my eyebrow story
from slugs to tadpoles and back again
I know my eyebrows are either a hot or a boring topic, some people love them others despise them. Either way I wanted to share my eyebrow story as lame as that sounds. I've always had very thick eyebrows and for as long as I can remember I've always struggled with them being the shape I really wanted. I started plucking them around 13-14 to keep the monobrow at bay and since then they seem to have got progressively smaller. The problem with my brows is mainly the fact they are too far apart and because I was so paranoid about monobrows I never could leave it to grow back. I've never plucked them all out or anything crazy like that thankfully!
I didn't start filling my brows in until around Jaunary 2011, before I didn't even know it was a thing and since then I never really looked back. I started off using pencil, and then soon went on to powder to give it a softer finish. By now I was getting my brows threaded on a pretty regular basis, probably around every there weeks or so at one of those random shopping centre stands. While I think it depends where you go, on reflection I was never really happy with the results. I remember once they took so much of the front of one of my brows to make it look less sparse I was left with a huge gap between my brows and therefore again they had to take even more off resulting in them being too far apart.
It was actually the Glossy Box birthday party that made me realise I need to grow my eyebrows back. A disastrous dodgy eyebrow threading session left me pretty much brow less. Enough was enough. They we're ridiculously thin, looked like tadpoles and were just way to far apart. They looked bloody terrible and I made the conscious decision that I needed to let them grow.
I went on holiday for a long time back in June/July so I decided to leave them. Yup, I didn't touch my brows for weeks. I don't know how I coped, I guess because I was away and I wasn't doing much in the summer I was able to get away with it. Here is a hideous photo of how they looked! On my return to London I booked an eyebrow shape with my eyebrow lady Feroza (review here) and she shaped them back into a natural full shape. I decided I wanted to get away from the high arched look I'd normally opt for and go for something softer and more natural. I wanted to keep them rounded rather than too arched and keep as much of the natural texture as I can.
Currently they are at the point where I don't even have to fill them in anymore as they look fine without anything in as long as I keep up maintaining the shape. I do sometimes fill them when I feel like my face needs it, but most of the time I just brush through them with a mascara comb. It took me about five weeks of simply leaving them to get the front part growing back properly, and then probably another two or three months to get them to the point they are now. I also tried to using castor oil on them as well as Rapid Brow when I remembered, but I do think the trick was just to simply leave them.
I'm really happy with how they are, even though Im tempted to take them down a hair or two thinner just for a little less obvious-ness now my hair is lighter. Since going blonde I've been asked if I'd change the colour of my brows, and I don't think I would. I like the whole Cara Delevinge thing, and I think for now I'm going to rock it. I do want to go blonder in the future and changing my eyebrow colour might need to happen then, but for now they'll do!
Anyway I know this the the most ridiculously long post I've probably written, but I just want to say you can change the shape of you're eyebrows and it can dramatically change how you look. Honestly, I know that growing out your eyebrows is possibly one of the hardest things to do in the world but I just want to prove you can do it and change your brows in a short ammount of time if you just LEAVE them. I think you just need to note how different I look with those ridiculously thin brows compared to how my brows look now. My face looks completely different and it looks a whole lot softer!