Brow Grooming For Men. The goal is to ensure a clean look that retains its natural, masculine appeal.
Whether you’re already friends with a pair of tweezers or don’t even know what they look like, most men could benefit significantly from simply plucking a stray brow hair or two. Just like a getting a fresh haircut or shape-up, keeping your brows neatly groomed will enhance your appearance (think younger) and therefore, boost your confidence. Hey, all you need are a set of brow scissors and tweezers.
“[Plucking] is a way for a man’s face and eyebrows to look as good as his new haircut,” explains Anastasia Soare, an eyebrow expert from Beverly Hills. “The goal is to ensure a clean look that retains its natural, masculine appeal.”
The so-called “metrosexual era” of yesterday is over and while grooming isn’t doing a 180 reverting back to a simple haircut and a clean shave, it’s now seen as standard to manscape. In a nationwide survey by Remington Products of 435 males about their grooming habits and 440 females about what they find the most attractive about male grooming styles, when looking at ear, eyebrows and nose hair, 86% of men said grooming those areas is a factor in whether they think they look their best. Looking your best goes hand in hand with feeling your best — 44% of women noticed and were bothered when those hairs were left untouched.
Ready to get to work? It’s simple.
Every few months, Joseph McCarthy, 27 of NYC, uses his beard trimmer to shorten his brow hairs. “Since they’re thick and bushy, I want my brows to be as groomed as my beard,” he comments. “If left alone, they remind me of a grandpa with hair growing out of his ears.” While this is one method that works for very thick brows, Soare recommends using brow scissors for precision. Simply brush your brows up (yes, you can use your fingers if you don’t have a brow brush) and you’ll notice that some hairs stand longer than the rest. Slowly trim them horizontally. Once you brush them all back into place, you’ll notice a difference right away. Depending on how
thick or long your brows are, this may be all you need to do.
“Tweeze your unibrow,” Soare remarks. “Any brow hairs that come too closely to the center of the nose bridge can make your eyes look close together and also create an unkempt look.” To make sure you’re not removing too much, draw an imaginary line from the middle of your nostril vertically up as a guide to where each eyebrow should begin, and get rid of anything that lays in between. “My barber trims my eyebrows for me when I get a haircut, but I take care of the middle myself to prevent a unibrow,” says Stephen Lombardi, 33, of New Jersey. Speak up when getting your haircut and your barber may just do the job for you. “It’s always been important to me to clean up the middle, but I never touched the top until my barber did and have noticed a difference.”
Finish by tweezing any stray hairs that fall outside of your natural brow line, above or below the eyebrow. And don’t forget those strays! “I’ve never done anything to my eyebrows until recently,” says Ronald Nagy, 54, of Chicago. “My wife kept pointing out long, grey hairs that were sticking straight out so I had her get rid of them.” As you age, random stray brow hairs of a different, more wire-like texture will pop up. You’ll know them when you see them. Keep it clean and feel free to pluck those, too.
Trim, tweeze and detail — but only when needed. Remember, gently groom, as you’re not trying to create an arch. By cleaning the hairs that fall outside of your natural shape and creating clean lines for your brows, you’ll balance out all of your features while retaining natural masculine appeal.