At the risk of sounding like I have a commercial arrangement with Strip, I’m about to write about them again. Having only just declared them the best place to get a wax on Wednesday, I feel the need to point out that I don’t work with them, don’t get paid by them and don’t get free treatments…I just genuinely bloody love their brand and service.
I’d wanted to try their brow treatments as I became increasingly unhappy with Browhaus where I’d held umpteen threading packages. A couple of years ago I rated the therapists there so highly but in more recent visits the service became more hit and miss if you didn’t specify who you wanted to see. I’m pretty sure I’ve still get a hefty amount of threading credit there but after having my brows threaded way too thin the last time I went – and generally finding the whole threading process painful to the point of wanting to vomit – I decided to look elsewhere. You can *hear* the hairs slowly being yanked out with threading for god’s sake. It’s barbaric.
I’d seen a leaflet at Strip Chelsea offering something called ‘Wow Brows’ for £30 rather than the usual £36 and as it was approaching Christmas and I actually had money in my bank account (HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED) I thought I’d treat myself to it. I didn’t really know what to expect it to involve but was assured there wouldn’t be threading (woo!) so that the was the main thing. I had the patch test there and then and came back a few days later for the actual treatment. Do note you will need a patch test at least 24 hours in advance of your first appointment if you want to try this, as it involves tinting. You only have to do this once though.
The thoroughness of the appointment really surprised me. I was in the (gorgeous) private treatment room for a full half an hour and I don’t know if I was just very lucky to have Ally or if all the brow girls are as good but she was AMAZING.
First of all we discussed what I wanted to achieve (a published work of fiction, happy children, a house in Mallorca….oh and great thick brows) and then she did some fancy things with cotton to check my current brow shape in proportion to my face shape. Luckily although my brows were a mess in terms of being overgrown, they had a decent shape to them for Ally to work with. I have to give credit to Browhaus for the general arch skillz and more so my Mum for literally banning me from plucking as a teenager. (I hated having hairy brows at the time, but now look back smugly).
The tint went on next and this was blended to be the perfect shade for me. I appreciated being asked for feedback throughout about the colour. I’m dark naturally without pencil/powder so I’ve always thought a tint is a waste of time, but going even one shade darker makes a HUGE difference overall when it comes to framing your face. Probably because it catches the blonder strays too so you have even more to work with.
Then came the hot wax, unbelievably expertly applied – I couldn’t believe how precise Ally managed to get it. Then there was a bit of plucking for any last naughty stragglers followed by a general trim. I only got into eyebrow trimming recently but it’s pretty much the best thing. It really finishes it all off.
Lastly, Ally used a very sharp pencil to just fill it in to maximum BROWS ON FLEEK standard.
I really really loved them.
I didn’t expect them to last though. I thought I’d get a few days out of them looking so ‘wow’ and then they’d fade back to normal, albeit with a decent shape, but it really did last and last.
Here’s a non-filtered pic with zero make-up a few days after the treatment. I look rough (natch) but shows how dark they were at first!
I had them done on 18th December and it’s only been this past week or so that I’ve thought my brows look a right mess and I need to go again. The tint has gone now I’d say but the gaggy stray hairs have only erupted recently, albeit all at once and with a vengeance. I got a full four weeks out of it probably.
There were some after-care tips which were mainly to avoid getting cleansing products/acids on them as this would weaken the tint so I avoided getting toner on my eyebrows and constantly splashing my face, but I use a flannel anyway so that wasn’t any big drama. I do think this helped them last so long though.
I’m not sure if I’ll just get a brow wax next time (£16) and as a brow tint is £12 part of me thinks I would just get a tint and wax for £28 rather than Wow Brows for £36…but I need to figure out how much of a difference that would make to the over all look and if I’d still get the trimming fun. I’m definitely going to get Wow Brows again for treats and holidays and parties and…yeah I’ll probably just get it every month.
It sounds like it’s very similar to HD Brows basically but they don’t use HD products. I love the Lycon wax at Strip and there was literally no redness or soreness after. The last two times I went to Browhaus I had bruising…I think I’d rather be hairy!
To maintain the defined look at home I use Benefit’s Brow Zings (£24.50) which comes highly recommended from me. I’ve used it for years now and can’t get on with brow pencils the same way.
All in all I was very, very happy. I’m in the privileged position of having a lot of brow to work with, I happily let them over grow if it means a therapist can then do a better job with them, but I didn’t expect to love it half as much as I did. And it didn’t bloody hurt! Unlike sodding threading.
Brows on fleek indeed.