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Blame Your Cat For Our Eyebrow Obsession
This article was researched and written by special guest contributor, David Dallaire.
A History of Eyebrow Shaping
According to the documentation of the Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), the ancient Egyptians would shave their eyebrows in mourning whenever one of the cats in their home died. (And everyone in the home would shave their whole body if their dog died – but that is perhaps saved for another day in an article about waxing!).
When they were not respecting the passing of a cat, however, the Egyptians were known to take an interest in the shape and color of their eyebrows, sporting an arched eyebrow that was darkened with a powder made from Galena, a lead-based mineral (as well as “Kohl”, a mineral composition first used around 3000 B.C. and through the nineteenth century for both brows and eyelids).
Bring in The Goats
Animals somehow figure into the eyebrow fashions of both the ancient Greeks and Romans too. Poets and writers of the time referenced women wearing false brows made from goat hair and attached with tree resin! Kohl was still the preferred mineral powder of choice to darken brows. However, along with the goat hair, there was not a lot to envy about ancient eyebrows of the time because all of this effort was made to perfect the unibrow, the preferred look at the time.
Last Word on the Unibrow
While we have grown up with a disdain for the unibrow, it apparently took thousands of years for us to come to our senses. As it turns out, the Greeks and Romans influenced the world well beyond the arts, literature and philosophy. Women of the Byzantine Empire (285-1461), the Qatar Dynasty of Iran (1785-1925) and others all admired and cultivated their own unibrows.
Meanwhile, In Middle Age Europe…
With Medieval women looking to attract attention to their domed foreheads (the desired look at the time), eyebrow plucking finally became a thing (in what must have been a big relief to women who were not interested in a unibrow!). Pencil-thin brows also got lighter, as strawberry-blonde became the standard perhaps out of deference to Queen Elizabeth I of England.
When Less is More…Way Less.
In both Europe and Japan, removing the eyebrow entirely was considered beautiful, and it had nothing to do with an expiring housecat. 17th century Europeans would remove the brow entirely and rub walnut oil into it to prohibit them from growing back while the Japanese removed them because they preferred what they could do with pencil – redrawing them higher on the forehead in a hazier, cloud-like style.
Can We Stop Using Animals Now?
In Europe, sticking with one look was hard to do century-to-century (though we now rarely find ourselves with the same style year to year!). After turning away from the unibrow and going with the pencil-thin brows, lightening them, and then removing them altogether, they decided they wanted something bushy, but not quite a unibrow. However, women who used to use walnut oil to prevent their brows from growing now found themselves falling behind trends. Enter the “mouse fur eyebrow wig”. Yes, when it was time for bold brows to make a comeback (and it wouldn’t be the last time!), it was the mouse that stepped up and made the difference. False eyebrows were made from furry mouse skin pieces, and attached higher up on the forehead to create a “quizzical” look. It is possible that many of the 17th and 18th century European paintings you see in your museum are showing women wearing a bit of mouse fur above their eyes!
The Fast-Moving Brows of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
The 20’s – Pencil thin brows came back in the Roaring 20’s, a time when American women used beauty as part of the move to liberate themselves. Modeled after silent film start Clara Bow, brows slanted slightly downward and went beyond the edge of the eye.
The 30’s – Brows remained thin, shortened a bit and shaped to look stronger, with a higher arch. Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow were models for the more pronounced, curvature arches that presented a more dramatic look.
The 40’s – Brows get a little less severe, thicker and softer looking. Think Lauren Bacall and Grace Kelly.
The 50’s – Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn all sported the “New Look” create by Dior that called for a full face of make-up where the brow was lush, strong and high-arched.
The 60’s – An era where women didn’t really mess with their brows – shaving them off completely and then penciling them back in with short, thin strokes to create a look that APPEARED natural. While most people did not notice her brows, this was a signature look for Sophia Loren.
The 70’s – If you are one how is cool with letting your brows run wild, then you might be a child of the 70’s! The hippie movement brought back the natural brow, with less plucking and a natural shape.
The 80’s – Using “Eyebrow” in the context of the 80’s automatically infers the name “Brooke Shields”. Think “bushy” the way you imagined those “mouse fur eyebrow wigs” from the 17th century!
The 90’s – Lots of tweezing in this decade, but eyebrows kind of went all different ways. Drew Barrymore and Pamela Anderson went for the “overplucked” look while others retained their 80’s “bushiness” and still others shaved them completely.
Today and beyond – Today it is all about the “Power Brow”, with many tweezers collecting dust at home. Bold, big and dark, the thicker the better…for now! Some experts see the Brooke Shields look coming back around the corner, but don’t lose your tweezers either – they will also get their turn again as well!
Getting Your Own Brows Right:
As a Aveda Professional Salon and Spa, Studio 16 won’t put mouse fur on your eyebrows, nor do we use or sell any other animal-based or animal-tested products. For a beautiful updated look to your own brows, call today or click here for an appointment at our Brow Bar to go with one of your other regular services.
Summer will be here before we know it – barbecues, swimming, camping, and SUN. Along with all of summer’s wonderful activities come sunburns, which can lead to skin damage and aging, and potentially skin cancer. What do you need to know to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer? How do you spot the warning signs? Here is a refresher on practicing safe sun and summer skincare!
Know your ABCDE’s! Check yourself regularly for suspicious and potentially cancerous moles or other spots. Know the signs. See a dermatologist.
A) Asymmetry: Normal moles are symmetrical – even on all sides.
B) Borders: Normal moles have clear, distinct borders.
C) Color: An unusual or uneven mole color could be an indicator of a cancerous mole.
D) Diameter: A mole larger than the diameter of a standard pencil eraser may be suspicious.
E) Evolution: Changes over time – of color, shape, and size – can also be an indicator of skin cancer.
Make a habit of regularly checking your skin for any birth marks, freckles, and moles. Get to know your skin and what has always been there, so you notice any changes that may happen. You can ask someone you trust to keep an eye on you too! They may notice areas that you don’t normally see or aren’t easily visible to you (such as the back of your neck, tops of ears, etc.) You can also establish a relationship with a dermatologist who can monitor your skin. Another good idea, if you have any moles or marks, is to snap a quick picture of the spot. That way you can see if it is changing over time.
When in doubt, see your dermatologist! When caught quickly, most skin cancers can be treatable.
Avoiding sun damage in the first place is, without a doubt, the best way to prevent aging. When you are using sunscreen, follow a few simple guidelines to get the best coverage and results. Always apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes prior to being in the sun. This gives it a chance to “soak in”. When in the sun, re-apply at least hourly or any time you’ve been in the water or sweating (even if your sunscreen claims to be sweat and water proof). You can also wear lightweight clothing to help protect you. Long sleeved shirts, loose fitting pants, and hats are all great ideas. Stay in the shade when possible or take a break indoors. Try to minimize time in the sun during peak sun and heat hours, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Even though Summer is the peak season for sun damage, remember that using an SPF is a YEAR ROUND skincare practice! UV rays are still present even in the winter, even when it’s cloudy!
Aveda makes several great products designed to keep your skin and hair looking young and healthy in and out of the sun:
Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer: This is a holy grail product for me. It’s a great day time moisturizer, has tint so it can be used as a light coverage foundation (or even medium coverage if you apply a couple layers), AND it has SPF 15!
Any Aveda Bronzer: Instead of actually getting a damaging tan, fake it with Aveda’s beautiful bronzers.
Daily Light Guard: SPF 30 daily moisturizer that can be used alone or with another great Aveda moisturizer.
Sun Care Hair Veil: This product can be sprayed on your hair to protect it from sun damage! Yes, your hair can be damaged by the sun too.
Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser: For after those sunny beach days – this product removes salt, sunscreen, chlorine and other residue from your hair and body.
Sun Care After Sun Hair Masque: This is a great deep conditioning and moisturizing treatment that helps prevent and repair damage from the sun and free-radicals.
If you’d like advice or guidance specific to your skin, make an appointment for a facial with Dana or Christina. All of our facials are customized to your skincare concerns, and include a home care plan and product recommendations. As always, you are also welcome to just pop in and ask us about products or skincare questions any time during our open hours. Have a great summer! We look forward to seeing you soon here at Studio 16!
Winter Skin Blog from Dana, our resident Skin Care Expert
Here at Studio 16, we have so much to celebrate. Finally settling into our Summitview location, the spa department is rocking skin and nail care, and hooray, it’s the middle of Winter! Wait.. what? Celebrating mid-winter? Yes, it’s true. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve only just recovered from the Christmas season and in rolls February with yet another chocolate holiday to wreak havoc on my skin?” That’s okay. Help is here.
Mid-winter is the perfect time to begin a series of professional facial treatments. Picture yourself under a mist of warm steam as the skin absorbs the humidity it so craves, especially during this cold and dry time of year. Then, on to the real business of a facial: getting clean. Having an esthetician exfoliate and deep clean your skin makes a difference you can see and feel. Extractions are not for amateurs. But when done correctly, gently, pores look smaller, texture is smoother, all with little or no irritation. Now your skin is ready for the good stuff!
Massage of the face, neck and *oh my* shoulders, not only feels amazing, but did you know that one of the benefits of massage is increased circulation? Healthy flow creates an indescribable glow. Say goodbye to puffiness and inflammation, health and healing is coming to the rescue, resulting in skin that glows from the inside out. With all this newfound radiance, YOU will light the way into springtime, which is really just around the corner. Aaah, feeling better already. A little freshening up of the hair color, why not a touch of sparkle on the toes…We got this.
Thru the end of February we have some AMAZING Promotions
Buy 3 get 1 FREE
4 – 60min Facials for $225 ($300 value)
4 – Bikini wax for $120 ($160 value)
4 – Studio 16 Pedicures $150 ($200 value)
4 – Shellac Manicures $60 ($80 value)
These great packages are enhanced by the fact that thy are
Totally shareable*- great for a Girl’s Day
Our Open House was a HUGE success! Thanks to all of you that were able to join us.
Studio 16 is excited about our new expansion and pending move to our new Summitview location, just next to Shopkeeper! At this time we are planning to be in our new location and open for business on January 12th, 2016. Our phone number and web address will remain the same, and we are working hard to avoid any appointment interruptions.
The Kitt Construction Elves have been busy , building walls, painting and creating a wonderful new environment for all of us. We are so excited to share it with you. Nate Sabari Woodworks has been busy building us some fantastic pieces for all to enjoy, and Team 16 has been busy perfecting some great new service items for you.
January 12th OPEN in our NEW LOCATION!
3105 Summitview Ave. Yakima, WA
Join us Thursday, January 21st from 4-8pm for an evening of Bubbles and Beauty, celebrating our new location and toasting to our wonderful Team and all of you! Thank you all for your patience and continued support, we look forward to serving your beauty needs in 2016.