Beauty stylist Keeley Kossof does not let blindess stop her, started Mane Intentions
January 11, 2013 (WLS) -- After becoming blind from diabetes, a north suburban woman started a hair product business using her experience as a hair dresser and make-up artist.
Moving forward with her career while raising her 10-year-old son, Keeley Kossof is not letting her blindness keep her from focusing.
"I had preeclampsia and high blood pressure, after my son was born I started seeing spots in my eyes and I had a lot of proliferation and detached retinas and after 10 surgeries they were able to save my vision, the center vision in one of my eyes I lost vision in my right eye,'' Kossof said.
Kossof has spent most of her life in a hair salon. Her father is Teddie Kossof, their family business is the salon.
When she lost her vision, she had to relearn everything.
"I have a 10 year old son and I do everything, the only thing I don't do is drive or go alone in places that I'm unfamiliar with,'' Kossof said.
Believe it or not, Keeley still cuts hair.
"Cutting hair is like a sculpture, you have to feel the length of hair, you have to feel the thickness of the hair, there are no real guidelines,'' she said.
Anne Iacubino-Artac is a longtime client.
"I certainly don't see any difference in the result of my hair, I might have to hand her a comb or product,'' Iacubino-Artac said.
Nowadays her main focus is mane intention.
"It's a line of odor neutralizing hair fragrances, its geared towards women who don't wash their hair every day or who exercise or who dine out and want to refresh their hair,'' she said.
Mane Intention was created last year.
"It is sold here at Teddie Kossof Salon, it's sold in other salons and spas and it's also sold online,'' Keely said.
Making life changes is not easy but certainly not impossible.
"You have to have a great attitude and just know that you can do it and with a good attitude anyone can do anything,'' she said.
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