Do you have a unibrow? Since it isn’t a common feature, many feel either embarrassed or quite unique with it. If you belong to the former group, getting rid of the unibrow might be the first thing on your to-do list.
A unibrow is actually created by two extra-long eyebrows. They’re so long that they meet in the middle, creating the look of a single brow. It’s also known as a monobrow or synophrys. You can thank genetics for this. Depending on the variations of a gene called PAX 3, you may or may not have a unibrow.1 Unsurprisingly, it can be passed down from a parent to a kid.
Worried about this different look? Instead of wishing for new genes, focus on the hair follicles. There are both permanent and temporary options for taking care of a unibrow.
Permanent Methods For Unibrow Removal
These medical procedures are
Using a shortwave radio frequency, electrolysis completely destroys hair growth. A thin needle is placed directly in the hair follicles. The frequency damages each follicle, completely stopping hair growth.
You’ll need several appointments over time. If you go for it, choose a legitimate and licensed practitioner. Dirty needles can cause infections, while poor technique may cause scarring. And you don’t want that to be the highlight of your face.
2. Laser Hair Removal
Most people are familiar with laser removal. This method also damages the follicles but with heat. Worried about the pain? Talk to your practitioner about
In exchange for the price tag and pain, laser hair removal is a permanent solution. Possible side effects include discoloration, swelling, scarring, redness, and blisters. Avoid sunlight during the healing period.
Epilators use electric currents to destroy the hair roots. A needle epilator, or a fine wire, is inserted into the follicle. The electric current damages the roots, causing the hair to loosen up. New growth never starts again.
An epilator can also come in a tweezer form. The tip holds the hair near the skin and then transmits an electric current. But, more research is needed on the effectiveness of this method.
Temporary Methods For Unibrow Removal
If you don’t want to shell out the cash, consider these affordable techniques. They can be done at home or by a professional. The drawback? Hair will
For most people, this is the go-to home technique. Shaving is a quick fix, but know that hair will grow back fast. It’ll even be thicker than before. Also, keep in mind that the brow area is very sensitive!
To minimize irritation, wet the skin and hair beforehand. Apply a shaving cream, gel, or coconut oil. Shave in the direction that the hair grows in and throw away the razor after 5 to 7 shaves. Be extra careful if you have acne.2
From the upper lips to the unibrow, waxing is a popular method for facial hair removal. It removes the hair just under the skin but doesn’t damage the follicle.3 This can be done at a salon or at home with a wax kit.
Before waxing, wash and dry the area. Spread warm (not hot) wax in the direction of the hair growth. Apply a cloth strip and then quickly remove it. Use cold packs and moisturizers to soothe the skin.
For some, waxing can be really painful. Consider doing a small test patch on your leg to experience the feeling.4 The hair won’t grow back for another 2 to 3 weeks. But like shaving, waxing isn’t a permanent solution.
3. Hair Removal Products
Depilatories, better known as hair removal products, are available in the form of gels, creams, lotions, and roll-ons. The formula is either highly acidic or alkaline. It’s so strong that it dissolves the hair’s protein structure, making it easy
Hair removal products can be found at the drugstore. Don’t just use anything, though! Most depilatories aren’t meant for the eyebrows, so buy one that’s made for the face.5 Always do a patch test first. Depilatories can be really harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin.
|↑1||Adhikari, Kaustubh, Tania Fontanil, Santiago Cal, Javier Mendoza-Revilla, Macarena Fuentes-Guajardo, Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque, Farah Al-Saadi et al. “A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features.” Nature communications 7 (2016): 10815.|
|↑2||How to shave. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑4||Hair removal: How to wax. American Academy of Dermatology Association.|
|↑5||Removing Hair Safely. U.S. Food & Drug Administration.|