Here’s something that many blonde virgins (those who are brunettes and are new to dying their hair blonde, that is, not, er, virgins who are blonde) like myself ponder over: is it OK to have blonde hair and dark eyebrows? Trawl the internet and you will find mixed responses to this question. Some people hate the look and some people think it’s fabulous. I am in the latter camp because, really, who wants to have eyebrows that identically match their hair? No-one? Oh, I thought so. Girls, it’s time to stop over-obsessing about minor details.
Let’s play a short game. TRUE OR FALSE?
1) Natural blondes don’t have dark eyebrows.
FALSE – OK, it’s true that most natural blondes don’t have really dark eyebrows. However, your eyebrows aren’t supposed to match your hair. They should be darker. I have a couple of friends who both have naturally blonde hair (although it is medium-blonde rather than a bright, light blonde) naturally dark eyebrows. It doesn’t look bad! It’s fine. If it’s natural, then there can’t be anything bad about it, right?
2) Blonde hair and dark eyebrows looks bad.
FALSE – Having blonde hair and dark eyebrows is not a bad look. Just look at Marilyn Monroe- she was considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful women and she rocked dark eyebrows, even with her bright blonde, almost white hair.
Sienna, Agyness, Scarlett and Emma- to name a few- can pull it off. I wonder if the same could be said if they all weren’t so beautiful!
A very important point to note: avoid eyebrow bleaching like the plague. OK, yes, sure, it can be done. And it can look good. But, as with most that one tries, there is the element of unknown; one doesn’t know what the results are going to be until the operation has been carried out. You could hate how your eyebrows look. You could have a bad reaction. You could waste your time and money. You don’t want to look completely fake, do you, with dyed hair and dyed eyebrows? A girl from my school tried to lighten her eyebrows last year. Her eyebrows fell off and the skin around them was all inflamed for a few days. L O V E L Y. My skin is so sensitive that I fear that that would happen to me. I also say a huge no to even the thought of tweezing out my eyebrows in their entirety and then drawing them on. That is not a good look. Why would anyone draw their eyebrows on if their normal eyebrows were fine?
I think that if you’re worried about having blonde hair and dark eyebrows, you shouldn’t bleach them or remove them and draw them on, or not dye your hair blonde. Instead, what about tweezing your eyebrows so they are thinner and therefore less noticeable? One of the friends that I mentioned with the naturally blonde hair and dark eyebrows swears by said beauty rule; she always has thin eyebrows and one doesn’t really object to them on seeing them… they look fine. They look good, edgy, young, cool, fabulous, chic. Don’t let the colour of your eyebrows dictate the colour of your hair!
If it’s good enough for the impeccible tastes behind Vogue, then it’s good enough for we mere mortals.
We need to consider why some of us can’t quite comprehend this look. Perhaps we should blame the media’s- particularly the fashion/celebrity media’s- constant strive for perfection. There still seem to be beauty ideals that we all want (or perhaps feel we ought) to live up to; to be a woman with pretty eyes, high cheekbones, a “perfectly sized” forehead, a small nose, sexy lips, perfect skin and a toned, fit body is a distant dream for most of us. But it’s still a dream. We still want it. We think that things have to be in proportion, that things have to match, in order to look good- hence our desire to have eyebrows that match the colour of the hair on our heads, perhaps? Or perhaps it’s not about being all in proportion and being matchy-matchy when it comes to our appearances; perhaps it’s just because so many women we see with blonde hair have similarly fair eyebrows, and after seeing them it is admittedly hard not to choose to look the same as them.
I still don’t think that “modern beauty” is about perfection, though, about all looking the same. I think that “modern beauty” is about breaking down barriers and accepting that we weren’t born to be clones of one another.