Getting my eyebrows done is always an afterthought for me. I'm getting a manicure, then realise I should get my brows done, too. While I'm waiting for a cut, someone checks in for a brow appointment, and I'm reminded I need one, too. And that's what happened this past Saturday.
I was wisked upstairs and into a regular salon chair placed in the middle of bustling Hair on the Avenue (Toronto). We talked for about 10 seconds about shape, then my stunning, Indian brow goddess, Ravinder, pulled out some thread and scissors and got started. No mess, no goop, no wooden sticks and paper strips. It took about five minutes, and my brows were done. And fabulous. It barely hurt. It wasn't cheap ($25CAD), and if Ravinder worked solidly for an hour (which I think she does), she would make more than you do (entirely possible).
As she told me, the cultures that thread (Indian, Middle Eastern, basically all of the 'hairy ones') think the heat and the ripping of a wax experience is definitely not preferred. And now that I've experienced the alternative, I'm never going back.
Turns out that despite the hype, a number of my friends have never had this done. So if you're one of them, and want to watch a video to see how it's done, here's a kind of hilarious woman on covering the process.
If you're ready to book an appointment in London, head straight for the best woman in town, and call threader-and facialist-to-the-stars, Vaishaly Patel.