About seven or eight weeks ago we wrote a post on eyebrows and all about how the new trend in eyebrows is to let them have a full natural shape as opposed to the thin highly arched brow of the late 90's and early 2000's.
While we were doing or research for our eyebrow piece, we found Kristie Streicher and the Feathered Brow. Kristie has developed a technique to allow your brow to grow into its natural shape then grooming and feathering your brow into perfection. A fuller natural brow makes you look younger. It is true we have been obsessed with studying before and after pictures of eyebrow makeovers.
In the name of beauty journalism, we decided to give it a try. But here is the catch, when you call for an appointment at STRIIIKE the beautiful salon Kristie shares with her two talented sisters, they tell you they prefer you to not touch your eyebrows for SIX to EIGHT weeks! Don't touch. Not even a stray hair can be plucked.
This has to do with the growth cycles of your hair and trying to get each follicle on the same cycle. Right now you probably tweeze and feel great but when you look in the mirror a few days later there are crazy dark hairs that sprang out of no where. Its a constant game of keep up.
Well, the Feathered Brow will allegedly put an end to this and you will be able to clean everything at once and go for a growth cycle before you need to pluck again. Better brows with less work... Sounds amazing right? Needless to say, we are in!
We documented the weeks long process for you. It wasn't easy and some days it was downright horrible. This is one girls journey through eyebrow rehab.
Week one was exciting! We had a plan, we were on a mission... This was going to change our lives! We would probably come out of these 8 weeks looking JUST like Cara Delevingne!
I know you may be thinking those are some pretty thick brows for week 1 ... And it's true that I have always had a strong, or heavy brow also known as the "My Daddy is a good Jewish boy" brows. But I have fallen victim to my era and felt like the over plucking of my youth had left me with too high of an arch and much too thin ends.
Week 2 was fun, I put this picture up on Instagram... Look how crazy, I haven't plucked these little stray hairs in 2 weeks.... Kristin Streicher even responded on Instagram! So fun you guys! We have GOT this! It's not even hard to ignore my tweezers every time I open my makeup drawer.
Can you tell I look a little scared? By week three my eyebrows were itchy and messy and it wasn't fun anymore. My tweezers would glow with heavenly light overtime I opened my makeup drawer. I felt like everyone I was speaking to was looking at my eyebrows thinking I was the laziest human on Earth.... "Clean your shit up girl!" I could hear their minds screaming at me.
I can't even look at myself! At this point I was sending selfies of my eyebrows to my closest friends like they even cared. I needed to share the pain. It was all I could think about. I started apologizing to people when I would talk to them... "I'm sorry, this isn't really what my eyebrows look like, I'm working on a project." "I'm in eyebrow rehab." "I have a plan, I haven't gone crazy!"
I think I sent this to my friend Gregory who is a makeup artist and he was like, "Please come over and let me help you!"
But I kept going... (P.S- Erin is also growing her eyebrows out right now on this same project, but I'll leave it to her if she wants to publicly advertise her hair growth.)
Thank GOODNESS for good friends and rad hairdressers. My boy Jorge Serrano hooked me up with some bangs to hide my shame. This really worked to make me feel better and camouflage what was quickly becoming a forest of hair. Itchy, did I mention that they are really itchy?
So week 6 is about the time that your husband or boyfriend will look at you and say... "What the Hell is going on with your eyebrows?!" Because even though he was "listening" to you ramble on and on about your new eyebrow project, he may have been tuning you out. Until he REALLY looked at the caterpillars that were napping on your face. But, a sort of crazy thing also happens to you at this point, the hair is long enough that your just kind of get the F* it attitude. I wasn't as self conscious about my brows at this point even though they were horrible.... I was still desperate to see the results of my appointment with Kristie.
Appointment day!! I was beyond excited to get my brows pulled together and had dreams of the perfect eyebrow just within my grasp. I went in to the beautiful salon Striiike and met Kristie and her assistant Taylor. They were both super sweet and helpful. They tinted my lashes which I had never done before and it felt a little weird, but I loved the result.
Then Kristie said she was only going to tint the ends of my brows to make them look fuller there. I have super dark brows to begin with so I was very happy she didn't tint the whole brow and leave me like Groucho Marks. She sold me a great eyebrow pencil and Mary Kay eyebrow gel, which I thought was very Edward Scissorhands of her.
Kristie told me about the natural shape of my brow and how I would need to keep growing them out because it actually takes about 8 months to a year to fully grow a complelty filled in brow. She then plucked away all the mess... And somehow it didn't even hurt, maybe the oils they put on first softened the follicle.
The feathery front whips that I am dreaming if are not quite grown in and she said that those are usually the last to grow. So my journey continues.
I have to say overall I am delighted with the results! If you are in Los Angeles or New York we would fully recommend treating yourself to this indulgent experience. Save up for it... Your eyebrows are right there for everyone to see. It's worth as much as a great haircut.
I think it was totally worth it and I would recommend that everyone try it. If you are not in the city with Kristie or if you don't want to totally splurge on something so small, we encourage you to try it yourself.
In our amateur opinion the most important factors if you are going to try this alone are...
1. Let it go for 6-8 weeks to get all your hair on the same growth cycle.
2. Don't wax, tweeze. This will give you the most exact results with out taking away too much.
3. Look at how your hair grew in, go for the natural shape your brow wants to take only plucking the strays around the natural fullness... Don't be afraid to put down the tweezer without getting every single little hair.
4. Leave the inner edges alone! This is how you will end up with that pretty feathery spray.
5. Invest in a great brow brush and brow gel.
6. The tinting is really important so maybe look for a local professional to do that for you.
7. GOOD LUCK!!!
P.S- Don't forget to tip your eyebrow guru! I was in such a daze that I left the salon without tipping and didn't realize it till I was half way home. Kristie & Taylor if you are reading this I just popped apology cards and $ in the mail!!! My only excuse is that I was floating on a cloud of happiness and lost track of reality.