Almost nothing beats the feeling you have after getting you hair done or wearing a fab new outfit. Nothing, that is, except getting your eyebrows done! I was 15 or 16 when a friend of my Mom’s questioned the state of my brows. To be frank, she said, “You need to do something with those things!” I’d never given my eyebrows a second thought before that. I took her bluntness to heart and I’ve been grooming my brows in some way, shape or form ever since. Who knew that even with a fresh “do” and fly outfit *are we still calling things “fly”* if your eyebrows are in disarray, it’s just not the answer?!
I started out tweezing my brows myself, then at some point, during my acrylic nail phase, I also let the ladies in the nail salon wax my brows. This was ok, but proved problematic as I experienced some wax mishaps that resulted in use of a brow pencil. More than that, was the shape of the brow, which seemed to always be a thin half-moon no matter what the natural shape and arch of my brows were.
Around the time we moved to our current city, I started to hear about threading, but it was hard to find someone to do it here. I was also seeing a dermatologist to get my skin together for my impending nuptials. With the meds I was taking, I had to avoid waxing. Luckily, a co-worker told me about an eyebrow Guru who did threading at local chain salon. I made my first appointment and I was hooked. She gave my brows shape and I was able to go longer between threadings than I had with wax.
The Guru was in HEAVY demand and only available with an appointment. If I missed an appointment, I had to wait weeks before I could get back in. I loved the Guru. I never had to whip out an eyebrow pencil with her and she was always able to make my brows as symmetrical as possible. I don’t know about you, but my brows are like my boobs, they are not identical twins! The only hiccup was the appointments. Sometimes I forgot about the appointment, my schedule would change in the weeks since I’d made the appointment or just didn’t have the time to keep the appointment. What I really needed is for the Guru to take walk-ins, but it was not to be.
Eventually, a shop specializing in threading opened in our area and they took walk-ins! Jesus heard my cry! I ditched the Guru and went to the new shop. It was great to go whenever my brows were in need and I had the time. The first few times were great. Sure, I noticed that the tech broke more thread than a little bit as she did my brows, something the Guru never did, but I was happy. Well, you know, you’re always happy until you’re not. The thing about the new salon, you never knew who you were going to get. The first aesthetician was great and then she disappeared. The 2nd was pretty good, no broken thread! The 3rd…well I left her chair with a full brow and a brow that was a throwback to my nail salon waxing days, half-moon and making a mad dash to Sephora for a brow pencil.
A glutton for punishment, I went back. I would always go with at least 4 weeks of growth, and ask to keep my brows as thick as possible. The 4th would make a point to say that one of my brows isn’t as thick as they other. However, as I said, one of my boobs is slightly bigger than the other, but they both fit in a B Cup. So I wasn’t understanding why all of a sudden the thickest of my brows was stopping them from looking similar. Also, this new shop had me using a filler brow pencil more than I ever had.
I’ve grown tired of these ladies making the brows I’ve had for 35 years be the problem and not their lack of technique or care. I’ve been growing out my brows for the last few months. It’s not cute but it’s necessary. Sometimes you have to say to hell with convenience and go with quality and consistency. I’ll be returning to and sticking with my Guru from now on. I’m sure my brows will be happy and so will my Mom’s friend.
Have you ever left something that was tried-and-true for something new? Was the “new” better or not worth the switch?