Best For: A Precise Finish
How It Works: If precision is what you’re after, try threading. Some people worry about the pain involved, but it’s nothing to worry about. It works by taking even the tiniest hairs out right from the follicle, so there won’t be any strays left behind. Plus, it removes several unwanted hairs at once – whereas tweezing can take longer, especially when it comes to getting those shorter hairs. As a result, maintenance between appointments is easier and the whole process is quicker. We recommend getting brows tinted straight after for best results.
Best For: The Time-Poor
How It Works: Tinting is one of the quickest ways to achieve thicker, natural-looking and long-lasting brows. Tints usually last between two to three weeks, although this can vary from person to person depending on your skin type, skincare routine and how much you expose yourself to the sun. Your therapist will shade match you – a subtle colour one shade darker than your normal brow colour is usually best. A quick tint and professional shape can work wonders if you’re on a budget or looking for instant results.
Best For: Those With Sparse Brow Hair
How It Works: If you’re looking for something that lasts longer than a brow tint, microblading is one option to explore. A form of semi-permanent make-up, the technique creates fine hair-like strokes in the skin with a handheld tool, which is then filled with pigment. There is some pain involved, but it’s minimal and a numbing cream will be applied before the treatment begins. With such precise application, microblading creates a natural finish that delivers long-lasting results. If you want to cover any gaps, define or fill-in over plucked brows or replace barely there brows, it’s something to try. Just make sure you do a bit of research first, and don’t go for the cheapest option. BBB London, Tracie Giles London and Brow Haus are all reputable salons.
Best For: Extra length & Density
How It Works: Like normal lash extensions, this treatment will involve a therapist attaching tiny fibres – usually mink or synthetic hairs – directly to your brows or the skin underneath. This is done using a medical-grade adhesive and once attached, there’s no rubbing or scrubbing – they’re completely set. Expect them to last between five and 14 days, although sometimes they can last longer. As it involves lots of glue, try to have this done sporadically or save it only for special occasions.
Best For: Smoothing Wayward Brows
How It Works: If you want that glossy, smooth brow effect, lamination should be your first port of call. Intent on creating eyebrows that are flexible, thicker and fuller, the treatment involves straightening eyebrow hairs using a non-toxic chemical solution, so they all lie in the desired direction. It works in a similar way to a lash lift and is designed to open the eye. On average, results last five to six weeks, although the hair will stay laminated for up to eight weeks, depending on the structure of your brow and natural hair growth. The best bit? There’s zero pain and you’ll see results immediately. Ideal for anyone with unruly or fair hairs.
Best For: Long-Term Results
How It Works: Henna (a plant-based dye) is the latest development in the brow tinting world. The difference between it and a regular tint is that the results last two to three weeks longer. It works by staining the skin underneath your brows as well as the hairs – hence the longevity. It also suits all hair tones – even grey and very fair hair. Just bear in mind that those prone to oiliness may not be a prime candidate, but your therapist can advise you on this. If you naturally have fluffy brows or are prone to sensitivities with other tinting treatments, you’re guaranteed to like this.
Best For: Sparse Brows
How It Works: Microfeathering is seriously popular right now. Using precise, hair-like incisions that deposit dye into the top layer of your brow skin, it’s like microblading. First, a topical numbing cream is applied before small incisions are made using a fine and very precise blade – no machine or tattoo gun needed. The pigment is then deposited into these incisions resulting in natural-looking hairs. The difference here is it requires a bit of hair and regrowth – microblading can be done with little to no hair – so it’s best for those with sparse areas that need filling. The results last for up to a year, with just a few touch-ups required every seven to nine months. A great option for those wanting to work with what they already have.
Our Favourite Places For Brow Treatments…
1. Tracie Giles London, TracieGiles.co.uk
2. Blink Brow Bar London (BBB), BBB-London.com
3. Nails & Brows Mayfair, NailsAndBrows.me
4. Benefit, BenefitCosmetics.com
5. Lash Perfect Beauty Bar, LashPerfectBeautyBar.co.uk
6. Suzanne Martin at The Lanesborough, LanesboroughClubAndSpa.com
7. Vaishaly Clinic, VaishalyClinic.com