What to Expect When You Get Your Brows Professionally Waxed

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Getting your eyebrows waxed isn't a scary experience. Each place doesn't do things exactly the same. But we'll walk you through the basics of what you should expect from your salon or spa visit and how to get your desired shape in place.

An upscale salon or spa will lead you into a private room onto a facial bed where you will lay down, and they will wrap hair in a towel or push it back with a head band.

Often a bright facial and magnifying light will be turned on to see the brows closely and be able to get every last hair. Some salons that mostly specialize in hair services, simply clip hair back and do the waxing right at the shampoo bowl.

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Professional Eyebrow Waxing Consultation

At this time they should consult with you on how you want your eyebrows shaped. Do you like them full and defined, just cleaned up, or a high arch? (See eyebrow styles.)

Many techs, especially those that specialize in eyebrows will remove the sparse hair above the main shape of the brow. Some techs will ask if that's all right and others will just wax without getting your approval. If you don't want any hair removed above the brow, make sure to tell them.

The technician should never just start waxing at away at your brows without knowing what you want your brows to look like.

Before they touch your brows, you should give them the most information you can. Sometimes explaining it isn't enough. If you have photos of brow shapes and thicknesses you like, bring them. This will give them a good visual.

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The Waxing & Shaping

If needed, your brows will be trimmed with scissors.

This helps hair to stay in place and not wander out of the shape. It also is one of the steps that allows women to get ultra-defined brows.  

Don't be scared and think they're taking your entire brows away. The excess bulk that's removed makes for a much cleaner look. Scissors are used free when combing hair up and trimming above the brow. However, if they are trimming at the main shape of the brow, the scissors are placed over a comb so that the hair is even and there are no chances of bald spots. 

They will cleanse your eyebrow area, apply powder and then the warm wax and a cloth or pellon strip (for soft wax). If they use hard wax, after cleansing a pre epilation oil is put on before the wax. No strip is put over hard wax because it becomes a strip in itself. When hardened, it's ripped off quickly. Your first wax will probably hurt a bit, but will get better each time. The hair underneath, in the middle of brows and on top (if you wish) will be removed.

Ideally, the tech should wear gloves or at least a glove on the hand that's near to touching the skin. This helps keep bacteria from going on to your skin and causing irritation or post-wax pimples.

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Wax cleanser will remove any residue, and a skin soother helps calm skin and ease redness. Any tiny hairs that were missed by the wax will be cleaned up with tweezers to fine-tune the brows.

The technician will then give you a mirror so you can see how your brows look. If they were shaped too thin, unfortunately there's not much you can do but use an eyebrow pencil until they grow back in. But, if they are too still thick then ask the technician to make them thinner.

If you like the way they're shaped, make a standing appointment. Your brows will always look great, and never over-grown.

See all of ways to shape brows in: Eyebrow Hair Removal