Based on the results of the poll, my readers have decided the winner of the Derek J Total Makeover is ASHLEY with 832 votes!! Congratulations!
Ashley, Derek J and his team of talented stylists will craft a perfect new look for you! Derek will use 12-14 inch Positively Unrefined 100% Virgin Indian hair from Derek J’s new hair line called “The J-Curl by Derek J.”
Special thanks to Derek J, Lisa McCall, the J Spot Salon and everyone who participated in the contest!
Loyal reader Ashley writes:
This makeover isn’t for me but hopefully you will accept my request to do the makeover for my aunt. Her name is Wendy and she is one of my best friends. Over the past 2 years she has gotten laid off and had a new baby who is one now (she also has two older children). She inspires me with her persistence in trying to find a job of some sort, but you never see her sweat even though I know she is going through a personal struggle. I occasionally do her hair (nowhere near a hair stylist) because she doesn’t have the money and her guy pays the necessary bills so they can have a roof over their heads. She is down to earth, shy, and good people. This will make her day if she can just get pampered and feel like a refreshed woman.
Pleading for your consideration,
Sherese, but I like to be called Ashley!
Loyal reader Angela Nater writes:
I think I deserve to win the makeover simply, I’ve worked hard and although I’ve been in Atlanta for a year and a half, I still have not gotten out to enjoy the city, meet new people and just simply “live my life.”
I feel with a makeover, I can start new with everything since I’ve literally been on the go since my move from Charlotte on 4/9/11. I feel it would give me the confidence boost I need for me to be more social, for me to really exceed in my work life and for me to advance on projects I’ve been working on.
I have a different type of look and I was not always the most confident in my look (I look black and Asian) and I just want to get my confidence back to where it needs to be for success! And getting a makeover from such professionals would bring me happiness I can’t put in words.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Loyal reader Kimberly Duggins writes:
Hello Derek J and Sandra Rose,
My name is Kimberly Duggins and I believe I deserve the total makeover so I can feel like the woman in Maya Angelou’s poem, Phenomenal Woman. I have lost the sway in my hips and smile on my lips somewhere between getting married, having a child, and being the CEO of my family’s life. We as women take care of everyone except ourselves and I am guilty as charged. My husband and my daughter look great and I always feel I do not belong in the family picture even though I am the driving force behind everything they do.
Please Derek J, work your magic on me and give me the fabulous hair, makeup and wardrobe so I can come out of the shadow of my family and join them.
Loyal reader Patricia Francis writes:
I believe that I should receive a total makeover by the talented and very stylish Derrick J because I had lost myself in a world of taking care of everyone else before I take care of me. My priority is my family and making sure they are okay.
For a long time I told myself that it’s because women are naturally nurturing, but the truth of the matter is I had low self esteem. I have finally come to the realization and belief that a strong confident woman puts herself first and then after she is sure that she is taking care of herself, she knows she has the energy to give others. You have to keep your spirit strong and alive to have a happy life. I gave too much to others and too little to myself. For a minute, I felt used, unappreciated and resentful.
I appreciate all the things that have come into my life and, as long as I’m alive, I have the responsibility for being the steward of these things and taking good care of them. Beautiful things don’t come and remain in our lives unless we feel we deserve them, are grateful for them, and appreciative of their existence.
Although my attitude about myself has changed, my look has not caught up yet. I would be so grateful to receive the makeover because it would give me that last boost of confidence that I need. To look and feel beautiful would be a dream come true. Achieving that goal at the hands of Derek J would the Good Lord blessing me one more time.
Loyal reader Robin L Stegall writes:
Wow, Auntie I can’t believe you are giving us an oppurtinity to meet Derek J. Omg I so love him. He is GOR-GE-OUS!! I pray that you can give a small town girl a chance to first off meet Derek J plus a make-over, wow. Please, Please, Please, choose me!! I am a hard working young lady that would greatly appreciate this gift from Derek J. Im from Newnan, Ga. I am 25 years old. I have two beautiful kids Mariah and Trey. Their father past away three years ago. I have been raising them alone since, its a challenge but its worth every minute. When I’m off work, my time left is for them. Most of my days im helping my son with his reading and writing and my daughter, well she is just a spoil little three year old. i love them both so much. I never take time out for myself as I should. I work monday thru friday, 8 am until 5 pm. So I hope that when I do win(hint, hint) this competion, I’m not working because a girl gots to get it in LOl. Its no joke being a single mother, but a real women WILL do it. I need Derek J to hook a sister up and make me feel good inside and out! When I saw this amazing opportunity on your site Sandra, I knew i had to take the chance and apply. You never know what god has for you but he isnt going to just put it on a silver platter. You have to go for it as well and meet him half way. So here I am auntie, going for it !! Wish me luck and have a blessed day
Robin L Stegall
Loyal reader Andrea Kemp writes:
Hi, Aunty & Derek:
First and foremost, I am a huge fan of you both. I am from Dayton, Ohio, but visit SandraRose.com for the latest news EVERYDAY!
I am in desperate need of a makeover. I recently relocated to Atlanta following a bitter separation. What didn’t fit in my vehicle, simply got left behind. I am a mother of an 18-month old daughter, my only child. I waited late in life to have my child, thinking he was the one. He proved me otherwise. Anyway, my moving to Atlanta is hopefully my first step to a better life. A makeover would certainly help to keep me moving forward!!! I am in great need of some Atlanta swag :o)
Loyal reader Lekisha D. Kontar writes:
I am a 32 year old mother of two who has not had my hair professionally done in over a year. I have been wearing falls this whole time. I know it go ahead and say THAT IS A D$$@$ SHAME!!! But hear my story, I have been the sole provider in my home for the last couple of years and haven’t have the extra money or time to take care of myself. I made a promise this year to put me first and GUESS WHAT… that has yet to happen. I would love to win this makeover just to give me that extra boost to feeling beautiful again. My husband says all the time to do something for me but I feel so guilty doing it when I think of several other things we need for the house.
I sum all that up to say… PICK ME!! PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!
Lekisha D. Kontar
Loyal reader Chiquita Raglin writes:
I believe that I should win Derek J’s TOTAL Makeover because I have overcome a lot of obstacles and adversities. Within the past year, like many, I have joined the single mother’s club. My boyfriend at the time broke up with me while I was 6 Months pregnant because he just “wasn’t feeling it anymore” (whatever that means). I had to go through a pivotal moment in my life by myself and it allowed me to take the focus off what went wrong and more on how can I better myself for my son. I had many nights where I cried and cried because I was in a place of confusion. Searching for oneself is a difficult task while dealing with the emotional turbulences of being a soon-to-be mom. As I was nearing my due date, my doctor had to place me on bed rest for stress, excessive weight gained (I’d gained 10lbs in 2 weeks), and preeclampsia (high blood pressure). I was also told I would have to be induced because of these factors. During my delivery I had problems dilating because my son’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and right shoulder. He wanted to come on out but he was all tangled up, therefore I had to have an emergency C-Section. By the grace of God I was able to deliver a healthy 7lb 22oz baby boy, Michael Braylen Williams. He brings so much joy and happiness to my life that I can do nothing but thank God for being with me along this entire process. I work hard every day to provide for him and I plan to teach him what it is like to treat a lady. I know I can’t teach him how to be a man, but I have an excellent father who will help instill those fundamental traits in him. I pray over my son every night and I thank God every morning for my son. While being a single mom and making my son my number one priority, I haven’t been able to pamper myself. I love being mother/father to my son, but it will just bring so much delight to my life if given this opportunity. I will be a great representation for your site, Derek J and his salon, and all the single mothers.
Loyal reader Nisha Wise writes:
Hi Sandra Rose,
The reason why I believe I should win the Total Makeover by Derek J is because I am a new mother to a four month old son, who is currently in school pursuing a Master’s degree in Community Counseling, and work a full time job at a non-profit organization in downtown Atlanta. I would be honored to have the opportunity to revamp my look, and to ultimately get pampered. At times its hard juggling being a working mom while still trying to stay up to date with the newest trends. Thank you for this opportunity, and I hope that I can highly be considered.
Best regards Ms. Rose,
Loyal reader Latisha Hammonds writes:
I want to first say, I love reading your site. I would love to win the Total Makeover By Derek J. I am a 34 year old mother of three and I am battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have lost all my hair and as a result, I no longer feel like fixing myself up (not because I have any self esteem issues). I have wigs and makeup, but I guess I am used to putting makeup on someone who has eyebrows and hair. These drawn on eyebrows are not the business! I would love to feel normal again and maybe learn some makeup tips. Not to mention…..it would be an EXTREME makeover challenge for Derek J, considering I don’t have any hair.