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wrinkles, touch up your grays, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, in
your quest to slow down the clock – but have you ever given so much as a
second’s thought to how your eyebrows may be giving your ‘real’ age away?
How aging affects your eyebrows Your
body controls eyebrow and eyelash growth with a hormone called Prostaglandin. Then
your body punishes you for getting older by reducing production of said hormone
during menopause. This causes erratic growth patterns: your eyebrows may become
sparse, individual hairs can start growing longer, and (surprise!) you might
find the occasional snow-white hair in amongst the rest!
causes of brow degradation
Over-tweezing and over-waxing
the 90s trend of pencil-thin arched brows was not very kind to eyebrows, and
many women still suffer from scrappy, patchy regrowth issues.
Want good eyebrows? Easy – just ditch
the junk food and double up on salad! Seriously though, your eyebrows could
actually benefit from a nutrient-rich diet, with eggs for lean protein, dairy,
dark leafy greens, salmon, olive oil, seeds, wholegrains, almonds and walnuts,
and give your eyebrows a fighting chance with Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) and A,
E and B Vitamins.
Some medicines indicated for acne, high
cholesterol, depression and inflammation may cause hair or eyebrow loss, which may be temporary or permanent. Ask your health professional for advice if you think this is happening, and always read the medication’s package insert.
Give your eyebrows a second chance, and watch them get a second glance!
With eyebrows being such an important facial feature today – and because we are not all blessed with a statement pair like Brooke Shields, brow icon of the 80s, or reigning brow queen Cara Delevingne – there is an ever-expanding choice of methods, both permanent and temporary, to restore our brows to their former glory, or give us the pair we always felt we deserved!
experts recommend that you avoid tweezing or waxing if possible, as they cause
stress to the skin, so here are some more efficient and precise grooming
methods to consider:
This hugely popular method is a type of semi-permanent tattoo lasts up to18 months, so you never need worry about get them removed (as if!). Microblading involves using super-thin blades to create individual ‘hairs’ on the brow line, using a feathering technique. Natural dyes are then introduced into the skin with a small pen, perfect for drawing the finest lines, and the result looks incredibly natural. The initial color will fade as it settles, so a touch-up after a month is recommended, to ‘seal the deal’.
Microblading is a good option for cancer patients, who have to undergo chemotherapy, and may in all likelihood lose their eyebrows. As doctors do not recommend getting tattoos or piercings, it is important to get it done as long as possible before chemotherapy starts (6 weeks would be good, to allow for healing too). If the timing doesn’t allow this, microblading may be considered a few months after the chemotherapy program has been completed.
This method of shaping eyebrows originated in the East thousands of years ago, and is now widely used in western countries as an alternative to waxing, as it provides more precise shaping control, and is actually gentler on the skin – though (believe me!) it can get REALLY painful at the time, as several hairs get ‘pulled out’ simultaneously, and the brow bone is a very sensitive area.
In threading, a fine cotton or polyester thread is doubled
then twisted, then rolled over the skin, plucking hairs right from the
follicle.Techicians can use their hands, neck or mouth to control the thread, the
mouth being considered the fastest and most precise technique.
eyebrow tints change the color of your brow hairs, giving them a stronger
pigment and making them look fuller; if any skin staining occurs,don’t worry,
it will fade and wash away in a couple of days. Unless you have very blonde or
pale ginger brows, the general rule is to go a few shades lighter than your
hair color – too dark, and you end up looking fierce and scary! If you want to tint because your brows are
too pale, bear in mind that the darker color will highlight any sparse patches
or noticeable asymmetry, so grooming
becomes even more important.
If grey or white brow hairs are your problem, home tints are often not the answer, as these little pranksters are very stubborn when it comes to getting tinted away! We would recommend a professional ’dye-job’ here, from someone who really knows how to adjust the process to get the best possible coverage.
Gone are the days when the only eyebrow makeup was an actual
pencil that always broke when you tried to draw on your brow – so you had to
turn the house upside down looking for a sharpener! Today, eyebrow grooming is an art form, a
science (a profession even!) and there are a host of tools and color delivery
formulas availablein drugstores, department stores, beauty salons and online –
but before you make your decision, get advice from the in-store beauty
consultant or your own beautician on the right kind of products for your
These are most popular for soft, natural definition, for filling in gaps and elongating eyebrow ‘tails’. Retractable pencils usually have a brush or wand on the other end – regular brow multi-taskers!
Use with an
angled brush to fill in sparse, patchy brows, make them look fuller and create
a softer definition. Powders also help to ‘set’ pencils.
The secret weapon of the Instagram ‘eyebrowistas’, these add definition, drama and ‘hold’. An angled brush with short stiff bristles works best with pomades.
Just like a felt-tipped liquid liner pen, you can actually draw individual hairs – do this on top of powder and the results are incredibly lifelike! Markers are also good for disguising scars and bald spots.
Perhaps the most professionally preferred option, gels are the quickest, easiest way to add color, fullness and hold. The mascara wand applicator is especially brilliant for taming coarser,unruly brows.
Look out, all you wild and crazy eyebrows – wax is here to whip you into glorious, well-defined shape! Like pencils, wax ‘crayons’ make a great, textured base for brow powder.
We hope the information here will help you create the brows your eyes have always dreamed of looking up to! We leave you with wise words from Jack Black, a man who knows eyebrows better than most!