I have been trying to tame my eyebrows for years. I am lucky that they are light in color, and not overly bushy, but it seems that even with those genetic positives, I am left to try to make sure they don’t get out of hand. It’s amazing what pain women go through to be beautiful.
It started with waxing. Ouch! Each time I would go, I would sit in the chair while the woman poured hot wax on my forehead, and proceed to rip my little hairs out in one swift motion. It was over pretty quickly, but I would be left with lovely red marks around the eyebrows. This would last a good while and would be rather embarrassing when seeing other people out. I ran into someone at the mall once and felt like I had to explain the red…to which the person responded with “ooooo ya, what’s that about??” Yes pretty embarrassing. Not only was I left with a red splotches around my eyebrows, I would break out! I continued with that for many years.
That is till after college. Then, I heard about “threading”. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is Wikipedia’s definition.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal which originated in Persia spread to the Middle and Far East, and is now gaining popularity in Western countries. It is equally popular with both men and women in Arab countries.
Practitioners use a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread which is rolled over untidy hairlines, moustaches and so on, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line.
As the top layers of skin are not peeled or traumatized, threading is an alternative for those with sensitive skin or who use Retin-A, Accutane, and similar products. However, it tends to be as or more painful than waxing. Hair removal lasts for about four to six weeks.
Ouch again! I heard of this method through friends. I found it to be a bit painful, almost as much as waxing, but this time I didn’t break out, and my eyebrows looked cleaner. It consisted of lying back in a chair, and then a woman took two pieces of twine and ripped out my eye brow hairs. I have no idea how the string does this, but it does…it’s a mystery.
About a year ago my friend brought me to the mall where a woman she knows would give us a deal on eyebrow plucking. I have always hated plucking. I felt that each pull of the hair would make my stomach turn. It’s like minor torture if you ask me, but I know in my head that this method is the best way to shape your brows…so in the name of beauty I went for it. Boy did it hurt, but boy did my eyebrows look amazing. The woman charged me $15 which is a lot more than the $5 I pay for the threading, but that $15 price tag is so much less expensive than if I went to any other eyebrow “plucker”. Did you know they charge like $50! And that’s for a woman in the mall! This baffles me!
So I thought, you know what? I can do this myself. So I got Tweezerman Tweezers. I read about them in a magazine so I went for it. I had no idea how many types there were! Slanted, straight or pointed, and they came in many colors and prints! Which to choose?? I went with a pink slanted pair. So I set off to tame my eyebrows on my own. When I would look close up, it was amazing how many little blonde hairs there were! I try. I try every day and somehow there is always a hair out of place! How can one keep on top of this? It is a daily job that I am not so sure I am good at.
So how do you do it? I never realized how obsessive I could become about this. The little hairs mock me daily. Alright ladies, it’s time to confess. What is your method to tame the madness?