The shape of our face is a powerful social indicator and so is the neatness of our appearance. The slight edge that can be gained from grooming more than justifies the minimal cost spent. As with most elements in grooming, not all men need the same eyebrow care. Take stock of what you’re working with, and of what you want. Are your eyebrows symmetrical? Neat? Cleanly divided, with an open space above the bridge of the nose?
You will benefit from at least some eyebrow grooming. There are not talking major changes, here. Some minor grooming can get you to a good shape. Some guys will need tweezers; others will want some professional shaping help. But don’t panic — you’ve got options. And most of them will work for most men. It’s just a question of time, effort, money, and comfort.
Tip #1 – Plucking
The easiest of all options, plucking means taking a pair of tweezers (go for the angled kind that come to a point) and plucking out any eyebrow hairs that don’t fit your desired look. It has the advantage of simplicity. It’s also a bit painful, however, and can be time-consuming if you’re doing more than a little light maintenance. For best results, give your eyebrows a quick dab with a chemical-free wash or a liquid skin toner, then stroke them both lightly from the outside toward the center, so that the hairs stand up. Look for any that stick out noticeably further than the rest, and pluck them out. Don’t worry about leaving bald spots.
Eyebrow hairs grow in natural cycles, and are meant to fall out over time. Plucking one or two out here and there won’t disrupt the brow as a whole. Plucking is also a good way to clean the edges of your brows up, and to clear out the middle if you’re verging on unibrow territory. Plucking doesn’t leave dark-colored stubble the way shaving does, because you’re taking the whole follicle out, root and all.
Tip #2 – Trimming
Eyebrow trimmers exist, and they are quite a cost effective method of eyebrow grooming. You can find them in just about any supermarket or beauty store— although you may have to look in the female cosmetics aisle. Your eyebrows grow and trim just like lady eyebrows. The same products will work, regardless of whose face is on the packaging. Trimming kits usually consist of a short, comb-like tool to pull the eyebrows out straight, and an electric cutter to run along the comb, cutting everything down to the same length.
Trimmers won’t do anything to shape the outline of the eyebrow, but they’re great for controlling depth. If you’ve got busy brows or straggly hairs, this should be a part of your maintenance strategy.
Tip #3 – Waxing
Eyebrow waxing kits exist, but you’re probably better off leaving it to the professionals, unless you’re very confident in your ability to self-apply hot wax in straight, smooth lines. This is a common treatment that, like plucking, pulls hairs out as an unbroken whole, meaning you don’t get dark spots where the hairs are still lurking under the skin. Unlike plucking, it all happens at once, and pretty quickly. Waxing is a good option for men who need to clear a lot of skin, either at the center of their brow (above the nose, to avoid a unibrow) or at the edges (to trim extra-wide eyebrows back in a bit). Waxing usually lasts anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months, depending on your skin type and hair growth.
Tip #4 – Threading
Eyebrow threading is a surprisingly simple and method for removing hairs that predates many years. Threading relies on a small, twisted thread that catches and pulls hairs out in a straight, smooth line.Think of it as flossing for your eyebrows and you won’t be too far off. A good professional can thread your eyebrows without much discomfort. It’s less painful than waxing, and allows for smaller, more precise shaping. Threading is the go-to for guys who want a very specific grooming process, and don’t mind some up close and personal spa treatment.
Tip #5 – Shaving
Shaving your eyebrow hairs cuts them off at skin level, just like shaving your face.
This will result in the hairs returning in only a few days. When the hairs do grow back, they usually return thicker and more rough due to the cut of the blade.
We advice shaving to be left strictly for a mans face and neck.
There are lots of options for eyebrow grooming that work well.
Most of them cost very little, and take only a few minutes in the hands of a professional. Choose an option you are most comfortable with and make it part of your regular grooming routine. You will be glad that you did.