In the last year or two, eyebrow extensions have become quite a celebrity trend. And I, for one, am glad. I think natural brows are a much healthy desire than Botox or fillers, and they look pretty classy too.
We have all heard that “the eyebrows frame the face,” and the beauty industry is really taking that seriously. A decade ago the trend was for semi-permanent makeup. I myself went under the needle for semi-permanent eyebrows.
And while I loved the result, it is not a pain that I would care to sit through again. If you have ever been tattooed, try to imagine that sensation on your face, and you will understand why.
But thankfully, techniques have moved on from the days of pigment tattoos. Today we are all aflutter about eyebrow extensions. But how do they work and is it worth the trouble? Here are five things you should know:
1. What are they made from?
I was relieved to find out that in most cases the eyebrow fibers are made from a synthetic material. Although some are made from Siberian mink fur. This is advertised as cruelty free but you may wish to check with your salon of choice if you are concerned.
2. The method
There are two different techniques available. The most common, for thin brows, involves attaching extensions to the existing hair to fill the brows out.
The more expensive method, for people who have very little to no hair, involves bonding the extension fibers to the skin with an adhesive. This can be done for chemotherapy patients who have lost their brows during treatment, and looks very good indeed.
An application typically takes an hour, with the technician applying between 200 and 400 strands. You will be laying still the whole time, so do make sure you are dressed comfortably and are not in a hurry.
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3. The result
Well, let me start by saying that I think they look fab. I love the natural look and thick brows really do add glamour. Personally, I have always had a girl crush on Rachel Weisz, in part for her fabulous brows.
But how long does the glamour last? Extensions applied directly to the skin can last from 5 to 14 days. So this is not something that is very sustainable as a long-term solution.
The more popular method of bonding extensions to existing eyebrow hair typically lasts at least 10 day, and can stay in place for up to three weeks if proper aftercare steps are taken.
It is important to know that extensions are delicate. Washing, sleeping and swimming can damage your eyebrow extensions. Extension-wearers are advised not to let their new brows rub on their pillow, as you can rub the new brow fibers away.
4. The cost
Prices range from $50 to $200 and beyond. This depends on where you go, and which of the two bonding methods you require, on hair or on skin.
5. The value
I think overall, my feeling about extensions is that they are great for once in a while. If you have a big event coming up and want to turn up the glam for an evening, then great. And if they last a week or two after the event then enjoy them while you have them.
But with them needing such regular maintenance, and being so delicate too, they are probably not a suitable permanent solution for most women. Personally, I like getting sweaty in the gym, having a swim and sauna, and most of all, sleeping without guilt.
Have you tried eyebrow extensions, and where they worth it for you? Do let me know in the comments.