Favorite Things-Brow Control

Brooke Shields was very popular when I was a tween/teen. She was featured in Calvin Klein’s ad campaigns, was the star of multiple hit movies, and she regularly graced the cover of Seventeen Magazine. Her image was everywhere and her “look” was coveted. Back then, it thrilled me to no end that Brooke Shields and I had a few things in common. We were both born under the sign Gemini (when you are 12 stuff like this matters), we both had long brown hair, and we both had bushy eyebrows. The fact that we shared this last trait was huge for me. I hated my eyebrows and complained about them to my mother often. My mom, who has naturally beautiful, Audrey Hepburn-esque brows, would always respond: “You have Brooke Shields’ eyebrows.” This reminder, along with the fact that the plucking and shaping of eyebrows was not in fashion in the 1980s, was enough to keep me from touching them.

Young Brooke Shields (source)

Me, circa 1988. Brooke and I look just alike–don’t you think?

Sometime in late 1990s my philosophy changed. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I stopped drinking the you’ve-got-Brooke Shields’-eyebrows Kool-Aid. It dawned on me that rather than Brooke Shields’ eyebrows, my eyebrows were closer to those of another TV star. Someone whom I did not want to emulate.

Oscar and I are eyebrow twins! (source)

At this point, I had gone at least 30 years without using tweezers and was not comfortable with the idea of training the untamed beast myself. So I did what other women (and some men) had been doing for years–I had my brows professionally waxed. I loved the result. I found someone who did a great job shaping my brows. She somehow managed to leave them full, while also keeping them from looking overgrown and out of control.

The woman on the left is my mother–see how beautiful her brows are?! That’s me on the right, after having been waxed and tweezed.

Sadly, I had to find a new brow artiste when I moved from Atlanta to San Diego. I tried three or four people before finally settling on a salon in La Jolla. And then disaster struck! Twice I suffered an allergic reaction to the wax that was being used to rip the hair from face. On both occasions, my eyes swelled to the point that I almost couldn’t open them. So I made the switch to tweezers-only brow removal. Initially, this was fine. I found tweezing to be less painful than waxing. There were a couple of downsides to this fix, though. First, tweezing did not last as long as waxing did. And second, I was being charged $45 for the service! What was a wax-allergic, price-conscious woman with well-endowed brows to do?!

Threading! I switched to eyebrow threading. I had read about this ancient process back in 2002 and wanted to try it, but didn’t know where to go until a friend of mine posted a rave review of a local establishment on her blog. The next time I saw this friend, I asked her if the threading was really as great as it sounded? She confirmed that it was, and told me which technician (brow artist?) she liked the best. So off I went to Beauty By Dolly .

I found the threading process to be nothing short of fascinating. Watch this video and see if you don’t feel the same way.

I took my 17-year-old daughter to have her brows threaded as well. She found it to be uncomfortable the first time, but was fine on a return trip. I have to day that I don’t find the process to be painful at all. And with the exception of the time it takes me to drive to the salon, it takes no time. I am usually in and out of the chair in about 10 minutes. Threading is also very affordable. I pay $12 plus tip, which is a far cry from the $45 plus tip I was being asked to shell out for tweezing. The results seem to last about as long as waxing did for me, which means that I usually need to get my brows done every three-four weeks.

As an aside, I am happy to report that it appears that Brooke Shields is still rocking her Brooke Shields’ eyebrows. And just now it occurred to me that Brooke Shields’ Eyebrows would make a terrific name for a band. Punk rock, of course.


What type of brow control/enhancement do you prefer? And do you think men should tweeze/shape/wax their brows?

*I was not asked to write this post, nor was I compensated by the salon I reference in it. Just sharing one of my favorite things.


15 responses

  1. How funny… I just wrote about my Brow Whisperer today. It’s amazing how those two little bits of our anatomy make such a difference in our appearance. I had some pretty thick eyebrows when I was a teen. NOTHING like what you had going on. I think I might have genuflected, had I seen those things. I LOVED big bushy brows in the 80s. I dare say, I have outgrown that.

  2. Good for you to have Brooke’s brows. As I age, I fear I am heading toward Andy Rooney brows!

    This first time my hair cutter asked if I wanted my brows trimmed I almost fell out of the chair. And yes, I do have to get them trimmed every once in a while.

  3. Wow, this is fascinating! I barely have eyebrows so not sure I need this technique but I will pass it on to everyone I know as I think a lot of people would be interested (maybe even my husband : )). PS YOu and your mother are GORGEOUS!

  4. One of my greatest fears is to unwittingly allow hair to grow like kudzu in places like eyebrows, earlobes and nostrils. I am basically attempting to control these areas with my beard trimmer with a myriad of attachments. I have an older brother whose lack of focus in this area has forced me in to a compulsive routine. If I ever stop it will look like I’ve joined Team Jacob. eww.

  5. My mom told me the EXACT same thing…I had “Brooke Shields’ eyebrows.”

    My eyebrows are the only thick-haired part of me (why oh why won’t the thickness transfer to the hair on my head???).

    I’ve had every eyebrow hedging technique you can imagine — including threading.

    In the end, I like that satisfying “SMACK!” I get from waxing — loudly proclaiming that my brows are being tamed.

    Also…I’m with you on the punk rock band.

    • Really? Your mom told you that too? *sniff* *sniff* I suppose that’s okay… but only you and me. No one else has/had Brooke Shields’ eyebrows. Except for Brooke of course.

      I probably would have stuck with waxing had I not had the allergic reaction. Nothing like being able to open your eyes.

  6. I know this would be a good thing. My eyebrows have a mind of their own and are starting to grow in places I don’t think eyebrows should grow. I need to get this done, and I know me and my eyebrows will be happier for it!

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