I’ll be honest, I’ve never really done much to my eyebrows. They’re an alright shape, so I just brush them up a bit and leave them at that. Occasionally I’ll have them threaded, but mostly I leave them alone and pluck out the odd stray hair. I keep reading recently, though, that the eyebrows are the most important element to your make up: it’s true, your eyebrows frame your face, and done well, they can lift your whole eye area, but I never really considered how I could enhance my own. Step forward: Browhaus. They have outlets all around the world, where they provide everything from basic brow shaping to something called Brow Resurrection: a semi permanent treatment involving tiny strokes of vegetable dye to fill in and reshape your brows.
I visited the Kings Road Browhaus salon, which is part of something called the #beautyblock: the building includes the fab A Wanted Man café (more of this later), and upstairs, the Browhaus salon and Ministry of Waxing. The staff in the salon are so friendly, and the salon itself is warm and welcoming, with a bit of a boho feel (also, the smell of delicious coffee wafts up the stairs from downstairs, which is wonderful):
I opted for something called browgraphy, a treatment involving first reshaping and trimming the brows, and then tinting. I was introduced to my lovely therapist (I’m so cross that I can’t remember her name – she was really sweet), who talked me through the process. Allowing someone free rein with your brows takes a little courage and it helps to pick a place that really knows what they’re doing. We’ve all seen the terrible pictures of people with slug brows/pencil thin lines/terrifying arches, etc. We started with threading to reshape my brows, keeping the basic shape but making it cleaner and sharper, to give my face more definition. I’m not going to lie, it’s not pain-free, but it’s not terrible. We had a proper giggle about me trying to get a mid-threading selfie (have you ever taken a photo of yourself lying down? It’s not pretty – my nose looks so weird too! What’s that about?):
Next, it was time for the tinting. We opted for a slightly darker brown shade to my natural eyebrow colour, just to add a bit of definition (we had to enlist a volunteer photographer for this bit):
I’ve got to be honest, when the dye first comes off, it’s a bit terrifying, as it looks so dark, but it also makes your brows much thicker as it colours all those little pale hairs that usually go unnoticed. Again, taking a no make-up close up selfie isn’t my idea of heaven, but you won’t believe the different before and after (also for some reason I was weirdly raising my eyebrows in the before pic, sorry):
I also popped upstairs to the Ministry of Waxing (you really don’t want to know the details, but it was quick and efficient and I swear their hard waxing technique makes it less painful too).
Plus, after you’ve had your treatment, you get to go downstairs and eat all the yummy food in A Wanted Man. Here’s my delicious lunch of a very fresh and tasty proscuitto open sandwich with bocconcini mozzarella, oven roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, baby rocket and shaved Parmesan, served with pine nut pesto and olive tapenade. I also treated myself to a fresh pressed juice with strawberry, carrot, apple, cucumber and beetroot. Admittedly, if I’d have thought it through, I would have had my lunch first, so I didn’t sit in the café with a bright red face and very dark eyebrows (the dye stains the skin for a while). Never mind, I’m sure they’re used to it.
I just feel SO GROOMED! And for £20, the treatment is well worth the money. The tint is really only supposed to stay for a week or two, but two weeks later, mine is still going strong with no sign of fading and the shape of my brows has really defined my face. I’ll definitely be going back for more treatments, especially if I’m already in London for something else. Also, the beauty of this treatment is that once you’ve got this lovely, defined shape, it’s really easy to just pluck out the odd stray hair yourself, as the shape is so clean.
Many thanks to the lovely girls at Browhaus. You can find them at 330 Kings Road and also at 56 Neal Street, Covent Garden and 71 Great Queen Street, Holborn. Book online at browhaus.com/uk.