A Grey Matter

A Grey Matter

So there I was at the traffic lights this morning. happily plucking my eyebrows in the rearview mirror, as you do, when I noticed a small flicker of silver glimmering back at me in my reflection.

At first I assumed it was merely a bounceback from this beautiful Indian summer sunshine we are experiencing today, so I continued on to the next set of traffic lights.

When I stopped at the Marble Arch junction, I pulled out my tweezers again and popped down the mirror, at which point I discovered to my absolute  HORROR, that there were in fact several little flecks of silver living in amongst my eyebrows!

I skillfully tweezed each and every one of  them before the lights changed, as only someone who has been grooming their eyebrows in a car rearview mirror for over 20 years can.

I was only 25 when I discovered my first grey hair.  For years, whenever a new one sprouted up I would simply pluck it out, only to find two more appear in its place a few weeks later.

Eventually, I realised that even my advanced plucking skills could no longer cope with the extent of the problem and it will be no great surprise to regular readers of Grenglish, that I have been having my hair coloured every 7-weeks, for a very very long time.

I am just not ready to be grey yet.  At some point, I know that I will have to give in to this and go grey gracefully but until that day comes, please just answer me this one question:

Can I use mascara on eyebrows?


  1. Noo
    September 28, 2011 / 7:42 PM

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.
    Or get them dyed too.
    Damn the bloody grey. All I see when I look in the mirror at the mo are the silver scoundrels doing a mexican wave back at me.
    Thank god for Monday when I have my new months money and Aveda has a hair colourists appt book with my name in it.

    • Grenglish
      September 28, 2011 / 9:06 PM

      I can’t bear it Noodle, I really can’t 🙁
      The grey hair I can cope with BUT GREY EYEBROWS!!!!!
      Whatever next…

  2. Angie
    September 28, 2011 / 9:31 PM

    Tint them! Xx

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 6:39 AM

      oh but the effort, Angie 😉

  3. September 29, 2011 / 2:48 AM

    Oh my darling smudge I fear I will soon be losing the grey battle myself, lucky for me I have this beautiful youthful face (no comments from the gallery please)

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 6:40 AM

      You are indeed very youthful and very beautiful! When did this happen to us Pete? One minute we were happily drinking vodka without a care in the world and now… THIS!

  4. September 29, 2011 / 6:42 AM

    Yes. Mascara, shoe polish, whatever it takes. I remember my first grey hair. I thought perhaps I’d gotten paint in my hair *sigh*. Best of luck my dear!

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 10:27 AM

      I have had a long time to get used to the grey head hair… but eyebrows! I have such high maintenance eyebrows now!

  5. thomo
    September 29, 2011 / 6:57 AM

    Reminds me of when we were living together in Maida Vale and I found my first grey hair!

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 10:28 AM

      Hahaha, the HORROR Thomo, the HORROR! xx

  6. Corrinne
    September 29, 2011 / 12:07 PM

    of course…I see no difference between a hopeful teen male using mascarra on his moustache and a horrified discoverer of a grey eyebrow using the same weapon 😉

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 12:09 PM

      Keri…? Really! That is hilarious 😉

  7. Louise
    September 29, 2011 / 2:01 PM

    Well I am allergic to hair dye and the greys hairs am coming thick and fast!! 🙁

    • Grenglish
      September 29, 2011 / 2:09 PM

      You are allergic to ALL hair dye??? I am not sure how I would cope 😉 My hairdresser uses a lovely organic one…
      Can I ask how you found out? What is it a horrific discolouring episode or did you get a rash or headache etc.?

      • Louise
        September 29, 2011 / 4:01 PM

        it was pretty horrific…very swollen head and closed up eyes!! I still have it dyed now & again but only in packets, not near the roots and not very often, can’t bear not too! I have tried a few but not sure I have tried any organis ones, might have to look into it, thanks!!

        • Grenglish
          September 29, 2011 / 4:06 PM

          That sounds AWFUL!! You poor thing. What did the hairdresser do?! I bet she was crapping herself…
          Maybe give the organic ones a go… but do a patch test first!

  8. actuallymummy
    October 3, 2011 / 9:49 AM

    No. But you can go every three weeks and have them dyed like me, and they will even shape them for you too – then you can focus on getting your lippy right in the rearview mirror instead of your brows 😉

    • Grenglish
      October 4, 2011 / 4:10 PM

      that is a fantastic idea! I have never heard of eyebrow dye-ing…

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