“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” said mom of three Colline Pegler-Rees, who claimed her family vacation was ruined after a trainee salon technician left her with “Angry Birds” eyebrows that wouldn’t come off.
Rees had blown 3,000 pounds (US$3,699) on a week-long excursion to the Spanish island of Tenerife with her husband, Julian, and their three boys, Bailey (18), Morgan (15), and Ashton (12).
'All my close friends and family were saying I look like something out of the Angry Birds game'
Just one day ahead of the trip, Rees visited her regular beauty salon, Get Nailed, in her home town of Llanelli in south Wales for an eyebrow wax; she wanted brows that would make an impact, but little did she know the extent of the impact they would have.
Rees saw a young trainee because her usual technician was busy that day. But Rees’s suspicions were alerted when the trainee admitted she’d need to “pencil in” her client’s eyebrows after an accidentally vigorous wax. Rees sat up to look in the mirror and was horrified at what she saw.
Most of her right eyebrow was missing.
“I was mortified,” Rees told the Daily Mail, “absolutely horrified. I said to the girl, ‘Are you kidding me? Is this a joke?’” The trainee technician apologized profusely, but the damage had already been done.
Another technician stepped in to help Rees, who was by now hysterical. The technician suggested fixing the waxing disaster by painting over the missing parts with eyebrow tint. But when Rees sat up for a second glance, she described what she saw as “two thick black slugs” drawn above her eyes.
She stormed out of the salon in tears and immediately contacted her sister, Paula. The drawn-on brows would not budge; because Rees’s eyebrows had been waxed, the tint had dyed her skin and not her eyebrow hairs.
To add to it, Rees then had an allergic reaction, causing her face to swell up.
Rees took to Facebook to ask for help and a makeup-artist friend came through in the nick of time. The friend showed Rees how to use eyebrow pencil to fix the appearance of her eyebrows, and Rees’s husband, Julian, even stood by so that he could help his wife on their family vacation.
The traumatized 37-year-old mom traveled to Tenerife the very next day. However, she was too embarrassed to pose for family photos and refused to swim for fear of rubbing off her penciled-in brows.
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“All my close friends and family were saying I looked like something out of the Angry Birds game,” Rees regaled. “We had been really looking forward to [the vacation] because we always just go on holiday in Wales.”
“I was devastated,” she added. “It stopped me from enjoying the holiday.” Rees, who suffered from alopecia as a teenager, tried to put on a brave face but felt the family’s vacation had been “destroyed.”
Rees told The Sun that it took nine months for her brows to fully grow back.
“I’m known for being happy-go-lucky and always joking and doing pranks,” Rees shared, “but I didn’t know what to do. I’ll never go to a salon to get my eyebrows done again!”