Last spring I went to an expensive celebrity eyebrow expert. In less than 5 minutes he reduced my thick unruly brows to a skinny, ugly semi-circle. I left as quickly as I could muttering to myself, “at least I have bangs, at least I have bangs”
I vowed to discover the real secrets of a good looking brow. It has taken almost nine months for my brows to grow back enough to try out other brow beauty options. Talking to experts, I began to underestand the basic issues behind eyebrow shape and volume. In reality, our brows are determined by the shape of the brow bone and the pattern of hair growth. While brow styles go in and out of fashion, the basic shape follows individual anatomy. Blondes have lighter, sparser brows, but as we grow older most of our brows shorten and thin out. Working within these limitations there are four great options and I have found trusted technicians that will allow me to try them all and post my results.
1.Eyebrow Brow Make-Up
Everyday there seems to be a new powder, template, pencil or wand that promises to give us world class brows. I’ve not had much success with them. The results look furry and artificial. I think there is a learning curve to using them and I am going to get some lessons in the right way to use them
2.Tinting the Existing Eyebrows
After cleaning up the straggly hairs below the arch of my brow I am having them colored with a semi-permanent tint. Yhis will darken the existing brow hairs as well as make the tiny pale brow hairs more visible. And yes, I am nervous.
Very much like false eyelashes, individual hairs are applied to the brow to increase length and volume. They last for several weeks and are about the same price as professionally applied individual eyelashes.
4.Hair Growth Serums
It sounds like science fiction– a product that can actually regrow hair. There are now two that have FDA approval — Rogaine used to regrow hair on the scalp and Latisse to lengthen lashes. There are reports that they are both useful for brow regrowth. It takes at least severl months to show results which is why its going to be the last option I try.
This photo shows my brows as they look today. They have definitely grown thinner over the the years and I have pretty much lost the “tail” of my right eyebrow. Without the little brown freckle, it would look like half a brow. I can clean up the random hairs below the arch, but I can’t change the shape with a tweezer. Lets seem what the new options deliver. And at least I have my bangs to cover disasters.