Making Brows Beautiful

Photo by Ryan Noltemeyer.

Photo by Ryan Noltemeyer.

When I walked into Dollface Brows & Beauty, the first thing I saw was a customer giving owner Jess Harrison a massive hug and thanking her. By the end of my own appointment, I found myself doing exactly the same thing.

I am very fair-skinned and have naturally blonde hair, meaning my eyelashes aren’t particularly dark and my eyebrows are almost nonexistent without a little help. I’ve tried a number of brow pencils and gels, but these products are only temporary and require a lot of time to apply.

Harrison completely transformed my light lashes and invisible eyebrows. She waxed and shaped my brows to the perfect shape to fit my face, and tinted them to a nice, ashy blonde. Simultaneously, she colored my lashes, making my eyes look naturally brighter.

“Since every person is different, I look at the shape and color of a person’s brows to keep everything clean and natural,” Harrison explains. “I do a tint, fill in and even the brows out. A more natural brow is flattering on everyone, and it’s trending right now.”

The entire process took less than an hour, and I left the shop feeling brand new and knowing that I wouldn’t have to color my eyebrows or wear mascara for at least three or four weeks. And Harrison’s methods are not only effective but incredibly gentle. Having someone that close to your eyes can be a little nerve-racking, but she worked with great precision and I never felt remotely nervous.

In addition to full service brow and facial waxing, Dollface also has a full range of all-natural, hormone-free brow and face products. The line has several tools and powders for brow maintenance, a clear gel to keep those unruly brows in their place and a growth serum that can be used on both lashes and brows. This serum is particularly helpful for those who have over-tweezed their brows, or for aging women whose lashes are slowly thinning.

Dollface is open six days a week, and their hours easily accommodate those who keep busy schedules. Appointments are requested, but walk-ins are accepted. Services start at $46 for a full brow tint and wax, and they also do facial waxing.

Though she started in the beauty industry as a freelance makeup artist and not an eyebrow expert, Harrison immediately took to waxing when she went to school to earn her aesthetician license.

“I became obsessed with waxing,” reveals Harrison. “I only ever wanted to do brows even though it wasn’t a conventional career choice.”

After earning her license, Harrison worked for five years at the renowned Boom Boom Brow Bar in the West Village of New York City. In the spring of this year, she and her husband decided it was time to leave the chaos of the city and came to Louisville for a change of pace. Harrison continues to do a pop-up shop at a salon in New York once a month and even does brows for Victoria’s Secret corporate headquarters there.

Though she sometimes misses New York, Harrison feels very at home in Louisville and is excited to share her skills with the 502.

“I was really ready to build my own brand and I like the creative atmosphere here, so Louisville is a good fit,” she says. “I feel like I’ve been really welcomed by everyone in the community so far.” VT

Dollface Brows & Beauty is located at 207 S. Shelby St. For more information or to book your own appointment, visit dollfacebrows.com

STORY BY MARIAH KLINE