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04/08/2019

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Tweeze vs Wax vs Eyebrow Shaving

As a man, you probably feel pretty confident in facial grooming. You might have taken a razor to your face for the first time long before puberty (when you clearly didn’t even have peach fuzz), and you’ve been doing it ever since. You’ve sported a range of facial hair styles (pictures of your lame attempt at a goatee will remain on the internet forever), and you can probably shave in your sleep at this point. Despite all of that practice, there is an area where you’re sorely lacking. Most guys have bushy, unkempt eyebrows, and learning to deal with them is surprisingly challenging. It’s not because eyebrow management is hard; it’s because you don’t know where to start. Today, you’re going to learn about the big three in eyebrow care: tweezing, waxing, and shaving. Once you know the pros and cons of each, you can decide how to tackle your eyebrows. It’s overdue.

Tweezing

Tweezing is the OG of eyebrow control. It’s been around for so long that the name alone is enough to paint a mental picture of someone leaning into a mirror and plucking their eyebrows. It requires basically no practice or training. You simply grab a pair of tweezers and get to work. As simple as the process is, there’s one piece of advice you should know before getting into tweezing: use a blunted tweezer set. It’s surprisingly easy to poke yourself with the sharp ones when you try to get a hold on small, fine hairs.

tweeze vs wax vs eyebrow shaving

Pros

This is absolutely, unquestionably the cheapest way to keep your eyebrows looking sharp. It’s also the method that gives you the most precision and finest control over the process. You’re literally attacking the problem one hair at a time (seriously, don’t try to do multiple at once). Despite the fact that you’re plucking eyebrows, this is one of the least painful ways to get the job done, and it offers little-to-no irritation to your skin and face.

Cons

If time is money, then this isn’t as cheap a process as it seems. It very obviously takes longer than any other method. It also extends the discomfort. Plucking one hair is significantly less painful than waxing a whole bunch, but the pain from waxing can fade a lot faster. If you spend half an hour plucking, you’re going to be annoying yourself with minor pain the whole time. Also, having more control doesn’t necessarily yield better results. You also have more chances to mess up, and there’s no static guide to make sure you’re plucking a straight line.

Waxing

It seems like there was a period in time when the standard sitcom joke was to show someone waxing an entire eyebrow off. That’s not a real thing. Usually. Instead, waxing eyebrows is like waxing any other part of the body. You can use hard or soft wax, and the end results will depend solely on the expertise of the person applying the wax. You can do it yourself, or you can get an appointment. Either way, you face the same general pros and cons.

tweeze vs wax vs eyebrow shaving

Pros

Waxing is super-fast. One to two strips per eyebrow is usually enough to get the job done, and that only takes a few minutes. Also, the pain usually doesn’t last long. You’re not pulling a huge amount of hair so the irritation is muted. Most importantly, waxing usually leads to the slowest regrowth. You’ll probably be doing this once a month at most.

Cons

It may hurt less than waxing your ass crack, but it still hurts. It can also cause redness, swelling and even bleeding. This is not something you should do right before a date. It may not be a wallet buster, but it is the most expensive method on the list. If you’re a penny pincher, you could save a few dimes by ditching the wax. Seriously though, we’re only talking about a few dimes here. Eyebrow care just isn’t expensive.

Shaving 

Now we’re in the comfort zone for every man. This is far and away the most familiar form of hair removal for any guy, and that makes it a comfort pick for a lot of us. We’ve been shaving our faces for years, and we’re all experts. It only seems natural to use those skills on our eyebrows. In fact, we’re less worried about mistakes with a razor than any of these other tools. Still, if you haven’t ever shaved your brows before, here’s a tip. Brush your eyebrows up before you start. It will help you see comparative lengths and get an even shave. If you don’t, you’re likely to get wildly uneven lengths in the hairs, and your eyebrows will almost always look funky.

Pros

That familiarity has value. Until you practice another method, you’ll probably get better results with a razor. You also have a clear idea of how your face responds to the touch of a blade. You know what kind of irritation to expect and how to manage it. Also, you already have grooming tools. Shaving is arguably completely free of cost since you’re buying razors anyways. 

Cons

Shaving might be your most practiced method, but in many ways it has the least to offer. With very little practice, you might get better results with any of the other tools. Also, adding eyebrows to your shaving list will increase the wear on your blades, and you’ll have to replace them a little more frequently. That’s mostly because it doesn’t last long, so you’ll be managing your brows with regularity.

Bonus: Threading 

Threading is the latest and greatest eyebrow management technique. It’s rapidly becoming super popular among the ladies, so we men should probably pay attention. After all, everything we know about grooming eyebrows was stolen from our female counterparts. Threading is an ingenious process. You take cotton string, twist it and then roll it along the skin. The string will grab the hair and pull it out. It might sound a little strange, but threading exists somewhere between tweezing and waxing as a means to trimming eyebrows.

tweeze vs wax vs eyebrow shaving

Pros

What’s cheaper, a pair of tweezers or cotton string? Regardless, threading is the fastest means to cleaning eyebrows (once you get it down), and it actually offers the most control over shape. It’s also particularly amazing for getting short and fine hairs in ways that wax can’t. Despite the fact that you’re pulling hair, it rarely leaves signs of irritation and lasts for weeks.

Cons

It hurts. There’s an ongoing debate as to whether threading or waxing hurts more, so that should give you an idea. More importantly, it requires a lot of skill. Tweezing and waxing might require a little practice, but threading is more of an advanced technique. It’s challenging enough that you might have to get on a wait list to have it done professionally. Until you master this technique, it won’t be particularly fast either.

Well, those are the four primary ways to manage your eyebrows. They range in ease, pain and how long they last, but here’s the dirty little secret. You don’t actually have to choose between these methods. They work great together. When you have the time, plan a waxing session. It lasts the longest. If you need a little cleaning before a date or big meeting, you can use your razor and tweezers. It’s all really a matter of convenience and planning. You never have to marry one method and forsake the rest.

So, with that in mind, none of you have an excuse for wearing caveman eyebrows anymore. We’re in the 21st century, and your facial hair can reflect that. Invest in the tools and training to take good care of yourself. It always pays off in the end. Until next time, stay fresh out there.

 

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