Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wax Your Own Eyebrows

If you’ve ever tweezed your own eyebrows, then you probably know how time consuming and extremely painful it can be. Another alternative to tweezing if you don’t have sensitive skin, is waxing. Although it can be painful (just not as often), waxing is a much easier alternative to removing eyebrow hair. Generally it’s best to have your eyebrow waxed by a salon that specializes in it, but quite often we just don’t have the time to do so. At–home eyebrow waxing can be done on your own time and at a fraction of the cost of a salon visit.

The Shape

· Your first step in eyebrow waxing is to tame down any straggly hairs and get an idea of the brow’s natural shape by brushing the eyebrow into place. You can do this with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush. Be sure to follow the natural curve of the brow. To numb the skin under the eyebrow, apply an astringent like witch hazel to the area.

· Using a pencil, hold it parallel to the side of your nose, making sure it is level with the inner corner of your eye. This is where the brow should begin. Mark the area to indicate the starting area of the brow.

· Next, with the pencil still touching the side of the nostril, position the pencil so that it is past the outer edge of the eyebrow. This is where the arch should be. Mark the area.

· Now, connect the two marks so that they form a gentle arch. This will be your guide when applying the eyebrow wax. If you want a distinctive brow, re-position the line a little until you get the ideal shape you are seeking. Try to aim for a brow that is smooth, but tapered toward the outer ends.

Now it’s time to apply the wax. Make sure that the eyebrow waxing kit that you purchased (available in most beauty stores) contains the following:

1. A container or tube of wax

2. An applicator to apply the wax with

3. Muslin strips for removing the wax

· Following the directions that came with your wax kit, warm the wax to the temperature indicated.

· Next, using the applicator, apply a small amount of the warmed wax in the direction of the hair growth under the eyebrow.

· Apply a piece of the muslin over the waxed area, smoothing as you go. Now, grasp one end of the muslin while holding the skin taut and pull the muslin off in a quick motion. If you have a lot of hair to remove, you may want to take a little off at a time. Don’t apply the wax over the area you have just waxed, however. Doing so can cause skin to become very irritated. Instead, if you have straggly hairs, remove them with a pair of tweezers.

· If you’d like you can apply a soothing balm such as tea tree oil over the freshly waxed areas to help ease the pain.

That’s it! You can expect your results to last for about 4-6 weeks.

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