that she hates wearing makeup and doesn’t really know how to properly apply it. With about six million views and counting, Tanya’s real talk struck a chord. After humorously smearing on the primer a makeup-counter lady sold her against her will and applying mascara from her six-year-old tube, her message at the end of the video is simple: Anyone can wear makeup, so just give it a go.

The next time you think you can’t pull off a specific makeup look because you don’t know how to do it “the right way,” remember that message. After all, On The Dot ladies do whatever tickles their fancy!


Speaking of beauty trends, many women struggle to meet society’s pressures to always look perfect. And when faced with a debilitating disease or condition that can affect our appearance, the stress of trying to look perfect can elicit fear and trample self-esteem.

For instance, there are 30 million women in the United States suffering from hereditary hair loss, including 6.7 million women with cancer and 6.5 million women with alopecia. But with the medical community essentially ignoring these women’s hair-loss concerns and a lack of helpful resources on the market, that’s a whole heck of a lot of women who lose confidence in their appearance.

We’re here to say whatever your hairstyle—whether you’re rockin’ a beautiful bald look or sporting a custom-made wig—ladies, you are gorgeous!

WOMAN TO WATCH: Jeanna Doyle, Cosmetologist, Certified Medical Esthetics Provider and Founder of Suite HOPE

Today’s Woman to Watch, Jeanna Doyle, noticed this lack of resources firsthand when she saw a close friend grappling with the esthetic challenges associated with cancer. A veteran makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist with more than 25 years of experience working in both medical and media settings, Jeanna has beautified A-listers, musicians, athletes and even a former U.S. president. With this wealth of expertise, Jeanna knew she could create a better platform for sick women struggling to feel beautiful, and thus, Suite HOPE was born.

Suite HOPE—an acronym for Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically—is a nonprofit organization providing women with the education and support needed to address the changes in their appearance that occur during cancer treatment. The nonprofit helps women better understand and optimize their esthetic qualities, with the goal of empowering them to maintain a positive attitude during treatment and beyond.

To this endeavor, Jeanna employs her HOPE Method, the first corrective-makeup training series approved by the International Society of Oncology Estheticians, one that educates makeup artists, medical estheticians and hairdressers on how to address cosmetic concerns—including hair loss and skin-tone changes—of those enduring illness.

A tireless advocate for enhancing women’s beauty and self-confidence, Jeanna recently released a book titled Wig Ed: What to Look for When Looking for a Wig, the first beauty book dedicated to wig selection for women experiencing hair loss. Essentially Wig Shopping 101, the book includes Jeanna’s all-important first step: take a supportive friend because such an experience can be super overwhelming.

Ultimately, Jeanna encourages women to live in the moment and make beauty choices that embody their spirit. After all, her entire life’s work is about giving women hope to feel more like themselves, to feel comfortable in their own skin.


Today’s inspiring quote comes from beloved actress Emma Watson, who said:

“I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear; it’s overcoming it, and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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