Last week I was invited along to Holly Blue Beauty in Morningside, Edinburgh to try out their HD Brows treatment. Having dark hair and fair skin means I’m always a little wary about letting others do my brows, I have a fear of scouse brow (over filled dark brows) as well as too thin brows, which I admit I may have had in the past (remember those pencil thin brows everyone used to have, what were we thinking?). But I needn’t have worried as they really do know what they are doing at Holly Blue Beauty.
HD Brows is a 7 step treatment, which uses a variety of hair removal methods to create perfect brows. With HD Brows the brow shape and style is determined by your face shape, and your natural brows, rather than what’s in fashion.
The steps are:
I was met by Gemma, the salon owner, who also happens to be a trainer for HD Brows. After filling in the usual paperwork, it was time to begin. Gemma had sent a patch test to test for any reaction to the tint, which I applied 48 hours before my appointment, it was really easy to do and reminded me of those temporary tattoos you used to get when you were little. Before starting Gemma checked my patch test and removed it using the wax (this also tested for any reaction to the wax), this was quick and painless.
We then had a quick chat about how I wanted by brows, and what I definitely didn’t want (scouse brow). I want to keep them looking natural, following their current shape but just much neater. Gemma then measured my brows and applied the tint. Now if I’m honest I was a little worried about the tint, I already have dark brows, I don’t need them any darker. Gemma reassured me that tint would highlight those really light hairs we all have rather than darken my existing hair.
After the tint, Gemma applied some mineral powder to my brow area, apparently this helps reduce sensitivity and makes waxing less painful. Then it was time to wax those brows, I’ve been waxing and plucking my brows for years so my skin has built up a bit of a tolerance to pain, but this was the most pain-free wax I’ve ever had.
After waxing my brows were threaded and then plucked, making sure every last stray hair was removed. I then finally got to see my brows before the last step. Gemma explained to me that my brows were a little long and should ideally be around 0.5cm shorter (which is quite a lot when you’re talking about brows), we agreed to shorten them about half way and will remove the rest next time. She then applied makeup (from HD Brows) to complete the look, although after having them tinted my brows didn’t need too much filling in.
The appointment lasted around 45 minutes, so give yourself plenty of time if you book for HD Brows. As well as the HD Brows treatments, Holly Blue Beauty also specialise in nail treatments, especially nail art. You can see examples of their work on their Facebook page (link),
As you can see from the before and after pictures, the treatment has made a huge difference to my brows. I apologise for the pictures of my untamed brows, but I needed a before image. The after pictures were taken as soon as I got home from the salon, without any other makeup to show the difference (the image above shows the brows with makeup on). It’s been around a week and my brows are still looking good, in fact, I’ve found I can skip the brow makeup most days, something I normally never do. This treatment was complimentary for the purpose of this review, however, I have booked to go back in 6 weeks to maintain my brows (which I will be paying for with my own money), which shows how impressed I was with the experience.