Howdy there Mary!So I had a few quick questions that I felt you might be able to help mewith. See, I've been into the subculture for 4 years now but I've justfinally reached the age where I can actually express it more in myappearance and I was hoping you could give me some advice on a few commontopics.Hi Sara, and thanks for writing in.
1- Do you know why so many Goths shave off or draw on their eyebrows?
I can't seem to find any real info on this or any particular reason for whyit's done within the community. I've just noticed that most Goths will shavethem off and draw eyebrows on (guys and girls). And I have nothing againstit; in fact, I think it's pretty rad and awesome and cool. It's just thatI'm afraid maybe I'll look less Goth because I don't do that. I mean, I likemy eyebrows the way they are... I don't want to get rid of them or have topluck them, etc. Maybe if I knew why they did it, it'd make more sense and Imight do it then.
2-I was also considering dying my hair jet black and I was wondering if youhad any advice on the process. I've never dyed my hair before and havenaturally black hair so I wasn't really sure if it was a good idea. I'vealways wanted to dye my hair and I thought jet black would be a nice choicesince it wouldn't require bleaching plus it'd be a lot like what I alreadyhave. What do you think? Do you think it wouldn't make a noticeabledifference?
3-In terms of piercings, I was thinking of getting my ear cartilages piercedalong with my nose (not a septum piercing, just the nostril), do you thinkthat's too many at once or that it's better to get them all done at once(I'm not sure when I'll be able to get more)
Please let me know what you think. Thanks! :)
Well, I'm sure everyone has different reasons for having fake eyebrows. In Goth you'll see people doing it more often probably the same reason people here dye their hair more often than non-Goths: we draw inspiration from each other. When enough people do their eyebrows a certain way, they become inspiration for more people to do the same. Here are a few more reasons:
- They think their natural brow shape doesn't suit them (that's why I keep mine plucked, anyway)
- They might change their hair color often and want to be able to match their eyebrows more easily
- It makes you look super other-wordly
- You have a lot of options for different fun looks (dotted brows, stickers, etc.)
That's not to say that not shaving off your brows is un-Goth, obviously not everyone does, but that should provide some explanation.
Going from dark near-black hair to proper black shouldn't be hard at all! But yes, it will make a difference in your hair. Most black dyes that are available now have a slight blue tinge to them, so the tone is different as well as the shade. I think it compliments a lot of Goth looks quite well (I say, having just dyed my hair black again recently and having had black hair for over four years now), but if you're unsure try a semi-permanent or vegetable based dye that should fade sooner just to get an idea of how "true" black looks on you.
There's no reason not to get your nostril and cartilage done at the same time, it might even be cheaper depending on your piercer. However, I would caution you against doing both cartilages at the same time. It can be a slow healing process and they're known for being quite sore piercings, and you'll want to keep one ear free for sleeping on/resting your head on, etc. Even if you don't usually sleep on your side, you never know, and ear pain is the worst.
I hope I was helpful and answered some of your questions! Readers, if you draw your eyebrows on, why do you do it? And what advice do you have for taking the plunge and dyeing your hair truly black?
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