They might make up a small portion of the face, but few women will disagree that the eyebrows are one of the most prominent features.
They are a make-or-break kind of feature, the one that can turn heads or the one that can ruin an appearance. Fortunately, we’re here to make sure you fall into the former category.
It would be fair to say that brows move in phases. Once upon a time the craze may have been to don a pair of pencil thin brows, but now that most certainly isn’t the case. Instead, boldness is best, although grooming them to such a standard is easier said than done.
There are no fewer than three ways to groom your brows to perfection. They are all blessed with their own set of pros and cons and to make sure that you get it right first time, here is the lowdown on each option.
Option #1 – Tweezing
Let’s start with the most basic technique; tweezing. As the name clearly gives away, you’ll need to arm yourself with a tweezer to perform this method successfully.
While it might be classed as basic from the outset, make no mistake that tweezing can still take a little time to master. It’s the most time-consuming technique out of the three we’ll look at and as such, you’ll need to possess great patience and attention to detail.
Generally, the best advice is to draw around an outline of what shape you want your eyebrows to be with a pencil, before using your tweezer to manipulate your hairs into the appropriate place. At this point we’ll add that it’s absolutely crucial not to over pluck – as this is something that is pretty much impossible to overturn. Suffice to say, it’s a method that does require a lot of practice and if you do happen to get it wrong, it’s not a pretty picture.
As well as the time and difficulty factors, let’s not also forget that tweezing your brows can be quite painful. When you consider that hair can grow back in exactly the same way in little over a week, many people start to ask just why they would even consider tweezing as a viable option.
Well, unlike some of the techniques we’ll look at, you don’t need an expert. Not only does this mean that it barely costs a dime (in fact, unless you don’t have a tweezer, it doesn’t cost anything), but it also means you don’t have to sit through an appointment. Of course, only a select group are happy to take these advantages over all of the drawbacks we have mulled over.
Option #2 – Threading
Threading might be an ancient technique, but it’s one which has only just recently emerged as one of the most popular forms of tackling eyebrows.
To give an overview of the practice, it involves a cotton thread pulling the unwanted hair out of the follicle. It does this by twisting around the hair and effectively trapping it in a loop, so it can then be removed. Ultimately, it means that any fine hairs can be removed in a flash – which certainly can’t be said about every technique we’ll look at through this page.
Of course, bearing the above in mind, you wouldn’t be incorrect in thinking that this is a somewhat painful practice. It’s something that people tend to get used to but if it’s your first time, you might take notice a little more.
Another drawback is the sheer demand for this means that it can be tricky to make an appointment. In fact, a lot of places which offer threading don’t even take appointments – meaning that there can be long wait times.
If you are lucky enough to find a salon that is efficient, the benefits of threading are endless though. This is something that allows hair to be removed much earlier than any other technique, while you won’t suffer any swelling or other symptoms either. With the whole process tending to take no longer than five minutes for eyebrows and lasting up to ten weeks, it’s hardly surprising to see threading becoming so popular all over the world.
Option #3 – Waxing
The final technique we’ll take a look at is waxing. This is probably one of the easiest to comprehend; as many of us do it for all other parts of our body. In fact, waxing can be done on any part of the body and the only thing that differs is the type of wax. For example, in the sensitive areas such as the brows you’ll be subjected to hard wax. Elsewhere, on larger parts such as the legs, a soft wax will be used.
This is another technique that is awash with benefits. Similarly to threading, waxing is something that can last for prolonged periods of time. The nature of the process means that it’s over in seconds as well. While some people will take a DIY-approach, it probably won’t come as a surprise to read that most prefer to leave it to the professionals.
It’s that last sentence which leads onto one of the biggest drawbacks of waxing. One of the reasons why people will have it performed in a salon is because of the pain-factor. As you would expect, removing hair in this way isn’t comfortable and the tenderness can last for a day or so after the procedure. This tenderness can also cause redness, meaning that it’s also not a process which is ever recommended for a person who has sensitive skin.
In general, waxing will be turned to for anyone who has bushy or thick brows, or just hair that in general is difficult to pluck.
Like all three of the options we have looked at, it does have its pros and cons but a lot of the time a person’s skin and hair type will dictate which type of brow method they should opt for.