A Personal Note

I don't have eyebrows. Those of you who have the pleasure of knowing me personally, know that I joke around about this fact all. the. time. Well, I have a confession to make: It's not all that funny.

I don't know exactly when it started happening, but I noticed about four years ago that my eyebrow hairs just started falling out. Let me repeat: I DID NOT OVERPLUCK MY BROWS (Sorry, I had to throw that in there because it really unnerves me when somebody casually remarks that I should simply stop plucking in order to remedy this situation)! I have been able to get away with filling them in with pencil or powder, but that option is quickly becoming obsolete.

This has been a bad year for my brows. All that's left are a couple of strands on my left side and a random mess of hairs on my right. My brows look painted on at this point because, well...they are! I had a mini-meltdown this morning when I woke up to see two more hairs on my pillowcase. I even cried to a coworker about it this morning...and am crying now. This is a big deal to me.

With all the fantastic things going on around me, I feel that I have no right to be upset about this. I mean, if not having eyebrows is the one thing wrong in my life, I should be grateful, right? Well, call me ungrateful then, because I'm really, really depressed about this situation...but I'm finally going to do something about it.

I've been looking into hair transplantation, but that costs $5239847503284957 and I just can't afford it. There are, however, very affordable (and reputable) permanent make-up artists in and around the New York Metro Area. I know what you're thinking: How is getting your eyebrows tattooed on any more real looking than penciling them in? You'd be surprised, guys.

I contacted my bridal makeup artist, Jill from JK Flashy, to see if she had any recommendations for this kind of procedure. Not only did she have recommendations for me, but she called a salon on my behalf, scheduled an appointment and said she would come with me if I wanted her to! I honestly feel so blessed to have so many beautiful and caring people in my life. 

I'm very sensitive about this topic, but I wanted to share this experience because I know I'm not alone. I don't want to have to laugh off this BIG insecurity of mine anymore. I'm scared, but I know I'll be able to get though this with all the love and support of my friends, family and blogging community. 

If any of you have any experience with this or something similar, please share. If we are honest and open about the things that torment us with the people who care for us, we can conquer anything. And trust me, I've got nuthin' but love for ya!


Anonymous said... August 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I completely understand. I have the same issue with the hair on the top of my head. It depresses me and pisses me off ESPECIALLY when i see pictures of me and while other people see a beautiful smile, a nice person, etc . . . I see MY SCALP. I get it . . . good luck.

MODERN MOM said... August 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I had a coworker that had a little scare with cancer and through treatment she also for whatever reason lost her eyebrows and though her hair grew back her eyebrows never really did. She had them tattooed on and they looked great! I am a firm believer in doing whatever ever you have to, to make yourself feel better and good about yourself! So go for it!!!


Barby said... August 4, 2011 at 2:48 PM

So brave of you to share this with all of us. You have every right to be upset about this. I personally have been dealing with my hair getting very thin around my hairline..and know how much that bothers me. So go for it and best of luck @ your appointment. Hugs


Gladys said... August 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Have you heard about applying rogaine to the brows for growth? I know it sounds silly - but I've heard about it on a program featuring tips on beauty.

Here I actually found a link on ehow.com - take a look!


N said... August 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM

You will look and feel fabulous. Do it Babe!

Jennifer said... August 5, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Oh wow, I'm so sorry. I think I'd go with who Jill recommends. She is so awesome!

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