Eyebrow Talk


I've been looking forward to writing this post for a while, ever since I've started the 'how to look good without make-up' posts. My absolute favourite beauty topic is eyebrows, you could even say I'm obsessed! This post is going to be a tad different, as instead of giving you tips, I'm going to share my own personal story and a few facts I've found. I hope there's something to be learnt or at least you can just sit back and giggle at my expense!


Distorting My Expression

When I was around 12, I used to think of all the possible ways to enhance my appearance (so young i know!). As soon as I figured out all these glamorous women I saw on TV and magazines altered their eyebrows, I was keen to learn more. I soon started experimenting with my own brows, at first it was just to neaten them, and then before I knew it I was tweezer happy! As you can imagine I was pretty pleased with myself, I felt as if I had finally done my face justice (oh how wrong I was).

One summer, my cousins suggested we go to a salon, and get our eyebrows shaped, something told me this was a bad idea since my brows were almost non existent, but I went along anyway. Nothing was to prepare me for the result. I came home with only a few hairs where there used to be brows. Looking blankly at the mirror I couldn't recognise the alien-like face staring back. I instantly had to get a brown pencil and fill them in as best I could.

In the following weeks, I seemed to be getting into a lot more arguments than usual. I was constantly being asked why I looked angry when I was confused, surprised when I was concerned, and sad when I was clearly very cheery! Don't get me wrong, a lot of these problems were probably related to being a hormonal teen, but even I couldn't understand my expressions anymore. This lead me to start researching everything I could about eyebrows...



Here are few things I've learnt;

1. Altering the shape of our eyebrows means we could ultimately distort our natural facial expressions. The reason that's a problem is communicating effectively is part of what makes us seen as attractive. Effective communication is key to beauty.

2. Eyebrows shape our eyes, but they're also used for facial recognition. This is why when I first saw myself with sparse lines for eyebrows, I felt I had lost my identity. 

3. Women who are stressed tend to pluck their eyebrows more (I can definitely vouch for that!). It's not a good habit and it's related to having a sense of control, unfortunately it's  our looks that suffer.

4. Thinner eyebrows can make us look older. If we naturally have thicker brows and over pluck them, this can create a more droopy look over our eyes. Luscious brows signifies youth which is an important thing to remember before pulling out the tweezers!

5. Removing too much hair from the middle of our eyebrows (a wide gap between our brows) can make our nose look bigger, so if we're already self conscious about our noses this can help us out a little.

6. They help keep moisture out of our eyes which allows us to see clearly, this is awesome for when it's raining or while exercising!

7. Our eyebrows are not symmetrical, so trying to make them more alike can actually do more harm than good, as our eyes are not the exact same either. Each brow shape is suited for each eye. 

8. The life span of eyebrows is 4 months, it's the slowest growing hair on the body (that explains a lot!).


After seeing first hand the effects of 'experimenting' with my poor eyebrows. I started the journey of growing them back. First I stopped plucking them (that's always a positive start haha), I then would brush the hair follicles to stimulate hair growth and voila, lucious brows once again! 
I'm lucky as I stopped the damage at the right time. Many women cannot grow them back due to years of plucking.  It's made me understand why Islamically it's not encouraged to alter our brows, but there's plenty of other ways to keep them neat. I like to brush my eyebrows upwards and to the side with a little eyebrow comb. Since mine don't tend to stay in place, I bought this nifty eyebrow gel 'Gosh' which does the trick. I tweeze the  few hairs between my brows so they stay divided. That keeps them tidy for my how to look good without make-up face! Thanks for reading and hopefully the rest of this series will be continued...

Photography by Amira Made

8 comments

  1. Oooh! Love this post. I think I need some castor oil too! Heard so much about it giving you thicker and fuller brows and eyelashes.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that Hannah! :) I've just started using the castor oil so still waiting for the results!

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  2. Wow you put a lot of thought into your brows! I only remember I have them when I get a fringe trim and realise how untidy they look.. Good tips though, keep these posts acoming ;)

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    1. Haha..I sure do! It's a strange obsession, it's one of the first things I notice about someone. Hope you like the upcoming posts :) xx

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  3. I feel you are too concerned with your looks.
    The beauty should be one's love for Allah, and the inside.
    I was told plucking is not allowed in Islam.
    You looked to women for their looks but how about women for their honesty and kindness. I don't understand. It encourages more people to be superficial when you focus on appearance.

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    1. Hello assalamu alaikum, Thanks for your comment. Yes I agree that people are too concerned with their looks. My posts are related to my own personal struggle with not using make-up as I got used to it at an early age. This is just my journey. My post is not encouraging anyone to alter their eyebrows. Here's my first post about why I started all these beauty posts; http://www.amiramade.com/2014/04/honest-beauty.html

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  4. Wa alaykum salaam,
    It is your choice, sister but if it is personal and you didn't want to encourage others to do it, I would think you wouldn't give tips or blog about it.
    Too many men pick a pretty woman over a pious one. Women don't help this by being concerned about the outside.
    I appreciate your polite reply, but I urge you to think about this and seek Allah's will.
    We are all examples to non believers and other believers look to us as well.
    We have a responsibility to be aware of how we act, what we say as we can either encourage right or wrong behavior.
    I wish you well.

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    1. There will always be difference of opinion, seeking middle ground is always best. Women can be pious and beautiful, why does it need to be one or the other. Hygiene and self care are encouraged in Islam, we should always present ourselves in the best light. :)

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