A few are blessed with stunningly thick eyebrows that can be easily shaped to perfection but the rest of us have all kinds of issues from thin, unruly, patchy, barely there among other things.
If you fall into the eyebrows issues group, you know a skilled eyebrow artist is hard to come by. The average ones take a little too much from here, too little from there and give you all the reasons why your eyebrows are the problem. Only on rare occasions have I’ve been happy with a threading or a waxing job and on more than a few occasions I have literally walked out with tears in my eyes after getting my eyebrows done because of a very poorly done job. So for the past 10 years I’ve been hopping from place to place. Sometimes I settle for an average place for a little while before moving on after a few tries. By kismet, I stumbled upon what I think is the best kept New York city eyebrow secret a couple of days ago on yelp while searching hair salons.
A yelp elite review tipped me off to that secret and her name is Julie Tussey. An artisan in her field. She can shape an eyebrow like you were born to have it that way. She leans towards long and thick and uses neither waxing nor threading, just that old original method called tweezing, yep! the stuff even tweezerman couldn’t get us to use for too long when it made it’s comeback. She plucks away little hair by littler hair, stops and examines, plucks away even more until she achieves the best shape she can give you considering previous damages. As scary as this may sound, it did not hurt at all.
I made an appointment and she welcomed me into her peaceful Chelsea apartment on a Tuesday evening. I was the only client, since she works by appointment only. She settle me in, offered me something to drink and begun to work on my eyebrows.
The first time Julie showed me the mirror so that I can examine, I thought she was finished and was happy with the shape. She examined my face again and I can tell by her facial expression that she spotted imperfections and she was not willing to let go. I couldn’t understand what else she could possibly do to them because it was a pretty clean job, but after ten minutes of plucking away (30 minutes by this time) she shows me the mirror and whoa whoa wow I love, I love, I love. I then realized that the first time she showed me the mirror she was just getting started.
She then tinted my brows and let sit on my brows for a few minutes before cleaning my clownish face off and again whoa, I have length and the patches are gone. But she was not happy yet, she notices more unwanted little hairs in the way and she goes on to pluck even more, showed me the progress as she went along, then tint a little more, then clean, then pluck again, then fill them in on last time and even thought me how to fill them in myself and showed me a technique to to cover my patches. Every step she takes is like a step closer to eyebrow perfection. You can tell that Julie is really in love with her art. All in all it took her about an hour for her to find my perfect shape.
You are probably wondering how much this cost, it was it was one pricey side but totally worth it – please contact Julie for her rates*. If you calculate the what you pay for 10-15 minutes (not including wait time) for an average job at a regular salon it will make sense to you. One of her regulars that came in for her appointment as she was finishing up with me said that she hadn’t waxed in almost two months! Turns out that after speaking to that regular for a few minutes I found out she was the same yelper who had tipped me off to Julie. What are the chances?! So don’t be surprised if you run into me when you go see her. This is my first visit and not the last.
I would love to hear your eyebrows stories in the comments.
*updated to remove rates per Julie’s request.