Monday, 29 August 2011

HD Brows: Before and After

HD Brows is a seven step treatment to the most perfectly defined eyebrows.  Depending on how unruly your eyebrows are to begin with and what you desire them to look like, the treatment can involve techniques such as threading, tweezing, waxing and tinting.  This look cannot be achieved through individual treatments alone like waxing, its the combination of all these techniques that gives you truly well designed and highly defined eyebrows.  Having well defined eyebrows really frames your face, it makes your eyes the focal point of your face and can make you look slimmer, younger and can soften your features.  The treatment can be completed on both men and women with great results.  I love how HD Brows looks on men.  Its not about making them look feminine, its about taking away excess hair that can make their eyes look hooded, dark and too heavy to ultimately make them look younger and give them the perfect shape that works with their features.  So girls, get your men along to a salon!

Ive lusted after HD Brows for a long time but could never leave my brows alone for long enough to make the treatment worthwhile.  I often used to pencil in my eyebrows, particularly when going on a night out when I was wearing a lot of makeup and I loved how they really did frame my face.  There is only so much that an eyebrow pencil can achieve and since I wanted a groomed look more often, I decided to take the plunge, grow my eyebrows out for a month and get HD Brows done!

Before and After HD Brows
The technique that made the most difference to my eyebrows and ultimately my face, was the tinting.  (Incidentally, its best to get a colour test done first, just in case you're allergic to the products used!)  As a blonde, I had fairly light eyebrow hair, with it only looking darker in dense areas of my brows.  My eyebrows were quite dense towards the centre and pretty sparse from the mid way point of my brow.  They didn't have much shape, particularly towards the outer half of my eye and they looked pretty messy.  The tint that the HD technicians use is designed to darken and/or even out your eyebrows. and for me, the tint served both of these functions.  I love how they are now much more even throughout my brow and therefore frame my face.  They look pencilled in without looking too heavy.  Overall, the HD Brows technician made my eyebrows look defined whilst still looking natural- this is a look that I love.

When you first have the treatment done, its best to wait 24 hours before washing your eyebrows so that you do not wash the majority of the tint out.  I actually waited a couple of days to ensure their longevity.  When I first had the treatment done my eyebrows were really dark and it took a while to get used to but after I had washed them for the first time, they did lighten up.  By the time Friday night came and I applied my fake tan, I was loving my brows!  They really do make a massive difference to my face and I will definitely be having the treatment done again.  On another note, id recommend trying to not touch your eyebrows or apply make up to the area (sounds easy but its not after having an eyebrow treatment) for a day or so afterwards.  When you've just had them waxed, the follicles will be sensitive, so you don't want any dirt getting in there and giving you little spots like I've had in the past.

Whilst HD Brows don't last forever (usually about 4 weeks due to fading and regrowth), it isn't a treatment that can easily be reversed so I would recommend going to your appointment with some idea of what you would like to achieve from your eyebrows in terms of shape, shade and intensity.  Once they are tinted and waxed you're going to be with them for at least a few weeks so its best to get them exactly how you want them!
Before and After HD Brows, they are not pencilled in at all
So is it for everyone? I'd say yes.  HD Brows is all about creating the right shape of eyebrows for you as an individual.  No two people will leave the treatment looking the same.  Regardless of age, skin tone or hair colour, I think everyone could benefit from an HD Brows treatment.  Particularly those with really dark hair who perhaps have unruly eyebrows or what I would call baby hairs on their forehead, would really benefit from the threading and sharp, defined brows look great on brunettes and those with black hair.   For those with lighter hair, HD Brows are fab for giving you the definition you've always dreamed of but haven't been able to achieve through a lack of density.  The lighter your hair is, be prepared for the initial shock of having darker eyebrows.  Its the colour that you'll notice first, usually because if you're having the treatment done, you'll not have much make up on so they'll appear to look darker against your skin and hair and will be completely different to what you're used to seeing!

With regards to the upkeep of your eyebrows following an HD Brows treatment, there is an HD Brows palette that you can buy.  I didn't get this as I've got my eye on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express kit, once I've used up my Bare Minerals eyebrow powder.  Some salons, like the one I went to,  have a deal on with the HD palette where you can save money if you buy the kit at the same time as you have your treatment.  Now that I've had HD Brows done, my eyebrows do not require much maintenance.  I tend to leave my eyebrows alone as they are with the HD Brow treatment during the day, like in the pictures, and then on an evening, I fill them in further with an eyebrow pencil or powder.  At the moment I'm using the Bare Minerals powder in Light Ash Blonde and the No7 eyebrow pencil in Blonde.

I paid £25 for my HD Brows at Refine Spa in Whitburn which I believe is an average price to pay for the treatment.  Its pretty steep for eyebrows but worth every penny.  Id recommend going to a well recognised salon like I did.  If you're in the North East, try Refine Spa, it certainly lived up to the reviews id read on Facebook.  I was really impressed with the salon from the moment I stepped through the door and Holly who did my HD Brows treatment was fantastic.  Usually when I have my eyebrows waxed they hurt like hell and my eyes water LOADS but they hardly hurt at all when Holly did them, the whole treatment was painless and quite relaxing considering the plucking, waxing and threading that's involved!  She was quick and efficient and the treatment didn't last very long at all, only about half an hour/forty minutes.  I also asked Holly to tint my eyelashes as well because I was going to do my own individual eye lash extensions.  The ones I've used in my before and after HD Brows video below are by Salon System at Sallys.

I love my HD Brows, they're defined, low maintenance and perfectly compliment my hair colour and skin tone.  I've already booked my next appointment!

You can purchase all of the HD Brows products direct from the HD Brows websiteBeauty Bay and the Beauty Room Shop.

Have you had HD Brows done?  What did you think of the treatment?  How do you like to wear your brows?


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18 comments:

  1. I've heard many good things about these HD brows, I'd be scared though in case they made me look strange.

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  2. oh wow! they look amazing on you! i am so addicted to mine now, went for my second appointment this weekend, and if anything they're better now than last time!

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  3. I very much want to do this treatment but I dont live anywhere near a HD brow salon. Agh London is so not all its cracked up to be sometimes! haha

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  4. I've heard so much about HD Brows recently! Looks so good on you though xx

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  5. Wow, what a complete difference! It looks great- it makes all your features stand out a lot more :-)

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  6. Ive got blonde hair and was worried about if HD eyebrows would look too dark on me, but yours look realy great and I think I will go for it now.

    Many thanks
    Sue x

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  7. the brows look great!
    I think a good pair of eyebrows can really make a difference

    Serendipity Style Blog

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  8. Loved your blog! Just found it, you're great! Am booking my HD brows now, was too worried with blond hair but your's look really good :)

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  9. Im really glad I stumbled across your blog. Your eyebrows look great, Im light haired like you and was worrited that they were only available in black.

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  10. i am getting my HD brows next week and i am super excited :D, everyone raves about them x

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  11. Thanks so much! Was umming and ahhing about whether or not to get them done! Booked in now!! Blog is awesome! x

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  12. Hi i have a prob i have to draw my eye brows on as ive hardly got any left from over plucking when i was younger could i still have hds ??or do u need lots of brow to shape x

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    1. Id suggest going to an HD Brow salon for a consultation. They may suggest a tint only. With repeated HD Brows treatments you'll be able to get the brows you want xxx

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  13. I'm tempted by HD brows but so scared too lol. I have very dark hair and my eyebrow hair isn't fine like most, it's quite coarse hair and I've had them threaded in the past which was fine but just did somewhere else before Christmas and now I hate them. They are odd and I can't correct them even after leaving for 4 weeks. The shape is awful. I'm wondering if getting HD brows would correct this or not? I'm in Newcastle so I'll see if there's a Refine Spa here.

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  14. I'm tempted by HD brows but so scared too lol. I have very dark hair and my eyebrow hair isn't fine like most, it's quite coarse hair and I've had them threaded in the past which was fine but just did somewhere else before Christmas and now I hate them. They are odd and I can't correct them even after leaving for 4 weeks. The shape is awful. I'm wondering if getting HD brows would correct this or not? I'm in Newcastle so I'll see if there's a Refine Spa here.

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  15. I'm curious about HD brows. I've got really dark hair but my brows are not fine like most, the hairs are quite coarse (mixed race) and I've had them threaded which was fine but just before Christmas I got them done elsewhere and don't like them at all, the shape and they are not the same as each other. I left them for 4 weeks to try and correct (hardest thing I've ever done LOL) but it didn't work. I don't know if getting HD brows done would correct this? I'll see if there's a Refine Spa near me as I'm from Newcastle.

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    1. Hi Ashleigh

      Refine Spa isn't a chain, its just a single salon. Its in Whitburn so close to Newcastle. HD Brows should help you. Its really good for those who have dark hair as the combination of techniques they use can give you a really natural look. A lot of girls with dark hair have finer hairs on their forehead so the threading can graduate the hair going down to the brows so the waxed part of the brows wont look as stark. Id suggest trying to leave your brows to grow out as much as you can before having them done but an HD brow technician will be able to give you brows that suit the shape of your face- which might not mean that they're EXACTLY the same as most peoples faces aren't symmetrical. They'll be able to make them look good while the hair grows in and Im sure they have brow growth products too. Hope you love them :) xxxx

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