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Meet Eyebrow Expert Kristin Fisher, Ambassador for At-Home Wax Brand Parissa
Mon, 20 August 2012 11:31AM
I’ve never been an at-home waxing kinda gal. Sorry if this is too much info, but I’d much rather shave my legs every few days or keep on top of my 4-6 weekly beautician appointments for everything else. In saying that, and I know you would all understand this, trying to block out time for a waxing appointment can often be virtually impossible within a busy work week and weekend, so there are often times when I wish I had an at-home wax product that I loved.
Same thing goes for when it comes to my eyebrows. Although I’ve got fine blonde hair, my eyebrows are naturally on the darker side, and the hair quite coarse. I’m a firm believer in the fact that brows frame your face – bleached ones are best left to the runway – so an eyebrow wax and shape is essential, along with using my trusty kit daily to fill them in. However when it comes to getting a brow tint, I’ve always been a little wary. I think I’ve seen one too many a bad job. You know when either they’re too dark, or the colour has extended past the natural width and length of the eyebrow? Never a good look.
However a little over a week ago I was introduced to Kristin Fisher, considered one of Sydney’s go-to brow experts for celebrities and many of Australia’s beauty editors. Based in Paddington, Kristin waxes hundreds of brows a week, and was recently named the ambassador for the new-to-Australia at-home waxing brand Parissa. I met with Kristin to talk waxing and get the lowdown on the Parissa range, now available in Priceline, and her go-to brow products. This is all the while shaping my eyebrows into awesome arches and giving me a brow tint, which has cut my morning brow routine in half.
PRIMPED: Tell us a little bit about Parissa and your experience working with the brand.
Kristin Fisher: What first attracted me to Parissa was the fact that the brand is eco-friendly. All of the products are vegetarian, and in some cases vegan, free of GMO’s, synthetic fragrances or colours, phthalates or parabens. Also that there are three different series of products including salon, washable and express – suitable for the experienced waxers as well as the beginners.
PRIMPED: Before we wax our eyebrows at home, what steps should we take?
KF: Get your brows shaped professionally first, it means you have the basis for a great brow. However you should really tend to your eyebrows every 3-4 weeks because if you leave it 6-8 weeks, you’ll lose the shape. I would suggest tweezing any stray hairs underneath your eyebrows that have grown through, however if they begin to get overgrown on top, try the Parissa Wax Strips ($12.99). You just rub them between your hands to warm them up, which means they are also really great for travel when you just need to get rid of a few stray hairs.
PRIMPED: Which of the Parissa products would you say should be our must-have?
KF: Definitely the Warm Wax ($12.99). Along with being easy to use, in my opinion it’s also the most effective. Along with any at-home waxing product you use, my number one tip is to ensure that you follow the instructions. That’s the beauty of the Parissa products; they provide step-by-step instructions so it’s virtually impossible for the process to go wrong. Also, make sure you pay strict attention while you are heating the wax. I think one of the most common mistakes with at-home waxing is remembering that as you use up the wax, you have to reduce the heating time as you use up the product. The last thing you want is for you skin to burn!
PRIMPED: What are your top tips for DIY waxing, on anywhere on the body?
KF: Firstly, exfoliate any areas of the skin that you are waxing first, as this lifts out any ingrown hairs, except your face, as it’s completely different skin. Secondly, if you are using a hot or warm wax in sensitive areas like your underarm or bikini area, you can apply a light coat of talcum powder to act has a barrier for the wax on your skin.
PRIMPED: Which product would you recommend for somebody who is a little bit apprehensive about the idea of at-home waxing – like me?
KF: The Sugar Wax ($12.99). It takes under 10 seconds to heat it in the microwave and then you apply it, wax it using the strips and then it washes off straight away. It’s suitable for legs, body and face. Like all Parissa products, it also comes with a vial of azulene oil, which not only helps to remove any stray bits of wax, but also keeps your skin feeling silky smooth and not irritated.
As for my road-test Primpettes, I gave the Parissa Wax Strips, $12.99, a go, simply because they were super-easy to use, required no heating time and are ideal for those who are new to at-home waxing. They are designed for sensitive areas like your underarm, face, bikini line, so I thought I’d try them on the few stray hairs I had above my eyebrows, even though I tend to avoid waxing there area because I have broken out in the past.
Not only were the instructions simple and easy-to-follow, I loved how I could just rub the strips between my hands to heat them up and activate the wax, the small strip just the right size for the eyebrow area. I placed it on, smoothed it down and zipped it straight off, and off came the hair, and I’ll admit, with minimal pain. I applied the azulene oil afterwards as it was a little red, but for the first time I didn’t break out in the small bumps. Winner.
Tell me Primpettes … are you a fan of at-home hair removal?
If so, do you use strips or hot wax?
Have you ever waxed your eyebrows at home?
Have you tried Parissa?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett