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eyebrow threading
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The best places for eyebrow waxing in NYC

Bushy brows in need of eyebrow waxing? Take care of ‘em at one of the best pain-free brow bars in NYC.

By Alison Kotch

Unless you have super thick (or thin) brows, fixing them with eyebrow waxing probably doesn't rank highly on your grooming to-do list. If this sounds like you, it’s time to rethink your beauty routine: Brow waxing doesn’t cost as much as other waxing salon treatments, it can make your face appear more symmetrical and it’s like an instant facelift, minus the surgery and expensive creams from beauty supply stores. Ready to look younger? We thought so! Here are the best spas and brow bars for eyebrow waxing in the city to score picture-perfect brows.

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Benefit Cosmetics
Photograph: Courtesy Jon Simon

1. Benefit

Shopping Cosmetics Soho

An offshoot of the cosmetics line of the same name, this retro-inspired brow bar has an irresistibly girly quality to it (stores are decorated in baby pink), plus pro aestheticians who will wax, pluck and tint your brows to perfection. That may sound a bit too indulgent—waxing is $36, and tinting is an extra $26—but you should treat yourself if it’s your first visit. The color lasts for up to four weeks, and you’ll feel put-together even when you’re wearing no makeup at all.

Photograph: Courtesy Boom Boom Brow Bar

2. Boom Boom Brow Bar

Health and beauty Spas West Village

So popular that they do more than 500 waxes each month, the owners of Boom Boom think eyebrows are the most important feature on your face and go to great lengths to treat them that way, asking questions about your preferred shape and current maintenance routine before the service even begins. Once you’ve been defuzzed ($26), they’ll consult with you about the best way to fill in gaps (if any), leaving you armed with the highlighter pencils and powders you need to stay gorgeous until your next visit.

Elke Von Freudenberg
Photograph: Courtesy Elke Von Freudenberg

3. Elke Von Freudenberg

Health and beauty Spas Flatiron

This appointment-only brow mecca, run by the German-born, LA-raised Freudenberg, is the best place to go for model-worthy brows shaped by a true expert. And we mean that literally—her specialty, the Model Brow, works like a great haircut to accentuate your best facial features, and flaws from bad threading, tweezing and waxing jobs disappear ($78). There are only four chairs in the lofted space and it’s by appointment only, but it’s worth it to experience such personalized service. Brow and lash tinting is available for an additional $66.

Photograph: Courtesy Browhaus

4. Browhaus

Health and beauty Spas Nolita

If you’ve been avoiding brow maintenance because of a bad experience at another establishment, fret not: Your Brow Resurrection awaits. If that sounds like a religious experience, that’s because it is for Browhaus’s devoted clientele, who come back for the semi-permanent, strand-by-strand treatment that was five years in the making ($925). If that’s out of your price range, don’t worry: Regular threading and tweezing services will run you just $24, and other notable services include Color Tweak ($28), a custom dye job that matches the color of your eyebrows to the hair on your head—perfect for those who like to rotate the color of their ’do with the seasons.

Thread Salon
Photograph: Courtesy Thread Salon

5. Thread Salon

Health and beauty Beauty salons East Village

If you’re in need of an affordable, no-frills cleanup and don’t have time to make an appointment, Thread is for you: Threading services are just $8; eyebrows are $10. While the services are quick, it helps to be specific about what you’re looking for if you want the best results. The only drawback is that the waxing is a bit more painful than at some other spots—so pop an ibuprofen or two beforehand if you want to make it more bearable. (Or tough it’s over quickly!)

Bliss Spa
Photograph: Courtesy Bliss Spa

6. Bliss Spa

Health and beauty Spas Downtown

This luxurious day spa, which has several locations nationally and internationally, is known for its deluxe treatments (i.e., facials, massages), glossy décor and its own skin-care line, but the grooming specialists here can wax your brows to perfection ($30). It also has fully stocked locker rooms, treatment rooms (complete with Vichy showers) and a retail store, so you can make an entire spa day out of it.

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