Raising eyebrows

Yesterday I decided I was going to pop into Binns to have my eyebrows threaded after I’d been to the bank.  I figured it would be quite quiet and the number of people browsing the perfume stands (where the Biju concession is located) at 4.45pm would be quite limited.  Well, I was right about that, but I think a number of other people had the same idea as me and I was sitting in a queue.

My eyebrows are heavy and dark.  Always much darker than my natural hair colour and that was a bit of a problem for me when I was a teenager because I had a very visible monobrow so the first opportunity I had, I wielded a pair of tweezers.

And went a little bit overboard…..

What a mess I made.  I plucked between, above and below the main shape.  Then I attempted to even them up.  It didn’t work.  I looked very lopsided and a bit surprised.  My Mum banned the tweezers for a long time.  In some respects, maybe that was a good thing because it scared me away from plucking heavily ever again – and with the current fashion for heavy eyebrows, I’m on trend (and will be quite happy to be off trend when fashions change and thin eyebrows are all the rage).

Whilst my eyebrows did regain a fairly respectable shape, it took DECADES (really – it was easily 20 years) for them to really fill back out all along the hairline because, as you may know and should share with every teenage girl you meet, plucking eyebrow hair can permanently disrupt the hair follicle so that it doesn’t grow back – even the first time you pluck the hair!  Now why can’t that happen with the hair on your legs?  So, my eyebrow maintenance focused on keeping things as tidy as possible for many years; I did attempt having them waxed once but I felt a bit bald afterwards and didn’t keep that up.

It took me a long time to get comfortable with the idea of threading my eyebrows – particularly because in Darlington, where I live, it’s frequently done in public places: in the middle of the shop in Binns (House of Fraser), in the middle of a shopping mall, in the window of a salon that only does threading.  It looked a bit like torture in public.  However, as time went on and the more I heard about it, and the more I saw of the ladies doing it with their perfectly sculpted eyebrows, I came around to the idea – especially after my Colour Me Beautiful trainer, Cliff Bashforth, was less than complimentary about the heaviness of my eyebrows.

Now, I don’t know if you can remember the ‘Jackie’ magazine, but I distinctly remember articles, read after the initial tweezer incident, saying you should never pluck the hair above your eyebrows – only the hair below (and in the middle to avoid a monobrow!).  Well, Cliff turned all of that on its head for me, told me it was nonsense and that I needed to have them shaped properly.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum - "Raised Eyebrows" blog post

Raised eyebrows!

With that admonishment, I decided to try threading but that’s not to say I wasn’t without trepidation.  I waited for a quiet time, a bit like yesterday, and looked around to see if I knew people who were milling.  I submitted to the thread.  It wasn’t like waxing, which is all over in one go: they seemed to go over the same ground time and time again and I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t have any hair left, but I was actually very pleased with the results.  With the shape well defined, I’m able to maintain them myself by plucking the odd hair as it regrows, but I found that I like to go about once every 6 months to have them reshaped properly.

So yesterday was that day.

I waited patiently whilst the one lady on duty worked with the clients in front of me.  Eventually I was called forward.

“What can I do for you today” she said.  “My eyebrows” said I.  Then the real humiliation happened “And do you want your moustache done too?” she said brightly.

Now, it’s bad enough to be ageing, and to realise that you’re getting hairs in places that you never had them before, but I’m not sure that I’d ever feel confident enough to have my moustache threaded in the middle of a shop (and I’m also not sure that I’m ready to acknowledge I have a really bad moustache problem either).

I came home and I plastered on the Jolen instead…… 😀

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What about you?  Would you be brave enough to have your moustache, or the hairs on your chinny, chin, chin (yes, where on earth did they start appearing from?????), removed whilst you sat in a very public spot?  Leave a comment below.

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

Comments

  1. Adele Huntley says:

    Great blog, Gillian – it made my laugh out loud! I had not anticipated your punch line at all – you’ll be pleased to hear.

    • I’m very glad to hear that my moustache is not very apparent Adele 😀 Being a professional, the threading lady may have a more trained eye and she was very good at upselling….

  2. Helen Marshall says:

    Fabulous Gillian and totally unexpected ending! 🙂

    • Thanks Helen. I can’t say it wasn’t completely unexpected that I would be asked at some point as that’s one of the services they offer, but it still came as a bit of a shock to my confidence 😀