Natural Eyebrows, the Final Ingredient
When I see people in public, one of the first things I notice is their hair. Maybe this is because I’m in the hair industry. Probably so, but regardless, our hair styles and hair colors can really change the way we look. Non-surgical makeovers are often centered around a new hair style or a new hair color. As hair lovers, and healers, we can all rejoice in the contributions we give towards these transformations.
However, there’s one detail in the makeover, that often gets overlooked, our EYEBROWS. Eyebrows are such a minor detail when measured in comparison, to the volume and surface area of our hair and facial features. But, when we have the hair, the makeup, the grooming, but NO eyebrows, the transformation isn’t complete, it’s obvious there’s something missing. Without eyebrows we are incomplete.
Years ago a Dimples customer asked if we could make eyebrows. At first we said, “You mean eyelashes?” But he said, “No, we need eyebrows for our customers that have alopecia and chemotherapy.” At the time we didn’t take the thought seriously. The idea reminded me of movie props, such as false mustaches and false beards. But, after listening closer, and seeing men and women with alopecia wearing beautiful hair, but with no eyebrows, we realized that there was one last final ingredient needed, to unlock their true beauty.
There are many ways to make eyebrows. One way is to hand tie each individual hair into a monofilament base. From far away, with enough density, the eyebrows might look somewhat passable. But, with a closer inspection, the mono base and knots are clearly visible. Also, it’s hard to make smooth clear edges, when using monofilament the edges tend to fray.
Regarding hair types, synthetic hair can be used. But, with pure synthetic hair, the main problem is in the way the hair lies. The hair often stubbornly stands straight up.
The way to make the most realistic looking natural eyebrows is by first using natural hair. Second, the hair is colored. Then, each natural hair is individually injected into a thin polyurethane base. The hair insertions are done with great care to create the most natural looking spacing around the edges, while also creating a gradual density.
Over the years we were able to gather many questions and answers from our customers who were new to eyebrows. Below are some common questions and answers we put together:
Q & A of Natural Eyebrows:
Q: How long will my natural eyebrows last?
A: With proper care, they can last approximately for months (and possibly longer)
Q: How do they attach to my skin?
A: By using a safe glue we can bond the eyebrows to your face.
Q: How long will the bond last?
A: It depends on the glue, how many layers of glue, how much you sweat, how dry or oily your skin is, and how often you go into hot water. If you use a light water based co-polymer, with moderately oily to dry skin, you can get 2-4 days until you need to re-bond. Although, some customers I’ve heard of have used a much stronger bond, and have had the eyebrows attached for two weeks and longer. I recommend checking on the glue before using it since the application is so close the eyes.
Q: Can I bond the eyebrows myself?
A: Yes, with proper direction from a hair specialist
Q: What is the procedure for bonding?
A: Bond as you would attach a hair system or top piece: sterilize the target area on the face, the rear of the eyebrows, and your hands. With a fine brush, put a layer of bonding glue on the back of the naked Polyurethane area of the eyebrows, then quickly put a layer on the face in the desired area. After the glue has turned from white to transparent (about 5-7 minutes), gently collect the eyebrows with tweezers and then press them down against your face with a Q-tip. More layers of glue can be used to prolong the bond.
Q: Can I color my eyebrows?
A: Yes, but only with a pencil. We don’t recommend using permanent coloring
Q: Can I swim in the pool or go to the beach with my eyebrows?
A: Both are possible, but we do not recommend either. The chemicals from the pool and the salt water could lessen the life, also if they are not bonded on properly, they make come loose.
Q: I have tattooed my eyebrows, but I want more density and different options for shape and color, can I use these eyebrows?
A: Yes, in fact, since you have tattoos for eyebrows, that will make it easier to line up the natural eyebrows to your fact for bonding
Q: How many styles and colors do you have?
A: We have 5 colors (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) and currently 5 styles
Q: Can we customize the shape
A: Yes, with a sharp knife
Q: It’s clear what natural eyebrows can do for men and women with thinning to no eyebrows. But, what can natural eyebrows do for hair replacement specialists, salons, and wig boutiques?
A: Natural Eyebrows can:
1. Help beautify your customers who have thinning to no eyebrows
2. Be a new profitable item
3. Create more loyal customers
4. Give you an original way to get noticed at your local chemo doctor’s office or hospitals. After you drop your cookies off, pull out a pair of natural eyebrows from your pocket and say, “Have you ever seen anything like this before?”