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    the art of eyebrow plucking

    I figured that I'd talk about eyebrows because I'm bored and once again irritated by my own.

    I have struggled for years with my eyebrows. They look pretty now, except for the fact that on close inspection you can tell that I have the Rebel Brows. You know the kind. The kind that, even if you pluck them, will remain little black dots under the skin or grow so fast that having a life outside eyebrows causes the arch to suffer.

    What's funny is how my eyebrows even puzzle "Oh, she's the BEST in L.A." facialist or whatever.

    "Well, obviously, you're not pulling them completely out, you're sort of cutting them with the tweezers."
    "No, no. I pull them completely out. They just look like that."
    "Have you tried pulling them out in the direction that they grow?"
    "Yes. Yes. I can groom them."
    "Are you sure you don't shave them?"
    "They just look like that!!"

    Is there anything to be done about this sort of thing? Does waxing help? It's so perfectionist of me, but I'd like to know if there are any other options. Even if someone suggested waxing, I doubt I'd actually go get my eyebrows waxed. I'm not that obsessed, although I find that on a bad day, I can be.

    Maybe my life would be easier if I let them get a little thicker. Once my best friend plucked them super-thin and boring, and she kept insisting that they looked good. Ugh, a terrible week or so later, and I was able to have real eyebrows again. I'm very protective of them.

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    I say try the waxing. I am also very protective of my eyebrows -- I have a fear that someone will wax/pluck them too skinny and they will never grow back and I'll be forced to draw them back on with pencil someday. I've got really thick eyebrows (looking back at photos from before I started grooming them they look like 2 big black caterpillars!!) and I like mine a little on the bigger side, but still nicely shaped. You can explain to the person doing the waxing that you don't want them too thin, just shaped. I would think that the wax would take care of the problem you're having, but I guess you'll have to try it to find out. Good luck!

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    No personal experience, but I overheard two girls with dark hair talking about this just yesterday. One girl insisted she needed her brows professionally groomed before they went to a barbecue last night. The other said, "Let my mom do it. She used to be an esthetician. She's been doing my brows since I was like seven and had a unibrow. They've been waxed so often she only has to touch them up once in a while."

    Perhaps that's what you need: someone you trust to wax your brows repeatedly over months or more to take care of those wayward follicles for good.

    My sister had electrolysis years ago and after a bunch of times, she's never had a problem again.

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    I inherited these crazy brows from the italian side of my family. Not only are they bushy and thick, but some of them honest to good look like I took a crimper to them.

    I'm obsessed with eyebrows. When I was 11 or so I was so frustrated with mine I snipped them off completely.

    Anyhoo, I do a combination of tweezing and trimming. I don't think I could let anyone else groom them, I am so picky about that. I used to overpluck and get bald spots right in the middle so now I try not to pluck out too much.

    What about those electric trimmers that just shave off little areas? Has anyone used those?

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    Oh, how timely. I had a bit of an incident with the electric eyebrow trimmer this weekend.
    Let me just say that the length guard is there so that you do not buzz off too much. Of course once I messed up one, I had to do the same to the other, and have picked up quite quickly the art of penciling in.

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    I used to get mine waxed for a few years, now I'm at maintenance tweezing. I keep mine pretty thin, I guess. I don't need to trim them and I never had a unibrow, they were just kind of bushy before. Maybe you can find a pic of an eyebrow size/shape you like and bring it to your waxer if you're afraid of taking too much off? Since we all have a different take on what constitutes a thin eyebrow, it might be good to give her an actual picture. I don't get tham waxed anymore but that is only because I no longer have to!

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    Ha! This is great! I'm not alone... of course, I knew I wasn't alone or I wouldn't have posted this.

    I might consider waxing in the future, i.e. next summer, when I'll have just finished first year of university so that I won't have to actually care deeply about my eyebrows when I should be studying/paying tuition.

    I get insanely jealous of people who are dark-haired and who happen to have FINE EYEBROWS. I didn't even think such a thing existed!

    I'd just like my eyebrows to have that insanely perfect old movie star look, which I do realize has something to do with penciling, as well as hours with makeup artists, facialists, gin and tonics, etc.

    I wonder, though, if I've plucked them so much that some of the hairs won't grow back, meaning it'd be harder for them to be thick like they used to be (oh, awkward years...)

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    i make a joke that i have a total of four hairs on each eyebrow. :)

    i mean i do have hair on my brows they're just really sparse and separated (they grow on my eyelids instead) so i do maintenance on them by tweezing the strays and penciling them in every morning.

    jangrl

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    im obsessed with eyebrow grooming.
    i wax, tweeze, and trim. waxing is a godsend compared to tweezing. its so much faster. then i tweeze the strays and shape a little if needed, then use an eyebrow comb and scissors to trim the length a little.

    ive never been able to find an eyebrow pencil that matches the color of mine, so ive never been able to do that. what does anyone else use?

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    oh, I love threading. I wish I could find someone to thread my brows here in PGH. I have a hard time with waxing and I HATE plucking! Even though my eyebrows are white-blond, I still think there's a huge difference between kempt and unkempt brows.


 
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