The Guide to Sculpting Your Brows
By Kayla Garritano
Brows are an art form. Just like dying your hair, or finding your perfect style, you want to make sure you find the perfect brow match for you.
Sculpting brows might sound like a strenuous task, and it may sound scary not knowing what you’re getting yourself in to, but we want to make it a little easier by finding the best method for you.
Plucking & Tweezing
This is what I do. I’ve had them waxed, I’ve tried to pluck and cut them myself, but I will tell you this is the best option for me. This method is not for those who cannot handle the continuous plucking. I won’t lie, it could feel agitating and bothersome, and plucking may cause some serious sneezing and watery eyes. I know that doesn’t make this sound any more appealing, but trust me, the results are magical. My “eyebrow girl” uses a stencil to align my brows to make sure they are even and symmetrical with my face. The details are very intricate to make sure each hair on my brow is even and tidy. Since it requires precision, it will probably take more time and be a little more on the pricier side. Try finding a package deal to lessen the expense!
Waxing involves hot wax, cloths, and a quick pull of the hair off the body. Some will argue this is more painful than plucking; however this is a quicker method to get over the pain and will take a less amount of time to do. It’s also probably a good option for those looking to get a fast result, and looking for a more inexpensive option. Waxing is more for cleaning the hair than shaping it, however that is all some people may need. If you have finer, thinner brows, this may be a good option. This may not be the best option for those with sensitive skin, because the wax may peel some off with the hair.
This ancient technique from the Middle East and Asia is a very natural brow shaping method involving a single piece of cotton thread that sculpts the perfect arch. The thread is twisted and pulled along areas of unwanted hair. Some say it acts like a “mini-lasso,” lifting the hair follicle directly from the root without the use of any chemicals or unnecessary tugging. Similar to plucking, this is a longer effort to sculpt the perfect brow, which may make you antsy, impatient, or feel a longer discomfort than waxing would. However, this is meant to give you a cleaner brow look all while sculpting the perfect arch to fit your face. Unlike tweezing, it catches several hairs at once instead of single hairs. Just beware that this method involves a part of the thread being held in the technician’s mouth, so it may seem a little unsanitary. It’s also more difficult to find skilled threading technicians, so although the process is supposed to be more inexpensive, a skilled technician may charge more for their services because of the better threading quality.
This is a more permanent way to remove unwanted brow hair. For thicker eyebrows, this may seem ideal. Imagine never having to find crazy, eyebrow hairs around where they’re not supposed to be? The thin metal probe is inserted into each hair follicle. The probe delivers an electric current which should destroy the root permanently. Although this may seem idea, your brows typically thin as you age, so removing them permanently means you may have too few hairs on your brow when you get older. The pain for this may seem more intense due to the electric current as well, and the cost may get a little pricey depending on how long a session is.
The best idea is to browse around and do some research on each of these methods. Some things to consider when picking the best option for you are how thick your eyebrow hair is, how quickly your brow hair grows back, your pain tolerance, and your budget.
I am no brow expert; I simply did a trial and error for years until I discovered the best method for me. Just like most things, you have to try something before you can decide if you like it or not. We understand life gets crazy, budgeting becomes more of a priority, so that’s why there’s a method for everyone. Only you know yourself and your body, so only you can make the decision on what will be best for you.
What do you think? Share your thoughts with girl friday magazine here!