With eyebrows set to remain one of the hottest trends for the year ahead, Beauty Resource – an online directory of beauticians – looks at the most popular brow taming and enhancing services as voted for by visitors, and provides a rundown on choosing the perfect technique for your brow maintenance.
Today, Beauty Resource look at the most popular taming techniques and provide some helpful tips and info to help you decide which technique is the best way to maintain your set of face framers:
Winning 38% of the vote, Beauty Resource visitors voted plucking the number one method for brow maintenance – perhaps largely down to the fact it is the most cost effective of the polled techniques i.e. free (for DIY).
This method is largely carried out on a DIY basis in our homes so is a cheap and convenient way to do away with stray hairs. If you do pluck at home, a top tip is to fill in your brows before you start so you can use the shape as a guideline to tweeze around.
Frequent over-plucking can destroy the hair follicles, stopping the hair from growing back and leaving a patchy shape. Our advice – be incredibly conservative with the tweezers, or simply leave it to the professionals and use tweezing for upkeep between waxing or threading appointments.
With 33% of the vote, waxing came in as the second most popular way to keep eyebrows looking well groomed. While waxing can be carried out in the home with a DIY kit, it is most commonly carried out by professionals in a salon environment.
The process involves applying warm wax to unwanted hairs, covering them with a strip and then tearing the strip from the skin in a swift movement (hopefully taking along the unwanted hairs).
Waxing allows for a long period between regrowth, making it an excellent choice for those with coarse, thick hair that tends to grow back quickly. Waxing also provides a precise finish – great for those looking for good definition.
The most common waxing complaint is that it can cause some discomfort and irritation due to the tearing motion and wax ingredients – both of which can contribute to the red halo effect that sometimes surrounds the brows immediately after waxing.
With 22% of the vote, threading comes in as the third most popular brow maintenance method.
Threading is an ancient hair removal method that lassos hairs and whips them out from the follicle using a twisting cotton thread. This method would be pretty tricky to carry out on yourself so is best left to the professionals.
Threading is very precise and thus is excellent for definition, tidy lines and shaping. According to experts, threading also provides a more natural looking finish than waxing, as technicians are working with individual hairs – so a perfect choice for those who want a natural finish.
The ouch factor of threading is similar to that of tweezing as the hair is removed from the follicle – the process however is much quicker.
Going ‘au naturel’
For 7% of respondents, being blessed with naturally striking brows or attempting to grow them out meant they had downed tools completely in favour of an ‘au naturel’ approach.
If your eyebrows are a naturally good shape or if you are attempting to grow them out, use a brow powder or pencil applied lightly in small strokes to add definition before finishing with a gel to set them in place. For guidance on how to do this, a single make-up session in which a professional will show you how to fill in your brows to suit your face is a great cost-effective option.
Additional options for adding definition include HD Brows® (a seven-step procedure to enhance your brows) and eyebrow tinting, both of which will work to enhance your natural features.
Whatever your brow penchant may be, Beauty Resource can put you in touch with a beautician in your local area who can help you to achieve your desired look. From threading or waxing through to HD Brows® and eyebrow tinting – visit Beauty Resource today to find a brow expert in your local area.
Results based on a survey of 58 visitors to Beauty Resource during February 2014.