If you’ve noticed something slightly different in the appearance of a friend or work colleague and can’t quite put your finger on what it is, chances are they’ve joined a growing band of men who are getting over zealous with their eyebrows.
From England keeper Joe Hart’s sci-fi inspired design to Alex Mills permanently quizzical appearance, as the number of men seeking out professional treatments rises, so do their eyebrows. It's starting to get a little unsettling.
The upside of keeping an eye on your eyebrows is obvious – let Bernard Ingham, most recently spotted (through a thicket of eye hair) at Lady Thatcher’s funeral, be a lesson to us all. But the overgroomed, quizzical, triangular or just unsettling neat approach is hardly much better.
Deborah Gayle from men’s grooming salon The Refinery suggests that these over-styled brows may be the result of men booking themselves into a women’s salon, where staff are not trained to deal with the particularities of a male brow. So whilst your significant other may ‘know a really good place’, it's definitely best to find your own solution.
There’s the DIY option of course, but it’s an approach that’s fraught with pitfalls – from the patchy or 'house fire' look derived from overzealous tweezers to the stubbly after-effects of a scissors session. If you've a meeting in the morning, you’re exposing yourself to a potential eye hair catastrophe.
So if you ever think you’re in need of a little deforestation, it makes sense to seek out a specific men’s treatment instead.
“Many men who come to us are looking for a natural eyebrow shape, especially our celebrity clients,” Gayle reveals. “This usually means that hairs are not taken from the underside of the brow, as this creates the arch that is associated with women’s eyebrows.”
It seems the middle road is often the best.
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The Rules of Eyebrow Grooming
Do: Feel free to remove any rogue hairs that are much longer or grow away from the rest of the pack, but try to stick to tweezers. Taking one hair at a time will decrease the chances of an unrectifiable mistake.
Don’t: Ever try to wax your eyebrows at home. The lines will be too defined for a D.I.Y. job and it will definitely end in tears – not just from the pain.
Do: If your brow hairs are getting a bit too bushy or unruly, then either remove strays or bite the bullet and book a trim. It can actually make you look younger as well.
Don’t: Ignore a monobrow. It can be 'managed' with minimal effort by waxing or threading, but this is best left to the professionals.
Do: If you're picking a treatment, make sure it's at a place that understands you're after a subtle job. You don't want to come out loking like the middle-aged femme fatale from a Mexican soap opera.
Don’t: Try to panic-shave unwanted hairs, it will grow back thicker than normal in the long term and leave stubble in the short term. And life's hard enough.