Face framing: Eyebrow threading, lash extensions accentuate featuresFARGO – Mariah Jessen has ditched wax for thread, and she’s not going back. “Before, I used to get so red afterward, and now I could go to the grocery store if I wanted,” she says.
By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
FARGO – Mariah Jessen has ditched wax for thread, and she’s not going back.
“Before, I used to get so red afterward, and now I could go to the grocery store if I wanted,” she says.
The 38-year-old Moorhead woman’s mom told her about the practice as an alternative for her sensitive skin.
Jessen’s among many local women trying out longer-lasting procedures for eyebrow shaping and eyelash enhancement.
Threading lifts unwanted hair right out of the follicle using nothing but 100 percent cotton thread.
The practice that originated in Eastern countries has been gaining popularity stateside.
Bria Bork recently demonstrated the technique on Jessen at Fargo’s Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic, where she’s been doing it for about a year.
“It’s caught on really fast. It’s starting to feel like all I do, which I don’t mind,” she says.
Bork, a licensed medical esthetician, trained in Los Angeles with a woman who learned the art of threading in Kuwait.
“They have been doing it in the Middle East for years, all over their bodies,” she says.
She starts by trimming the brows in the direction of the hair growth and brushing off the excess.
As Bork quickly and gracefully twists the thread, she explains, “Threading is much more gentle than waxing. It doesn’t take off the top layer of skin like waxing will, so it’s less irritating, but it does exfoliate the top layer of skin that’s ready to come off.”
The technique is also incredibly precise, making hairs outside of the brow line both on top and bottom easier to remove.
“We can get a very nice, precise shape since I know exactly what hairs are going to come off,” she says.
Although they may require cornstarch to make them more easily visible, even the light blond “fuzzies” are caught in the thread.
The end result is a neatly shaped eyebrow with no extra hair or fuzz.
“Groomed eyebrows are so important for framing the face. You want a great-quality frame to enhance the beauty of the picture. The same goes for your eyebrows,” Bork says.
Depending on growth, clients typically come in for a touch-up every three to five weeks. However, over time, repeated threading can slow or stop hair growth.
“The hair growth comes in a little slower as well, so you can spread your appointments apart,” she says.
Lash by lash
Across the river, Trista Jetvig Chapman carefully attaches synthetic eyelashes to Alaina Brown’s natural lashes.
The Lavish Lashes Professional Eyelash Extensions the Moorhead-based makeup artist applies aren’t drugstore glue-ons.
They’re applied one by one to individual lashes instead of the eyelid.
Lash by lash, Chapman works her way across Brown’s eyes using long tweezers and special glue.
“It’s a pretty tedious process, but I really enjoy it,” she says.
For Chapman, eyelash extensions were a natural addition to her business, Blushed Airbrush Makeup and Tanning.
Her appointment book has been filling up since she received certification from the company in Minneapolis about a month ago.
“I have over 50 brides for weddings this summer for makeup, and almost every single one recently has gotten lashes,” she says.
Lash extensions are also available at Catalyst Medical Center and Laser Advantage, both in Fargo.
Brown, a 23-year-old from Moorhead, decided to give them a try so she could spend time at the lakes without worrying about her mascara running.
“I’ve always liked to play with eye shadow and mascara, so that was another reason – so I don’t have to scrub my mascara off every night,” she says.
Mascara can be worn with the extensions, but Chapman recommends the formula specifically made for them.
“It’s a lot better because it doesn’t stick to the lashes or clump them up,” she says.
Lavish offers lashes in different colors, shapes and lengths, but she says most women go for a dramatic look.
“When you see them from the beginning to the end, it’s such a difference,” she says.
Although Chapman recommends fills every three to four weeks, the lashes’ longevity depends on client care.
• Don’t get them wet for the first 24 hours. Then you can resume your normal routine.
• If you wear contacts, don’t pull on your lashes when you’re putting them in and taking them out.
• Don’t trim them. Trimming creates blunt rather than tapered ends.
• Brush them out morning and night.
“They like to kind of go wherever they want. You kind of have to ‘teach’ them,” she says.
• Use an oil-free makeup remover and a Q-tip to remove eyeliner.
• Don’t remove them yourself – you’ll risk pulling out your own lashes, too.
The extensions fall out naturally with your real lashes, typically one to four a day.
“It’s really how you treat them how long they’re going to last,” she says.
• To learn more about eyebrow threading or set up an appointment, visit http://rejuvclinic.com or call Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic at (701) 356-7546.
• Call Trista Jetvig Chapman at (218) 790-1444 to learn more about Lavish Lashes or to set up an appointment.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590