Monday, October 16, 2006

Eyebrow Know-How: For Men

Why does Bert look unhappy? Beyond dealing with Ernie eating crackers in bed, Bert possesses a rather unfortunate unibrow. Then again, Ernie's complete lack of brow hair isn't much better. One thing is clear, though- both of our Sesame Street friends are sadly uninformed about the options available to men when it comes to eyebrow grooming. Knowledge is power, so here's what you need to know about taking care of any unslightly eyebrow hair.

Very few women or men can get away with ignoring their eyebrows. Even a little upkeep can make a huge difference in your appearance. If you're not sure whether your eyebrows need some cleaning up, ask a woman you trust for a second opinion.

Start by brushing your eyebrow hair upwards with a clean toothbrush or your girlfriend/wife's eyebrow brush (see previous post). Trim off any hairs that extend past the top of your natural eyebrow line with a pair of nail scissors.

Once that is done, take a good pair of tweezers and pluck the hairs that fall between your eyebrows. Remember, your eyebrows should start directly above the inner corner of your eye.

If there are any stray hairs above the top of your eyebrows (on your forehead near your temples), pluck those too. You want a clean line defining the top of your eyebrows. Tom Hanks is a good example of this; no extra hairs crawling up his forehead.

For men with more "serious" eyebrow issues- long, curly hairs going in every direction and thick, dark brows that resemble caterpillars with no clear seperation between them, a trip to the spa is in order. Guys, if you do have crazy eyebrows, don't feel bad because you're not alone.

Martin Scorsese's status as one of the greatest living filmmakers does not excuse him from his societal obligation to keep his facial hair from taking over the rest of his face. For cases like these, the only solution is waxing. These days, every major city has at least one men's spa, but if there isn't one near you, don't feel bad going to a traditional spa. An eyebrow waxing should cost you less than $20. While it's good to trust a professional, make it clear exactly how much hair you want removed, lest you end up looking like this:

Eyebrows like this look unnatural, and anyone with them appears to be trying way too hard. Whether you pluck or wax, your eyebrows should be neat and natural looking.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

guys who do anymore then trim there unibrow are posers or queers.