8 Common Brow Questions Answered by The Experts
8 Common Brow Questions Answered by The Experts

8 Common Brow Questions Answered by The Experts

‘Sisters, not twins’ is the age-old brow maxim – but what if there’s a family feud? To get to the bottom of your most common brow questions, we asked two experts to share their insights.
By Orin Carlin
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Image: OHLAMOUR STUDIO/STOCKSY UNITED

Is microblading a good idea or not?

“Microblading is generally recommended for most people, especially those who want to enhance the natural appearance of their eyebrows. It’s ideal if you’re after a very natural look i.e. beautiful brows without the need for make-up. This procedure is particularly useful for those who currently need to pencil in their eyebrows due to sparse or uneven growth, incorrect arch placement, or patches where hair doesn’t grow. Done well, microblading should be indistinguishable from natural brows. Everyone notices a poorly done job, but no one notices a well-executed microbladed eyebrow. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose a skilled technician to ensure the best results.” – Shavata Singh, master threader & founder of Shavata Singh Studios 

Which tools you can use to trim your brows?

“The best tools to trim the brows are straight nail scissors. To achieve the best results, use a brow brush to brush your eyebrow hairs downward and then trim any hairs that extend beyond the natural shape of your brows using small, precise snips. After trimming the downward-brushed hairs, brush the hairs upward and trim again in the same manner. This method ensures that your brows maintain a neat and natural appearance without over-trimming.” – Shavata 

Is there a stronger alternative to brow gel for thick hair?

“For those with thicker hair looking for a stronger alternative to brow gel, we recommend brow lamination. This treatment provides a more long-lasting solution, keeping your brows in place and well-groomed for an extended period. Brow lamination helps to straighten and set the hairs, giving them a sleek and polished appearance that regular brow gel might not be able to achieve”. – Shavata 

What’s the best semi-permanent brow tint?

“The best semi-permanent brow tint formula depends on your specific needs and skin type. In terms of technique, at Shavata Singh studios we offer both hair strokes and ombré, and we can help you decide which option is best for you. Hair strokes provide a natural, individual hair-like appearance, while the ombré technique gives a soft, shaded look”. – Shavata 

Is there a way to prolong your brow tint?

“For the longest-lasting results, visiting a professional is always recommended. At-home dyes don’t offer the same quality, precise colour matching, or professional application, and there’s a higher risk of allergic reactions or chemical burns. To ensure the tint sets properly, keep your brows dry for 12 hours after the treatment to allow the dye to settle. Additionally, be mindful of your skincare routine. Oil-based make-up removers and skincare products can cause the brow tint to fade more quickly, so avoid these products if you want your tint to last longer.” – Yana Gushchina, founder & CEO of Browfique

What are the best stay-all-day brow products that work in the humidity?

“A great product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Gel, or a more affordable alternative is the Got2b Glued 4 Brows & Edges 2in1 Gel. However, keep in mind that washing product off ineffectively will cause build-up and may lead to irritation and clogged pores, causing breakouts around the brow area. Likewise, if you’re removing products harshly and constantly tugging or rubbing the brow area, this could cause hair to fall out, which will cause the brows to thin, potentially even causing the hair to stop growing from the follicle over time. Always ensure you’re being gentle with your brows and aren’t pulling them aggressively, removing products and make-up properly at the end of each day to prevent any damage to the hairs”. – Yana 

What are the best products to help extremely sparse brows look fuller?

“Regularly applying serums with peptides and other nourishing ingredients will ensure your brows are as healthy as possible. Brow serums are like a nourishing boost for your eyebrows. They’re formulated with ingredients like peptides, vitamins, and oils that aim to promote hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, and condition. 

“Over time, they can help enhance the fullness and thickness of the brows. Both castor and argan oil have gained increasing popularity for growing your brows, and both products are full of vitamin E and fatty acids which have moisturising properties to strengthen the hair and make it less prone to breakage. Castor oil in particular is great for hair growth, as it contains ricinoleic acid, which helps to improve blood circulation to the hair follicles. Argan oil is also full of nourishing and moisturising properties, as well as antioxidants that help to protect the hair from breakage.

“The best brow serums vary for each person, since effectiveness can depend on individual factors like skin type, sensitivity, and specific needs. Consistency in application is key – regularly applying the serum will bring better results. Remember, patience is key with these serums, as visible changes to the eyebrows may take several weeks or even months to become noticeable.” – Yana 

Finally, which are the best salons in London for full, fluffy brows?

The capital is home to so many skilled brow artists, each specialising in transforming unruly arches. To ensure the best results with hair removal procedures such as threading and waxing, likewise with semi-permanent treatments, it’s important to see an experienced therapist. If you’re based in central London, you’ll be in safe hands at Browfique or Shavata Singh’s studio within Harvey Nichols. Shavata also has locations nationwide, as does SL team favourite Blink Brow Bar – all well-worth a visit. Still on the hunt for brow advice? Join in the discussion at the SL Community


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