In early 2014 I decided I needed to jump on the bushier eyebrow bandwagon. This did coincide ever so slightly with my burgeoning Cara Delevingne obsession, so it was no surprise when I announced to my husband ‘I’m gonna grow my eyebrows!’.
I’d noticed the distinct lack of eyebrows initially on my wedding photos, and after years of plucking them to within an inch of their life it was time for a change.
I did a bit of research, and the honest advice I received was….you want bigger eyebrows? Put down the tweezers.
So I did, I stopped plucking my eyebrows in January 2014 and tried to let them grow as much as I could. In the following months, I noticed myself excusing my eyebrows whenever I met with friends, or had my hair done. As much as I wanted the look, I needed help. I looked into HD Brows after seeing a ton of posts about them on Instagram and found my local HD Brow specialist – Zena Fox. I got an appointment after a couple of weeks wait – these treatments are in demand!
Here’s my before and after – it does have to be said I was pulling a ridiculously surprised expression in the top picture!
I met with Zena and she explained the treatment to me in detail. HD Brows follows a 7 step process of:
Consultation – Zena talked through what kind of look I wanted to achieve and how she thought I would be able to achieve it. She was pleased I’d already started on growing my brows and stopped plucking, so she recommended I purchase the Lash & Brow Booster to help stimulate more growth in my brows. Because of overplucking, the follicles close and stop producing new hairs, and the serum would help with that. I was to apply it every day, and the cost was £35. (RRP is now £39.50).
Tinting – Zena then set about tinting my fair brows to achieve an overall depth of colour which would help my brows look thicker more naturally.
She then aligned by brows and tails with my face and pencilled in the shape we wanted to achieve, checking I was happy with what she was suggesting. Then followed the next steps of waxing, trimming, threading and tweezing.
After care and makeup application – Zena then used an printed eyebrow aftercare sheet to show me where I needed to focus on applying my brow liner to ensure even coverage and shape. She showed me how to apply the brow liner and to use light feathery motions, to imitate the brow hairs as much as I could.
You can see how much thicker my brows look already without looking like a Crayola Face!
She recommended I leave the next treatment for 8 weeks to give the serum a good chance to start working – she said it would take 6 weeks before I saw any real results. Off I went, and I did as she asked applying the serum daily and staying away from those tweezers. I bought a new brow pencil and practised my application till I had it perfected. And perfect it I did….not a day went by without me asking my husband how my brows were looking!
For my second session, she was very pleased with the change in my natural brows, as was I.
This time, Zena had just received a new product, the Brow Colourfix. She was raving about it and as I’d mentioned I’d been getting through my brow pencils quite a bit, she recommended I get some as it was much more longer lasting. We decided on the darker colour, 003 Vamp as the lighter colours seemed to show my brow hairs more, rather than blending in. The cost was £22. She showed me how to apply again, suggesting I buy a thin slant edged make up brush to apply it with. I bought this one from Mac.
I was so pleased with the outcome! The serum and the colourfix were working so well for me! I found the colourfix easy to apply, and 2 months down the line it’s still going strong.
So my obsession was paying off, and even my dear husband had grasped what I was trying to achieve with this…his response to my endless brow questions was always…’They look big and bushy babes’!
Between the second and third sessions I plucked a measly 3 hairs from my brows, just unruly ones and sadly one grey hair *sob*.
Here’s my brows looking natural and after I’ve applied my make up, I don’t use the colourfix every day but I have definitely mastered the art of eyebrows! If only I’d listened to my mum……she told me not to overpluck my eyebrows, when I was just 16 *sigh*.
It’s safe to say, 2014 has been the year of the BROW.