Thanks to biology, our eyebrows serve as our eyes’ protection from sweat and debris, but culturally they have evolved to also serve as an important part of facial aesthetics. Eyebrows really do frame the face. They can make a huge difference in how a face looks. A thick prominent uni-brow can give the feel of a person being angry and disgruntled. Very thin and raised eyebrows often makes a person look surprised…all the time…
Every culture has differences in what they perceive as beautiful and in the United States, having attractive eyebrows often require a little manipulation of your own natural ones. There are different ways to remove some of that fine hair and achieve any look you are going for, the three main ones being: waxing, tweezing, & threading.
This is a great because is can be done at home or in salons. If you haven’t tried waxing before, a warm or room temp layer of sticky wax is smoothed on the area you want to remove hair from and in one quick motion (hopefully) the wax strip is pulled in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
I like this method because is quick and catches a lot of the little stray hairs and the results last for weeks. This may not be some people’s favorite method because waxing can irritate the skin and even cause bumps. Also, it can hard to use wax at home so it’s important to be super careful when applying hot dripping wax around your eye area so you don’t seriously burn yourself.
Tweezing is a common, if not the most common, method for shaping eyebrows. Tweezers can be purchased at any drugstore or supermarket so it’s perfect to use at home. Many salons do not use solely tweezers, but use them more as clean up tools for any hairs they may have missed post waxing. This can also be a painful method because each hair is being removed one at a time, however it can be thorough!
Threading has been up and coming in the U.S. over recent years. Another individual usually performs the act of threading on a client in salons or threading stations at a secondary location. Threading basically involves exactly what it sounds like, a long piece of thread is taken and twisted in a complex looking way and that allows the hair remover to grab and pull out each hair.
I like this method the best because it can be done super quickly by a professional and leaves my brows looking great. It is a little painful, but if you’re already used to plucking with tweezers then you may want to give threading a try!
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