I’m not a girlie girl. I have never been a girlie girl. Once in a blue moon, I doll up – wear make up, put on a nice dress, a pair of heels and some sparklies – but that’s usually for very special occasions like weddings. The last time I scrutinised myself in front of a mirror was years ago. These days, when I look into the mirror, it is usually to play face games with my son and watch him delight in his reflection. I cannot compare myself to all those Yummy Mummies who still look like they’re in their twenties and whom nobody can believe they have had kids because I know I will never look that good. I don’t bother going for spas and beauty treatments – in fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever done anything like that in my life.
So what the heck was I thinking when I had my eyebrows embroidered? Honestly, I don’t know, but I must have been out of my mind. Not only did I conclude after I had them done that it was the biggest mistake of my life, some four years later, I’m still regretting that decision. As I said, I’m not a girlie girl. I am a fuss-free, no-maintenance girl. That’s right – it’s not “low” maintenance, it’s “no” maintenance. What happens to embroidered eyebrows that aren’t maintained? Well, your natural eyebrows grow back and then you just look funny.
After four years of looking funny, I decided it was finally time to get something done about it. A quick search online revealed that you could get your eyebrows “un-embroidered” and it was apparently easier than removing a tattoo. Figuring I should go back to where it all started, I went back to Ultimate Impressions (now called Bluunis). Can you believe they don’t undo eyebrow embroideries? Yup, you can touch up and get more treatments done, but you can’t remove them – never mind the fact that one of their staff managed to embroider one eyebrow higher than the other to begin with, but who’s complaining?
They asked me if I wanted to touch up my eyebrows. Touch up? Touch up? Didn’t you hear anything I was saying? I want them gone!
Since I did see it was possible to remove them online I knew it could be done, but where? It turns out there is another beauty salon in Midvalley Megamall that does it. They are called Empro. They have a booth location on the second floor near Jusco. To be honest, it isn’t particularly inspiring because it’s so open. I can’t help but wonder about the hygiene. Despite the staff incompetence, Bluunis at least invites more confidence as far as infection control is concerned.
So here’s the low down on removing eyebrow embroidery…
It takes 3-5 sessions or more. Each session is half an hour long. They will shave off your eyebrows and laser the embroidery to get it off. After each session, your eyebrows can’t touch water for three days. For two weeks, it is recommended that you do not eat eggs and seafood because they are supposed to make your scar itchy. You need to wait at least a month in between sessions. There is no guarantee that you will be able to completely remove the embroidery but it will appear lighter. Oh yes, it hurts more than the procedure for eyebrow embroidery.
The irony of it was that the girl said eyebrow embroidery doesn’t hurt. Are you kidding me? It was one of the most unbearable experiences of my life! I had this terrible itch running down my leg but because it was under my skin, I couldn’t even scratch it. It was so unbearable, my leg was twitching on it own every time the needle connected with my forehead. I barely survived one session of eyebrow embroidery because of the pain and now you tell me I have to endure more than three sessions of greater pain? Not to mention I’ll be eyebrow-less for two weeks after each time, and that the whole procedure might not completely remove the embroidery so I might actually be doing all this just to lighten the embroidery? I think I’ll leave my eyebrows as they are…
What’s the moral of the story?
If you’re planning to embroider your eyebrows, think long and hard before you do. If you regret it and want to get rid of them, the procedure isn’t quite as simple or painless.
If you’ve already done your eyebrows and are regretting them like me, here’s the quick fix:
Go get yourself and electric eyebrow trimmer. You can get one from Watson’s. It’s like an electric shaver for your eyebrows. You can use them to re-shape your eyebrows and keep them neat. It’s not exactly maintenance free, but at least it’s pain-free and a lot easier than plucking your eyebrows…