beauty techniques

Wax, thread or tweeze?

Once a well defined eyebrow became the beauty standard we have been torturing ourselves with various ways to keep that hair above our eyes in perfect alignment.  Some have shaved them off and drawn them back in – you know you’ve seen that.  They can be tattooed on now – that has got to hurt – and we’ve been tweezing them one at a time for eons or having them ripped from our skin with wax.  In recent years an old technique for facial torture has become popular – threading.  The origins of threading are ambiguous with some believing it came from the middle east or south Asia.  All I know is that some years ago it went from being relatively unknown to me in the Midwest USA to there being threading shops in every strip and larger mall.

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But let me back up for a moment.  If you want your face to look good, your eyes to look wider and possibly even brighter then a well groomed brow is required.  I’ve always had thick brows and once I had my eyebrows arched (when my mother finally let me in my teen years) I never went back.  Basically with getting these strips of hair tamed it comes down to pick your pain of choice.  I won’t lie to you, no matter how you get it done it will hurt!  It will be a one hair at a time hurt (tweezing), a hot wax (hopefully not too hot, had that happen once and lets just say things got ugly in that shop) that gets ripped off with a strip of cloth pretty quickly, or threading which takes a bit of time and depending on your pain threshold can be not that bad or this will end in tears.

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I’ve done all three ways of grooming my eyebrows and what I have found is this – if you are going to tweeze get yourself a very good pair of tweezers.  It will make all of the difference in the world and save you time.  Tweezerman found here is sort of the gold standard of tweezers.  You can go to a salon or DIY for waxing.  DIY was never an option for me as I wear glasses; I would’ve ended up with all kinds of jacked up brows had I tried it myself.  Waxing and tweezing (sometimes they go together) are supposed to last for weeks but it never did for me.  My hair grows fast!  So when I was told about threading and how much more precise and long lasting it was I gave it a go.

I end up crying some every time I get it done but after it’s done I have always been pleased with the results except for that one time this woman was overly zealous about getting hairs that weren’t even there IMHO and I ended up having some skin snatched off.  Yeah, it got ugly in that shop that day too!  It has since closed down thank goodness.  Word of advice, if they are starting to hurt you more than you feel is acceptable, tell them to stop right then and there!  Not worth having to have Neosporin on your eyebrow and eyelid for a few days…nope nope nope!

With threading you have to assist in the process as they have you hold the skin above and below your eyebrow so that they can get the shape right and all of the hairs.  It looks weird and it definitely feels a bit odd but it works and once I found a good place to get mine threaded I’ve never gone back to any other technique.  It really lasts weeks longer than the other ways.  As I’ve stated, it hurts, I tear up and turn red but within a few minutes of it being done I am admiring my well groomed brows with a smile and a jaunty raised eyebrow look.  And the cost is about the same as getting them waxed too.

The pain we go through to look good sometimes 😉  So what do you use to get your eyebrows looking sexy?

 

 

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Gorgeous in Grey – Sexy in Silver

Since the dawn of discovering how to do it, women and men have been coloring their hair.  A trend I’ve been observing recently is young women coloring their hair grey deliberately.  This interested me because of the long association grey hair has had with being old; the granny look.  It had been much more acceptable, and may still be, for men to go grey.  The old wise man or sexy silver hunk image has been out there for a long time but then hair coloring for men became more acceptable and downright in vogue switching up that game.  How many of us at one time thought that going grey equaled that’s it I’m old or had friends and family “suggest” we color our hair to take years off our appearance?

I have fought the fight for many years as my hair strove to follow what my genes were dictating, those grey hairs popping up like dandelions in a well groomed lawn.  I’ve been coloring my hair for many years now and if I added up the cost – we won’t even calculate the time involved – of all of those DIY boxes and salon visits I could probably pay for a small house or at least a pretty nice new car.  I may be embellishing a bit there…maybe.  While some believe that there is a correlation between hair dye and serious health issues I do know that you can be allergic to hair color and that is a problem I’ve dealt with.  I’ve suffered itching and burning, taking Benadryl for the discomfort and even pouring milk on my scalp to soothe the irritation from some coloring sessions.  The struggle was too real!

Eventually I found one color at a professional salon that didn’t make me want to snatch my edges.  But alas, even that gave me some occasional mild itching and all for $70.00 every six weeks!  So when I started to look harder at the younger women coloring their hair grey, the growth of women I admired sporting their silver locks and finally me being so taken by this woman’s white streaks in her hair in the checkout line at H&M that I had to stop and compliment her – she told me how freeing it was – I decided to take the plunge.  Away with thee hair coloring!  I’m still getting used to the idea of becoming a “silver fox” and this growing out period is a pain in the ass but it is a work in progress and hopefully I will see it through to the very end.  I will be fortunate if I take after my parents because both of them had beautiful white hair.

So, does grey hair make you look old?  Should you not have long hair if it is grey? Any other stereotypes about grey hair you want to toss into the mix here?  Perception of age is in the eye of the beholder and how one feels anyway.  You do you!  Cheer me on with my hair journey and hopefully I stay the course.  Now tell me, will you/have you let nature take its course (or took the dye it grey plunge) or will they have to pry that box of hair color from your cold dead hands?

 

Until next time ♥

 

Here are some gorgeous celebrity silver foxes that we all know.

           

 

And here are some silver and going silver ladies from the blogging world.

 

https://catseatdogsmakesandbakes.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/img_5399.jpg?w=203&h=270  Clare at CatsEatDogs who lives in my old home town 🙂

  Pamela at Still Dating My Spouse

 

  Ty Alexander at Gorgeous in Grey

Mimi at Unlikely Martha

 

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And of course, yours truly.