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Which Method of Eyebrow Hair Removal is Best for You?

Updated on March 30, 2013

Shaping the eyebrow is not always an easy task to accomplish. Rather you have a “unibrow” or a “natural” shape, you may want to seek out a method of eyebrow hair removal that will fit your budget, you time and your pain tolerance. Many eyebrow depilation techniques involve some type of pain but you should be able to find the one that suits you best. So lets learn how to remove eyebrow hair.

Eyebrow Tweezing

Tweezing the eyebrow is very cost effective and convenient. The tweezing can be done at your home on your schedule. If you needed to remove eyebrow hair you can easily do this yourself. The cost only involves buying the tweezers. Tweezers can be purchased for a few dollars to twenty dollars for a good quality pair. The time involved may only take a few minutes but does require weekly or bi-weekly maintenance.

The act of tweezing is as simple as selecting the unwanted hair, grasping it with the tweezers and plucking. Although this may be slightly painful, the pain should subside in just a few seconds. The art of achieving the perfect eyebrow shape can take some practice. Be careful that you remove a few hairs and then take a step back to study the shaping. The hair will take one to two weeks to grow back in. This can be a long time if you have a strange looking eyebrow. You may want to leave this up to a professional if you feel uncomfortable in obtaining the shape you desire.

Eyebrow Threading

The eyebrow threading method was developed in India and slowly spread to the Americas where it then grew in popularity. The hair is removed by a twisted cotton thread. The thread in formed into a double strand where a hair or line of hairs can be grabbed and the removed. Removing a line of hairs can create a crisp clean line.

Threading is long lasting and only required to repeat every three to four weeks. This can be performed in a salon or even in the kiosk at the mall. Wherever you have it performed, you will want someone with a lot of experience. Having someone with knowledge will lessen your chances of cuts and broken hairs. With a good technician you will only have redness or irritation for a few seconds to a few minutes. Prices for eyebrow threading have been quoted in some areas as little as five dollars and up to forty dollars in other areas. This can depend on the type of salon and the experience the specialist is at threading.

Eyebrow Waxing

Waxing is a very popular method of eyebrow hair removal at home and in the salons. Removing the unwanted eyebrow hairs is not complicated when using wax. There are two methods to waxing; strip waxing and hard waxing.

Strip waxing involves placing a thin layer of wax on the skin going in the direction of the hair growth. Then a strip of cloth or paper is pressed into the wax. With one quick movement the strip is removed from the skin going the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hard waxing is very similar but uses a warm wax. The wax is placed on the skin and cooled. There is no need for use of the strip of cloth or paper. It is also removed from the skin pulling the opposite of the hair growth.

An advantage to eyebrow waxing is that you can do it yourself at home. The cost of an at home kit can be as little as forty dollars and can be used for four to six treatments. You may be more comfortable having a professional do this for you. A salon may charge ten to twenty dollars plus tips to have this performed. Waxing is common for other areas of the body such as the legs and bikini areas.

Eyebrow Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is very effective for someone with light skin and dark hair. However it can be performed on different skin tones if the correct laser equipment is available. Before choosing a clinic to have laser hair removal, be sure the person is experience and knowledgeable about different lasers and the effects they have on the skin. Finding a specialist that owns different types of lasers show dedication and commitment to providing their client with the best and safest possible results.

Laser Hair Removal is a semi-permanent method to remove unwanted eyebrow hairs. Using a laser method will require bi-yearly or yearly maintenance sessions. Several sessions will be required to remove the hair from the eyebrow or any other area. The sessions will occur every four to eight weeks and there can be as many as eight sessions.

The cost of this can get expensive but with the long lasting effects can be comparable to having other biweekly or monthly treatments such as waxing and threading.

All of the methods listed above can be used on many different areas including the face, legs and bikini.

Choosing a Specialist

No matter what eyebrow hair removal method you use for your any part of your body, be sure and seek out professional that are experience and qualified. This will reduce your risk of complications and increase your chances of having a great experience.

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      8 years ago

      I like this hub but do you have any tips for somebody who cant afford a salon and cant see very well? Would be appreciated. Thank You

      Be Kind To Yourself


    • Choke Frantic profile image

      Choke Frantic 

      8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      I usually pluck my eyebrows weekly, but they usually keep their shape and only the stray hairs need to be removed, so I find this a very effective method. I get so frustrated when my friends get their eyebrows waxed over and over again, because they only need to pluck the stray hairs as they grow back after their first waxing. Thanks for the info =]

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      great article! I have always had trouble with my eyebrows and waxing gave me a fine red rash that lasted for two weeks! I just pluck the ones I don't want but they never look pretty...can you do a hub just on tweezing?


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