There’s no stopping the eyebrow trend. Even men who would previously never have considered getting their brows done are now heading towards brow bars. In this article, we discuss common eyebrow mistakes, best grooming practices, and microblading for men.
While not all men will need eyebrow grooming, there is certainly a percentage who do. In fact, most men will need eyebrow grooming by the time they are thirty years old. It’s at that age that eyebrow hair becomes unruly and begins to make men look older than they really are.
The popularity and accessibility of eyebrow grooming services has given men a chance to embrace eyebrow grooming. If they were ashamed of it before, they aren’t now.
“The modern male groomer no longer sees women-centric treatments such as threading and eyebrow tinting as taboo,” Emily Gordon-Smith, a director at trends company Stylus, told The Guardian.
“There is a lot less stigma attached to all areas of gentlemen’s grooming now, and keeping your eyebrows looking defined and polished is simply one aspect of that routine,” she added.
Men’s most common eyebrow mistakes
Men are likely to make more eyebrow mistakes than women since there isn’t a lot of discussion on eyebrow grooming for them in the first place.
Here’s what you need to avoid:
1. Letting it grow naturally
“Up until your 30s, you don’t need much [grooming],” Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar told Men’s Health magazine.
“After that, your brows start to get a little longer, a little heavier toward your eyelids. Men don’t realize they can cheat just by cleaning them up to lift the eyes,” she added.
2. DIY-ing a unibrow
If you have a “unibrow”, don’t be tempted to shave your eyebrows without advice from a professional. There’s a tendency to keep removing hair from the middle of two eyebrows. This can result in a bad look.
“One of the biggest mistakes men make is to tweeze too much in the center of the brow,” Vucetaj advised. “If you do too much, it makes your features look wider and your face can look off.”
“Brows stop growing back as thickly,” Vucetaj said. “If you tweeze them or wax them, by the time you’re in your mid-40s they will hold. Maybe that’s a good thing, but if you get it done wrong, you can be stuck with thin brows.”
Best eyebrow grooming practices
The best thing to do is always to consult a professional. You wouldn’t cut your own hair, would you? (And, even if you did, you wouldn’t expect yourself to do a great job.)
The same applies to eyebrows—don’t wing it.
That being said, you can perform simple touch-ups from the comfort of your own home, or go to a brow bar to have it done for you.
1. Avoid waxing and plucking
When grooming, professionals will likely thread your eyebrows. Threading is the process of using a fine thread to remove several strands of hair at once. This is a good way to shape your eyebrows without making them look too polished.
Waxing, on the other hand, can make your eyebrows look too bare. While this is a good look on women, it may not work for men as much.
We wouldn’t advise you to pluck your own eyebrows, either, as this can lead to permanent hair loss. Plucking can result in the damage of your hair follicles, which are responsible for your hair’s growth.
If you do end up plucking your eyebrows, only do it to remove a few stray hair strands. Don’t overdo it. Otherwise, you might end up with thin or patchy eyebrows.
2. Fill it in with microblading for men
If you have damaged hair follicles or thinning eyebrows, then this is for you.
There’s no way to completely repair damaged hair follicles due to overplucking or age. Your best option would be to get your eyebrows microbladed.
Microblading is the process of inserting pigment into your skin. During eyebrow microblading, the pigments are used to draw fine lines that mimic and blend with your eyebrow hair. It’s very similar to the process of scalp micropigmentation.
Microblading is a safe procedure when done in the hands of professionals, like Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM). We use 100% organic pigments that are all-natural, compatible for all skin types, and long-lasting.
Learn more about microblading with OPM.