A couple of months ago I was feeling a bit sorry for myself. I was working TOO hard and not looking after myself. My skin was taking a beating and I was miserable. As girls do, I sent a very self-pitying Whatsapp message to my friend Natasha to show her how AWFUL my skin was and to get some sympathy. Natasha’s response to the close up of my watery eyes and spotty forehead? “PLUCK YOUR EYEBROWS, NICKI!”
Mortified. Thanks Natasha
Fast-forward to a week ago. I received a DM from a Twitter account called @browXpress that read,
“Hi Nicki! We’d love to do your eyebrows for the whole of 2014. Would you love that?”
One quick look in the mirror and I replied, faster that you can whip off a wax strip, “Um, I’d LOVE that!” and an appointment was set up with Gillian for the very next day.
The truth is, I’ve been more lax with my eyebrows than anything else. I guess as a mom you choose your battles, and my eyebrows has been at the bottom of the list for some time. I mean, I pluck the stray hairs that, left unattended, have the potential to allow my childhood monobrow back into existence. But I don’t and haven’t ever really focused on the shape of my brows. I have never liked how thin they are towards the ends, where I’ve been ever-so-slightly pluck-happy. Turns out my enthusiastic plucking habits aren’t only my own. According to an article entitled Brows Through the Ages on Women24.com, “With the 90s came an obsession with plucking, waxing and grooming eyebrows, creating a trend that lasted through the early 2000s. Many women are still fighting the aftermath of this process today, as thicker brows are back on trend.”
Exhibit A: 90s Eyebrows
What’s more “in” and more natural, are the looks sported by beauties, Camilla Belle, Emmy Rossum and Lily Collins, for example:
So, with these beautiful brows in mind, I headed off to the Birdhaven Centre to pay a visit to (world-famous eyebrow specialist to the stars, including Zan Posen models, Pavarotti, various Miss World contestants and SO many more) Gillian Lentin.
More than just a waxing salon, browXpress is an experience. From the Venetian chandelier hanging over the antique reception desk, to the exquisite artwork on the ceiling, it was more than what I’d expected and from that moment, having my eyebrows waxed would never be the same.
Gillian Lentin, the owner and founder of Joburg’s only eyebrow boutique, saw me for my first appointment. She could immediately tell, from my massacred left eyebrow, that I was right-handed and she reassured me that, although I had been (very) heavy-handed when it came to my plucking technique, she could sort me out. We spoke about the ideal eyebrow shape, which is measured using the nose to position where the brow should start and end.
Combing my eyebrows in the the correct direction (who knew?!), Gillian began by tinting my eyebrows, followed by a trim and finally, waxing. Without saying too much, here is my before and after:
I honestly didn’t think it was possible to make over-plucked eyebrows fuller after an appointment where my eyebrows were trimmed and waxed. HOW? I’m excited to see how my brows transform over the next 12 months … and also to get better at taking more attractive before and after pics
My recommendation? Book an appointment NOW. Don’t even think about it. At R200-R300 per appointment, this is not your average eyebrow was, but it’s worth every cent. Gillian’s diary is booked for anything up to a year in advance (yes, really) so Lungi, Gillian’s protege, is taking on new clients and you can contact them on 082 584 2348.
You can also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and get brow-spiration at their Instagram profile too.