How to Remove a Unibrow
Waxing and sugaring
What is it? Waxing is a hair removal trend for men that involves spreading hot wax on to the desired area, and then applying a strip of cloth or muslin onto the wax, rubbing it, and ripping off the strip in one fell swoop — wax, hair, root, and all. Sugaring is similar to waxing, only it uses sugar paste (which usually consists of a mixture of sugar, lemon, water, and even citric acid and gum arabic) instead of wax and is a method of hair removal that goes as far back as ancient Egypt.
Since some men might be embarrassed about getting waxed at a salon, there are at-home aestheticians who can perform this at home. There are even do-it-yourself waxing kits — but unless you're a glutton for punishment, it's pretty hard to put yourself through such torture and it can get very messy.
If you opt for waxing, go to a professional. If you choose to get yourgenital area waxed, keep in mind that most spas and aestheticians simply wax the areas surrounding your crown jewels — so only the regions around and above the base of the penis get the royal treatment.
Men are also booking appointments at salons or spas for eyebrow waxes. With guys like David Beckham boasting nicely shaped brows, it seems men aren't settling for less. According to the spa director at Esthetique, in Hamden, Connecticut, 86% of his male clientele get their eyebrows waxed.
Guys, this really isn't about becoming a pretty boy — it's about not walking around with a unibrow. Makes sense. Don't aim for a perfectly arched eyebrow, but waxing is a good way to get rid of eyebrows that are out of control.
Ideal parts to wax: Eyebrows (unibrow), back of neck, back, chest, toes, and knuckles
Pain factor: 8/10
Bottom line: With repeated use, hair gradually becomes thinner because the roots are weakened, but the hair will grow back, albeit at longer intervals. So, if you want to lessen the hair that grows on your toes or chest without permanently abolishing it, this would be the ideal way to go.
What is it? While electrolysis sounds more threatening, the premise behind this method is that a needle zaps the hair at its root and kills it. Electrolysis offers permanent results, but, of course, there is no guarantee and effectiveness varies from guy to guy, hair follicle to hair follicle. This procedure must be performed by a professional electrologist and requires regular appointments for optimal results. The upside is that electrolysis weakens hairs at the root and eventually eliminates growth.
Ideal parts to zap: Eyebrows (unibrow), back of neck, sporadic hairs on body
Pain factor: 6/10
Bottom line: Since it's significantly more expensive and more time-consuming than waxing (it could take up to a year to eliminate body haircompletely), save the electrolysis for your unibrow or other small patches of hair that you want to get rid of for good.
What is it? FDA-approved, laser treatment involves a laser beam basically killing the hair follicles. Results depend on your skin pigmentation and the color of your hair (dark hair absorbs the laser energy, making it easier to treat), so you will first need to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The best results occur with men who have fair skin and black hair. Keep in mind that you cannot receive treatment if you are tanned, as a tan messes with your skin's pigmentation and can lead to blistering or permanent discoloration. This is why darker-skinned men might not make good candidates; thus, consult with a practitioner or dermatologist first.
While laser hair removal offers a permanent reduction in quality or quantity of hair, it's also the most expensive method, with each session possibly running you a few hundred dollars. The total cost depends on the size of the desired body part, as well as factors like hair density and number of treatments required.
Laser hair removal requires several sessions. Although it's expensive, it can be considered an investment as you will never need to worry about hair removal in the desired area again. Just ask your woman how many times she's had to go for a wax. Laser hair removal is especially popular for athletic men who feel that their body hair hinders their performance, and even men who want a tattoo on their back, for example.
Ideal parts to laser: Back, unibrow, nape of neck
Pain factor: 7/10 (it kind of feels like an elastic band flicking your skin)
Bottom line: This is the mother of all hair removal methods in terms of price and efficiency, so keep in mind that while your back might be a good place to eliminate hair for good, you might not want to say a permanent goodbye to other hairy parts (in which case waxing might be a better alternative).
What is it? With the help of a trusty pair of tweezers (the sharper, the better), pluck away at the hairs you want to eliminate.
Unless you have lots of time on your hands and can take the constant pinching sensation, save the tweezing for those smaller regions that are covered with excess hair (or for ingrown hairs). Of course, this method is far from permanent.
Ideal parts to pluck: Eyebrows (unibrow), nape of neck
Pain factor: 4/10
Bottom line: Spending more for high-quality tweezers is worth the price. Don't forget to keep up with regular maintenance.
What are they? When it comes to body hair that you'd like to keep short, electric trimmers can do the trick with no pain, fuss or mess.
Ideal parts to trim: Ear hair, nose hair, nape of neck, pubic hair, arms, legs, the possibilities are endless.
Pain factor: 1/10
Bottom line: A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. There are so many electric and nonelectric trimmers out there for a guy to choose from, so go for it.
Between the various hair removal trends for men, there is no reason for a guy to let his pubic area grow out of control or his unibrow to attract attention. You could always stick to shaving, but there are some areas that require more care and shaving can cause irritation and razor burn.
Try the method that best suits your needs and your budget.
A lot of human energy goes into trying to pretend we aren’t mammals. In most societies, the heaviest burden of hair removal falls on women, but men are generally expected to keep themselves looking at least more evolved than Neanderthals. Got a beard? Keep it trimmed. Got a unibrow? Bummer. When two eyebrows become one, a lot of people feel free to judge the owner of those brows—male or female—as having poor grooming habits. Unfair, sure, but it means unibrow hair removal is one of the oldest and most respected forms of manscaping. If you’re fond of your unibrow, more power to you. But if you see yourself as more of a multi brow man (or woman), options abound for getting rid of unibrow hair.
Pluck your unibrow. Plucking is a good option if your unibrow is sparse, but if you have more than a few stray hairs between your brows, tweezing them out one by one can be a slow and painful process, and you’ll probably be better off using one of the other options listed below. If you can get by with it, plucking a unibrow has some definite advantages. For one thing, it’s free, assuming you already own tweezers. And since it involves pulling the hairs out by the follicles, it takes weeks for a plucked unibrow hair to come back to haunt you. However, new hairs will appear in the meantime, so you’ll probably need to tweeze stragglers every couple of days.
Wax your unibrow. Waxing is probably the most popular method of large-scale eyebrow hair removal, and why not? It gets the job done quickly, with relatively little pain, and keeps eyebrows looking well-groomed for at least two or three weeks. Eyebrow waxing is pretty inexpensive, as salon procedures go, but if you can’t budget in a professional wax, at-home waxing kits with miniature strips for facial hair removal are easy to come by. Since errors in eyebrow grooming can be embarrassing, follow the kit’s instructions carefully (including the part about cleaning and preparing the skin), use a steady hand, and plan for the area between your brows to be red and irritated for a few hours afterward.
Shave your unibrow. No, really. The idea that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker is a misconception, so you can safely shave unibrow hair. However, because shaving cuts off the hair at the surface of the skin rather than pulling it out by the root, a shaved monobrow will require more maintenance than a waxed or plucked one. Depending on how quickly your facial hair grows, you may even need to go over it with a razor every day. Use a small, specially-designed eyebrow razor for a more precise shave, and reduce stubble and skin irritation by letting shaving cream sit between your brows for a few minutes first.
Get rid of a unibrow with facial hair removal cream. Like shaving, depilatory cream removes unwanted hair at the surface of the skin rather than at the root, so a unibrow removed using this method would need touch-ups at least once a week. Unlike shaving, hair removal creams use chemicals to dissolve the hair, so they aren’t actually recommended—by me or their manufacturers—for use around the eyes. If you’re determined to try it anyway, be sure to use a product made specifically for facial hair. Nair, Avon, Sally Hansen, and many other companies offer facial depilatory creams that are gentle enough for the sensitive skin of the face. But be careful of your eyes, darn it.
If the hair between your eyebrows is mostly short and fine, you may be able to bleach it. Facial hair bleaching creams usually contain hydrogen peroxide to lighten the color of unwanted hair, plus moisturizers to soften the hair and condition the skin. This isn’t a solution for every unibrow, since the bleach may not completely penetrate thicker hairs, blond hairs may still show up against darker complexions, and bushy monobrows will probably just look striped. But a barely-there unibrow could be rendered unnoticeable with an application of bleaching cream every couple of weeks or so.
Eyebrow threading, a facial hair removal technique that originated in India and the Middle East, involves rolling intertwined cotton threads along the skin to lift a line of hair out by the follicles. Threading has been gaining popularity in America because it’s quicker than plucking, more precise than waxing, and safe for sensitive skin.
Sugaring is a natural, homemade alternative to waxing. Recipes vary, but they generally involve heating a mixture of granulated sugar, lemon juice, and water to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then letting it cool until it can be spread on the skin comfortably and covered with a strip of cotton cloth. When the cloth is pulled quickly away, your unibrow will come with it. If you aren’t much of a cook, commercial sugaring preparations are also available.
Nad’s (go ahead and laugh—I did) offers a complete line of natural, environmentally friendly hair removal products for both women and men. Their Facial Wand or Facial Wax Strips are perfect for getting rid of unibrows.
Laser hair removal is a popular semi-permanent option for getting rid of unibrows and other unwanted facial hair. It involves sending a strong beam of light beneath the skin, where the heat of the laser is absorbed by dark-colored hair follicles, damaging them and slowing future hair growth. To achieve long-lasting hair removal, you can expect to undergo about half a dozen treatments spaced several weeks apart. Laser hair removal is most effective at removing dark hair on light skin; it simply doesn’t work on light-colored hair, and it can damage dark or tanned skin.
Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis is really, actually permanent. It also works on skin of any complexion and removes hair of any color. During an electrolysis session, the electrologist inserts a needle-like electrode into the follicle of each visible hair, one at a time, damaging the follicles with a mild electrical current. The process prevents regrowth of the treated hairs, but as new hairs grow in, they will need to be treated as well. If you choose electrolysis to get rid of your unibrow, it will probably take at least five sessions over a number of months to eliminate all the hair between your eyebrows.
Technically, it’s more of a hair prevention cream, but there is an FDA-approved prescription medication for treating synophrys—that’s the medical term for a unibrow—and other unwanted facial hair. Vaniqa (eflornithine HCl) works in the hair follicles by blocking an enzyme that’s required for hair growth. You’ll still need to remove existing unibrow hairs by plucking, waxing, or using one of the other eyebrow hair removal methods described to the right, but after applying Vaniqa cream between your brows twice a day for a month or two, you should start to notice fewer hairs growing back in.
The unibrow is a result of hair growth between the eyebrows, resulting in the appearance of a single, long eyebrow that carries all the way across the forehead. Although a natural occurrence in both men and women due to genetics and ethnicity, popular media has demonized the unibrow, making it a symbol to denote someone as unattractive, primitive, or even criminal in their intentions. It is understandable, therefore, how unibrow removal is such a popular beauty treatment. You can remove it at home or at a salon, and there are a number of tips to help you achieve the best results, including choosing a strategy that fits your needs, getting advice, and taking your time.
Before you remove a single hair, decide on a plan of action and what you want your finished eyebrows to look like. A good way to do this is to have the initial unibrow removal done at a salon. They are professionals after all, and if you like the resulting shape, you can keep up the maintenance by yourself at home. Otherwise, you can hold a pen vertically between your eyes and against your forehead to judge how much hair you want to remove.
Tweezing is the most inexpensive and easy way for do-it-yourself unibrow removal. Although it can be painful, the results last anywhere from a few days to a week before you have to do it all over again. If you decide to go this route, make sure that you invest in a good-quality pair of tweezers. These will help you get the hair out the first time and will not take any of your skin with it.
Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time as tweezing can be fairly time-consuming. Start slow, in the middle of your unibrow, and only remove one hair at a time. It is tempting, and faster, to pull the hair out in patches, but this can be very painful and often removes more hair then you originally intended. Make sure that you stand in strong light to better see the hairs, and a magnifying mirror also comes in handy.
Waxing is also effective at unibrow removal, and the results last longer than tweezing. If you are waxing yourself at home, make sure to read the instructions carefully before committing to avoid doing yourself injury. Start in small sections, or else you may end up without any eyebrows at all.
If you want a permanent or near-permanent method of unibrow removal, then go to a salon and have it done either by electrolysis or laser treatment. Keep in mind, however, that these treatments can be expensive, and if you have laser therapy, a temporary scab forms. Never shave your unibrow, as this method barely lasts a day and never gets a totally smooth, natural-looking result. Avoid depilatory creams also because they may irritate your skin and eyes.
Finally, make sure you tidy up the rest of your eyebrows as well. If you were trimming a hedge, you wouldn't simply cut a strip down the middle. Alternate between brows to get an even look, and make sure that, whichever method you use, you use a toner or gel on your skin afterward to soothe any irritation.
“don't shave it ! it will irritate the skin beneath it and doesn't work as well as other solutions........... V
A. go to a salon and get them professionally waxed *(don't try it urself:))
B. pluck with a mirror held up in bright light, and finish with moisturizer
if its that bad id refer to plan A. ”
“Well you can ever get rid of the stray hairs temporarily, or permanently.
- Depilatory Creams you put on and they essentially dissolve your hair follicles so that you wipe the hairs away. Hairs grow back relatively quickly, and if you leave the cream on too long it will burn your skin.
- Plucking: you can pluck the hairs, its a bit painful, but they stay at bay for a bit longer than the depilatory creams keep it away.
- Threading: you can go to a beauty salon and ask for a brow threading. I've heard its pretty painful, but they will also shape your eyebrows. The downside is that you have to make it a part of your routine: if you only go once, the hairs will grow back thicker!
- Electrolysis: Electrolysis sends an electronic shock into a hair follicle, disabling it from growing back again. I've heard it is slightly painful, but the hair wont ever grow back! Make sure your sure about getting it done though .. “
“stop shaving iT right now!! you are making it ten times worse and you risk accidentally shaving off your whole eyebrow like georgia does in Angus thongs and perfect snogging!! always pluck it until it grows back not as stubble but with the tip of the hair growing out first. Then you can bleach it (again be careful not to do the actual brows) then get it permanently removed by laser when your about 16 (you may have to be 18)”