I did it! I had my first waxing experience!
But its not down there – oh no! Not that brave 😛 Instead its “up there” where my brows are.
We are familiar with brow trimming and there are lots of cosmetics counters that offer this service. However, I now know of only one major cosmetic brand that offers brow waxing – Benefit Cosmetics.
I’m told that waxing is better because it actually grabs and pulls the hair out by the roots thereby reducing stubble and instances of ingrown hair. But it also sounds painful (and if you are the sensitive sort, it probably will be).
I got mine done by Michelle at the Benefit Brow Bar in Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Apparently, there are just 2 Benefit Brow Bars for now – Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and at 1 Utama. Wanna know just how painful it was? 😛
First off, the brow stylist will draw on the shape of your brow using mysterious techniques known only to brow stylists. I kid. There is a specific manner of measuring your brow in comparison to your eyes, and Benefit Cosmetics says that they base it on an Asian eye shape, which is different from a Caucasian eye so you get a more natural brow shape.
Michelle tested the wax on my skin first to see if I might suffer redness and as I did not, she proceeded to wax off the excess hair outside the drawn shape. Benefit Cosmetics also waxes in between your brows – which is a nice touch because sometimes, stray hairs grow there and looks weird 😛
The whole process is fast and for me, relatively painless. The wax is warm on the skin and it smarts a little when they rip the wax off, but otherwise, I suffered no pain. Then, your brows are trimmed and drawn in nicely with the Benefit Brow Zing and you’re done! If you want to know how it feels, take a piece of cellotape (preferably one with strong adhesive), and paste it on the back of your arm (where you see some hair) then let ‘er rip! Now multiply that sensation that by about 5 and you know how what it feels like to have your brows waxed 🙂
From start to finish, it takes just 15 minutes max so its great when you don’t have the time or just want to get your brows done during lunch time. My brows looked decently cleaned up once I was done, and yes, it does take longer for the hair to grow back. I did not have to pluck any stray hair for at least a week after waxing, which is really great! 🙂
A Brow Wax at the Benefit Brow Bar costs RM38. My suggestion if you’d like to try this, is to let your brows grow wild before going. Firstly, for waxing, there has to be a minimum hair length before they can pull off the hair effectively. Secondly, you’d appreciate the effect more 😉 That however is one of the set backs – you’d have to endure your brows looking unkempt for a while before they look purdy and neat again.
Have you tried eyebrow waxing or any services at the Benefit Brow Bar? That was my first time and I do think I might like it, just because it takes so much longer before I have to do anything to my brows except draw it in 🙂 The only problem is the followup – now I have experienced tidy brows, I can’t grow them out enough to go back!
Benefit Eyebrow Waxing is RM38/session and is available at Benefit Brow Bars at Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and KLCC 1 Utama.