The little light hairs on my eyebrows had bothered me for a while. Sun exposure? Stress? Natural aging? I wasn’t sure how they had come about, but I was certain they needed to go! Having never had my eyebrows tinted before, I decided the best way to do it was to go full steam ahead without much research at all.
MAKING THE APPOINTMENT
After talking to the beautician on the phone, I learned I needed a patch test on my skin 24 hours beforehand to determine whether I’d be sensitive to the dye or not. Sounding not too keen on this as I planned to do it on my one day off work, the beautician noted if I had dyed my scalp before then it should be OK. “Yes, I’ve dyed the hair on my scalp before,” I lied. I thought the convenience of going that afternoon was far more important than my skin potentially burning off (don’t judge me, vinas!).
CHOOSING A COLOR
I hadn’t really thought about what color I wanted, and I wasn’t shown some sort of swatch I had imagined would be similar to wall paint swatches. Disappointingly unable to choose a color named something along the lines of ‘storm warning’ or ‘dark night’ like the paint varieties I had seen in a warehouse store, I concluded my eyebrows were naturally dark and followed suit.
My eyebrows turned out dark. Too dark. My eyes must have expressed my concern as the beautician assured me the color would fade. I hadn’t counted on resembling a character from Sesame Street, as the dye was visible under the hairs and a little bit around. “The dye underneath will come off after you’ve had a shower,” the lady told me. “Do you like them?” she smiled at me. “Mmmm hmmmm,” I answered, my lips pressed tightly together. How could I say no? There was no changing it now anyway. My already thick and large eyebrows looked even more so as every little hair was incredibly visible.
DON’T MAKE PLANS AFTER AN EYEBROW TINT
My advice? Don’t go out after an eyebrow tint while you’re still looking like a muppet. I wish I knew this while I strolled the corridors of a busy shopping center as I needed to buy something afterwards. I felt a spotlight was shining on me and feared everyone was staring at my intensely dark eyebrows. I rushed to the nearby bathroom and scrubbed at my own eyebrows vigorously with some water and paper towel, hoping this would miraculously make them go back to the way they’d been before.
GO INTO A MAKEUP STORE
Most likely there’ll be an ad featuring Cara Delevingne in there somewhere, because once you see her thick dark eyebrows, you’ll feel a little better and think you’re super cool for having the same. In the end, it’s just a bit of hair dye — it’ll fade away. Don’t over-stress it, vina!
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