7 Things You Should Know About Brow Waxing from a Professional
You should know all the facts before having your brows waxed. It will help you select the right person to do your waxing and get the results you are hoping to achieve.
1. The first and probably the most important thing to remember is that your brows are sisters, not twins. Your brows may look similar but majority of the time they are not identical, however, a good brow shaping with wax can help them get as close as possible.
2. Make sure to have realistic expectations. If you bring in a picture of big, bold brows when you have been victim of over waxing/tweezing for years or have never had thick brows, you might leave a little disappointed. Showing your waxer what you want is totally fine, bring in a picture if you have one. We insist. What you might leave with though is a little less hair, clean lines and a plan of action that will most likely consist of growing out certain areas and although it may be a little uncomfortable, it'll be worth it. Trust us.
3. There is still hope for the thin ones. If you have been victim of a bad wax, have maybe tweezed your own brows too thin for too long or have had hair there once before but it hasn't grown for years, don't give up! There is still hope for your brows. Their are powerful products on the market that help grow back those hairs that were once there!
4. Makeup may be needed. Most brows pictures floating around on Instagram have makeup applied to them (and around them) in order to create the look you want. Once you have created a plan with your waxer, ask them what they recommend to help you create that look at home. They might have some retail items available for purchase or they might recommend you go to your local makeup counter and get some. Either way, make sure you have someone show you how to do it or your home makeup application may turn a few heads but not in a good way. Proper application, blending, and sculpting is necessary when creating the look at home. If you naturally have great brows and no makeup is required to get that look, then awesome! We're jealous.
5. Men get waxed too. All men have to groom their facial hair regularly for maintenance. The days of men not caring or doing anything with themselves are long gone. We are seeing more and more men come in and get their facial hair maintained more than ever before! The common misconception amongst men is that if you get waxed, you will have a " 40 year old Virgin" wax experience or that you will have thin, feminine looking brows and that is far from the truth. Men are always so surprised that getting their brows, ears and nose waxed is really not that painful and the results last way longer shaving or trimming.
6. Take care of your brows (and face) in between waxes! This is another big one. When you wax your brows, face or any other part of your body, you need to take care of it. It's like going to get a facial and expecting to look 10 years younger and not using any good products at home afterward to make a difference! It doesn't work that way. Any sort of hair removal can cause redness and irritation right afterwards, so using proper before and aftercare products that have calming and antibacterial ingredients in them is recommended to calm and prevent any bacterial from getting in to the open hair follicles. It also removes dead skin cells and unwanted hair (duh) so you need to use sunscreen to protect it from sun damage. To be safe, just make it a habit to use a good sunscreen everyday as it it the best thing you can use to prevent aging and damage to the skin.
7. Lastly, for goodness sakes, please go to a professional. There are so many options out there when it comes to brow maintenance and many people don't know that you need to have a license to wax, to wax. Many salons offer waxing but their employees are either not licensed to wax or lack the experience to give you the great shape that you are looking for. Next time you just run in to a random place to get your brows shaped or just get a quick wax while getting your nails done, make sure to look for (or ask to see) a license given to them by the cosmetology or a similar entity. A certificate of training is not gonna cut it.
LEONA BAISLEY: Having been licensed esthetician for over 8 years, Leona has worked for a variety of spas and wax only salons. She is passionate about skin care, waxing and education for both the professional and the client. She has over 4 years of wax training experience for large organizations and is in the beginning stages of creating her own education classes that will help licensed estheticians and cosmetologists grow their businesses and compete with the top professionals in the industry.
- Leona Baisley