Sunday, April 3, 2016

Brow Up Keep

Recently I've been hearing from a lot of talent and clients about how hard it is to keep up with their brows.

So I figured it'd be a good idea to share some easy ways to keep up with your brow growth with some tricks and tips-- as well as laying out your options :) 

Something to keep in mind... DON'T FOLLOW THE TRENDS! That's how the women of the 90's ended up with pencil thin brows (some of which never grow back!). The best thing to do with your brows is to go with what nature gave you. Appreciate what you have-- Learn to love what you have and how to make it look great! 

So be sure that when you're at your brow appointment or plucking at home, that you look at your natural growth and arch. Follow that lead and you'll be safe :) 

Your options... 

1. Plucking. 

Obviously we all know about plucking your brows. Some of you may know it too well if you grew up in the 90s, plucking away the majority of those babes!
Some great tips for plucking at home... 
*Pluck right after you shower: Your pores open up and your everything softens, so plucking is less painful! 
*Try to pluck strays every week: Once you have them shaped the way you like, the best way to keep up with your brow growth is to make it a regular habit. So many clients I know wait until it's unbearable and angrily pluck quickly-- which may cause over plucking. If you just pluck a stray here and there, you won't lose that shape you worked so hard to perfect and you won't have any accidents. Plus, it takes 2 minutes. 
Why not save the time? 

2. Waxing.

Another age old tradition of hair removal, waxing is readily available! While this is not my favorite method, many people still prefer it as the results last a little longer.
What to keep in mind... 
*Find the right person: Do your research! Find someone who has a good reputation and who's work you love! I've heard too many stories about going to a random shop/salon to wax their brows and having chunks removed, destroying their beautiful brows. These babies frame your face and you want the best of the best!

*Tell them what you want: Be sure to communicate exactly what you want. You need to be sure that you and your brow expert are on the same page.

*At home kits: There are some easy at home kits you can buy for waxing-- while this is not something I'd suggest, there is one kit I don't mind recommending...

Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit
$5.99 at Ulta

I've personally used this kit for brows and upper lip and it's super easy! It's great if you're in a pinch and need a quick clean up. Just warm the strips between your hands, pull apart, apply and pull! I wouldn't suggest this as a regular form of removal.

3. Threading.

A favorite amongst many! Threading is a form of hair removal that involves, well, thread (duh). It's a form of hair removal that started in Asia many many years ago! It removes hair a little more precisely than waxing as there is more control. It's also much gentler on the skin than waxing or plucking as it doesn't pull at the skin. It's quick and efficient.

Of course... 
*Be clear: As stated above, communicate what you want! Do you want to shape more? Want to thin them out? By how much??
While this form of removal is more precise than waxing, you want to make sure you and your expert are on the same page.

*Don't use a brow razor: You may have to stagger your threading appointments due to budget/time. So in the meantime, you may have to clean up random strays/outgrowth that appears between appointments. Be sure to only do so with tweezers rather than those little razors. Using these can lead to ingrown hairs-- which are not fun!

So there you have it!
I hope this was helpful to you on your brow journey! I cannot stress to you as a makeup artist how important the brows are in your makeup routine :) So take care of them!

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