Whoever said eyebrow maintenance is a woman’s task has never trimmed his eyebrows – don’t be like this guy. Men need regular eyebrow maintenance. Most men will go at least 20 years of their lives without needing to do anything about their eyebrows—but as you get older, things do start to change.
As you get older, your eyebrows need more trimming to keep the hairs all nice and neat. Whether you have thick, bushy eyebrows or scruffy ones, eyebrow maintenance should be part of every man’s grooming routine.
Why Should Men Shave?
For starters, bad eyebrows can throw your appearance out of whack. Neglected eyebrows that are leaning upon a unibrow are a huge red flag. The same goes for thinning eyebrows on older gentlemen. Aside from fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, there is no greater indicator of a man’s actual age than his out-of-control eyebrows.
For younger men, eyebrow maintenance routine often includes keeping the few scraggly hairs out. Some men only need to pluck a few hairs, while others need more trimming. Besides, neatly-shaped eyebrows are a confidence-booster. With a few easy trimming tips, you can achieve flawlessly natural-looking brows that magnify your handsome appearance as well as your confidence.
The best part is that you don’t even have to schedule an appointment with your barber to get them done. Maintaining your brows is easy to do at home with these simple steps.
How to Trim Eyebrows
Step 1: Brush Your Eyebrows Up
Brush your brows upward using a mustache comb so that the hairs are swept toward your forehead. This will help you recognize which hairs are longer. If you have thinner eyebrows, opt for a mascara applicator rather than a mustache comb. The shorter bristles will help grasp thinner hairs that the comb may miss. You don’t have to use an actual mascara kit for that—you can buy disposable applicators by themselves.
Extra Small Mustache Comb
Disposable Mascara Applicators
Step 2: Trim the Long Hairs
After your eyebrow hairs are brushed and are as upward as possible, use small shaping scissors to carefully trim any hairs that extend past the natural line of your brows. Use this natural line as a limit and stay away from the middle of the brow – you’ll risk making a hole. The purpose of trimming any outsider is to form a fine uniform shape.
Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush
Step 3: Cut Volume With a Trimmer
Scissors are usually enough to trim straying hairs that can make your brows look untidy. Still, if you have very thick brows, a specialized eyebrow trimmer might be useful for trimming through some voluminous hairs. Don’t attempt this with small scissors—a trimmer will create a more consistent, smoother look. The Eyebrow Trimmer from Philips is the perfect tool for the job (don’t think your beard trimmer will be enough or you’ll risk shaving them off entirely). Gently move the trimmer over your brows with the grain until the brow’s hair length becomes uniform.
Step 4: Clean It Up
Now that your eyebrows are nice and trimmed move on to stray hairs around the edges with a pair of tweezers. The goal is not to shape the brows but to clean them up a bit. Pluck stray hairs that stick out of the brow. Tweezing is better than a trimmer in such a hard-to-navigate area.
Stainless Steel Tweezers
Step 5: Apply a Clear Gel (Optional)
Once you’ve trimmed away the strays, splatter your face with water to rinse off the area of trimmings. Apply a brow gel, which will help level the brows so that they look uniform and glistening. Bonus: Using a clear gel makes it easier to detect any missed hairs that need additional trimming.
Brow Sculpting Gel
Some Additional Tips to Consider
Don’t Get Waxed
You may have seen the woman in your life go and get her eyebrows waxed. While it may be a good solution for her, it’s usually not the best avenue for a man’s eyebrows.
First, waxing removes all the fine hairs around and in the middle of your brows. For women, this look is perfect—for men, not really. Not to mention that waxing can end in burns and acne in some clients. If you’re already dealing with sensitive skin, stay away from waxing.
Threading uses a string method to get rid of unwanted hairs. Once a women-only service, many men are now walking into salons and barbershops asking for some threading – things change.
While threading is considered the more precise eyebrow trimming method, you still need to be cautious when choosing who does the service.
If you feel the need to get eyebrows done professionally, be our guest. The obvious advantage of getting your eyebrows done by professional hands is that they have a better chance of coming out great—if your barber is suited for the job, of course.
Most barbers are no stranger to taking on men’s eyebrows. Although it might be a bit more expensive, you can get it done once every 2 to three months and then regularly maintain them at home.
Trimming your eyebrows and maintaining them routinely should be a regular part of any man’s grooming and skin care regimen. They may feel like insignificant things to focus on, but your eyebrows can dramatically improve or damage your appearance. Just remember to be gentle and don’t be afraid to ask your barber for help.