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All the way from Hawaï: Brow Boss Janelle

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At Mrs.Highbrow we like to share our knowledge and give birth to as many beautiful eyebrows as possible. But we did not immediately expect to teach this to beauties at 20 hours flight distance. This week’s brow lover came all the way from Hawaii to take a course, and we could not wait to ask her how she was doing when she got back in her hometown. Meet Janelle Nieva, owner of Brow Addict Honolulu.

- By Anouk Bruel

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How would you describe yourself?

“I am a brow addict in every sense of the word. I am obsessed with brows, whether it is my own brow, or more often my client’s brow. I am creative and love to learn new things. And above all, I love to see the potential and beauty in others that they have not seen in themselves yet.”

Where did your passion for eyebrows come from?

“It started from a young age, when I first came into contact with makeup in intermediate school. I picked up a book written by celebrity makeup artist Kevin Aucoin, who taught makeup techniques. His focus was entirely on the eyebrow. He thought brows were the most important feature in a woman’s face. That stuck with me and caused me to start noticing how eyebrows would make the biggest difference. From that moment on I practiced makeup and eventually went to school for esthetics. I worked at an upscale waxing salon in Hawaii for 8 years, waxing and threading brows. Until recently, I went off on my own and started my own business, Brow Addict. It's been about 2 years and I love it.”

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All the way from Hawaï… Why Mrs.Highbrow?

"I stumbled across Mrs.Highbrow on Instagram researching brow henna. I wanted to learn more about it and Mrs.Highbrow came up. I loved the concept of the salon and their brow results. That is why I immediately started following them and smiled every time I saw one of their posts on my IG feed. When I noticed that they started teaching classes on henna, I had to take the course! So my sister and I made plans to travel from Hawaii to Europe, which was the best idea to do. I loved the course. First I finished the online theory course, but learning it in person made the biggest difference. I learned so much more by observing and being able to ask questions. When walking into the salon I felt immediately extremely comfortable. Francien, our instructor, was a gem. She put us at ease and made us feel comfy throughout the course. She gave us wonderful tips and tricks to create beautiful brows. It was such a treat watching Francien at work. She is a master at her craft and I am glad we got to learn from her."

“I am a brow addict in every sense of the word. I am obsessed with brows."

What makes this career so nice?

“The relationships you build with your clients. Once they trust you and know you have their best interest at heart, they become fiercely loyal and will come back to you because they know you are doing a good job on their brows. I also love the creativity of our careers. It doesn’t just stop at waxing or threading. There’s so much more we can do to enhance our clients' brows and make them more beautiful.”

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What is your favorite treatment?

“For me, it is filling in the brows with makeup after a nice wax or thread procedure. It is like the icing on a cake. It completes the look and makes my client walking out of my salon feeling confident and beautiful.”

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What is an indispensable product?

“I fell in love with Dyotics Brow Henna. The shades are so beautiful and work well with so many of my clients. It is easy and simple to use. It comes with everything you need, even down to the dropper which I thought was genius to include! It is just a great line and I am enjoying being able to use it on my clients.”

"My sister and I made plans to travel from Hawaii to Europe, which was the best idea to do. I loved the course."

Which statement from a customer will you always remember?

“I remember doing a client's brows and she thanked me for making her feel beautiful again. She said she did not know her brows could look so beautiful. I told her I just enhanced what she already had.”

Brow quote?

“Never underestimate the power of an eyebrow.”

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What else would you like to learn?

“I would like to learn Brow Lamination. I hope to be able to travel back to Amsterdam and take that course as well. And any other brow course Mrs.Highbrow offers.”

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How do you see yourself in the future?

“I see myself broadening my skill set as a brow artist. I want to learn new things and be a one-stop-shop for all brow stuff. I would even love to be mobile with Brow Addict, in order to be able to travel and serve clients worldwide.”

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