Monday, December 30, 2013

Eyebrow Threading in Vancouver: 4 Angels Beauty Care Inc.

Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of getting my eyebrows done at 4 Angels Beauty Care Inc. in Vancouver.  I met Navkiran and her daughter Sifti at a blogger event in early December, where 4 Angels was a sponsor. They were so friendly - not to mention the fact that they both had amazing eyebrows - and when they offered me a complimentary brow threading for editorial consideration (did you see that fancy phrase I just threw in there?), I was like, "Is this real life?"

It was.

A couple weeks after meeting them and getting their card at the blogger event, I tested my luck by calling them up on a Saturday morning to see if they could fit me into their schedule. Spoiler alert: They could. I'd purposely let my brows get a little out of control before making an appointment, in order to get a true feel for the work that Navkiran could do. Also - there's no point in heading into a brow shaping appointment with already-fine brows, right? Right.

So with my brows all a'bushy, I made the walk over the Burrard Bridge from my Kitsilano apartment to 4 Angels Beauty Care at 1342 Burrard St in Vancouver.

4 Angels Beauty Care, Inc. on Burrard St in Vancouver
.  i love the turquoise theme they have going on in the shop  .

Walking into 4 Angels I was literally welcomed by Navkiran and Sifti with a big smile and a hug - told you they were super friendly - and was invited to have a seat in one of their reclining salon chairs.

Sifti and Navkiran of 4 Angels Beauty Care Inc in Vancouver
.  sifti and navkiran






Inside 4 Angels Beauty Care Inc in Vancouver
.  i'm totally photobombing my own picture here  .


We started with a short consultation about my brows - their current condition, any concerns I had, and what shape would best suit my face.  I'd never had my brows threaded before, so this entire experience was new to me. On top of the threading aspect, it was also in the back of my mind that it might be nice to get my brows tinted as well. Navkiran explained the process for tinting, letting me know that she could make them darker gradually so that I could see how they looked after each application.

After the consultation, Navkiran got to work!

Here's what we were starting with:


Sidebar before we go too much further - I was extremely uncomfortable with having so many super close-up shots of my face in this post. How awkward. But I can't very well write a full blog about my eyebrow threading experience without including any photos of my eyebrows, which happen to reside quite close to the rest of my face. So... HELLO CLOSE-UPS.

Anyway... told you I let my brows get a bit nuts. I hadn't trimmed or tweezed them in a couple of weeks at least! And you can see in the above photo that my brows are quite blonde - blonder than the hair on my head. I used to have platinum blonde hair as a child, and my eyebrows never quite caught up with my gradually brunette-ing hair as I got older. Add to that the fact that I'm not the type to apply makeup to my eyebrows, and my blonde eyebrows were extra ready to be tinted.

Navkiran applied the wet tinting dye to my brows, leaving it on for one minute. After the first minute, she wiped if off and we both evaluated the situation. My brows could stand to go a bit darker, so she applied more dye and we went for an additional minute. I liked the way they looked at that point - they were darker but still natural looking. Definitely closer to the color on my head. It's a little tricky to tell in this picture... but you'll see what I mean in a later picture. KEEP READING.

.  oh hey girl  .









Next was the brow shaping! Navkiran is an expert on what proper brows should look like, so she drew the "right" shape onto my brow area with a white pencil and then proceeded to thread all of the hairs that fell outside that outline:





If you've never had your brows threaded before, perhaps you might like to know what it's like. Navkiran had me help out by pulling the skin around my brows/temples taut and then she used her twisted cotton thread to quickly pull each hair out by the root. You can watch a video of a threading process (not mine) here. My eye were closed while she was doing it to me, so I couldn't actually see what she was doing. I only figured it out by watching that YouTube video haha! My eyes watered a tiny bit, but that's inevitable. It didn't hurt really - just a slight pinching feeling.

After the threading, she trimmed my brows...

.  peek-a-boo  .










And then finished up with a looovely aloe lotion massage of my brows and face. It was so relaxing, and I probably could have fallen asleep there. By the way, this might be a relevant time to mention that they also have an array of massage services at 4 Angels, in case that interests you! I'm a big fan of massages so it probably won't be too long before I head back there to get a neck/shoulder massage.

After the little face massage, Navkiran turned to her makeup tools and talked me through how she was filling in my brows. I was really impressed by the sturdiness of the little angled brush she was using to fill in my brows, so it was lucky for me that they happened to sell them right at the salon. I definitely bought one (and a new eyebrow makeup pallet... in case I do want to become the type of girl who puts makeup on her eyebrows).

I didn't take a close up picture of my brows after the makeup application, but you'll still be able to tell in the further-away picture below...

.  sifti and me  .




The fact that you can even see my brows in the above picture is a massive improvement over where we started!

So officially, I had the Divine Brows and Superb Brow-Tint services done:

Brow services at 4 Angels Beauty Care, Inc in Vancouver

Here are some more views from inside the salon... The turquoise theme is so pretty:

Jewelry for sale inside 4 Angels Beauty Care in Vancouver

Interior of 4 Angels Beauty Care, Inc, with their Christmas decorations up!
.  some of their christmas decorations  .
Christmas decorations inside 4 Angels Beauty Care

Comfy couch and colorful pillows inside of 4 Angels Beauty Care in Vancouver

Turquoise bottles of lotions at a beauty salon

Salon chairs inside 4 Angels Beauty Care


Now that I've had my brows threaded at 4 Angels, I see no reason why I'd ever go get my brows waxed anywhere again. It does cost a bit more than a hasty waxing job at some other places, but the care and precision that Navkiran took while she worked her magic was worth the extra money. And as for the tinting - which should last about a month - I'm obsessed with the fact that I can SEE my brows now. David has been tolerating my constant gushing about how much I love my "new brows" ever since my afternoon at the salon!

Thank you again to Navkiran and Sifti for their hospitality and expertise. I very much look forward to heading back, and I hope that you will check out their salon as well! Here's where you can find them:

4 Angels Beauty Care Inc.
1342 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC
604-428-4111
4angelsbeautycare.com
@4angelsbeauty

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Disclaimer: I was provided this eyebrow shaping/tinting for free in exchange for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are mine, allllll miiiiiine!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!!! I did purchase some lovely products while I was at the salon though - a new eyebrow makeup brush and a new makeup pallet for light brows.


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4 comments:

  1. Bailey: Thanks for such a detailed description of the threading experience. I am surprised it did not hurt that much. I had a friend get it done and she said it was excruciating. That is why I have never tried it. You have made me re-think my opinion. Perhaps, it just depends on an individual's pain threshold. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

    Sharon
    http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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  2. What a cute place! I have always wanted to try threading but always thought it hurt too much- can't be as bad as waxing right?!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  3. I looked up the video. I'd never heard of threading. Well, I had seen Pinterest things where they showed thread with eyebrows talking about proper shape, I was always so confused and ignored it. haha It's really fascinating though. I hate my brows. I wish someone would just come in and reshape them. They are sooo straight and blahhh. haha

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    1. My sister has been getting her brows threaded for a couple of years now, so it was on my radar. I'm glad I finally tried it - I'd definitely say that I preferred it to waxing!

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