How To Correctly Shape Eyebrows
When I started into my teen years and noticing that guys were kinda cute, one of them tactfully (not!) told me I had Bert Brow’s, referring to the Sesame Street character. I promptly bought a pair of tweezers and went to work. I believe I had about 1/2 inch left when I was done. Over the years I’ve tweezed, oftentimes ending up lopsided or with less than I should have had in the end. I’ve had many a hairdressers wax my brows over the years with mixed results, but then I was referred to Jen, an expert in the field. I soon found that a professional can actually make your eyes look like you’ve had ‘lift’ because of her skill and training as well as ‘polished’ and at your best. For your information, Jen also colors brows so they look natural and that you actually have some, for those ladies who have little or blond hair at the brow. Jen was so kind to write this up, helping us know what to look for when shopping for a professional. Thank you Jen for giving us this great information! When shopping for a professional that does eyebrows, here are some things that I would personally look for:
- Is the person LICENSED? To wax brows, you must be an Esthetician, a Hair Stylists or a Nail Technician. While hairdressers can wax eyebrows, they often times don’t have the set-up (adequate lighting, bed/chair, tools) to properly wax eyebrows.
- Do they use hard or soft wax? Many people don’t know the difference. Soft wax is traditionally what people are used to see during a waxing treatment. It is spread on the skin, a strip of muslin is then applied on top of the wax. Once the skin is pulled taut, the strip is pulled from the skin removing the hair and the wax. This type of wax adheres to both hair and skin and can cause lifting/tearing of the skin and causing skin sensitivity and possible damage to the eye lid. Hard wax, on the other hand, adheres to the hair only. It is applied to the skin, hardens, and then the wax is pulled from the area once it has hardened, or set up. I prefer the hard wax method for brows, as there is less room for error and the client doesn’t leave red and puffy. There is also less likelihood for ingrown hairs with hard wax.
- Are they sanitary? I am appalled at the number of hair salons or professional establishments that do not offer sanitary waxing practices. The professional should use sanitized implements (tweezers, scissors, etc.), and should NEVER, EVER under ANY circumstances double dip the wax stick into the pot. If they are not wearing gloves, you should physically see them sanitize their hands. I never use gloves to do facial waxing, but I will always, without fail, sanitize my hands before AND after a service. **IMPORTANT** A fresh applicator stick should be use EACH time it is dipped into the wax pot. While the wax is warm it is NOT hot enough to kill any virus or bacteria that can be transferred from the clients skin. If you see a person “double dip” this is NOT sanitary or hygienic, and violates health board rules and regulations. If you see an establishment that practice unsanitary waxing procedures, they should be reported to DOPL (Department of Professional Licensing) or the State of Utah Department of Health. Licensed professional know better, and were given their professional license based on their knowledge of safety and sanitation practices!
- Does the price include shaping? Some estheticians or hair stylists will “wax” brows, but it is merely a “clean up” of the overgrowth of hair. A professional brow wax should include shaping, tweezing and trimming if necessary. Be sure to ask if the price includes all of these elements.
- I don’t recommend that people wax their own eyebrows, or wax the brows of others unless they are licensed professionals. There are home wax kits that you can purchase, but considerable care should be taken if using them. Wax that can be heated in a microwave, in the wrong hands, can seriously burn the tender skin of the brows if it is too hot. As a general rule of thumb, if you are going to use wax at home, test the wax temperature on the inside of your wrist, as if you are testing a baby bottle. If it’s hot to you, it’s too hot to use!
The image above is a general guideline for shaping eyebrows. Point A is where a brow should BEGIN. Point B is where the brow should ARCH. When looking straight ahead, the brow should arch on the OUTER edge of the eyeball. Point C (a 45 degree angle from point A) is where the brow should END. Point D is demonstrating that the beginning and end of the brow should match horizontally.
- Don’t forget to have the lip and other facial hair taken care of as needed.
Jenifer has given us a WONDERFUL post on dying eyebrows too. Click HERE For any who live in the area, Jen is extremely good at her craft and very affordable. Jenifer Hoehne, Master Esthetician 801-726-0488 (Cell)
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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