Not Sure Which Brow Service is Right For You? Here's Our Breakdown

by The First Refresh

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A well-groomed set of eyebrows have never been more accessible than it is today - with many sorts of eyebrow treatments becoming more popular, all tailored to giving a variety of desired looks. Fashion and beauty gurus will say that brows are unique to the individual, as there isn’t one size fits all. There is so much to take into consideration; from your face shape, how sparse they appear naturally, to your desired look and how long you want them to last, as well as individual preference on semi-permanent versus temporary, natural versus bold aesthetics. 

Here’s a breakdown of three different brow treatments to help you decide which is right for you: 

Brow Henna

Good for: creating a depth and fullness, a temporary fix for naturally thin, sparse brows, using natural & non-invasive pigments that create similar effect to embroidery. Lasts 10-14 days. (Our Brow Henna is Halal-certified!) 

How it works : Brow henna dyes are applied to the area directly, staining the skin underneath your brow hairs. As henna dyes work with the skin around your brows, the shape and fullness can be altered easily with this method. Derived from plants, the dye is a natural alternative if you’re worried about chemical pigments. 

Aftercare: For the first 24 hours, avoid getting your brows wet - this means staying away from swimming, exercising, steam rooms and saunas. Avoid rubbing your brows or direct contact with cleansers, masks or shampoos. 

Limitations: Color may fade depending on skin type - if you have oily skin, the henna may fade quicker. Oil-based makeup removers and cleansers will also make the henna fade quicker. Prolonged exposure to the sun may fade the henna faster, so avoid prolonged time under the sun too. 

 close-up image of a brunette woman's eye and eyebrow

Brow Bar

Good for: Those who fancy a more long-lasting drastic brow makeover, for naturally sparse, thin, or patchy brows. Lasts 12-24 months. 

How it works: Our Brow Bar presents a combination of microblading, dotting and pixelization that lasts 1-2 years. This is a semi-permanent procedure, meaning that pigment is inserted into the top layer of the skin. This can have either one or both of the following effects (depending on your preference): altering the shape of your brows, or making them appear thicker. 

This is a great option to consider for those with alopecia or other hair loss issues - its long-lasting effects also maintain a natural look. 

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Aftercare: Always avoid picking at your brows during the recovery process, and make sure to be meticulous with the aftercare cream in the days following your appointment. For the first week after, avoid direct contact with water, soap and cleansers, this includes sweating too! Fitness fanatics - avoid gyms, strenuous activity and excessive sun exposure. 

Limitations: It is best to avoid breastfeeding for the first 24 hours after your session. In addition, Brow Bar is not suitable for pregnant women, or if you are menstruating during the session. 

close up image of brunette woman, blue eyes and eyebrow pictured

Brow Lamination

Good for: non-invasive treatment, fills in gaps where brows appear sparse, suitable for all brow types. Lasts 3-4 weeks. 

How it works: Brow lamination relaxes and straightens the brow hair, allowing it to be styled in whatever direction you like - straighter, more arched, fluffy (great for achieving that soap brow effect). This is what makes it great for everyone and all types of brows - sparse brows can look thick while thick brows would benefit from the extra definition. And it’s a needle-free procedure! 

Aftercare: For the first 24 hours, avoid getting your brows wet - this means staying away from swimming, exercising, steam rooms and saunas. Avoid rubbing your brows or direct contact with cleansers, masks or shampoos. 

See also: Brow Lamination: Aftercare and Maintenance Tips

Limitations: Sensitive skin may react to the procedure. 

Choosing a brow procedure can be daunting if you don’t know where to start, but the final reveal of the right brow treatment will certainly be a great investment. 

Still unsure which brow treatment is right for you? The First Refresh’s brow specialists can advise you on what works best and how to achieve your desired look - book in a session today here from the comfort of your home.