We have come a long way from the ancient times of taking care of our eyebrows. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, you can say that I have tried every method of hair removal. I have been blessed with excessive body hair, especially my brows. When I was 13, I decided to shave my brows, as tweezing took too long and I didn’t realize, at the time, that waxing or threading were options (hello, no internet in those days!). All we had were fashion magazines to thumb through, and they only came out monthly.
Needless to say, when I shaved parts of my bushy brows in 9th grade, I didn’t take into account that they would take a while to grow back and when they did, it started off as stubble. One nosy girl in my class noticed it and announced that ‘Naz shaves her eyebrows!!’. I was mortified!
Moral of the story is, do NOT ever shave your brows.
What can you do instead? Well, you have a few options: Tweezing, waxing or threading.
Tweezing is an old school practice that requires a tweezer and is very precise. Although old school, it is the best practice when you just have a few stray hairs to remove. I personally tweeze my brows when I don’t have time to head to the salon or when it’s only a couple of hairs to remove.
Long lasting, waxing is the most common method to remove brow hair. When I went to college in upstate NY, no one did threading up there. All that was available was waxing. So I took the plunge and waxed my brows. The only thing is, waxing is not as precise as threading. For instance, if you need to thin out your brow hair inside the brows, then waxing won’t be able to do that. If you need to remove your hair above and below your brows, as well as in front of or end of your brows, then waxing is the way to go. For those with sensitive skin, though, waxing may not be for you.
The Holy Grail of brows is threading. If you work with an experienced professional, your brows will look like you were born with them. Mainly used in Asia, this practice made its way to the States. With just one piece of thread, your eyebrow expert will create a lasso like structure and thread your brows – from the front, back, up and down and everywhere in between! Your brows will look more natural and precise.
There you have it. So, which is a better method for brow hair removal? It is whatever works for you personally. I love the threading method, but for some people, that may be too painful. Which method is your favorite?
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