By Erika Chassner

Thick brows are back with a vengeance. But for many who have plucked, waxed and threaded in vain, the growing-back period can seem daunting. A victim of brow abuse myself, I decided to visit Malynda Vigliotti of Boom Boom Brow Bar. Part therapist and sculpturist, the brow queen starts by assessing the damage and then crafts a customized solution to restore your brow to a healthy state.

My main issue was that my brows were uneven and the arch had been compromised from one too many waxes at a (dare I say) nail salon. This is the most common form of abuse that Malynda sees, which did make me feel a little better. While most places will have you lie down on a table as they wax, Malynda has you sit on a bar stool facing her. This allows her to work from a more realistic point of view rather than a contrived angle. Malynda recommended a brow tinting to darken the hair and have them appear thicker.

At first I was wary, since I thought my brows were already pretty dark, but her confident and friendly disposition put me at ease immediately and I let her work her magic. Next, she began a quick and surprisingly relatively painless wax. She explained that many people overthink brows and thus over-wax and over-tweeze them. Malynda then showed me the results. I instantly loved the brow tint. It made my eyes pop and actually did make my brows appear thicker. We then had a post-treatment chat, and she recommended castor oil and made me promise to avoid the urge to “touch up” in between visits. Weeks later, with some slight regrowth (Malynda recommends coming in once a month), I refrain from picking up the tweezers… and await my next therapy session with my new found brow therapist!

Boom Boom Brow Bar
35 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-2666

Originally published June 2011
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