I’ve already mentioned my thick, curly hair and how much effort it takes to tame. Well that unruliness extends to my eyebrows.
Before we begin I just need to say, unless you absolutely have to do not engage in any kind of hair removal. Trust me when I tell you this will not be a one time thing; once you start you will need to do it regularly because it will alter your hair growth. So, if you’re lucky enough to have lovely, even, eyebrows that are not too thick and grow in the right direction then I suggest you drop the tweezers. This rule applies to all hair removal. If it’s not completely necessary then don’t bother because hair removal is time-consuming, sometimes painful, and expensive. <end warning label>
In my opinion the only methods for eyebrow grooming and shaping are threading and tweezing. I know a lot of people wax, but it’s a bad idea. The skin around the eyes, yes even the skin above, is very delicate and pouring hot wax on it before ripping it off doesn’t seem like a very good idea. That’s just my take, to each their own.
Threading is a technique commonly used in India and in the Middle East. A twisted length of cotton thread is pulled across the surface of the skin picking up stray hairs and pulling them out at the root. This is not something you’re going to be able to do at home, but these days you can find lots of places that provide the service. It does feel strange at first and might be a little painful since it does pull out a lot of hairs all at once. As long as you go to someone who knows what they’re doing there won’t be much discomfort and the process will only take a few minutes.
I recommend threading to maintain your already defined shape, not to create a new shape. Since an entire line of hairs are pulled out all at once it doesn’t allow for as much control as tweezing does; but nothing beats threading for maintaining your brows. Get it done as often as you need to depending on the rate of your hair growth – you’ll be in and out in just a few minutes – and your brows will always be perfect. Threading will result in a little redness, though not nearly as much as waxing, so don’t get this done right before a date.
Tweezing is the way to go when wanting to define an arch or a new shape for your brows. I recommend going to a professional for this to make sure that you end up with even brows. But tweezing is really easy to do at home for a quick touch-up and to catch those stray hairs. The keys to tweezing at home are a reliable pair of tweezers and a steady hand. I’ve been through a lot of tweezers in my time and the best I’ve found are Tweezerman
; now I don’t buy anything else. Yes, you can find cheaper tweezers, but they don’t stand up to these.
These tweezers have an excellent grip and are very comfortable to hold. I mostly use the slanted edge design which will pick up the majority of hairs, but also have the pointed ones for particularly fine hairs and those short, little stubs. The company offers free sharpening services for as long as the tool can still be sharpened. They’ve even realigned the point of a pair of tweezers that I bent accidentally, and they came back looking and working like new.
In the end what ever method you decide to choose, just remember to go slowly. It’s easy to remove hair, but not so easy to put it back. So whether you’re doing this yourself or having it done by a professional, stop to take a look at how things are going. This way you’ll be able to make adjustments to the shape or stop your brows from becoming too thin. Also it’s best to work on both brows at the same time, so take a few hairs from one and then the same from the other so you’re matching them as you go. You might think you know what you like and may have described what you want perfectly, but you never know until you actually see it.