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unibrow

Introduction

The unibrow, known as the monobrow to some, is the growth of hair above the nose bridge that connects your two eyebrows together, making it appear as though you have one long eyebrow instead of two.

This look is considered far from cool and is often used in movies and comics to depict the quintessential nerdy character. In other words, this is not a look you want to be sporting. Unfortunately, nature and genetics don’t care about what’s hot and what’s not. But not to worry, there are plenty of ways to eliminate the unwanted hair between your eyebrows. 

In this article, we will discuss a few methods you can use to get rid of your unibrow. So, let’s dive in.

Plucking and Tweezing

Plucking your eyebrows and unibrow is the least expensive of all the methods. You can do it yourself at home, and all you need is a pair of tweezers and a good mirror. 

Many men use tweezing to neaten up the shape of their eyebrows, and while it may cause a slight pinch now and then, it is relatively painless. Plucking also affords you the most control over the shape of your eyebrows because you pluck out the hairs one by one. Just remember not to go overboard and create large hairless patches for yourself.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to tweeze your eyebrows the right way:

1. Carefully stretch your skin to make it taut, and using the tweezers, grab the hair as close to where it meets your skin as possible. (Grabbing them here will prevent the hairs from breaking and leaving you with unibrow stubble.

2. Once you have a good grip on the hair, swiftly pluck it out in a single motion. 

It is always best to pull the hair out in the direction it is growing to prevent ingrown hairs or the hair from breaking. 

3. When you’re done plucking, apply a soothing, fragrance-free lotion to the area to prevent irritation and redness. 

Now, if you have a relatively bushy unibrow, this hair removal method may be time-consuming. In which case, you may want to try a different option, such as using a depilatory cream.

Hair Removal Cream

Depilatory creams are lotions that you apply to your hair to remove it. These creams are packed with chemicals that dissolve the follicles, which you can then wipe or rinse away. 

This is probably the fastest unibrow removal method but is also the smelliest. If you’re going to use this technique, always use the depilatory cream made for sensitive skin and faces and follow the instructions. 

It is always good to test a depilatory cream in a small area before applying it directly to your face or over a large area to test for any adverse reactions. If you experience any burning off the skin, discomfort, or a rash, wash the cream off immediately. While effective, this method comes with side effects that can include rashes, skin irritation and redness, allergic reactions, and in some cases, chemical burns. 

It is best practice to apply moisture to the skin after you have washed away the hair removal cream. Using a lotion or even aloe vera will keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from drying; as a result of the chemicals in the depilatory cream.

Because depilatory creams remove hair just below the skin’s surface and not from the hair roots, you will find your hair grows back within three to five days after this treatment. If you’re looking for a method that lasts a little longer, why not give waxing a try?

There are also other hair removal for men methods out there that are customized for other parts of your body. But waxing does have a fair advantage when it comes to the time needed for regrowth.

Waxing Your Unibrow

Waxing provides longer-lasting results than shaving or using depilatory creams. 

This method sees the application of melted hot wax to the area in question. A strip of cloth or the depilatory paper is then applied over the sticky wax. This strip is then pulled off firmly and in one go. With the help of the wax, the hair sticks to the strip and is pulled out from the hair roots. You can also use a cold wax strip for this, but they tend to be less effective and require you to go over the same patch more than once, which can lead to irritation. 

You can go to a beauty therapist to get your waxing done, but this may set you back a bit, or you can do it yourself with a DIY home waxing kit. These kits are plentiful on online sites such as Amazon and are relatively inexpensive. 

The downside to waxing is that it isn’t as precise as plucking, and it can cause rashes, redness, and ingrown hairs. It can be pretty painful too. Steer clear of waxing if any of these apply to you:

  • You are on acne medication such as Accutane.
  • You have a sunburn.
  • You have sensitive skin
  • Your skin is easily irritated
  • You have moles, warts, or skin tags in the area you want to wax.

Shaving Your Unibrow

Shaving is one of the quickest home remedies for eliminating that unibrow. And, while this method removes hair in a flash, the results don’t last very long at all. 

If you decide you want to shave our unibrow hair and you’re okay to do so every two to three days, then you’ll want to invest in an eyebrow razor. (You can buy these off Amazon) These razors are smaller than your typical facial hair shaver and allow you to achieve a more precise trim. You could also use a hair trimmer, but your results are less likely to be as controlled, and you may find you need to tweeze a few stray hairs here or there. 

If you choose to shave your unibrow, we suggest wetting your face with warm water first (not hot water, as this, will dry out your skin) before applying your favorite shaving cream. Doing this allows the razor to glide over your skin more easily for a clean and even cut. When you’re finished shaving, apply a little lotion to the area to soothe the skin.

Threading Your Unibrow

Threading is an ancient method of hair removal that originated in India. The technique sees the twisting together of cotton threads that are then looped and rolled over areas of unwanted hair. 

Threading offers a similar concept to plucking or waxing in that it removes strands from the hair follicle, and as a result, the hair takes longer to grow back. However, unlike tweezing, threading allows you to remove small rows of hairs at a time instead of singular strands, making it a faster and more effective technique. 

You can get your eyebrows threaded at most beauty salons. And we suggest going to a beauty therapist as not only is this method tricky to do, if not done correctly, it can cause skin irritation and redness.

How to Get Rid of a Unibrow with Laser Treatment

Laser Hair removal is a method you will need to go to a dermatologist or trained professional to administer.

Laser hair removal sees the use of pulses of light on a particular wavelength that is aimed at the skin and hair. This concentrated light targets and is absorbed by a pigment in the hair called Melanin. The light converts to heat energy which destroys the hair follicle and the hair strand. It is this process that gives off the sulfur-like smell that comes with laser treatment. By damaging the follicle, you prevent hair regrowth or at least delay it for an extended period. 

Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions over a few months and more sporadic appointments for touch-ups and maintenance later down the line. 

People with light skin and dark hair benefit the most from this technique as their hair contains more Melanin making the process more effective and less pigmentation in their skin, which results in fewer side effects and skin lightening. However, individuals with darker skin are not recommended to use laser therapy as it may lighten the areas targeted, leading to uneven skin tone. 

Other side effects associated with laser hair removal include redness, swelling, burns, and blistering. 

Although you can buy at-home laser therapy machines, it is not suggested as there is no formal data on how effective these particular devices are. Also, if not used correctly, especially in the uniron area, it could lead to eye damage and even blindness.

Removing Eyebrow Hair Using Electrolysis

Electrolysis is another form of hair removal and is the most permanent of all the methods. If you are done with trying other ways of removing your unibrow, this may be the solution for you. 

A dermatologist administers electrolysis using a unique device that uses a needle to direct an electric current and shortwave radio frequencies into the hair follicle, killing the follicle and the hair root. As a result, the hair falls out and won’t grow back. 

Because of the growth phase of hair, you will need to go back for a few treatments (around eight to twelve in total) to eliminate all the stray hairs. The FDA has approved electrolysis as a safe way to remove hair permanently. Although the procedure may still cause side effects, including redness and minor inflammation. These side effects don’t last long, perhaps only a few hours after the treatment. You can minimize them further by applying an ice cube or two to the area for relief. 

Electrolysis has many benefits too. It can be used to prevent new hair growth on all skin types and is permanent compared to laser hair removal treatment. Best of all, electrolysis is safe for use anywhere on the body, even between the eyebrows.

The only major downside to electrolysis, besides having to go for multiple treatments, is the cost of these sessions. Because you want it to be done correctly and not end up with scarring because the person doing the procedure used unsterilized needles, you may need to pay a little more to see a certified dermatologist who also adds to the cost. However, ultimately the price is worth it, and in a few sessions, your unibrow will be gone for good.

Sticking With the Style

While some would go to great lengths to get rid of their unibrow for good, others have embraced it. 

Artist Freida Khalo was famed for her unibrow, which she often enhanced in her self-portraits, a feature she used to her advantage. NBA player Anthony Davis wore his unibrow as a signature look, and even the fictional character Bert, from Sesame Street, rocked a unibrow. 

In places such as Oman and Tajikistan, people consider the unibrow to be a sign of beauty or attractiveness in men and women. And, in some cases, the unibrow is symbolic of a woman’s purity and a man’s virility. 

If you decide you really couldn’t be bothered with the fuss of getting rid of your unibrow or you like your monobrow and want to keep it as a defining look of your own more power to you. In a world where luminous hair color is the new norm, and popular fashion has taken on a whole look and feel, why shouldn’t the unibrow become a hip and happening fashion statement too?

Conclusion

The unibrow has always been a sore point for most who end up with the genetic predisposition to grow one. And, while many famous artists, athletes, and movie characters have embraced them, they’re not a fashion statement everyone wants to make.

It is just as well then that there are numerous ways to eliminate your unibrow, either for a short period or permanently. Whether you want to try a simple method at home, such as plucking or shaving, or head to a salon for threading or waxing, you can do so quite easily. The only downside with these is that the hair will grow back. Those wanting a more permanent solution can head to a dermatologist for hair laser therapy or electrolysis. 

Whatever solution you choose, you will be free of your dreaded unibrow and ready to take on the world.

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