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Eyebrow Taming

October 13, 2016

Eyebrows always benefit from a little care and attention- keep them neat, tidy and seperate with this guide.

Monobrow

The solution: Most of the time eyebrows come in pairs- with a little polite distance separating them. Occasionally, however, they’re inclined to get a little too chummy and the result is the dreaded mono or unibrow. Everyone from Eric Cantona and Josh Harnett to Liam Gallagher and Nicholas Cage has suffered and they’re especially noticeable if you’ve thick or dark brow hair. Thankfully, there are several ways you can deal with the dreaded mono.

You can have unwanted hair removed professionally by laser, wax away or threading (a technique which uses cotton thread to whip out the hairs) or you can also deal with the problem at home with Tweezermans Slant Tweezers.

To pluck the hairs away, use the tweezers to grab one hair at a time (aim to get as get as near to the base as you can) and remove using one quick movement. Always pluck in the direction of hair growth as this will make things easier, not to mention less painful.
If you‘re worried about how much to remove you can gauge where your eyebrows should start by lining up a pencil from the outer edge of your nostril to the inner corner of your eye that’s above it.

Finally, once you’ve finished your plucking, apply a dab of antiseptic cream to the skin to soothe skin. Since plucking occasionally leaves skin red and sore for a few hours the weekend might be the best time to do it - then at least you’ll avoid embarrassing questions from your work colleagues.

Tip: Try plucking after a shower - the steam will have helped soften skin and hair and the hairs will come out slightly easier. Avoid shaving eyebrows as this leaves the hairs with blunt ends that make them more visible when they regrow.

Unruly Eyebrows

The solution: If you’re particularly pernickety about the neatness of your eyebrows you can get them in order each morning with the help of Kent’s dinky Moustache Comb (just comb them through) and then gently slick them down with a tiny dab of Vaseline. I’ve also discovered a little lip balm like Lucky Tiger Natural Lip Balm does the trick, though don’t swap between lips and brows.

Overgrown and Bushy Eyebrows

The solution: Whizzing over hefty brows with a beard trimmer once a week is the simplest way to keep them in check but if you want to shape, rather than just mow them, you need to grab the tweezers again.

You can use the same plucking technique outlined above to shape and tidy your eyebrows. To shape the brows always remove hairs from the bottom of the brow, not the top, and work in a line, doing one brow, then the other.

Just remember to pluck the hairs out according to the direction of growth, try not to overdo it and avoid arching them or you you’ll just look permanently surprised - not a good look.

Tip: If you’re tidying or shaping eyebrows in any way, always keep things symmetrical and balanced by plucking a few hairs from one brow and them doing the same from the other - studies have shown that we find people with symmetrical features more attractive.

Age has left you with a few ‘waifs and strays’

The solution: We all get the odd errant eyebrow hair as we get older and if it’s just the odd rogue hair you need to get rid of the easiest solution it to pluck it out using Tweezerman's Slant Tweezers. Or you can simply trim the offending hair to a more appropriate length using the Tweezerman's Facial Hair Scissors which are easy to use and handy for removing unwanted ear and nose hair too.

Tip: To make identifying the offending hairs a little easier brush the eyebrow against the grain using a dry toothbrush or moustache comb to lift the strays.

Your brows have gone flaky on you

The solution: Lots of things can cause brow dandruff - including skin conditions like psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and the tiny yeast that causes scalp dandruff - but occasional dry flakes are often simply the result of dry skin, a condition that isn’t helped by the fact that brow hair wicks moisture away from the skin’s surface.

Using an anti-dandruff shampoo can limit dandruff (just rub a little into your brows at the same time as washing your hair) whilst lightly moisturising the skin underneath with your regular moisturiser should help keep it hydrated.

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