Nadia Yanez knows eyebrows. She even knows how to tackle tough, wiry brows that refuse to behave. As the founder and director of Lablósh® Waxing Clinique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she has seen all types of brows – from the dreaded unibrow to pencil-thin brows and bushy and unruly ones. She has seen those that are over-tweezed and those that have never been touched by a Tweezerman and everything in between. Lablósh® is a full-service waxing clinic, but Yanez superspecializes in eyebrow care and maintenance. As such, she has gained quite a following since first opening her doors.
She chatted with Beauty in the Bag about how often to tweeze, the latest trends in eyebrow style and even offered up some tips for brows that wow
Here’s what she had to say:
1. What type of eyebrows are trending today?
Bold, bushy and well groomed! Past are the times when thin, eyebrows were trendy. From fashion model Cara Delevingne to actress Sofia Vergara, reality star Kim Kardashian or even first lady Michelle Obama, celebrities from all over the world are rocking groomed, thick brows.
It’s all about looking young and healthy. Thick brows do just that. As years go by, hair starts shedding, making us look older and, at times, less attractive. Bushy, prominent eyebrows bring back that youthful look by framing the eyes, thus giving us more facial expression, and ultimately balancing our features.
2. What are the dangers of over-plucking or tweezing?
Tweezing is a common method of hair removal used by many of us to keep our eyebrows looking clean and shapely. It’s quick, affordable and can be done from the comfort of your own home. However, when overdone, tweezing can leave your eyebrows uneven, sparse and too thin.
I have encountered thousands of people with asymmetrical, scattered eyebrows due to over-tweezing. While most times eyebrows can be fixed with the help of a professional brow specialist, sometimes it takes many years. it’s fine to tweeze a couple of hairs in between brow waxing treatments, but avoid tweezing hairs that grow too close to the body of the brow. It only takes one hair to change the whole brow shape, but it takes months to grow it back. Also, keep your brow wax appointments every two to three weeks apart, so that you don’t feel the need to touch them up on your own. If you find yourself plucking for more than a couple of minutes, you are probably overdoing it.
3. Tell us about Lablosh.
Lablósh® means forever beautifulTM. I founded Lablósh® Waxing Clinique after years of experience working for a large waxing center as both a wax specialist and a wax trainer. Lablósh®’s mission is to offer high-end quality treatments at affordable prices, using only the best European hard wax available. Eyebrow waxing is one of our most requested treatments . Because every person is different, I analyze their facial shape, features, and eyebrow’s hair growth to determine what brow shape works best for them. My procedure includes trimming, waxing, and tweezing. Each step is essential to achieve the ultimate brow shape.
4. How did you become interested in this field?
I became a licensed skin care therapist because I want to help others. When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good nothing and nobody can stop you.
5. What is the worst thing we can do to shed unwanted hair?
The worst thing we do for our skin is shaving. Stay away from razors, please! Waxing is the best method of temporary hair removal. Less hair grows back after waxing, and the new hairs are finer and easier to remove. Waxing also exfoliates your skin leaving it silky smooth. Shaving defeats the purpose of removing hair since it makes your hair grow back faster, thicker, and coarser. Shaving may also cause ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
6. Any advice on how to make waxing results last longer?
While some people need to get waxed every couple of weeks, others can go without a wax for over a month. The keys to long lasting results are the following:
- Schedule your waxes every two weeks for the face wax, and every four for the body waxing. After a few months, you will notice that results last longer and fewer hair grows back in.
- Get rid of your tweezers, razors, creams or any other products to temporarily remove hair. Stick to waxing and only waxing.
- Patience. There are no miracles when it comes to hair removal. If you commit to your waxing routine, your hard work will pay off