Eye say, love those brows!
MEL WOODCOCK was never completely happy with her eyebrows - but she is now. She explains why
I FEEL I’m coming over all India Knight as I write this. India’s columns in the Sunday Times are a go-to on what’s great for our faces. She tells it as it is and gushes about the great stuff until you are running out the door purse in hand. Well, I feel very India about PhiBrows – the results are instant and can knock a good few years off. Think mini-facelift, done in a few hours and at a fraction of the cost.
We have become brow-obsessed and brows can really change how we look. Mine were a good thickness but very flat and a little slug-like. Plenty of time and a good brow pencil helped but I just wasn’t very good at it and looked on in envy at the likes of Linda Evangelista and even, dare I say, the Kardashians and their thick, dark, perfect brows.
OK, I know it can be scary talking about some of this stuff but, if you want to wake up every morning to beautiful face-framing brows and never need bother with as much as an eyebrow pencil again then read on.
Mandy Charlish has her salon in Hethersett and after 35 years in the industry has been known up until now mostly for her fabulous facials. But another string to her bow is the PhiBrow system of microblading.
It’s all in the preparation. Using a type of calliper Mandy measures my brows and works out what shape they should be, the thickness, where the arch should naturally fall and then what colour she needs to use. This is key to natural-looking brows; it isn’t one size fits all and it takes a good hour for Mandy to do this. Thankfully she is a perfectionist. She then uses a pen-like tool with fine disposable needles to implant pigment into the top layer of skin – they truly look like fine hairs, even up close.
The whole process is safe and relatively painfree. I certainly felt relaxed during all stages and couldn’t wait to get a look in the mirror.
The brows are initially darker and slightly bigger than you would want as they fade and shrink a little over the next month. A top-up is then performed to seal the deal and then that’s it for the next 12 to 18 months, depending on your skin type – the product holds less well on oily skins.
Aftercare is imperative says Mandy to the long life of your brows. So, a word of warning; don’t do this just before a big event or a holiday. As my brows were done late in the day I needed to sleep with clingfilm on them. Apart from bemused looks from my husband I woke with it across my forehead! It wasn’t a great look.
But the great look was, and is, my brows. I’m massively impressed and know that for me this will be a treatment I will always have. No more thin, flat or wonky brows for me.
So, it’s a game-changer as they say. Beautiful, maintenance-free brows that make you look more youthful, at an affordable price and only a little discomfort. India, if you are reading this I hope you are rushing out to book your appointment. The procedure costs from £250; Rowan House Health and Wellbeing Centre, 28 Queens Road, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3DB 07752 713135.
Above: Before, Mel felt her brows lacked weight and definition Top: After, Mel’s all smiles with her reworked brows