Features Editor /
Bushy eyebrows can be a tricky problem. Evolution gave you these strips of strategically placed hair to catch perspiration as it runs down your forehead, and they also help to shade the eyes from the sun. Unfortunately, androgens (the hormones that make you male) can get a bit carried away once you hit your thirties and end up producing far too much hair that’s also far too strong and far too long!
Sorting out overhanging hairy eyebrows isn’t that difficult when you know what to do…
Don’t shave them. They’ll grow back with blunt ends which can make them looking even thicker, and they’ll also look daft as they grow back!
Don’t cut them off in chunks either or they’ll look like well-trimmed hedgerows. And hedges are for fields, not faces.
Instead, lock yourself in the bathroom with a good mirror and a pair of decent tweezers (invest in some good ones that really grip the hair like the Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer). Run the tweezers under very hot water or dip in surgical spirit to sterilise them. If you have just had a shower or bath the pores will be open and the hair will come out more easily, if not place a hot flannel over the brows for a few minutes. Always stretch the skin as you go, otherwise you may pull out more than you bargained for!
With your fingers brush the hairs downwards and any that look too long or too wiry pull out with a firm tug. Your pulling technique is important as they come out much easier if you follow the direction of growth. Pluck hairs towards your ears except in between the eyebrows, where the top ones should be plucked upwards and the bottom downwards. Yes it does hurt a bit, but you get used to it!
Starting to look like Bert from Sesame Street? Then it’s time to sort out those overly-thick eyebrows. To do this, carefully pluck some hairs out under the arch of the brow, but be careful not to overdo it. You aren’t aiming for a full arch, just a naturally tidy look. If any grow too far down your temples pull those out too – if they grow down too low they can make your eyes appear droopy and sad! This is also a good technique for opening up the face and giving it a more youthful look. Think of it as a brow-lift without the general anaesthetic!
If your eyebrows meet in the middle they can give a dark, sinister appearance (think Liam Gallagher). Aim for a finger’s width gap between them and pluck out the hairs that are in the way.
Afterwards apply some moisturiser like Menscience Advanced Face Lotion onto the plucked areas, as they may be a little red and tender. Regular maintenance will also help to keep you looking well groomed, and you can always tidy your brows up with the Trevor Sorbie Professional Eyebrow Trimmer. If you’re worried about the end result, try tackling them over a few weeks so that the effect is subtle and not such a shock to the system – or to your work colleagues!
Click here to view more tweezers and grooming sets.
Throughout my life I've been passionate about film, music and culture from around the globe. I’m here to bring you the latest lifestyle features, from film releases and music, to cocktails and recipe inspiration, keeping you in the loop of all the latest trends worth talking about.
Robin, from Man For Himself, is a male grooming, lifestyle and style blogger and vlogger. Robin established Man For Himself back in 2012, and followed shortly with his YouTube channel in 2013. We find Robin's blog to be a one-stop-shop for all male related grooming advice, and we would definitely recommend you check it out.
2016-10-24 08:40:38 •
With new ingredients being discovered and created every week, it can be difficult to keep up with what they are and what they do. We've been noticing Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) making a more regular appearance recently, so we thought it was only right to break it down and let you know exactly what it does. Once the ingredient becomes more mainstream you'll be clued up and know exactly what it does.
2016-10-21 08:00:40 •
Anthony Sosnick is the man behind the globally successful, Anthony Skincare. Since only being found in 2000, Anthony Skincare has quickly become a first point of call, for many men and women looking to up their grooming routine. We're sure you'll have heard of them, but if you haven't, you should definitely check it out on Mankind.
2016-10-12 13:27:14 •
Can you believe the clocks go back in a couple of weeks? Right before our eyes we'll notice that nights will becoming increasingly darker and we'll be wondering of ways to spend the time. When it gets darker, we know that it instantly makes you feel like you want to stay indoors and keep warm. You might be wondering what to do on a cold night, and if you are, keep reading!
2016-10-10 08:00:30 •