Thursday, August 11, 2005

My eyebrow dilemma

I have a serious problem with my eyebrows. No matter how much I try to grow them out into some sort of normal shape, they're always weirdly skimpy in the middle, with crazy, straggly little hairs at the ends. I've always been lazy about my brows and never really cared much about grooming them (luckily, the hairs are very light, so I can go months without plucking or waxing them), but when I see myself in pictures now, my eyebrows always look ridiculously out of proportion to my face. I've tried filling them in with pencils, powder, and/or wax (been using a Prescriptives powder for years that matches my natural color pretty closely), but I'm so used to not having any eyebrows that when I "apply them", I automatically feel like Groucho Marx. Sigh. So not the desired effect.


Blogger Jenny V said...

Hmmmm, eyebrows are tricky. When you trim, do you comb up? Reason asking, when you comb down and trim, it's easier to scalp yourself. An alternative would be to let them grow for a few months & then make yourself an appointment with the J Sisters!! Now that's a real treat!!!

8/11/2005 1:18 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

I have the opposite problem of yours. My eyebrows grow in each week..but luckily I found a really good waxer who pays attention to detail and treats them real nice. She is worth all the money and a nice tip! Just find the right person to wax who understands your wanted eyebrow look. Explain it before hand to him/her. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, check the waxer's own eyebrows for an example of how they do theirs. Whenever I have someone wax my brows, I look at their own to see how they are done..Are they in porportion? Are they a nice shape? Are they too thin? This trick never lets me down... Whenever I get my brows waxed by someone, it is predicable how good they will turn out according to the waxer's own brows. NEVER FAILS! To save money one time I went to this salon in a big retailer. I took one look at the girl's brows and knew I was going to hate myself for letting this girl do it. Even by my explanation of how I like them, she still waxed wayyyy to far inward and out of porportion. I was soo upset. I had to wait a good month for little hairs to grow in. My next brow waxer had nice & neat brows...and that is how she did mine. The money was well worth it!

8/11/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger RaceGirl2499 said...

My eyebrows sound like yours suzykelly. No matter how many times I pluck, within 2 or three weeks they're back to being extremely thick, especially in the middle. Im going to get them waxed for my birthday when I go get my hair cut, so hopefully thatll help.

8/11/2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Ahhh eyebrows are so hard to maintain. I can never pluck them the way I want them. I love getting them waxed, but I hate the in between period when I look like a hairy beast. What's a girl to do?? How do people still look lovely while waiting for their next wax?

I have a different question for you though...lately I have been getting major eyeshadow gunk stuck in the crease of my eyelids. At first I thought it was my eyeshadow, so I tried something else with no success. Is it just the heat or am I doing something wrong? HELP!

8/11/2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger Heather1533 said...

Hey I have the same problem, too little eyebrow! Too light, too much plucking etc. Well a few months ago I was innocently trying on new lip glosses at Face Stockholm when the amazing girl that worked there told me she was going to, "do something else for me that I would LOVE." Well she used brow shadow and I swear...Hollywood! It was amazing. Completely changed my face. All I can say is run downtown you will be thrilled!

8/11/2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger jkewls said...

I have the same problem too! And I've been using brow shadow with an angles brush ...only from the angle to the end..and then i put brow gel everywhere else..the stila one or bobbi brown one is good.

8/11/2005 4:43 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I have the same problem. I look seriously overwaxed if I do not have my Bobby Brown eyebrow gel on. What I like about the Bobby Brown gel is first the brush - no clumps and it is kind of fluffy so you get the gel on the finest hairs. Also, the gel is thicker than other brands so it really creates the illusion of more brow that actually exists. It definitely changes my eyes (for the better, I think.)

8/11/2005 6:49 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

The answer: you've gotta let 'em grow out a while, even if you get some Groucho Marx action going on. They'll grow to their fullest capacity, and that's it. If they're not growing, you overplucked them, and they never will grow back. Usually, you can comb in nearby hairs on the sparse spot, then set with gel.

8/11/2005 7:33 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

I forgot to share that a few years back, I went in for laser hair removal on my brows. Well they can only do the middle area where the eyebrows separate because shaping the brows would be dangerous for the eye. Well its now 6 years later and my middle part does grow in...but...very...slowly and the hairs are finer. The laser treatment was $100 a pop and I had to do 5 sessions. SO I have uneven growth, so now I have customer looking at my brows while Im waiting for this weekends wax. ugh.

8/12/2005 1:13 AM  
Blogger Marigot said...

As Gena said you've got to let them grow out to their original state before re-shaping. If you can't find an eyebrow pro, try the anastasia website. I bought the eyebrow stencil and I'm pleased that I get both brows uniform.

8/12/2005 1:13 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Here's a thought... some thyroid problems manifest themselves in weird eyebrow manifestations. My sisters eyebrows stopped growing from the middle out (first one, then both), and she ended up having to take something like Synthroid for an underactive thyroid. Her doctor suggested she get tested when she went in for a sore throat.

Something to consider...


8/16/2005 3:17 PM  

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