Brows loose their shape during the pandemic? We feel you. A year of at home tweezing led many to less than desirable results which are now in need of fixing. With some continuing to practice at home care and other finding their “go to” places out of business, we tuned to Melanie Marris, founder of Brow Code for help.
Q&A With Melanie Marris, Founder of Brow Code
Q: How do I shape my eyebrows at-home if I can’t go to my favorite expert?
A: “Pro’s know best when it comes to shaping brows into the most flattering style for your face, but if getting to the salon is not an option, I recommend lining your desired shape with a pencil or Creamade, then brushing your brows into this shape and using tweezers to pluck away stray hairs outside of the defined brow line. If you have a less defined brow shape, waxing is also a fabulous option. I use our Brow Code Microwavable hot wax at home to tidy up in between and underneath my brows for more definition. Two things to remember with waxing is that less is more and if you are waxing the top of your brows, ensure you have drawn your shape line boldly to avoid running into trouble and dipping into the natural brow shape. If you’re looking to wax your brows from home, you can check out my hot wax tutorial on Youtube.“
Q: Should I be tweezing or waxing my brows at-home?
M: “This totally depends on your brow type and brow goals, it is a personal preference! If you already have some definition, you can use tweezers to pluck away stray hairs easily, keeping your existing brow shape tidy and defined. Tweezers with a pointed, precise tip are best for gripping and removing any short stubborn hairs to create a clean and precise brow look. If you have fuller, fluffier brows with less shape, wax is perfect for sculpting brow hairs into a more HD look. If you’re going to spend the time tweezing or waxing your own brows, I also recommend a quick DIY tint like our Brow Code Tint Kit as this does wonders for enhancing and defining your brow shape.”
Q: What if I’ve overdone it with the tweezers?
A: “The best thing you can do is put down the grooming tools and pick up a brow growth serum to encourage fast regrowth. There are a number of growth serums out there. I use our Brow Gold Nourishing Growth oil religiously to keep my brows full, nourished and living their best life. Definitely do not give into temptation to fix an over tweezed brow shape with more plucking! Always remember the tip of lining and filling your brow shape prior to starting! For a quick fix, you can always use a tint to semi permanently stain the brow hairs and skin while waiting for the growth to come back, or use a Brow Creamade to fill in any hollow or sparse areas while you wait.”
Q: Can I trim my own brow hairs?
A: “Trimming your brows is the ultimate way to keep your shape looking polished, neat and tidy between salon visits. Just remember less is more. You also want to make sure you’re using the right tools for the look you’re after. I use curved scissors when I want to trim unruly hairs into a soft natural finish, or straight scissors when I want to create sharp, HD Brow lines. Best tip is to brush hairs up and across, having them sit how you would wear them before trimming, to avoid cutting into the brow.”
Q: My tween wants to tweeze. What’s a good age to start and what do you
A: “I always recommend a reputable brow salon at this age as removing young brow hairs in the wrong areas can damage hair follicles, resulting in the brows not growing back (hence the thin 80’s brow!!) IF however you do want to do this at home, I suggest over drawing their brow shape with a liner pencil and using tweezers to pluck away hairs from the area outside this line- where there is no chance of plucking too close to their brow edge.”