The Brow House
The Brow House is all about making you look good--from the lower lids up, that is. As its name suggests, The Brow House offers an array of services to get your eyebrows in tip-top shape. Pun intended.
"People underestimate the power of the perfect brow," the salon manager tells me. "But a subtle change can make a real difference. Someone might say to you, 'Oh, you look so good; did you change your hair, new clothes?' Not realizing that your brows can change your whole appearance."
Makeup artist Kira Thompson conceived the idea for The Brow House six years ago. She opened a small shop at Dundas and Logan before moving here to Leslieville, on Queen Street a few blocks east of Jones, about a year ago. Since then, business has been booming for the eyebrow salon, which believes itself to be the only place in Toronto "dedicated solely to the perfection of the eyebrow."
The space is modest, with four lipstick-red salon chairs facing mirrors at the front. There's some space in the back for waxing (The Brow House recently hired a fully certified esthetician) and that's about it. Nevertheless, the team is serious about what they do.
"We see a lot of young girls who come in who have been over-tweezing," one of the eyebrow designers tells me. "As well as women with misplaced arches, brows that are overly rounded, with not enough of an arch, or no arch at all." I suddenly find myself feeling a little self-conscious. "So when they come for a brow consultation, there's usually a growing out period before we can take the next step."
That next step ($25) usually involves correcting the shape with tweezing, since the method can be more precise than waxing. However, waxing is used to clean up larger areas. Regulars tend to come in every three to four weeks for general maintenance, as well as treatments including brow and lash tinting ($25), lash perm ($65) and eye lift treatment ($30). As well as helping you to correct the shape of your brows, the team at The Brow House also offers personalized eye makeup tutorials ($35) and various other waxing services.
Photos by Dennis Marciniak