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Eyebrows. Then and Now.

Published August 7, 2017 by mindfulofchatter

Back in March of this year, I decided to stop plucking my eyebrows. In doing so, I learned a few things about eyebrows. You can read about my ‘discoveries’ in my post ‘Eyebrows. Who Knew?‘. While I quit the main plucking, I do keep the edges and middle clean (ish).

I have never been the girl who loved make-up. I didn’t wear any make-up for years and years. Even as a young adult, about the only make-up I wore was a brown mascara so my blonde eyelashes showed up a little more. I didn’t even wear any make-up for my high school senior portrait. None. In fact, here are my high school era eyebrows:

1977 eyes

And yes, that is really me, well my eyes, 40 years ago. And yes, that is my senior portrait photo. Well, part of it anyway. You can easily see I wasn’t into yanking my eyebrow hair out back then. But even still, they looked fine to me. I look at this photo and I still think they look fine.

I can’t even remember when I began plucking them. But I did at some point.

40 years later, I am at the 5 month mark of no more plucking. Right about the time I ought to have achieved full re-growth of my eye brows. Today they look like this:

2017 eyes

These are my 40 years older eyes. And still no make-up. The eyebrow on the right shows the scar from a minor surgery I had in high school. The natural shape has changed somewhat. They are not as thick as they once were.  But all in all they look just fine. At least to me. I wear bangs (combed back for this photo) so who really sees them anyway?

What the photo doesn’t show, are the white-blonde, grey and red hairs mixed in those brows along with the darker browns. I find it kind of odd that the white-blonde is still there all these years later.

I never have been, nor will I ever be, the lady at the eyebrow/eyelash bar (an eyebrow/lash bar just sounds too wierd for me). I don’t powder or pencil them in. I simply don’t see the point. Women spend hours grooming their eyebrows – plucking, brushing, gelling, powdering, penciling and now stamping – to get that perfect shape. While keeping them in some sort of shape is necessary for most women (like those with very dark, or heavy hair), the amount of time some women spend on their brows seems like overkill for a line hair meant to keep water and sweat away from your eyes.

I do wear light make-up more often now. My skin has some sun damage from an early life spent outdoors on a horse. So I use a light foundation with sun screen in it to even out the skin tone. I found I like to play a little with eyeliner pencils, often wearing more than one colour at a time – because make-up ought to be fun, and I’m a bit odd. Some mascara on the upper lashes and I am done.

But I am finished with the eyebrow plucking and shaping. I don’t feel it’s an important part of my daily routine to spend time on. Anyone was may want a date with me will just have to come to grips with that. Sorry guys, but I am firm on this.

But what you prefer to do is up to you. If it makes you happy, or keeps you feeling good about yourself, go for it.

‘Cause if we were all the same, life would be dull a unbuttered toast.




Eyebrows. Who knew?

Published March 17, 2017 by mindfulofchatter


As some of you know, I decided to stop plucking my eyebrows and let them grow back to their mostly natural state.  I am keeping the uni-brow from becoming a reality and keeping the outer edges more or less shaped. Since I tend to be lazy about this, it’s pretty much less.

It’s been 13 days since I stopped plucking and pulling the little hairs out. They still look rather patchy and funny. There are a few gray hairs in there as well. I’ve noticed I have a stripe under each brow that is devoid of hair at the moment. I wondered about those and had a closer look in mirror.

There are some hairs growing in the little desert strip, but they are very blonde and don’t show. I also noticed that there are the beginnings of brow hair showing up, even though they haven’t sprouted yet. Over all, things still look a bit odd so I decided to do a little eyebrow research.

Mind you, most of the eyebrow information I found was on some sort of beauty site, so they include ‘tips’ for faster re-growth. I ignored those.

Like all hair, eyebrows grow in a cycle. Eyebrows tend to run on a 5 -7 week growth cycle. Because plucking pulls everything out, it can take longer as the follicle needs to re-form and so on. If you over pluck or shave your eyebrows, it can take up to 2 years before they recover fully. In a few cases, they may never grow back. The average time for eyebrows to fully re-grow is 56 – 65 days for adults.

So it seems I remain looking a bit odd for a while longer. I don’t mind. I’m having sort of a fun time watching them re-grow. I do try to keep them groomed – meaning I brush all the hairs to face the same direction. I am not into penciling in the gaps, or pomading them into place, or using some concoction to make them grow a little faster. When all the little hairs have made it back in place, I will deal with whatever weirdness is left then. The gray ones don’t bother me. They are part of the badge of making it this far in life.

Not only is my grooming life a bit easier, but now I’ve gone learned something as well. For me, this is a plus. Who knew there was so much to learn about eyebrows?

Pretty darn cool, if you ask me.