I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say that I’ve got a slight obsession with brows. I’m a bit fascinated by them to be completely honest, and ever since Cara Delevingne’s bushy pair started bucking the trend for a fuller brow, I’ve been on a quest to find something similar, whilst still staying as natural as possible. Lucky old me then as last week I was invited to try out HD Brows at Beauty of Highcliffe, and I thought I’d share with you what happened… (spoiler: it’s AMAZING).
HD Brows have been around for a few years now, and for those who don’t really know what it’s all about, I’ll briefly explain. It’s basically a ‘treatment’ for your brows, and involves several steps over a series of appointments, in order for you to achieve your perfect brow. Much like going to the salon for your hair or your nails, getting a brow appointment is no different these days, and in my experience, it’s worth every penny having a professional do them than trying to do it yourself.
The salon itself is towards the end of Highcliffe high street and is a such a light and pretty space for beauty treatments.
There are nail bars and chairs for brow appointments lining each side of the front room, and towards the back of the salon there are further rooms for other treatments including spray tans and massages.
The lovely Lynda who runs the salon talked me through what sort of look I was hoping to achieve, and after checking that the patch test I’d applied 48 hours earlier hadn’t reacted to my skin (it’s really important you pick up the patch test beforehand or you won’t be able to have an appointment for safety reasons), it was into the chair I went…
HD Brows at Beauty of Highcliffe
The process for HD Brows at your first appointment starts with determining where your natural brows currently are, and then mapping out where they should be. All brow make up is removed so the stylist can see what they’re working with. Every single person’s brows are unique to their face shape, their eyes, nose and mouth, so there’s no cookie cutter brow or once size fits all. Despite what the stencils in Boots and Superdrug might lead you to believe. And what I’ve been using for the best part of a year…
Lynda told me that my natural shape is actually not too bad at all, even though I admitted to plucking almost all my brows out when I was fifteen. DAMN YOU SKINNY BROW TREND.
So following the brow mapping which is basically pencilling in where the brow should start, arch and end, comes the tinting. This is pretty self-explanatory, and makes a huge difference already to the brow hairs that you do have. You just have to accept the fact that you’re going to sit in the chair and look like the Gallagher’s even bushier-browed sister for a few minutes, as the dye is put on quite heavily to make sure all hairs are covered.
Once that’s removed it’s down to waxing any excess or stray hairs with tiny little strips. This honestly isn’t painful at all. It stings a TEENY bit at most, but nothing more than that, and it’s done so quickly and efficiently you barely even notice it.
Threading comes afterwards which is an amazing process in itself, and involves a piece of thread rolled over the brow to remove even the smallest of hairs, and it’s all done whilst being held in the teeth of the stylist, and using the hands to roll the thread over the brow. Incredible.
A few plucks here and there at the end and then onto make up. This is the last step and is one which you can actually go without if you like, but because I’ve got a couple of areas where the brow needs to grow and fill in, Lynda recommended that until that point a little bit of pencil and brow cream be applied to give a more polished and full brow.
And done! The entire process took around 45 minutes in total, which just goes to show how thorough and careful the treatment is. You literally are giving your brows the full treatment, and follow-ups are due every 6-8 weeks until you’re totally happy with your brows.
I stupidly forgot to take a pre-appointment photo without make up on to show you what my brows look like ‘au naturel’, but I did find a silly selfie I took before bed once, so this will hopefully do the job….(cringes):
I can’t really believe the difference after just one treatment. Lynda did such an amazing job and the girls in the salon were all so lovely, I’ve already booked in again for my next follow-up appointment.
I can’t recommend getting HD brows at Beauty of Highcliffe highly enough, and will update you with my progress after the next visit in July! Find out more about the salon here.
Really hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back with something new very soon!