SACRAMENTO, CA - Pain may be a small price to pay when it comes beauty. When it comes to grooming unshapely eyebrows into perfect arches, there are a few different options to avoid the pain of tweezing and plucking. Whether you wax or thread your brows, there are plenty of pros and cons.
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Beauty experts said eyebrows make a striking first impression.
"It frames your face," brow expert Sharmeen Bokheri said.
"Every woman wants that perfect eyebrow," brow expert Kesha Harris said.
Some believe tweezing is the old-fashioned way of shaping your brows because it takes a lot patience.
"I don't have time. I'm not every good at it," Liz Cazares said.
Eyebrow waxing is one of the most common ways to shape brows, but some people have reservations about waxing.
"I'm always looking and trying to see what they're doing to make sure that they don't go too far," Cazares said.
At the Benefit Brow Bar in Macy's, eyebrow specialists explain their approach to perfect brows.
"It's all about brow mapping to create the perfect brow," Harris said.
Th the two biggest waxing concerns people have about waxing is: how hot the wax is and what could it do to sensitive skin.
"It's perfectly warm for your skin so it's not going to burn you. It's not going to rip your skin because we're highly trained," Harris said. "We use a thin layer of wax. It should be somewhat translucent and then we use a muslin strip. It's a kind of different material that adheres to the was and then we gently pull it off."
Customer Tonya Davis has waxed her brows before.
"It was painless. It was pretty quick," Davis said. "The temperature of the wax was just right."
"Her eyes immediately lifted from me waxing it," Kesha said.
Then, there's eyebrow threading. You may have seen all the stores that have popped up. But what is it?
Threading is a method of hair removal which originated in parts of India and the Middle East.
"A lot of people asking, do you shave it? But basically, the thread actually grabs the hair and plucks it out from the root," Bokheri said. "So it is definitely much more better than pulling up your skin because you are just holding your skin and we are just rubbing it on the top."
A threading expert twists a cotton thread into a loop and rolls it over areas of unwanted hair. The loop acts like a tiny lasso, pulling out hair by the roots. Threading removes short lines of hair, instead of pulling single hairs out one at a time.
"It wasn't painful. It was just an odd sensation that I wasn't expecting," Cazares explained. "It was a lot quicker than I'd thought it would be. It's a lot quicker than tweezing."
If you tweeze your eyebrows, chances are you have to pluck every 2 to 3 days. If you count on threading, chances are you'll be doing it every 2 to 3 weeks.
WAXING VS THREADING:
"I've flipped flop back and forth. It depends on my mood," Davis said. "I've done the threading and I've done the waxing and they work perfectly fine. I lean more towards the threading sometimes because if I'm going somewhere, I don't have to worry about the swelling or the skin bumping up or something like that."
One of the biggest differences between waxing and threading is the price. It costs about $10 to thread. It can cost as much as $20 to get your eyebrows waxed.
Some people argue that threading also lasts longer than waxing. However, some say that when eyebrow hairs start to grow back, threading can't always remove them like waxing can.
If pain is the price of beauty, threading or waxing might spare you the pain (of tweezing), while helping you look your best.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org