Eyebrow maintenance is one of the most neglected parts of daily grooming. The complaint is that it’s too difficult or time-consuming to take care of your eyebrows, but this just isn’t true. Here are just a few options for making sure your eyebrows look great all the time.
Waxing your eyebrows is one of the best ways to make sure they look absolutely perfect, and you don’t have to go to a salon to do it. You can get a home waxing kit and spend a few minutes out of your evening waxing your eyebrows on your own. It does require attention to detail, as you want to make sure you’re not removing any hairs you want to keep, so it will probably take about 15-20 minutes to complete in its entirety. The effects of waxing last much longer than other grooming tips, and the procedure should be done every four to five weeks, depending on the rate of hair growth. The more you practice waxing your eyebrows at home, the better you’ll get, and in the end, you’ll be able to give yourself your perfect look in no time at all!
Eyebrow threading is starting to take its place as a popular eyebrow maintenance routine. Threading an eyebrow consists of twisting a cotton thread along the skin where the unwanted hairs will be removed and then quickly lifting that thread. It removes the hair at the follicle, so it will take much longer for the hair to grow back. It does not use chemicals or expensive waxes to do its job, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin, or people looking to save a bit of money.
The concept of eyebrow threading comes from the ancient Middle and Far East, but it is rapidly gaining popularity in western civilization as well. Many salons, especially in more heavily populated areas, offer eyebrow threading as well as the typical offer of waxing.
If your problem is too few eyebrow hairs, or thinning brows, drawing or penciling in your brows is the simplest way to keep them looking gorgeous. You can fill in the gaps and spaces left by your natural eyebrows and create a beautifully shaped look.
To start, lightly outline the head (or, front) of your brow, which you can find by holding your brow pencil vertically against the edge of your nose. Next, draw a thin line towards your arch. You can find your arch by lining the brow pencil up so that the edge of the pencil is just outside of the iris of the eye—this is your natural arch. Slowly move your line out from there, being sure to keep the line thin at the tail of the brow. Fill in sparse areas with brow powder. Be sure to do this lightly at first—this makes for a more natural look, and you can always add more if you still see patches.
You might have to do a little experimenting to find an eyebrow pencil shade that matches your natural eye color, but once you’ve found your perfect shade, nobody will be able to tell that you filled it in yourself.
In all of your work to get your eyebrows to look the way you want, you want to make sure you’re not damaging your eyebrows’ overall health. Be wary of over-plucking your eyebrows, as doing so can sometimes damage the follicles and prevent those hairs from growing back in correctly, or growing back in at all. If you are worried the eyebrow hair follicles are already damaged, you may still be able to do something to fix it—olive oil can be used as a home remedy to help repair damaged hair and get it growing again.
Eyebrows that are beautifully cared for will frame your face and make your eyes pop. No matter what your method for sprucing up your eyebrows, make sure you’re taking care of your face. If any of the chemicals or products used on it result in prolonged discomfort, find an alternative; your health is more important than getting the perfect look.
BYLINE: Jessica Stamos is a DIY beauty buff, and gets many of her tips from hair restoration center sites and personal grooming blogs.