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My Daughter’s Eyebrows

Groucho Marx, move over, my daughter’s eyebrows are in town.  Thick, dark, and fat, they don’t at all suit a slight, blond, teen girl.

I can acknowledge this.  Onlookers cannot.

Once, when we had just arrived home, another adoptive mom asked to see a photo of our girls from Russia.  I sent her a family pic and she made some comment about, “Don’t you just love the unibrow?”

It was not a unibrow.  It was a thick brow.  A very thick brow.  A sometimes angry brow, but that had more to do with Mashenka’s mood than with her facial hair.

I felt it was a rather uncharitable comment.  This was not high on my list of priorities:  Welcoming home a new child, restraining her and plucking her eyebrows as she screams bloody murder.

So I eventually had her start to pluck inbetween her brows, not that they absolutely needed it, but there were a few stray ones that could be cleaned-up.  What she really needed was some shaping under the arch.  For now, it appeared that two fuzzy caterpillars had landed right on her forehead.  If we could downsize, something along the size of two strands of spaghetti might be more appropriate.

Unlike her younger sister who looks like a Mini-Me (poor child), Mashenka’s brows would never mirror mine:  thin, blond, and requiring some artistic pencilling-in.  I hoped to avoid her trying to handle it herself and ending up with an “Eyebrow-Plucking-Experiment-Gone-Awry”.

It was on a quick foray into a store, that I glimpsed our solution:  Bimla, the Nepalese Eyebrow Threader.  At her kiosk was a video playing of very hairy individuals being transformed by her magic.

I chatted with the young woman before phoning Benedetto back in the car with the kids.

“You think Mashenka wants to get her eyebrows shaped?” I asked.

“I’ll ask her,” he responded.

After several decades together, my husband knew better than to ask me what in the world I was talking about.  In another minute, he walked her inside to me.

While my daughter settled back in Bimla’s chair, I explained the process to my thirteen-year-old and read the card posted:  Eyebrows – $10, Upper Lip – $7, Chin – $10, Forehead – $7, Sideburns – $10, Full Face – $30.

Forehead?  That was a new one.  Who had hair on their forehead?  I found myself tucking away this information for the rainy day when I met any hairy-forehead-inflicted individuals.

Employing a length of not-so-thin thread, almost the thickness of dental floss, Bimla twisted the strands taut between her two outstretched hands, extending the third point of the triangle by holding the thread in her teeth.  She twisted the thread and rolled it in rapid movements across the face, the targeted brow hairs being rapidly plucked by the twisting and rolling thread.

I had heard of this method from a friend in another country and now realized that Eyebrow Threading might be Mashenka’s beauty moment-of-truth.  Ten minutes and ten dollars later, she had gently arched brows, still substantial, but slightly tapered and neatly narrowed. Refined and regal.  Bimla related that the procedure’s effects would last longer than waxing, and Mashenka said it was not very painful, just a slight sting that made her teary.

That’s the price of beauty.  The moustache is next, lol.




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3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Winnie says:

    Gotta try that, where might I find a Balinese hair threading lady in WI?
    Yeah one of my trauma moments of life is my mother holding me down and plucking the unibrow (and it was a unibrow) when I was in the 10 yo range. Now other not so pleasant facial hair appears, though I can say I’ve never had it on my forehead. Wonder if that refers to the fine baby hair around the hairline that African Americans have a hard time taming?

    • avatar admin says:

      Probably your best bet is to go to any neighborhood where immigrant populations may be (Indian, Hispanic, etc., probably Norweigian would not work…). I doubt that they have websites, lol, so it might be hard to Google. I was trying to watch my daughter and watch the video which was zoomed in on some hairy guy– he may have answered the forehead question if I had been paying attention more….

  2. avatar Winnie says:

    Yeah, Swedes and Germans and Poles are not really known for that kind of stuff either. I’m an outsider with my Irish last name!

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