8 posts tagged "Brows"
“I want to bring back the unibrow. Full brows are in—so one brow just might be next!”
Although it still remains to be seen if thick or thin will be in for Spring ’14, we’re paying homage to Streicher’s arch forecast above. Will Frida Kahlo’s famously connected brows be the inspiration backstage at the shows? Or will tweezers rise again? Only time will tell.
Lately, attention has turned to brows in a big way (thank you, Cara Delevingne). But Japanese actress Rila Fukushima went rogue last night and opted for natural, unfilled arches at the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses exhibition in Tokyo. While we never thought we’d long for a statement lip, we’re happy to see a bold bordeaux mouth staging such a glorious comeback. So much so, we’re almost (almost) tempted to stop beefing up our brows and opt for something a bit softer and, dare we say it, sparse.
Today Style.com had the pleasure of having Feathered Brow guru Kristie Streicher in the house. Katharine Zarrella, associate news editor, says of the experience, “It was like looking at an angel plucking my eyebrows.” With her vintage-like SteamLine Luggage kit in tow (which reminded us of the days when traveling was considered glamorous and felt less like riding the Greyhound), she whipped our brows into shape in no time. “In fifteen minutes you can change someone’s life, that’s why I love my job,” Streicher says. (She indeed changed ours, and just in time for New York fashion week.) Streicher also divulged her genius idea of holding appointments on the transcontinental flight from her base in L.A. to New York City—a trip she frequently makes to see clients at her namesake Beauty Bars at the Warren-Tricomi Salons (one is located in both cities). “I’m always tempted to buy the window seat next to me—a plane really has the best lighting for doing brows,” she explains. We think jet-set tweezing is the next big thing and this arch angel should get her own set of wings.
The Quandary: I recently received a terrible brow job, but I still tipped the stylist out of guilt. Is it OK to not tip after a bad service? Should I explain if I don’t, or should I just ask to have it fixed somehow?
The Expert in Residence: Soul Lee, grooming specialist at Kiehl’s Spa 1851.
The Advice: “If you paid for the service and tipped your brow specialist even though you weren’t happy with the shape, you absolutely did the right thing. Standard tipping at a spa or brow studio is about 15 percent to 20 percent for good or great service, and even though you had a bad experience, the brow specialist booked the appointment and blocked out the time for you to take care of your needs. If you leave less than the standard tip, I think the specialist will get the message that you weren’t happy with the result.
“But to prevent an unsatisfactory result, always fully communicate with your brow specialist exactly what shape you are looking for before you begin. Bring inspiration photos if you need to, and talk to the specialist about what shape is best for you and how many hairs need to be removed for that shape. After the service, if you’re not happy with the result, you should definitely tell your specialist why you are not happy with the brows while you are still in the chair and give the specialist a chance to fix the problem before you pay. However, you should only go back to fix the problem if it can be fixed by plucking a few hairs or trimming to even out the thickness or balance the arch. If the brows are way over-plucked and beyond repair, do not go back to the same person. In this case, give your brows about a 30- to 60-day break from hair removal to allow the hairs to grow. You can fill in any sparse areas with brow powder or pencil. Then, to find a new specialist, ask friends or colleagues, or search online for a specialist with a good reputation. Make sure to find a specialist whom you can ask for a consultation while your brows are still growing out, so you can get advice and tips on how to grow them in properly. The specialist can tell you where you should let them grow and where you might be able to pluck, until you’re able to make the full appointment to reshape your brows. To further eliminate a bad brow job, remember that waxing and threading alone can be tricky and can result in over-plucked brows, so make sure you find a specialist who combines tweezing and trimming, or only tweezes and trims, to shape brows.”
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The Quandary: After getting my brows done, I noticed they weren’t exactly symmetrical the next day. How much time do I have to go back to the salon and ask that they be reshaped?
The Expert in Residence: Kristie Streicher, brow artist and founder of Kristie Streicher Beauty Bar in Los Angeles
The Advice: “This all depends on the brow artist or type of spa or salon you went to, but typically I’d say you have a week. But rather than going back right away to have more hair taken out, to even out the shape, you might want to consider waiting for about four to six weeks until after they’ve filled in a bit, and then have your brows reshaped. Just let the artist know right away you were unhappy with the shaping or that your brows look uneven—you can even try taking a picture if it’s difficult for you to get in to see your person. The point is to let her or him know you’d like to let them grow out a bit and to keep this in mind for next time. Perhaps the artist will discount or even comp your next eyebrow shaping appointment.”