Hello! I am Kathryn of Skin Maven in Owosso, Michigan. What do I want to talk about today?
In a nutshell: After my business class on Monday August 14th myself and fellow Estheticians were sitting around the table talking about all things esthetics. One subject came up that I feel not many of us Estheticians have in a conversation with our clients. What are we talking about? Well…some are too big, some are too little. Some are too wide, some are higher than the other. Some are lighter or darker than the other. Some are too long or too short. Some have had HORRIBLE things happen to them. Some of them have NEVER had anything happen to them! Some are natural, some are not. And some just need help! What am I talking about today??
We’re talking EYEBROWS today!
To me it’s not often we sit down and chat with people about the frame that goes to the window of the soul. The window of the soul being the eyes. Eyebrows are so expressive. They can make or break a funny joke. They express our emotions. Surprise and delight and anxiousness. To enhance them is one of the services that I really love to perform.
How many of you knew that I was losing my eyebrows? My eyebrows are falling out! Part of that is my diets in the past, the other is age related.How many of you knew that I colored my eyebrows in? My eyebrows are….pretty much white now! How many of you knew that I filled them in? I have less hair growing in than when I was younger.
Brows are a really sensitive subject for some people because when they see white eyebrows, especially on themselves, they want to pull them out. They use heavily pigmented color sticks to cover everything so they look good and feel better about themselves. And some of us need help because we have just done horrible things to our eyebrows. For instance, over-plucking. Excuse me, tweezing. That is the term we use in my industry. They may have had a botched wax job. Or they have so butchered them looking in the mirror with tweezers that it can take months or even up to a year to regrow what was there so that they have a more natural brow shape.
I want to share with you a story about my grandmother. My grandmother is the reason I decided I wasn’t going to allow my brows to go white. When I was younger and would go visit my grandmother she would say “Katie, can you come here and pull out my white eyebrow hairs? Cindy is at work, and they are driving me crazy.” I did that for her for awhile. Then one day I visited and she asked me the same question. I finally had to tell my grandmother “Grandma, to tell you the truth, if I pull out the white hair, you won’t have any eyebrows left. I think it’s time to pull out the dark ones!”
That was before I became an Esthetician.
Nowadays what I would say to my grandmother is “Grandma, I have a way to help you. I KNOW you don’t like the white eyebrows. I have this amazing product called brow tint. It’s formulated specifically for brow hair. It colors brows better. It’s safer for the skin and for your eyes than the color used on your hair. It’s regulated by the government. There are only 3 companies approved for use in the United States and I use one of them! I can make you brows appear lighter or darker or blend them in.”
That is what I would say to my grandmother and what we Estheticians would love for you to know. We are here to help you look good and feel better about yourself. You don’t have to have Andy Rooney eyebrows. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Andy Rooney, but I don’t do Andy Rooney eyebrows! No one needs to suffer with those eyebrows but Andy Rooney!
A brow tinting service usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to create the correct color, application and removal of the brow tinting. Brow tinting can help your day go so much faster. It’s pretty amazing to be able to get up and just put a little powder on my brows, maybe a little concealer under my eyes and maybe eye shadow and call it pretty for the day knowing that my brows look good!
Yesterday I had Estheticians compliment me on my brows. I need help with my brows too! I don’t trim my own brows because frankly, I have butchered my own eyebrows with scissors by cutting holes into them. Pam at Zen and Skin who works with me is amazing!
Any Esthetician who has taken brow tinting certifications can help you! I would recommend brow tinting over micro-bladed brows because I do not know how long micro-blading is going to last, or how long the pigment will stay in the skin. Estheticians are require to have special certifications, carry a tattoo shop license and certification, and take a blood bourne pathogens course. There are many rules and regulations surrounding micro-blading and tattooing makeup, also known as permanent makeup. Microbladed eyebrows WILL fade over time and will require touch ups on a regular basis. It is also a very costly service for something that is not permanent.
I know you are going to ask me: “So, how long does eyebrow tinting last?” Everyones eyebrows are different. Usually tints can last 3 to 4 weeks and sometimes as long as 8 to 12 weeks. The questions to ask are: “How much time are you spending in the sun? What products are you using on your skin? Do you like to spend a lot of time swimming? How are you taking care of your eyebrows? Are you using a glycolic cleanser? Are you applying any products over your brow hair?” All things to consider when it comes time for having your brows tinted. With light eyebrows I find that the first tint doesn’t last as long because the hair isn’t taking up the color nearly as well as in subsequent tinting. I find that the second application lasst longer than the first. I can usually get a good 8 weeks of tint before I have to re-tint.
Let’s talk brow shape….
I know some of us like really thin brows. Thin brows don’t look good on every face shape. Some like really thick brows. Some like the ombre’ brows that are lighter near the nose and darker on the out sides. The ombre’ brows look good on specific people. Ombre’ brows aren’t my forte, but I am happy to show you how to achieve that look. I love to teach clients how to fill in their eye brows so they feel better about not wearing as much makeup. That little bit of an enhancement can help you feel really good! It can give you a lift, it can make you feel as if you appear a little bit younger! Many times that youthful look is what we are striving for.
I do have a few openings this next week that can accommodate consultations for brow tinting and shaping. Hair removal always accompanies a brow tinting as the tint helps us to see those little fine hairs.
If you have an questions, you can find the answers on my website: www.skinmaven.net, or you can text me at 989.627.1018.
Let’s get you on your brow game!