I think I’d better start this off to say (if you didn’t know already) I’m 46, so I’ve lived through the 80’s as have my poor eyebrows. If you are lucky enough to have been born after this time, it was a grave, grave period for everyone’s eyebrows. They were so over plucked (unless you were Madonna) and for some of us they never grew back, or in my case, I think I kept to that thin style and kept on plucking out anything that deviated from it.
So fast forward to now, when I very rarely do anything other than keep pluck out the odd hair, and dye them every other month. I really hate my brows though. I know they aren’t doing anything for my face, and are very aging. I just couldn’t figure out how I was going to change it.
I was invited to the try out the Shavata Brow Studio in John Lewis Nottingham. Not only was I going to have a look round, but I was going to meet beauty and eyebrow guru Shavata Singh herself. With a promise of advice and hopefully licking my sorry brows into shape, I jumped at the opportunity.
The actual Shavata beauty retreat area, tucked into the ride hand side of the first floor beauty hall in John Lewis Nottingham, was much larger than I expected. It has four well-lit stations for all of your brow and eyelash needs, along with a another section that deals with nails as well as places to buy all of the Shavata products. It felt welcoming, modern and professional, I was very impressed.
I wasn’t feeling very optimistic when I got to the studio, because quite honestly there was so little for Shavata to work with. I thought I would show you how they looked here, to give you an idea of how awful they are.
I mean really? I needed Shavata DESPERATELY! But would I really have enough for her to actually do anything? First of all I wanted to say Shavata Singh was so lovely, when you think how experienced she is, how many famous clients she has, she was one of the nicest people I’ve met through blogging. Incredibly knowledgable, and I left John Lewis feeling on top of the world!
We sat and chatted, she advised me that she would help get my brows into a guide shape, in order for me to try to grow them, she would also dye them for me too. So she waxed underneath and threaded on top, then showed me the shape she had achieved. Don’t believe anyone who says this hurts, honestly its a total breeze. I really felt that she studied my brows, and helped me understand what I needed to do, to achieve a better brow going forward. She explained that I had a lot of fairer hairs, and after a couple of layers of dye we achieved the colour we both were happy with.
Eyebrow guru Shavata has a little motto “brows are sisters not twins”
I think you can tell from this before and after, that I have of lots sparse hairs under the brow (which have now been dyed) that from now on I’m not going to pluck, thanks to Shavata’s guidance. Its made a huge difference to the look of my eyebrow, it looks so much thicker but hopefully, by leaving that area, any new hairs that grow I will also leave, so it will look even thicker going forward.
Shavata showed me her own before and afters of her own brow and eyelashes after using one of her products –The Brow Strengthener. Made from 100% cold-pressed organic castor oil, derived from the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). The oil from the castor oil plant is a natural ingredient which is known for its nourishing properties which can benefit both brows and lashes and their follicles and it has an intense moisturising effect for the skin too. Shavata explained that the Brow Strengthener is the ideal product for over-plucked eyebrows as it can be applied to nourish them. I’ve bought it, and I’ve been using it ever since, and will let you know if it helps me. So far obviously no new hairs, but my existing hairs feel very nourished.
Now as we were chatting, Shavata also mentioned that she felt that my eyelashes weren’t being optimised, as though they were long, they went out in a straight direction, rather than curved upwards from my eyes. She advised that I should try an eyelash lift. I asked if the team had time to do one for me there and then and they happily fitted me it.
I’m so pleased I said this, and that Shavata recommeded I had this done, as I think that both of the treatments (both brow and eyelashes) together have made a huge difference. Just the boost that I needed I think. So much so, I haven’t worn any makeup on my eyes since! I went for a treatment known as a lash lift, with a tint. It took maybe 45 minutes for both to be completed, and another 15 minutes for my brows, so definitely doable in a lunch break. The only thing I would say is, for someone like me, its tricky to sit with your eyes closed all of that time, I think next time I’d bring my headphones and try to distract myself. Even with the Shavata team chatting to me, I felt an irrisitable urge to open my eyes! I wish I wasn’t such a fidgeter!
So here I am the morning post treatment:
Can you believe I haven’t any makeup on my eyes? Nothing to fill in my brows and no mascara! I know its probably more impactful to me, but I’m so happy with the results!
I think overall, without a doubt I will be going back to Shavata. In fact I’m not going to trust going to anyone else. My brows and eyelashes have never looked like this before. The care and attention and advice, is like nothing I’ve ever received before when I’ve had my brows threaded. I haven’t been paid or even asked to write this post, I just was so impressed both with the brow studio, Shavata herself, the staff and the results I felt compelled to write this up. Thanks you so much to Shavata and the whole team, I’m incredibly grateful!