Stall of the Week: Bow down to the brow on popular Norwich market stall

Mama B's Brows on Norwich Market. Owner Debbie Boast.

Mama B's Brows on Norwich Market. Owner Debbie Boast. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

From the runway in Paris, to the catwalks in Milan, fashion fanatics around the world have been keen to emulate the enviable eyebrows of models such as Cara Delevigne.

Mama B's Brows on Norwich Market.

Mama B's Brows on Norwich Market. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

But one trader is making sure strutting along the rows of Norwich market is just as glamorous, with her walk-in brow bar proving a hit.

Debbie Boast, 44, opened Mama B's Brows on the market almost two years ago, after she had been doing eyebrow threading for family and friends.

'I worked for a company for a little while beforehand, but my husband Adie suggested doing it on the market,' said the mother-of-four.

'I'd previously been at home with my children but I'd kept up the threading.'

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She said she had originally looked at the market as it was a good opportunity for those starting out.

'It's a cheap place to start,' she said.

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'There are less overheads than in a shop and everyone is so friendly, I'll have been here two years in May.'

Mrs Boast said while there were plenty of reasons traders were interested in the market, there were big pulls for customers too.

'I think it's nice because people get to know a friendly face, you build a relationship and get to know people. My daughter recently had a baby and people ask about that, and you remember about their lives.

'But also it's because it's supporting local people. There's been a lot more variety of things on here now too, there are more services too.'

Mrs Boast said people have always been interested in their eyebrows - from the shaving of a pencilling in of the past, to current trends.

'People like a fuller brow at the moment, that's very popular.'

Mrs Boast, of Earlham, Norwich said one thing she is often asked is, who is Mama B? She said the name came to her when she was stuck on what to call her stall. Knwon to her daughter's friends as Mama Boast, she took inspiration from there.

'It is important to support the market,' she added. 'You just don't get the same service in a shop.'

What is threading and tinting?

Mrs Boast offers threading of any facial hair on her stall, as well as eyebrow and eyelash tinting.

Eyebrow threading is an ancient hair-removal technique from the Middle East and Asia, which is thought to be a good alternative to waxing or tweezing for sensitive skin.

A threading expert takes a thin cotton thread and twists it into a double strand, which then is swept along the skin. The unwanted hairs are secured in the thread and lifted from the follicle.

Mrs Boast said: 'It's a form of removal similar to plucking but on a line of hair. It's all fine hair on the face so it can be done all over.'

She said tinting meant customers did not have to worry about mascara and it could be done in increments to get the right shade.

'It can also make the eyebrows look fuller and more distinct,' she said.

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