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Eye on Brows

January 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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Today, the field of esthetics is growing by leaps and bounds with the proliferation of day spas in women’s gyms, specialty salons, dental spas and even facilities that exclusively offer eyebrow services.

The growth is phenomenal—but, from a business perspective, it is just the tip of the iceberg.

In Beverly Hills, California, there are several spas—such as Damone Roberts, Brow Boot Camp, Valeries and Anastasia—that specialize in eyebrow shaping. Their clientele includes actresses, singers, TV personalities and socialites. The top spas charge $55 for the initial consultation, design and service, and $45 for follow-up maintenance visits. Just recently, a fashion magazine noted that many spas in New York have followed suit. These same spas provide esthetic skin care services, as well as retail skin care and makeup products. However, the most popular menu item is eyebrow shaping.

Why eyebrows?

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Maintaining Brow Hair Length

Two methods can be used to correct the problem of unruly eyebrow hair—using products or trimming the hair.

Using products. There are a number of products you can use to hold the brows in place. The oldest method is mustache wax that comes in clear, brown or black. However, it may not be the best choice. Good results also are achieved by using a brow set, sculpting lotion, sculpting gel, hair setting gel or hair spray. Be careful to protect the client’s eyes when using any of these products, as they will cause burning.

Before using this method, fill in any bare spots in the brow with eyebrow pencil, then use a brow brush with a comb to apply the product and work through the brow hair. Brush the product against the growth of the hair first; this puts it under the hair, where it is needed, instead of on top. Then brush the hair back into place for the desired shape. Let dry.

Trimming. The second method for handling excessively long brow hair is to trim it. The best tools to use are the eyebrow brush with a comb, as well as cuticle scissors. Brush the brow forward to determine which hair is too long. Hold hair straight out from the brow with the comb part of the brush, and trim so that it has a layered effect. Trim cautiously, a little at a time. Brush brow into shape to check for hair lengths, and repeat as necessary. Always use a layering technique. If you are not cautious, you can trim the brows so short that they will stick out or have holes. It is better if brows are a bit long, as you always can use a sculpting lotion or gel to hold them in place.

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