Benefit Brow Bar
Last week, I visited a Benefit Brow Bar at my local Ulta to whip my eyebrows into shape. I have plucked for years (more on that in a minute) and was okay with that – but I’m getting married in about two weeks (from now, about three from then) and this was one ritual I was willing to splurge on and get a little professional help. Before I get into my experience at the Benefit Brow Bar, I’d like to share my single prior brow-wax experience (not at a Benefit Brow Bar).
Let’s rewind a handful-or-so of years. I was getting my nails done and my nail technician offered a brow wax. It occurred to me that I had no idea what the heck to do with my eyebrows, so I figured it was a good idea. Inexpensive, too, at only about $7. She whisked me to the rear of the salon and plopped me into a chair next to a few vats of warming wax. She grabbed a coworker and spoke to her, gestured to her own brows, and directed her back to me – evidently not everyone was qualified to perform waxing services, fair enough.
Wordlessly, this new employee tilted my head back in the chair and grabbed a popsicle stick. She didn’t speak to me, ask what I wanted, if I had done it before; immediately, she dipped the stick in the wax and spread it around my white brow, applied a cloth, and ripped with no warning. She did this several times, then moved to my left brow. She repeated the same process on the left. When she moved to the tail area of the brow, she pressed the cloth down and yanked again. It was far more painful than the other previous yanks of cloth-and-wax. I opened my eyes, wincing, and noticed her eyes were wide and concerned. “Oops…” she said.
So…that’s how you end up with half of an eyebrow. From the arch to the tail – gone. Thankfully, I wore side bangs at this time (because I had neither the product or the skill to fill in my now-misshapen brows). I eschewed waxing for years and plucked instead. Can you blame me?
Reputable area salons and spas in my area offered brow services along with everything else, but I couldn’t help but wonder – although someone knows how to effectively rip hair from your body with sticky goo, do they know shaping? Legs, underarms, and brazilian waxes don’t exactly require much shaping; many cases like a closeout sale everything must go. That isn’t the case with our eyebrows, though, as they serve to frame our eyes and face. I started looking a while back and discovered that Benefit offers select waxing services at their Brow Bars located in Ulta stores, Macy’s locations, and a half dozen other places. Members of /r/MakeupAddiction on Reddit passionately instructs newcomers with brows in need of help to take their their untouched brows to a Benefit Brow Bar to fix them up.