Now that the beauty industry has responded to the demand for current brow treatments such as tinting, threading, microblading, and lamination, the topic of conversation has shifted from how thin and tweezed one's brows can be to how one can make the most of them.
We'll be the first to admit that while each service can provide you with the desired brow shape, navigating all options can be difficult. Get a breakdown of the most popular pre-wedding treatments for your brows below to determine which is best.
Trimming and tweezing are methods of cleaning up and shortening brow hairs. When you tweeze, you're getting rid of hair at the root; when you trim, you're getting rid of the length. Eugenia Weston (A celebrity makeup artist and founder of Senna Cosmetics) recommends getting your brows professionally shaped every four to six weeks if you don't trust yourself with a tweezer and scissors.
It is the most effective and universal brow treatment that helps keep your brows looking full and natural. Furthermore, with professional tweezing and trimming, you avoid the risk of removing too much hair and unlike other methods, there is no risk of stretching, burning, or damaging the skin.
Threading is a centuries-old hair removal technique that originated in India. A threading expert must roll two cotton thread pieces over the skin's surface to drive unwanted hair out of the follicle. Morgan Vanderwall, the owner of the Beautif-Eye brow studio, says, "You don't have to worry about any chemicals being applied to the skin with threading."
Threading removes hair with greater precision than any other method. Because it does not cause chemical reactions and requires minimal contact with the skin, it is also beneficial for brides with sensitive skin and comes highly recommended by dermatologists. Although the effects of threading can be temporary, most people expect them to last for two weeks or so.
Tinting is a popular option if you're tired of filling in your brows daily. The eyebrows can be tinted by applying a dye made from vegetables and activated with 3% peroxide. Brow tinting is a relatively quick process that only takes a few minutes.
Tinting is an excellent option for fine or transparent hair because it adds dimension and fullness. It is a superb brow treatment if you want to darken the hair, create a more defined shape and style, and maintain a well-groomed brow. Tinting results last between one and three months.
Microblading is a type of semi-permanent makeup used to fill the brow. "The procedure is carried out by creating defined, hair-like strokes in the brow with a needle and brow pigment ink," Marris explains (Eyebrow Stylist and Beauty Industry Pioneer).
By inserting pigment into the skin's upper layers, you can change the shape of your brows or make them appear thicker. The entire procedure takes about two hours. Microblading is especially beneficial for people who have thin, sparse, or patchy brows. Though the course may appear painful, a numbing solution is used beforehand to reduce discomfort.
Then, just like a regular tattoo, it takes time to heal (about four to six weeks), after which a touchup may be required. The pigment usually fades after 12-18 months, but the effects can last longer.
Brow extensions are similar to eyelash or hair extensions in that they are an extension of the brow hair that provides an ultra-natural, complete look. Following a consultation, the technician will outline your new brow so you can get a sense of the outcome. The extensions are then affixed to your natural brow hairs (or directly to the skin) with a surgical-grade adhesive.
The in-salon procedure takes approximately one hour, and refills are required every two to four weeks. It's great for filling in bare spots. You can have a higher arch, a longer tail, more or less curve—whatever you want. Furthermore, they are gentler than microblading, require no healing time, and provide immediate results. You will also not experience any redness or pain.
Brow lamination is a three-step process that begins with the application of a perming solution to break down the bonds within the brows, followed by the application of a fixing solution that helps to set your brows in the new shape, and finally, the application of a brow serum to restore moisture into the brows and skin." Brow lamination works for everyone, including those with thin brows.
Marris points out that those with sparser brows can achieve fuller-looking brows more quickly. Those who have thicker brows, to begin with, will see the most significant improvement from this. The results of brow lamination can be maintained for up to eight weeks without using any injectable chemicals or dyes. Brow lamination can also be used with other brow services, such as tinting or henna.
Brow henna, like brow tinting, stains the skin beneath the brow hairs to give the appearance of fullness. After the brows have been groomed with tweezers and wax, a paste is made by combining the henna color of choice with water. The solution is then dabbed onto the brow, usually starting at the outer edge.
Plant-based henna is an alternative natural hair dye that can be activated with rose water, in contrast to the vegetable dye used in brow tints that require a peroxide solution to become effective. Although the application takes more time, the effects can last up to ten days to six weeks.
This method of dyeing the brows involves making tiny, "hair-like" incisions in the skin. There are no machines or traditional tattoo guns used in the process. After applying a topical anesthetic to the affected area, a fine, sharp blade is used to make tiny incisions by hand. The pigment is then deposited into these incisions, resulting in incredibly natural-looking 'eyebrow hair,'" explains Kristie Streicher, creator of the Feathered Brow and co-owner of Beverly Hills-based beauty studio STRIIIKE. The most significant difference between traditional microblading and micro feathering is that with microblading, a particular type of stroke pattern is followed because it can be done on anyone, whether they have little to no hair. Stretcher explains that micro feathering works with your natural growth pattern.
This is why, before micro feathering, you must first grow back as much of your natural shape as possible. Even though micro feathering's effects can last up to a year, regular touchups every seven to nine months are required to keep the style fresh. Micro feathering is an excellent option if you need to fill in bald or thin spots in your brows.
Powder brows (also called ombre brows) are both temporary tattoo techniques for the eyebrows. Microblading uses a hand tool to create hair-like strokes resembling natural brow hairs. On the other hand, powder brows are done with a handheld digital machine that deposits dots of color between brow hairs, resulting in a powdery look similar to when you fill your brows with a powder shadow. Depending on the client's brow goals, microblading and powder brush are sometimes combined to create a fuller brow look.
If you get a touchup four to six weeks after your initial procedure, your powder brows can last from two to three years. In case your brows are thin and you want them to look fuller and more defined, this is the method to use.
These nine pre-wedding brow treatments can be a game changer in your pre-wedding beauty treatment checklist! We are sure this article has helped you make up your mind. Stay updated with the latest tips on beauty and fashion on BridalFusion.com. Browse our website for more inspiration for wanna-be brides and grooms.