Brows are a very interesting feature of a human face. Apart from protecting eyes from sweat and dust, the style and shape of eyebrows has had specific cultural significance and meaning throughout centuries. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Middle Eastern and African cultures valued purity and viewed a uni-brow as an attractive natural feature on a woman’s face. In Chinese folk culture, the extremely long eyebrows of an old person are seen as symbol of longevity. In pre-modern Japan, rich women practiced Hikimayu – a process when they plucked or shaved the natural brows and painted smudge-like eyebrows on the forehead to show their aristocratic rank. Buddhists shave their eyebrows as a symbol of their priestly status, and in India drawn-on eyebrows on a baby are considered to be a mark of balance of power, while Pygmy men in Africa use razor to create decorative patterns on their eyebrows.
In beauty, trends are constantly changing, but no matter your particular preference, it is important to keep the brows healthy.
As a makeup artist, I observe that many women, especially over the age of 40, complain of thinning eyebrow. It’s like as they get older, the eyebrows that were once full and lustrous are now disappearing faster and faster. Together with my clients, I try to look for reasons, and although occasionally it is obvious that nutrient deficiency (vitamins A, E, D, iron, B), hypothyroidism (treatment includes nutrition and supplements to support thyroid hormone production) , eczema and aging are the reasons, in most of the cases the thinning eyebrows are simply the result of over-waxing. The hot wax makes your brows disappear with age.. When waxed, the hair is pulled from the root, resulting in the weakening of the root; the hair that re-grows is usually thinner and weaker. For eyebrows, I personally recommend plucking or threading because these methods lead to thicker hair – pulling each hair individually stimulates the dermal papilla more than waxing, and this stimulation leads to increased blood supply and strengthening of the hair follicles.
If you are noticing that your eyebrows are thinning, it’s important to look at the possible causes to make sure you’re not making it worse and start to grow them back slowly.
When deciding on your eyebrows, knowing your face is very important – your brows balance your features and define your eyes, so make sure you choose the correct arch, right shade/color, and right product. You will notice that even thou the latest trend (social media) is a dark/full/overdone brow, it’s not necessarily the best option for everyone. Here are some examples of how celebrities highlight their individual features by going with all varieties of eyebrows:
Some of my favorite products for eyebrow shaping are:
To get inspiration, here is a look back at some classic trends throughout 20th and 21st centuries:
Get your brow game on to the next level?
‘Til we meet again,