So I put myself in the more than capable hands of Baljit, the lovely eyebrow therapist at Shavata Brow Studios. It was really important to me to use a well reputed brow studio; I didn’t want to waste 7 weeks growing out my eyebrows only to have them plucked to oblivion again, or worse, have them ruined and looking ridiculous. Shavata has always featured on my radar as the brow studio of choice and April’s issue of Vogue confirmed my thoughts when it rated it as one of the top places to go, in a feature dedicated to eyebrows.
When I arrived at Shavata at the Urban Retreat in Harrods, London I felt a bit nervous – I had never had my eyebrows waxed or threaded before and I was worried it would hurt. I was also worried what kind of eyebrows I would be walking out with! But Baljit was very confident and no-nonsense, and told me not to worry. Baljit was recommended to me personally by the PR as one of Shavata’s very best therapists alongside Shavata herself, so this made me feel better.
Since Baljit is the eyebrow expert, I told her to choose whatever eyebrow shape she thought best for my face. Everyone’s face shape and eyebrow colour is different so it is important to make sure you have the right brow shape for you; eyebrows frame the face and can have a vast effect on your overall look.
She drew in the shape first with an eyebrow pencil to show me what it would look like and to check I liked it. She told me that as I had such dark hair and eyebrows she really wanted to emphasis this and show them off.
With the thumbs up from me, Baljit then waxed underneath my brows and threaded the top of them, to give a nice clean line all over. Threading is a process of hair removal which uses twisted cotton to grip the hairs to remove them and manipulate them into shape. It’s beyond me how this works and how anyone ever thought up such a crazy idea but it works, so who am I to argue?! Baljit also trimmed my eyebrows for a really nice neat finish (I would NEVER recommend you do this yourself – leave it to the experts!). Finally, she polished off the look by subtly colouring them with an eyebrow pencil and used some brow gel to set them in place. The whole process was really quick – I was in and out within 20 minutes.
I was very surprised that the whole process didn’t really hurt that much – it’s more of a quick shock. I also fully expected to have bright red areas under my brows following the waxing and threading, but amazingly I didn’t.
It was the moment of truth when Baljit handed me the mirror to check out the results. I LOVED it! Having spent nearly 20 years with over-plucked eyebrows and the past 7 weeks with ugly unkempt brows as I painstakingly let them grow out, finally I had beautiful full brows that were shaped to perfectly suit my face.
Before Shavata Brow Reshaping
After Shavata Brow Reshaping
Where I have been growing out my brows I still had gaps where the hairs were yet to grow, and I was worried that once they were shaped these gaps would be even more obvious, but Baljit had shaped them in such a way that it didn’t really show, and she coloured in the eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil to even out anywhere that was a bit holey.
Eyebrow shaping costs a very reasonable £24 at Shavata – more info at www.shavata.co.uk
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