I have a few eyebrow hairs that love to go in all different directions throughout the day. I’ve tried brushing a clear mascara on them, but that didn’t control them. I’ve tried hair gel, too, but they just laughed at that. I found a Prestige brow gel that worked okay, but there were two problems: it was the color gel that actually locked the brow hairs in place and that gel was hard to get a natural look with, and after maybe a month it started smelling funny so I felt I had to toss it – who knew what bacterial infestation might be brewing in there.
Hairspray to the Rescue
I was just about to try some expensive brow gels, when I realized what my eyebrows felt like after the Prestige gel locked them into place: hairspray. Specifically, that crunchy feeling that comes when you use a mega-super-duper-level-10 hold kind of hairspray and it turns your hair into a brick. That’s pretty unappealing on head hair, which you want to flow freely and feel touchable. But on eyebrows, it’s not noticeable – unless you have someone in your life who regularly strokes your eyebrows? I would think that’s pretty unusual.
Here’s how I do it:
- Spray hairspray onto your fingertip. This can be cheap hairspray, just so long as it claims to have seriously strong hold. Spray it until you can see a film of it on your fingertip.
- Rub the hairspray onto your eyebrows with your fingertip.
- Comb through it with an eyebrow comb to get all the hairs set just where you want them.
- Let it dry, and it holds all day.
One of the things I most like about this trick compared to brow gels (aside from the fact that the brow gels I’ve tried didn’t work) is that brow gel wands pick up the color I use to fill in my brows and get muddy over time. Since this method doesn’t use a wand (a quick rinse of your brow comb after each use will keep it clean), I don’t have that problem.