Unless you were somehow miraculously blessed with perfect brows (Cara Delevingne, we’re looking at you), good eyebrow maintenance is kind of a beauty non-negotiable. Whether you tweeze, wax, or thread, do it yourself at home or go to a professional, brows can make or break your entire look, as anyone who’s ever subjected themselves to over-plucking can certainly attest.
In 2015, eyebrow waxing is far and away the most popular way to groom your brows. It’s affordable and accessibleyou can get it done at almost any nail salonand it gets the job done. While threading is definitely a gentler, less aggressive approach, it’s difficult to find someone who can do it, never mind do it well. Plucking, on the other hand, is all too often a recipe for disaster when we do it on our own. Sitting in front of one of those magnifying mirrors, wondering whether pulling out that one long hair will completely ruin our arch? Forget about it.
But hunting down a skilled threading or tweezing expert may very well be worth it. Why? Because your waxing habit could actually be leading to premature aging in the eye area, says Matt Shakik, senior brow specialist at Spruce & Bond, NYC’s premiere hair removal destination. “We [at Spruce & Bond] will wax everything we can get our hands on, yet we never touch wax to the sensitive eye area.” In fact, he says, “It’s crazy to me that people are still getting brow waxes. It’s the fastest way to prematurely age the eyes, and no one wants to speed up the aging process.”
Think about it: The skin surrounding the eye area is up to four times thinner and more fragile than the skin on the rest of our bodies. We already avoid rubbing our eyes as much as possible for fear that wrinkles will develop, and yet some of us are still subjecting ourselves to regular brow waxing, which involves ripping hot wax from the eye area and roughly tugging at the skin in the process. As much as we don’t want to admit it, it makes sense that this could result in some serious damage to the area, including lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
As for Shakik’s recommendation for your best brows ever? Tweezing, he advises, is the only way to go. It’s a no-brainerit doesn’t compromise the skin around your eyes, and it’s far more precise than waxing or threading. “I literally do it hair by hair,” he says, because “a couple of hairs can make the difference between an OK brow and one that lifts, frames, and flatters the face. There’s no way to get this level of precision with waxing or threading, where you’re taking off whole sections of hair at once.” He even gives a further word of warning: “I’ve seen clients left with huge bald spots in their brows due to the wax spreading too far or the thread slipping.” If that doesn’t sell you on tweezing, we don’t know what will.
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