What is the secret ingredient to a beautiful face? Some might say smooth skin, full lips, or sculpted cheeks. These features all contribute, but your eyebrows take center stage. They frame your eyes – those proverbial windows to the soul – and help express your emotions. So, what do these unsung heroes need? Probably a brow wax from the professional team at Southeast Regional Med Spa in Columbus, GA. Enjoy this creative and appealing Brow Wax Columbus GA.
How Long Does a Brow Wax Last?
You can expect the results of your brow treatment to last three to four weeks, and this is the same timeline you should use for maintenance sessions. Hair goes through a constant cycle of growth. If you see one hair at the surface, a few more are behind it. One will likely follow in about two weeks, while another may show in six to eight weeks. Repeated wax treatments keep up with this growth while also tidying your appearance.
Waxing not only eliminates stray hairs but also gives shape to your brows to suit your face. This is why it’s so important to see a professional for this service; we view your face from a 360-degree angle, vastly different from the flat image you see in the mirror. We can therefore create the most flattering brow possible based on your bone structure, profile, and other facial features.
Just like its name suggests, the round brow provides a gentle curve that works well with square faces. The brow is shaped so it’s slightly thicker in the middle, thereby softening strong facial angles and providing sleek, feminine balance.
Rather than a full curve, soft-angled brows are shaped in a gradual inverse V. We provide a slight angle to the brow while maintaining warmth around the eyes.
Long or oval-shaped faces pair beautifully with these well-defined brows; we recommend this shape over higher brows that can make an oval face look even longer. Heart-shaped faces also benefit from soft-angled brows as the gradual arch draws attention to a sensual upper face.
This brow delivers a dramatic inverse V with a high angle. The goal is to create strength above the eye and contrast the curves of a rounder, fuller face.
We recommend heeding the advice of a professional stylist with this brow – it’s easy to look startled if the angle isn’t done correctly. When the shape is done well, however, your face can look strikingly stronger and thinner.
If you have a long face and want to avoid any possibility of adding length to your face, flat brows are the way to go. They provide just the merest curve at the end for a particularly strong look.
These unique and lovely brows have two curves: a slight upturn in the brow’s center and another toward the outer edge. We recommend this shape for brows that naturally follow these contours; waxing can eliminate distracting stray hairs and accentuate naturally subtle, sexy curves.
What To Expect
Many patients expect to walk into a room and immediately feel the application of hot wax to their brows. But we like to take our time and provide the most well-planned and considerate experience possible. We’ll therefore start your session by gently cleansing your skin to remove the day’s dirt, grime, and makeup.
Once the cleansing process is complete, we may apply oil over the treatment site to help protect your skin (each staff member works a little differently, and different patients require different levels of attention). Feel free to speak with us about your preference for oil; we want to ensure all the products we use meet your skin type.
A Little Trimming
If needed, we’ll also trim your brows with scissors. Don’t be alarmed if we include this step with your treatment – most eyebrows need a little TLC. Trimming keeps hair in place and helps maintain your brow shape. It also provides that ultra-defined look that gives brows their stand-out beauty.
The Wax Itself
Your waxologist will use warm or soft wax for your brows; the former does not require a cloth or strip to remove the wax. Instead, it hardens directly on the skin and is quickly and effectively removed. Hard wax pulls only hair, not the skin, and is safe even for those with sensitive faces. You can speak to your technician prior to treatment to see which wax he or she uses.
Now the Application
This step tends to make patients the most nervous, but we can assure you it goes quickly and is very straightforward. We apply wax to the tops and bottoms of both eyebrows to remove excess growth. We also apply it between brows to get those fine, pesky hairs that can’t be tweezed and definitely shouldn’t be shaved. Razors can traumatize your skin and cause infections, breakouts, and general irritation.
If you’re worried about having too much hair removed during the waxing process, let your waxologist know. The two of you should have open dialogue throughout the appointment to ensure you get the brow shape you want.
Once the waxing treatment is complete, we’ll remove any residue, fine-tune your brows by tweezing stray hairs, and apply a skin smoother. And, finally, you’ll be able to see your new look in the mirror. You can then schedule your next appointment before you leave.
The Changing Beauty of Brows
Our obsession with achieving the perfect brow is nothing new. The Ancient Egyptians, both men and women, lined their eyes with heavy makeup and therefore needed equally prominent eyebrows. Using carbon and black oxide substances, they darkened, arched, and elongated their brows for a dramatic appearance.
The Ancient Greeks equally emphasized brows but in different ways. Married women went for natural brows while single ladies highlighted theirs with black incense. Surprisingly, a uni-brow wasn’t cause for concern, but rather a widely-recognized trait of beauty.
Fast forward to 1920s America, when women (liberal, independent flappers) plucked their brows into thin, straight lines that extended beyond the eye’s outer corner. Dark and severely tweezed brows continued into the next decade, but Hollywood starlets like Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow added drama with more pronounced arches.
The 40s witnessed a return to thicker brows to soften the face, and Grace Kelly was just one celebrity who favored heavier brows with a prominent arch. A face full of makeup in the 50s demanded equally immaculate brows, achieved with a high arch. Natural brows defined the 60s and 70s, while the 80s demanded full-on, heavy, bold brows.
The barely-there look dominated the 90s – some models shaved their brows completely – while today’s approach is a well-groomed brow that works with your natural facial structure. We also like more hair, and fortunately, a brow wax ticks all the boxes. We can provide the arch you want, maintain natural fullness, and keep your brow neatly trimmed and well-defined.
Preparing for Treatment
The first recommendation we make is to schedule your waxing appointment around your menstrual cycle. We know – this monthly visitor already dominates enough of our life. But your skin is more sensitive in the days right before and during menstruation. If you wait until a week after, you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience.
Likewise, don’t wax if you have a sunburn on your face. Let us know if you are taking topical creams prescribed by a dermatologist. These can influence your skin’s sensitivity levels, and if we know about these medications, we can plan accordingly. Last but not least, we recommend you do not schedule treatment right before a special occasion. Instead, play it safe and choose a brow wax about two weeks before so your skin is fully recovered.
Just like hair length matters before waxing your legs, your eyebrows also need to be a certain length for the wax to properly adhere. Strands that are between 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch will respond the best to treatment. If you have questions about your brows, don’t hesitate to ask us. We can give the answers you need to ensure treatment goes as expected.
Forego the Cosmetics
It’s true we’ll wash your skin before applying the wax, but makeup residue may still remain. Arriving for your appointment fresh-faced, especially without brow filler or eyeshadow, is your best bet. We’ll have a clear view of all those baby hairs, and you won’t have to worry about cosmetics clogging freshly opened pores.
Avoid Tweezing In-Between
We completely understand if you need to pluck a stray hair here and there. But it’s easy to go overboard with the tweezers and pluck more than you intended. In addition, hair needs to be a certain length for waxing, as we discussed just a moment ago, and it can take months for brows to grow back.
Caring for Your Skin
After treatment, it’s important you avoid exfoliating the area for at least three days. Also try to avoid using facial cleansers on your brows for at least 24 hours, unless we recommend you do otherwise.
The skin on top of your brow, and your brow itself, should be kept clean of cosmetics for about 24 hours. Don’t use:
- Brown pencils or gels
- Tinted moisturizer
Careful in the Sun
Right after your appointment, stay out of sunlight so your skin can rest. This means avoiding sunbeds, saunas, and spray tans. Sunburns, heat exposure, and chemical-rich products can cause hyperpigmentation and/or irritation. We recommend you go without for 48 hours.
Pools and the beach are similarly off-limits. Chlorinated or salt water can irritate sensitive skin, but the good news is you only need to wait three days. Once you’ve passed this suggested timeline, you can resume using self-tanning products, hitting the beach, and swimming. But at all times, we encourage you to liberally apply sunscreen to prevent sun damage and keep your skin looking plump and youthful.
Some Final Notes
We know you’ll want to touch your freshly waxed skin, but resist the urge. Your hands are loaded with bacteria that will happily climb into opened pores. Avoid moisturizers with oil, and take a (brief) break from the gym. Trust us, your diligence will pay off in the form of clear smooth skin that gives your brows center stage.
An Easy Way To Enhance Your Face
A brow wax is an easy, quick, and affordable way to enhance your face. You can also pair this treatment with other treatments like fillers, Botox, and additional waxing therapies to achieve broader results. Schedule your consultation today by calling the team at Southeast Regional Med Spa in Columbus, GA.