In the spirit of radical self-care, I decided to treat myself to an eyebrow make-over last night. During my many, many visits to the Greenbelt Mall, I had happened across a shop entirely devoted to the art of eyebrow shaping. Please, allow me to share my find: it’s called Browhaus! Based out of Singapore, it’s an Asian chain devoted to all things brows. It’s even got a little attitude that comes with it for free. Take, for instance, the doors to the appointment rooms:
No, I was not in a submarine! And just as an amusing aside, when I tried to take my own picture of the place, they told me that cameras were not allowed because everything they do is proprietary! Darn those secret-stealing eyebrow competitors!! So alas, no pictures of my own. The Browhaus Brow Architects (their name, not mine) have a full menu of products to offer:
- Brow construction – Shaping with tweezing or threading
- ColorTweak – brow coloring (dying)
- Lashgraphy – tinting your lashes a darker color
- Lash Curl Up – A permanent curl for your lashes
- Lash in Bloom – individual lashes are glued on to your existing ones
- Brow Resurrection – A new brow is created and applied, strand by strand
Whoa, huh? They tried to convince me not only to shape my lashes, but to color my brow and dye my lashes. Next time, friends. We’ve got plenty more visits in our future! So I ended up choosing a Brow Construction, but the method I chose was THREADING. Now what is threading, you ask? I didn’t even know! Watch this 2 minute video to see the process in action:
I have to tell you, I will never go back to waxing! It was beyond incredible to take one of the most excruciating processes known to women and eliminate the pain. CRAZY! It’s hard to explain what it felt like, almost like someone took an itty bitty scissors and got right up against my skin and clipped out a few strands at a time.
My architect went insanely fast though. I couldn’t see what was happening because one woman spread apart my eyebrow (holding my lid closed) and little pieces of hair were flying all over, so I wasn’t supposed to open the other eye. Apparently this practice was developed in Asia, which is why it’s so common here. Only $10 for the treatment! Hard to believe that a little sewing thread can extract things so precisely. It’s one of those life experiences that you’re unfortunately going to need to go through to understand. I just can’t put my joy into words. So I’ll use pictures instead:
Now, mind you – I have curly hair in my brows, so they’re a bit unruly to begin with. In fact, we had to draft an entire “Brow Plan” for my beauties. I was instructed to come back exactly 4 weeks from today and to UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES remove any hair underneath the brow. We are working on regrowing some patches that I had apparently overplucked! OOPS! Well, thank goodness I now have a Brow Architect! What a fabulously foreign experience! Here are a few other shots worth sharing… But before I leave you, a short public service announcement: Overplucking hurts the environment and YOU! Don’t do it… leave it to the professionals!