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How to get rid of your unibrow?

How to Get Rid of Your Unibrow?

Grace Michaeli

With a few exceptions, unibrows (aka monobrows or man-o-brows) are usually not considered attractive. We expect to see and have two neatly outlined separate brows, rather than a single bushy line (for obvious reasons). That being said, you might be one of those fashion trendsetters, who plan on giving the unibrow an impressive comeback. But before that happens, let us share with you the ideal ways to get rid of your unibrow (without hurting your skin).

There are four standard ways – shaving, plucking, waxing, and laser. Which one is the best choice for you? Let’s get into the thick of it! 

 

We expect to see and have two neatly outlined separate brows.
We expect to see and have two neatly outlined separate brows.

 

A Close Shave

You can use a specialty razor, a detail trimmer, or an electric razor. To avoid razor burn, treat the space between the brows like you would the rest of your face. Prep the area by getting infusing it with moisture and applying shaving cream. Shaving is the easiest, fastest, least painful way to get rid of the extra hair between the brows. It also gives you the most short-term results – shaved hair is guaranteed to grow back quickly. Furthermore, the hair that grows after a shave, tends to be thicker. So choose wisely. 

 

You can use a specialty razor, a detail trimmer, or an electric razor.
You can use a specialty razor, a detail trimmer, or an electric razor.

 

Get Lucky, Plucky

All you need is a pair of tweezers and some pluck to get rid of your unibrow. Plucking gives you more control over which hairs to remove. Gently stretch the skin and grip a single hair near the root. Pulling in the direction the hair is growing, yank it out in one quick motion. Plucking takes longer, but provides long-term results, anywhere from three to eight weeks, depending on how fast your brows grow. Plucking can be a little painful and cause irritation, but surely it’s nothing you can’t handle. Sterilize your tweezers before and after each use and apply soothing lotion after you’re done plucking.

 

All you need is a pair of tweezers and some pluck to get rid of your unibrow.
All you need is a pair of tweezers and some pluck to get rid of your unibrow.

 

Wax for the Max

Waxing strips are the easiest and quickest form of waxing. The strips come pre-waxed and all you need to do is apply, pat and peel. If you are confident you can handle a more complicated procedure, you can buy a full waxing kit. This would include hot wax and separate strips. However, if you have no experience and don’t want to burn yourself, start a bad rash or mess your eyebrows, we recommend that you visit a salon and have it done by a specialist. The procedure is commonly painful, but yields long-term results because waxing attacks hairs at the roots and unlike tweezers, waxing removes all hairs in the area.

 

Waxing strips are the easiest and quickest form of waxing.
Waxing strips are the easiest and quickest form of waxing.

 

Lasering it Down

For the most long-term effect, you may consider laser hair removal in order to get rid of your unibrow. The laser burns hairs at the very root and is supposed to remove hair permanently. However, in most cases, the effects are temporary, though long-term. Several sessions may be required and the procedure may have side effects like redness, rashes, and scarring. It should only be performed by a licensed and well-trained technician under the guidance of a healthcare provider. It’s a more expensive procedure but may save money and effort in the long run.  

 

For the most long-term effect, you may consider laser hair removal.
For the most long-term effect, you may consider laser hair removal.

 

The Skinny on Your Skin After Hair Removal

Removing the hair is only half the job. The process of plucking, shaving, waxing or lasering puts the skin between and around your eyebrows through a lot of strain. You’ve scraped the skin clean of protective moisture and scrubbed the surface red and dry, inviting infection. Whatever method you choose to get rid of your unibrow, you will need to treat your skin afterward. To soothe irritated skin, the first thing you need to do is wash your face with warm water. Warm water helps relax the skin and hair follicles before hair removal and gently splashing on cool water afterward helps reduce redness and inflammation.

There is no need to wash the face with soap. Instead, we recommend that you apply a soothing lotion, moisturizer, or cream. The time after washing and grooming your face is perfect to apply the cream onto a freshly cleansed face. Squirt a dime-sized amount on your fingers and gently massage into the forehead, between and around the brows.

 

Gently massage into the forehead, between and around the brows.
Gently massage into the forehead, between and around the brows.

Conclusion

Of course, weeding out your unibrow is a personal choice. But if you choose it, make sure you do it right. Follow all the necessary steps that would both make the process more efficient, and hopefully, less painful. And whatever you do, don’t forget to treat your skin. Just because you’re about to defuse that unibrow, it doesn’t mean your skin should suffer too.

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