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Eyebrow Tweezing

Let’s not sugarcoat this. If I didn’t tweeze my eyebrows, I would look like Frida Kahlo.

While Frida had many problems, she certainly didn’t see body hair as a monkey on her back (*groan*).  Most American women shave or wax multiple areas.  Concentrating on the face here…I don’t understand eyebrow waxing.  While it looks better on the outset, what are you supposed to do during weeks 3-6 of the grow-out?  No, I cannot handle hairy spike brows in the interim.  Instead I do the womanly thing: I resort to daily pain and maintenance.  The Tweeze.

Years ago I did away with the blunt drugstore stainless steel tweezers and bought a decent pair of Tweezerman tweezers.  Hallelujah!  Those suckers can pull.

If you’re afraid of what to tweeze and what to leave, here’s a helpful little diagram for aligning your eyebrow shape to your eye.

Try to only pull one hair at a time, directly out of the hair shaft.  It stings at first, but after doing this, eh, every other day for like ten years, you won’t even notice it anymore.  It is amazing how much well-groomed brows can bring out the eyes and add to facial interest.  That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.

What’s your must-persevere maintenance routine?


Image: Self Portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo


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  1. rani 02/06/2012 at 12:40 pm

    I too am all about the tweeze…it’s actually therapeutic for me to tweeze my eyebrows! I also want to try threading one day! That is an artform in itself. Most of my relatives in India get their eyebrows threaded…using a a fine string, each hair is pulled out one by one!

  2. jenn 02/01/2012 at 3:50 pm

    i’m all about the tweeze too, but i’ve developed a problem in the past 2 years–can’t SEE to do it without my glasses on!!! this is a serious impediment to tweezing, so i’m not sure what i’m going to do!

    • Erica Fehrman 02/02/2012 at 10:25 am

      You need one of those magnifying mirrors on the swivel arm! When I stay in a hotel and use one of those I realize how poorly lit my home bathroom is 🙂

  3. Teri Carter 02/01/2012 at 1:25 pm

    I get waxed but I maintain with tweezers in between waxes then I go in and get them shaped and pull out all the tiny ones that I won’t have to pluck tomorrow. I very much prefer one wax then daily plucking.

    • Erica Fehrman 02/02/2012 at 10:30 am

      So do you have to get waxed in between waxes to get the hairs that were tweezed? I’m confused about this grow-out period.