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Help! Major eyebrow disaster!

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cumbria81 Wed 22-Jun-11 14:37:25

I've just had my eyebrows tinted for the first time. I just don't like them! My hair is sort of blondish brown and my eyebrows are now almost black. I look really strange and severe.

What can I do?

can I go back to the salon and get them lightened?

Should I wear a paper bag?

It's my birthday at the weekend and I'm going to look like a wally sad

TattyDevine Wed 22-Jun-11 14:44:57

It doesn't last long.

They can't lighten them without bleaching and they don't bleach eyebrows.

I would just give them a wipe with makeup remover every half hour or whenever you remember for a few days and they will fade.

I can barely get mine to last more than a week so I doubt you'll have too much trouble

TattyDevine Wed 22-Jun-11 14:45:59

You could apply some whitening toothpaste to them for 5 minutes then wipe off as well.

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Wed 22-Jun-11 14:46:46

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Wed 22-Jun-11 14:47:55

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FriskyBivalves Wed 22-Jun-11 14:49:21

Do what some strange women do and pluck them completely before drawing them back on in a completely different place and colour? have always wondered why they do that. Perhaps disaster dye jobs?

or you could do a tiny dab of Jolen as a kind of patch test and see what happens?

ggirl Wed 22-Jun-11 14:49:59

do you look like this?
am sure it's not that bad

TattyDevine Wed 22-Jun-11 14:50:03

I never did my own, I used to have them done when I got them threaded, but stopped letting them do it because it seemed to last a matter of days and it was an extra £8 so sod that.

TattyDevine Wed 22-Jun-11 14:51:59

FriskyBivalves sometimes they've had chemo or are a burns victim

Agree though some of them must do it on purpose! Cheap eyebrow lift? Just draw it on further up.

I wonder if I could do a cheap boob lift - just strap a couple of oranges to my collarbone and tuck the original tits into my jeans... grin

cumbria81 Wed 22-Jun-11 14:54:00

I'm at work so can't take a photo. Thanks for all your advice. I'm going to sneak home soon and try and wash it off...oh dear....

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Wed 22-Jun-11 15:22:50

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LoveInAColdClimate Wed 22-Jun-11 15:31:13

Maybe lemon juice would lighten them?

skyebluepink Wed 22-Jun-11 15:32:29

You're definitely panicking as you aren't used to it - by the weekend your eyebrows will look fine. You could try washing with fairy liquid a couple of times but dont stress - I'm sure it's the contrast between what you are used to and the freshness of dye colour.

Havingkittens Wed 22-Jun-11 18:03:00

Definitely what TattyDevine says - Whitening toothpaste. Apparently Sensodyne whitening is the most effective. I was told this when I did HD Brow training a few weeks ago. If you only want to fade them a bit rub some moisturiser or cleanser through them. Honestly, don't panic. And don't bleach them or anything silly like that, you'll just end up with a different disaster to deal with which will take longer to sort as you'll have to grow them out!

PMSL at Tatty's boob job idea. That combined with the eyebrow drawing comments reminds me of the Nighty Night episode where she cut the lady's fringe really short and then rectified it by re-drawing her eyebrows much higher.

AngryFeet Wed 22-Jun-11 18:09:16

When I have mine done they have two colours - brown or black - and they use the lighter one on me as my hair is dark blonde. I am guessing they used the black one on you. Worry not it comes off/fades quickly. Use something astringent like a toner on them and it should come fade a bit smile

TheFarSide Wed 22-Jun-11 18:12:18

Agree with skyblue - you are probably just not used to seeing them so dark.

WholeLottaRosie Wed 22-Jun-11 18:20:08

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Chandon Wed 22-Jun-11 18:25:25

Back in the eighties I dyed my eyebrows black with black mascara! I tried to look like Brooke Shields, but I must have just looked scary!

skyebluepink Wed 22-Jun-11 19:01:20

Kittens, may I ask- what is the deal with hd eyebrows? Is it the stencilled eyebrow look? Or just rectifying all the tadpole brows out there? Did you learn to thread? Would you recommend the training?
and sorry OP for hijack - hope you are less stressed about your eyebrows. I dyed someone's eyebrows once and she looked like Groucho Marx after as I used black not brown, and I had to look at them everyday till they faded!

cumbria81 Thu 23-Jun-11 09:15:18

I went back to the salon and they confirmed what you all said; that they can't lighten them.

I am slowly getting used to them!

Birdsgottafly Thu 23-Jun-11 09:27:00

Buy really cheap face wipes from a discount shop, they will lift the colour over a few days.

polyhymnia Thu 23-Jun-11 09:32:05

tatty is right, this won't be a long-lasting problem - the few times it has happened to me they have faded within a few days, helped along by regular applications of cleanser. Because they do fade so fast, I now sometimes ask for mine to be tinted a little darker than ideal initially.

Havingkittens Thu 23-Jun-11 09:35:11

Skyblue - HD Brows is a 7 step process to create the prefect brow for the person's face shape. Either from scratch/reasonable beginnings or to rectify what I less politely than you call sperm brows! Or any other dreadful plucking casualties.

It starts off with tinting the whole brow hair area, even the downy ones around the edge. Once that's done you decide the shape, based on the client's face shape, and mark them out with a china marker. Then the brows are waxed, top and bottom in quite a thin line. This is one of the areas where it really differs from a traditional brow wax as they used to say you shouldn't wax the top, but it does give much more control over the shape in that if the original shape is too flat you can give more of a lift to the shape. This is also why the downy hairs are dyed too so that they fill in any gaps where the shape has been changed. Then the brows are threaded outside of the waxing area, top and bottom to blend away any little hairs. Then after that they go around the edge of the brow with a pair of tweezers and tidy up any hairs "outside of the brow line". If you are starting off with a reasonable shape or amount of brow to start with you can get them looking good straight away but if you are training brows into shape from bad shape then it can take a few months of treatments. They apply and sell a growth product to apply to the areas that need filling in and also a pencil that they use to draw in brush strokes in the meantime, which is a bit like a china marker in black or brown, depending on your colouring. Then finish off with a clear brow gel to train the hair growth into the right direction.

There you go! So not stencilled, no. I guess they look a bit like that as they are quite a defined shape and there are literally no hairs left outside of the desired shape.

The training was really good, and fascinating and the way they teach is really engaging. It's not something I would've paid to do as I am not a beautician so it's not going to be a treatment I do daily. I was lucky enough to do the training for free through my work connections (I'm a make up artist) and I would say that I found it really helpful so I am glad I've done it. I have the kit to do treatments now but I seriously need to practice my threading as I've not quite got the hang of that bit yet. I think, if you are based in a salon or have private clients and are in an area where it would appeal, then it's a good thing to do as it's getting really popular and you can charge a higher price than a normal brow wax. When you train with them they will also put you on their register of technicians so that if anyone contacts them to ask for someone in their area they will give your name.

Havingkittens Thu 23-Jun-11 12:16:18

Oh, and trimming, I forgot the trimming bit! (If they need it)

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