What are HD Brows, really?
You’ve probably heard this name somewhere (presumably at a beauty salon) and have been kinda confused (“are mine standard-definition, then? Are eyebrows becoming TV now? Can I broadcast Netflix with my brows after such treatment?”). Jokes aside – HD brows are the most popular professional treatment for eyebrows in the UK and many people swear by it, so it’s no wonder you may be curious what’s the buzz all about. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the famous treatment, with all its pros and cons, and you will be able to decide for yourself whether it is something you crave for yourself. Let’s go down to brow business!
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What is the HD Brows treatment?
Let’s begin the explanation by saying that “HD Brows” (meaning literally “high definition brows”) is actually a trademark owned by High Definition Brows Ltd, a brand established in 2008, whose goal is to empower people by finding a solution for every eyebrow dilemma. The real HD Brows treatment can be performed only by specially trained specialists, a list of which you can find on the company’s website. Unfortunately, some brow artists (illegally) adapted this name for their own treatments even though they have no proper training in the artistry of HD Brows, so it’s crucial to check whether or not the person you are going to is actually certified and authorised to offer the real service.
HD Brows is a custom brow-enhancing treatment that consists of seven steps – thorough consultation, brow tinting (which is optional), waxing, threading, tweezing, finishing touches (such as makeup) and aftercare paired with a short lesson on maintenance. Every session is tailored to the person getting the treatment, the state of their brows, their needs and desires.
How are HD Brows done? HD Brows process explained
Now, to get a better picture of what really happens during the treatment, let’s briefly touch upon all the steps!
1. HD Brows – consultation
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for eyebrows. Our faces are built differently, we have different hair colours, skin tones and, of course, different tastes. You cannot simply put a generic stencil on one’s face, trace the shape and call it a day. HD Brows stylists are trained to provide you with a thorough consultation during which they examine your eyebrows and talk with you about your brow goals.
2. HD Brows – tint
Some brow artists tint their clients’ eyebrows at the end of the service. However, HD Brows stylists begin the process with tinting in order to see the full natural shape of your arches – most of us have more brow hair than we realise, with super fine and bright strands remaining almost invisible until they get tinted. The stylist uses a custom blend of special HD Brow Dyes to achieve a result that will compliment your complexion, hair and personal style.
Tinting is not mandatory – if you would prefer to go without adding colour to your brows, it’s perfectly fine. Also, it’s important to note that you will be required to carry out a tint patch test prior to your first appointment if you want that step done.
3. HD Brows – waxing
Now it’s time to start the shaping process. HD Brows stylists use an exclusive formula that allows them to get rid of unnecessary strands effectively but without causing you pain or severe discomfort. Moreover, if during the consultation you told the stylist about your long-term goal of regrowing hair in some areas, they will make sure to take it into consideration when waxing. You can also count on professional mapping before any pieces of hair are removed!
4. HD Brows – threading
Threading is a precise work that requires a steady hand. Your HD Brows stylist will remove any fluffy hair strokes above and below your arches for a clear, sharp shape.
5. HD Brows – tweezing
If there is any unruly hair left, manual tweezing will do the job. If you have very long brow hair, the stylist may also trim them for an even better effect.
6. HD Brows – finishing touches
It’s time to have a little fun with makeup! Your brow stylist will give your newly shaped arches a little something extra using HD Brows makeup products, such as ultra-strong setting gel, budge-proof pomade or superfine pencil. They will be happy to provide you with a small makeup lesson so that you can recreate the look for yourself later.
7. HD Brows – aftercare
Finally, your stylist will share with you some crucial tips & tricks when it comes to maintaining the effect of the service. If you want to regrow parts of your eyebrows, you will get some product recommendations that will help you speed up the process.
How long do HD Brows last?
It all depends on how quickly your brows grow, but most people enjoy their perfect arches for around 4 to 6 weeks. After that, it’s best to book a touch-up session. Your stylist will learn your personal brow growth cycle after a few appointments and will be able to tell you how often you should come for touch-ups.
How much do HD Brows cost?
The price depends on the amount of work the stylist will be doing to shape your brows, whether or not there will be tint involved, the salon you visit and the skill level of your stylist. Overall, the prices start at around £25.
How long do HD Brows take?
The entire treatment usually takes around 45 minutes, but depending on the circumstances, can take an hour to be finished. It’s advised to not get it done if you are in a rush – it should be a relaxing experience and your stylist should be able to take their time to give you the best possible result!
Can I get HD Brows at home?
Not really. It’s a professional treatment that only a trained specialist can perform. Of course, you will be given some vital tips on how to take care of your eyebrows daily and you can get a plethora of HD Brows makeup products to keep your arches looking fresh between appointments, but it’s impossible to recreate the entire treatment by yourself.
Where can I get HD Brows done?
As mentioned earlier, unfortunately not every brow specialist that uses the term ‘HD Brows’ in their service list is an authorised HD Brows stylist. This is why it’s good to verify whether or not your stylist of choice is on the list provided by the brand.
As always, we recommend using Booksy to find the best brow artist in your area – all you have to do is to define the service you are looking for, choose a fitting time and place (you can simply turn on the location services to find salons near you) and voila – you can browse through all eyebrow artists in your neighbourhood that offer HD Brows. With Booksy you can check the pricing beforehand, browse through HD Brows before and after photos to see whether or not the effects are what you expected and finally book your appointment with just a few clicks. Do not waste time calling and texting – download the Booksy app or use the Booksy web platform and see how much better it is to have all the best beauty specialists at your fingertips!