Brows are one of the biggest things happening in beauty right now. There are so many ways to improve the look of your eyebrows that, for many of us, it can be a bit confusing at first, especially when trying to work out which type of treatment will be best. Purdy and Power, the beauty salon in Cranbrook, can help you to decide what the best approach is and advise you on how to look your best.
Ideally, you will want to achieve the best shape for your eyebrows without sacrificing their natural appearance. It’s very easy to get it wrong, and this is where the specialist beauty therapists at Purdy and Power can help. Our specialists have been trained in the use of HD Brows and other key treatments and will make sure that you come out of your appointment looking and feeling wonderful.
Shaping the eyebrow not only makes the eyebrow itself that much tidier, but it can have an effect on the overall look of your face. Often, a well-shaped pair of eyebrows will leave you feeling more confident, younger in appearance and smarter looking.
So, what are the key eyebrow treatments to be aware of – at home or in the salon – before you select which one might work for you?
The commonest forms of eyebrow beauty treatments are:
Let’s have a look at each of these treatments in turn and in greater detail to get a better idea of the processes involved.
Threading (also known as epilation) is an ancient method of hair removal originating in India but has more recently become popular in the West. In threading, a thin (cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level resulting in beautifully shaped eyebrows. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair. Eyebrow threading, as opposed to eyebrow waxing, has the advantage that it provides more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is gentler on the skin. It can be painful as several hairs are removed at once: however this can be minimised if it is done by a professional technician.
Tweezing is probably the best way to shape the brow as it is relatively easy to control. However, a skilled technician can often achieve a better result than you can at home, so it’s worth giving us a call to make an appointment!
If you do want to tweeze your eyebrows at home, follow these tips:
- Use a magnifying mirror with at least 5X magnification, so that you can clearly see each individual hair.
- Before you start, use a brow pencil to draw on the shape. This is the time to experiment and see what works best.
- Go slowly! Over tweezed brows are not as much in fashion right now, so less is more.
- The beginning of the brow should align with the centre of the nostril (which should be in line with your tear duct) and the arch of the brow should fall towards the back third of the eye, in line with the outer side of your iris.
- Don’t let the eyebrow extend into the temple area: end it a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye.
- Don’t let the front portion of the brow drop below the back part: it may make you look like you’re frowning.
- Choose the right tweezers: go for the sharp, slanted style rather than pointy ones which may pinch your skin along with the hair. Try a pair made by Tweezerman or Revlon.
- Tweeze after your bath or shower: warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.
Some people prefer waxing their brows because it can be the longest-lasting way of reshaping brows. It also tends to deal with really fine hairs in a most effective way, too. Some waxes only need your body’s natural heat to work which makes them extremely convenient to apply. However, one drawback with waxing is (if you are not used to doing it yourself) that it is hard to control, so only opt for this method for your brows if you are already confident with waxing other areas of the body. Or let one of our technicians do it for you.
The idea of tinting your eyebrows is that it will offer them more definition. In order to create a more clearly defined shape to the brow, tinting essentially creates a colour contrast between the skin and the hairs of the brow. This is a helpful technique if your brows have an uneven appearance or shape, because it helps to disguise this. Tinting, although not really reshaping your brows, gives the appearance of having done so and is especially useful for people who dye their hair, because it helps the brows to blend in naturally.
Combined Methods from Purdy and Power’s beauty salon in Cranbrook
Sometimes, our individual needs for the reshaping of eyebrows can mean that no single method will be ideal. This is often the case if the brows have been sun damaged, for instance, or perhaps suffered from permanent follicle damage as a result of over plucking at home. In such cases, it is a good idea to simply combine the best of several methods at once in order to achieve a truly tailored look which works with the natural shape of your face. HD Brows is a seven step beauty therapy which recognises the individuality of your brow and combines techniques like tinting, waxing and threading to reshape eyebrow hair perfectly. Unlike other methods, HD Brows are designed to work with other branded products, such as pencils and powders, so that the bespoke look continues to look good long after a treatment.
Essential Eyebrow Beauty Tips
Once your eyebrows have been reshaped by using one or more of the methods outlined above, it is important not to forget the upkeep of them. Even if your brows have been reshaped for a special occasion, like a wedding, follow the tips below in order to keep them looking good:
Use an eyebrow pencil that matches your hair’s natural colour to even out any odd looking patches, unless you are very fair – in which case go a tone or two darker.
Don’t be tempted to keep plucking at hairs after a treatment – it is better to return for another one than potentially damaging follicles.
Work with the natural shape of your brows and accentuate them rather than trying to go for a completely different look.
Ensure that eyebrows look shaded and soft and not like a straight or hard line.