Eyebrow Hair Removal Options
Plucking, waxing, threading, lasers — explore the different ways eyebrows can be groomed.
By Linda Foster
Medically Reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD
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When it comes to cleaning up your eyebrows, you have a lot of options to choose from. You can wax them, tweeze them, and even have them lasered or "threaded."
"There is an enormous range of ways to groom your eyebrows," says Helga Surratt, president ofAbout Faces Day Spa & Salon,in Baltimore, MD. "There are pros and cons to each method, and of course, a wide range in pricing as well."
Hair Removal: Tweezing at Home
This do-it-yourself option allows you to remove unwanted hair using tweezers in the privacy of your own home.
- You may over-tweeze your eyebrows or create a shape that doesn't suite your face.
- Results last only one to two weeks.
- It can hurt.
Price: About per year. A good pair of tweezers will cost about and you may want to keep some eyebrow powder on hand, in case you need to fill in any spaces as a result of over-tweezing
Hair Removal: Depilatories
Depilatories are chemical-based creams designed to remove unwanted hair.
- You can do use them at home, at your convenience.
- Depilatories can be bought at the local drugstore.
- They are inexpensive.
- They remove hair in 5 to 10 minutes.
- Depilatories are more suitable for removing hair from larger areas of the body and not recommended for use on eyebrows.
- They have chemicals that can burn your skin should you leave it on too long or apply it to a sensitive area like the eyes.
- They can have a strong smell.
Price: Around per container.
Hair Removal: Waxing
With waxing, hot wax is used to remove unwanted hair at the follicle. The wax is put on the hair and covered with a cloth, and then quickly removed from the area by pulling up the cloth and the unwanted hair with it.
- Results can last four to six weeks.
- You can do it in the privacy of your home at your convenience.
- It can be done professionally.
- Waxing can hurt.
- There has to be at least ¼ of an inch of hair for the wax to grab hold. For eyebrows, this means you may look a little "hairy" between appointments.
- It is not easy to wax eyebrows yourself without removing too much hair.
- There is a risk of infection if you go to a salon that is unsanitary.
- You could be burned, whether you are waxing your brows yourself or having it done at a salon.
- If you are using tretinoin products (such as Retin-A), waxing is not recommended because the skin is fragile and may tear.
Price: A good at-home waxing kit costs around and can last for four to six treatments. A salon, depending on where you live, may charge around per visit, plus tip.
Hair Removal: Eyebrow Threading
Threading involves lassoing individual unwanted hairs with a thread and pulling them out from the follicle quickly.
- Results can last four to six weeks.
- If you are dealing with an experienced salon, both eyes can be done in minutes. There are no chemicals involved and threading is a very safe and sanitary process.
- You need only have 1/16 of an inch of hair in order to have threading done, so you can do it more frequently.
- If your technician is inexperienced, the hair can be broken off close to the skin and reappear quickly.
- It may be hard to find a salon with technicians experienced in eyebrow threading.
- It is expensive compared to other hair removal options.
Price: Around to , plus tip.
Hair Removal: Laser
A laser is used to destroy hair follicles with heat, allowing for permanent reduction of unwanted hair.
- Works well on people with fair skin and dark hair.
- Adverse effects are minimal and short-lasting.
- May cause a stinging sensation during hair removal.
- Can take six treatments before permanent reduction of hair is noticeable.
- Adverse effects can include blistering, discoloration of the skin following treatment, swelling, redness, and scarring at the site.
- Some hair can grow back and you could require further treatments.
- People with medium to dark skin may require additional treatments because the pigment of their skin absorbs the laser light.
- Many salons may tout that lasers offer permanent hair removal. However, the FDA has not yet approved a device for permanent hair removal, only permanent reduction of hair.
Price: Around per eye, depending on where you live. That is 0 per each of the four to six sessions needed to see a reduction in hair growth. Laser hair removal can add up to a total investment of 0 to 0.
How you choose to groom your eyebrows is a personal choice and depends on your financial situation — and how comfortable you are doing it yourself versus letting a professional handle it. Nevertheless, there are many options to choose from.
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