If you were to ask me what makeup product I couldn’t be without, it would be an eyebrow pencil. Aside from the fact I have worms rather than caterpillars, the eyebrows frame a face, they make eyes stand out and give the biggest impact to features – in fact 70% of facial expressions depend on them! Pick up any magazine and look at the models and you will notice they all have one thing in common – perfectly groomed brows, so much so that a few years ago brows took on the media all on their own - they got their own status with every celeb hankering after the perfect brow and this perfect brow acquired a name – High Definition Brows (HD) founded by Nilam Patel. This was not to be confused with the more unflattering ‘Scouse Brow’ which took centre stage for a while, unlike HD this heavy, dark and uniformed look trended amongst young teenage girls with a penchant for daytime shopping in rollers.
I’ve always wanted to try the HD Brow, I regularly dye my own but they last literally a few days and I’m too busy with the children to paint my face every day. Luckily for me I happened to personally know the HD Brow guru – aka Michele Offering HD Brows who’s legendary for her eye shaping work. With an impressive CV of teaching at the renowned Brentwood Academy for the last 8 years - she currently teaches 2 days a week, previously owning a salon for 14 years at the Brentwood Centre and being a therapist for over 24 years, Michele is highly thought of amongst all the top therapists in Essex and I knew that she could add, sculpt and perform miracles on my sparse, non-existent brows.
Michele sent me a dye patch test to check for any allergic reaction which was applied 48 hours prior to the treatment, she also sent lots of information on what to expect on the day. Her salon based in in Brentwood is warm, welcoming and fully of serenity which also reflects Michele’s nature. As I sunk into her extremely comfortable therapist bed, we began the treatment with an in-depth consultation. The beauty of HD is that each brow is individually tailored with a variety of colours and we discussed the thickness, shape and depth I was hoping to achieve - I was advised to go for the lightest colour to compliment my skin and hair tone. As I relaxed further, Michele explained the following:-
HD Brows is a combination of seven steps which include waxing, tweezing, threading, tinting as well as using specialist HD products such as their tamer ‘Brow Beater’. As HD state, this is not eyebrow shaping or tidying, this is eyebrow artistry and specific training is required for HD Brow therapists, which is personally given by the founders (Michele was trained by Nilam herself). Unlike a normal wax and tint, the dye is pressed into the eyebrow hence results usually last around 3-4 weeks but each person varies and if, like me your eyebrows have been over-plucked then HD sell products that actually stimulate growth and with regular use and a course of visits eyebrows can be trained to appear fuller and more defined. The results are usually immediate but with sparse eyebrows a few visits maybe needed, although using ‘Grow Baby Grow’ can be used to encourage growth.
The treatment took about an hour and the results were brilliant - my eyes stood out more and my face even appeared slimmer. I took home some fantastic products to help me maintain the shape including one of the best eyebrow palettes I’ve come across as well! So it’s a huge thank you to Michele, I am a full HD convert now and will definitely be back to maintain them!
To book with Michele call 07595 220502, a discounted price on HD Brows for £25 is valid until 23rd February 2013. Follow on Facebook at Michele Offering HD Brows or Twitter @Brows_Michele.
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