There were soooooo many comments and questions about eyebrow maintenance in the previous post on hair removal, I’m just gonna go ahead and answer a few questions right here right now. Otherwise it’ll be ANOTHER thing I was supposed to do three months ago.
I’ve done it all. Waxed, plucked, and lately — threaded. I’m a big fan of the threading. I am almost ashamed to admit the inspiration for my heading to the threader…. ok, I’ll admit it. Kim Kardashian. She’s got bangin’ brows! I can’t even hate. On the brows. That is all.
I also noticed that Bollywood stars, like Aishwarya Rai, have gorgeously manicured, thick, real, sexy brows. The kind that women in Indian and Middle Eastern cultures have — cultures where threading is an ancient art. I wanted strong, defined brows like that. Like the ones that gain admiration on Blu’s Eyebrow Blog (there’s a little nudity on that site, beware workplace readers). Eyebrows truly do frame your face, they are the windowsills to your soul. Keeping them neat, arched, and not over plucked has made a huge difference to my look. It’s a damn shame that I am terrible at maintaining my own brows. I really admire the ladies who do.
So basically, I got caught in a bad-eyebrow pattern — let ‘em grow out to the point of ridiculousness, then go to some two-bit strip mall wax joint, you know, the kind where the manicure chairs look like hands with red fingernails? I’d get me an $8 eyebrow wax. Half the time it would turn out alright, but ever so slightly jacked up. One side uneven. Once I wound up with the Vanilla Ice. I got burned. I had enough of the bad-eyebrow pattern, and I decided to give threading a try.
Here’s the thing. Threading is way too expensive in Miami, because there aren’t many people who do it here. At Peter of London, it cost me $35 for Luby, a very sweet, loving, attentive eyebrow expert, to whip my arches into shape. That was my first experience. It’s weird, because honestly you can’t SEE what they’re doing, or how they do it. It’s definitely an art I couldn’t master — I am no good with thread, or knots. I even tie my shoes sloppy.
Every so often, I’d see Luby out of the corner of my eye with thread stretched between her teeth and her finger. Then whizzz, I’d feel a row of tiny hairs disappear from my forehead. Almost any kind of hair removal involves a little pain, except shaving (unless you cut yourself, obvs), and depilatorys (unless you’re allergic or leave them on way too long which really sucks). And both of those methods aren’t recommended for eyebrows. To rank the experience in order of pain, with 1 being the most painful, I’d say:
Although, jeez – plucking can really hurt sometimes too.
Over time, I’ve become more immune to the pain of threading. Luby was great, but I decided to give up Peter of London — it’s really a hair salon and it’s insanely busy. I wanted someplace intimate and professional. My eyebrow mission continued until quite recently, when I struck gold and found The Brow Shoppe. The name says it all. I recently reviewed it for Pretty In the City, and I interviewed one of the eyebrow experts, Taina. $35 for 15 minutes, and worth every penny. I don’t think I’ll go anywhere else. She whipped my brows into perfect shape by threading my forehead, and plucking the area just above my eye. I noticed she had a super fly leopard print pair of Tweezerman tweezers, too.
I’ve been meaning to get myself a pair of those, and I like these adorable, smaller sized Go Green tweezers (a new tree is planted for every one you buy, plus $1.00 from every sale goes to the National Arbor foundation. AND the packaging is made from 100% recyclable paper and printed in natural soy ink, for you environmentally friendly bellas out there).
For bellas with thinning brows, Taina recommended filling in the spaces with brow powder — Milani has a good, cheap new Brow Fix kit at your neighborhood drugstore. But of course Milani being Milani, it’s nowhere to be found on their website. (The beautiful Yummy411 went on a drugstore reconnaissance mission, so check out her pics so you know what to look for). To grow back brows, Taina recommended Rogaine, and thereâ€™s two amazing products she introduced me to â€“ Renew Eyebrow Revitalizer, and Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner. I just got some of this raved-about stuff, so I’ll let you know if it works or not!
For removal of other facial hair, I’ve waxed aplenty. But if you ask me, upper lip waxing is just as painful as lower lip waxing, if you know what I mean and I think you do. I prefer not to wax my upper lip, or sideburns. Instead, I use the Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Kit.
It’s a super gentle two-step kit, it doesn’t stink like chemicals (it has a very mild vanilla scent), and I really like the conditioning lotion. And it’s $6.19 at Drugstore.com, and lasts for a LONG time. Can’t beat that. But like I said in the previous post, if you’ve got sensitive skin or are allergic to hair-removing creams, you’d probably be better off going to a professional who can use a cold wax, or a speciality wax for sensitive skin.
And for the record, I’m against bleaching your body hair — most of the time, all you’re doing is attracting attention to the hair. If you get caught in the wrong light, it’s written all over your face. And when it grows out, you might wind up looking like a bumblebee. So not cute. Trust. I speak from experience.
How do you deal with your facial fuzzies, bellas? Don’t deny — we’ve all got some!