Here's what happens when you try to wax your own eyebrows at home
I love my eyebrow. Yes, it’s one eyebrow – a mighty, thick forest of an eyebrow that grows from one side of my hairline straight through to the other. But, as much as I love my impressive face caterpillar, I also love makeup trends. Luckily, thanks to hours of scrolling through the #beauty hashtag on Instagram, I’m aware that full eyebrows are very ~in~ right now. Perfect for a hair farm like me!
To achieve that fleek, I knew I’d have to clean up and slightly shape my brows.
I tried plucking, but the pin pricks of pain were too unbearable and took hours. I paid $20 for threading, but was embarrassed by how I twitched and involuntarily teared up in the chair. Threading freaking hurts, y’all. And of course, I’ve gotten my eyebrows waxed in the past. However, I was never satisfied with the results: some waxers took off so much hair I looked forever like I was finding out Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are dating. :-O!!!!!
So I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I ordered a waxing kit from Amazon for the price of two threading sessions ($40). It came with a pot of wax, loads of popsicle sticks, strips of fabric, and a handful of different goos with various purposes. The one that became most important to me was the Post Epilation Lotion, which magically removes excess wax from your face or your foot or the bottom of your cat’s paw (not that you’d ever be irresponsible enough to get hot wax on your floor and then on your beloved pet’s paw).
It’s been about two years since I started ripping hair out of my forehead at home, and I would never go back to a salon.
No matter how my brows turn out, I have no one to blame but myself. It’s a wonderful self-trust exercise. Because my hair grows back so quickly, I wax about every three weeks. After paying $20 for profesh sessions, I’ve saved (and, yes, I did this math in my head) about $1,000,000.
The only aspect of DIY waxing that I’ve never quite gotten used to is the SUSPENSE. Seriously, the moments between applying the wax and pulling it off are surreal, more “will they or won’t they” than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship on Friends. Am I actually going to yank this hardening glob of wax off of my own face? My interior monologue goes something like this:
“Do it, do it – COME ON – do it!”
Sometimes I noticed that I hold my breath in anticipation for so long that I get light-headed, so I always remind myself to BREATHE. If you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to wax your own eyebrows, check out this original HelloGiggles video, which I’m sure you’ll find super informative.