HD Brows at Anesis Spa - Worth the Hype?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

You may or may not have heard the buzz surrounding a treatment which goes by the name of HD Brows. Put simply, HD Brows is a seven step process which claims to leave you with amazing eyebrows worthy of an A-list celebrity. It's what all the slebs have been having done, dontcha know?

Anesis is a franchised salon situated a stones throw away from leafy Clapham Common in SW London. Should you walk past, it looks like any other beauty salon, but it's interior is rather impressive.


You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd walked into a West End bar, for the swanky, dark sleek furnishings do have a certain wow-factor about them. Definitely not what the average beauty salon looks like!


I arrived after work last Wednesday feeling slightly weary after what had been a busy day. Luckily I didn't have to wait and was swiftly ushered into my treatment room. Should you require privacy, then a small, tastefully decorated room off the main salon floor is available - this is where I was taken. 

There's also a large space on the salon floor where HD Brow treatments are performed on comfy leather, tilted seating, should you fear feeling a little claustrophobic in the treatment room. Fear not, the upper level of the salon is currently being revamped to house more treatment rooms.

The treatment room I was HD'ed in.


I'd allowed my brows to grow out in preparation for my appointment, so I was looking forward to them looking half decent for public exposure.

Here's how my brows were transformed:


1.  Nadia, my lovely therapist discussed what shape I'd like and how defined I wanted my brows to be. I believe my exact words were "Defined, but not visible to pedestrians half way down the road!"

2. First my brows were tinted. The dye was left on for 1 min and 26 seconds (yes, I counted)

3. Secondly, warm wax was applied along the tops of my brows to give them a cleaner silhouette. I didn't find it painful as Nadia expectedly whipped the strips off at all. In fact, it was quite relaxing, I kid you not! A soothing after-care lotion was then applied to to reduce redness and irritation.

4. My brows were then trimmed with scissors to create a streamlined look

5. Out came the cotton and teeny hairs were threaded from the tops and bottoms of my brows in order to  sharpen my brow shape further.

6. Any left over stray hairs were then tweezed out.

7. My brows were then lightly filled in with a HD Brow Pencil and set with HD Brow Beater, a non sticky liquid to help prevent wandering hairs - in other words, clear brow gel!


BEFORE





AFTER

EXCUSE THE STRAY MAKE UP BRUSH HAIR STUCK TO MY FOREHEAD!

(I also appear to have a random brow hair on my right brow, but I can assure you that I didn't when I left the salon!)

All in all, the treatment took approximately an hour. Now, do I think it's worth the hype? In all honesty, no. I'm no stranger to having my brows threaded and tinted - a procedure, which in total, takes no longer than 20 minutes.

It's one thing reading about a treatment, but in this instance I think it'd benefit you to actually SEE what I had done. Check out the short video below, which outlines and demonstrates a HD Brow treatment.





Unless you've never had your brows tamed in any shape or form whatsoever, then you may feel a little cheated after handing over £35 for a HD Brow treatment I don't think there was any difference in the end result I obtained - in fact, I actually prefer the shape I walk away with from my usual haunt. Initially, I thought my brows were a little too dark for my liking and asked for them to be wiped down. 

Although defined, they were thicker than I usually have them and I wasn't instantly thrilled by their new shape. Ironically, they don't look as dense in my photos as they did in person, but either way I don't think the result was worthy of £35.

I was advised that I needed to grow out the hairs towards the end of my brows as they're quite sparse - the  result of enthusiastic over-plucking in my teens, and therefore I wouldn't be able to get the exact HD shape to start off with.

Whilst I appreciate that my brows are not mega-thick towards the ends, I've always managed to get the exact look I want from my trusty threading salon, combined with the use of MAC brow pencil in Stud, so I was a little sceptical that the end result had anything to do with my brows at all.

I don't doubt that the HD Brow treatment doesn't create great looking brows for some, but on this occasion, I wasn't bowled over with the end result, and for that reason it's highly unlikely that I would pay to have this done again. I just don't think it's worth £35 - especially since I only pay £8 to get my brows threaded and tinted. I also think for what I consider to be a simple treatment, it takes too long to accomplish. As I've already mentioned, it takes me no longer than 20 mins to have my brows both threaded and tinted - definition and shape, with 40 mins to spare!

As well as HD Brows, Anesis also specialises in fish pedicures, Blink & Go LashesLVL Lashes and Rodial treatments as well as OPI manis and pedis.








HD Brows costs £35 at Anesis Spa. For branch and treatment info, check out the website http://www.anesis.uk.com/
http://www.hd-brows.co.uk/


*Complimentary treatment provided by PR.

7 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Jamilla Camel said...

This sounds like a great treatment for women who aren't regular brow groomers - I'm with you about the threading. Threading and a bit of eye pencil/gel does it for me!

Dutchess Roz said...

Great review hun! Ive been thinking about getting this done for a while because am not a real fan of my brows but fear they wont be able to magically fix the shape of mine........
Now still umming and ahhing, maybe I just need to give it a go :) HAVE A GREAT TIME IN NYC btw xoxo

나니 said...

It looks like an absolutely gorgeous place! : D It sure seems to live up to the hype. I'd never pay to get my brows done tho.. I'm too cheap and I've done mine myself ever since I was 14.. so yeah xD

MrsCassizzleSparkles said...

Thanks for the review! Certainly not your everyday salon, that's for sure!

ModestyBrown said...

That's a lovely looking salon. I was really interested to read your thoughts on this one. The HD brow treatment had fascinated me but I did wonder whether it was adding extra steps unnecessarily. I can safely save my pennies!

♥ Sadie ♥ said...

Fab, honest review xx

Henessy said...

I've always wanted to try the HD Brows but for that price i'll stick to threading lol.

 

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