While bigger eyebrows are in, the look doesn’t quite extend to encompass the unibrow aesthetic across the board. While some people can rock the unibrow look, others aren’t as comfortable with it. And even with a chunkier look, groomed brows are important. So what do you do if your natural brow line goes right across the middle of your forehead?
Your best bet for getting rid of a unibrow is to use a pair of fine tweezers to pluck the hair between the brows. This option allows for the greatest amount of control for shaping, as well as requiring less upkeep. However, there are various alternate ways to manage a unibrow if plucking isn’t for you.
Threading, plucking, waxing, shaving, and laser hair removal can also help to keep a unibrow under control. While all are effective in their own way, some require more maintenance, while others have a higher initial cost.
In this article we’ll do a compare and contrast of several short term and long term choices for hair removal so you can make the choice that is best for both your look, lifestyle, and preferred price point.
A classic way to tame the unibrow is to simply use tweezers to pluck the unwanted hair from the middle brow. This old school method gives you the best level of control in removing unwanted hair, but it also takes a while to do. When plucking your unibrow you want to follow these guidelines:
- Pluck in the direction your hair is growing. This helps prevent pain and hair breakage.
- Gently pull the skin tight with your fingers and pull one hair at a time with the tweezers.
- Grip near the root and yank out each hair with a firm, swift motion
- When you’re finished, rub a soothing lotion on the area to prevent redness and irritation
One of the benefits of plucking the unibrow is that because the hair is removed at the root, the results should last up to eight weeks. Also, this option is less likely to cause any lasting irritation.
Plucking may not be right for those with very sensitive skin or low pain tolerance, as the plucking process can be painful. Using fine tweezers should help reduce the pain, but won’t get rid of it entirely. It is also a time-consuming process, as hair should be removed one strand at a time.
Shaving a unibrow is another common solution that has been around for years. In fact, years ago this would have been considered one of the simplest ways to get rid of a unibrow because a lot of women chose to take the eyebrows off entirely and paint them in as they pleased. That look isn’t as popular anymore, and so it takes some hand-eye coordination to give the brows just the right shape.
You may choose to use a traditional razor or an electric razor to groom between the eyebrows. Many cosmetic stores or pharmacies sell electric razors with attachments to this specific use. If you are concerned about taking off too much, use an eyebrow pencil to draw a line that delineates exactly where you want the eyebrows to start on each side.
Shaving a unibrow can be a great option for those who aren’t sure of just how they want to shape their eyebrows, and don’t want to commit to a long term look. The hair begins to grow back in after just about a week or so, and needs to be maintained regularly.
However, shaving does require a steady hand and eye, and should be done with a razor or attachment specific to the job. This will help prevent any slip ups. Irritated ingrown hairs can also be a risk for shaving (to try to avoid this, shave in the direction that the hair grows, and use a good shaving gel or cream if using a traditional razor.)
Depilatory creams work by melting hair from the applied area with a strong chemical blend. Following the directions on the product, apply to the area and leave on for the stated period of time. Then simply wipe the product off, taking the hair with it.When purchasing a depilatory cream, be certain to find one that is specifically for use on the face.
A benefit of using a depilatory cream is that these creams can last a bit longer than shaving (keeping skin smooth for up to two weeks instead of a few days), and are not as traumatic as plucking or waxing for those who don’t like pulling hair.
However, depilatory creams can cause intense irritation if you don’t follow the directions to the letter. They may even be too harsh for some users with sensitive skin, so discontinue use if you notice burning or a rash after application.
An ancient practice, eyebrow threading has made a comeback in modern times. A form of “plucking”, threading uses a special tool to loop a bit of hair and then remove it from the skin. Using a threading tool is a bit tricky, and many people choose to have it done at a spa or hair salon by an expert.
With threading, you can expect a bit of irritation to the area afterward. It can be less painful than plucking if you get it done by an experienced clinician. Because the hair is removed below the skin line, you can expect results to last four to eight weeks.
While threading has longer term results than shaving or depilatory creams, it can become expensive to maintain as a 10 to 15 minute session can cost anywhere from $15 to $45 dollars.
Eyebrow waxing can be easily done at home with a kit, or at a salon. Waxing involves the application of a hot or room temperature wax to the patch of hair you want to remove. Then a strip of cloth or tape is pressed into the wax, where it sticks. The hair is removed when you rip the strip off, bringing the attached hair with it.
Waxing is good for those who want to spend less time on upkeep, lasting for one to two months, and can be less expensive than salon appointments. Home wax kits are fairly inexpensive and can offer enough material for several waxing sessions.
However, waxing is not the best option for those who have sensitive skin, moles or acne in the area, or a sunburn. Some people with sensitive skin will notice rashes or burning in the affected area and should discontinue use and find an alternative method of removing their unibrow.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a technique that needs to be done by a professional, preferably under the supervision and guidance of a qualified health provider. Laser light beams are directed at the hair between the eyebrows, which slows the regrowth of hair. Results typically become permanent after several sessions.
A permanent solution for getting rid of a unibrow, laser hair removal is effective and gets rid of the need for brow maintenance. If done by a professional, chances of even minor side effects are low.
However, while laser hair removal can work well to get rid of unsightly hair between the brows keep in mind that this is a costly procedure that is not covered by medical insurance. Because the results are permanent, you have to be absolutely sure that you don’t want to play around with your brow look and be ready to accept the final result.
Similar to laser hair removal, electrolysis uses an electric current transmitted through fine needles to kill the hair roots. The hair will fall out over a few days, and is not meant to grow back. However, like laser hair removal, this process can require several sessions to become permanent.
Also like laser hair removal, electrolysis is an expensive procedure that is not covered by medical insurance. Additionally, sessions can take up to several hours and may cause side effects like scarring or infection. Chances for these side effects are reduced if you go to a medical professional (such as a dermatologist) for treatment.
The Takeaway for Getting Rid a Unibrow
If you have a unibrow and decide that the look is just not for you, there are a lot of options for removal. Your best bet is to start with the simplest and most effective short term solution (plucking), and then work through the list of options to find which one works best with your lifestyle, as well as your budget. However, you always want to keep your skin’s level of sensitivity in mind.
Removing a unibrow permanently is not a decision to make quickly or without advice from a professional. Talk to a dermatologist about your removal options. They can advise on which of the longer term solutions are best based on your skin type, and help you with recommendations to treat or reduce side effects. If you decide over time that you want to go with something permanent, they can do the hair removal for you.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a work-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. I have been blogging for the last 5 years. I worked for other mom blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to mom’s life and homemaking.