Beauty and Fashion, Lifestyle

Are You Grooming Your Eye Brows the Right Way?

Eye brows can become your worst nightmare if you try to take things into your own hands and don’t maintain a balanced regimen of maintenance.

You can condition your brows with serum and fill them with a pencil all you want, but if you’re really trying to get thick, even growth, you may also have to tweak your grooming habits. We all know that the first rule of brow rehab is to disown your tweezers. It can be a grueling and gnarly process, but even though plucking is obviously a huge N-O, waxing is actually an awesome way to encourage fuller brows without dealing with patchy strays.

Let’s say you notice a rogue hair—surely your future bushy arches won’t need it. Pluck! The problem is, a neighboring follicle may be at a different stage of its growth cycle, and all of a sudden it starts sprouting nearby. “So here’s the beauty of waxing,” says Jared Bailey, Benefit’s global brow expert. “If you can let your brows grow in for a full cycle (which means eight to 12 weeks of not tweezing), once you remove all of those hairs, it resets the cycle for the whole area, so everything comes back together.”

And if eight to 12 weeks sounds like a timeline for wildebeest brows, this is where waxing comes in handy again. An aesthetician should be able to figure out where your new brows will be and wax around that area during regrowth. You may still need to fill in the unwaxed areas with a pencil until they’re back, but the maintenance waxing will help keep the overall shape tighter. And in the worst-case scenario, a little concealer helps to hide wonky strays that haven’t been wrangled yet.

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Jenna Bensoussan is an entertainment, lifestyle and wellness writer and editor. She served as executive editor for Smart Talk Magazine, associate editor for Counselor Magazine, and continues to serve as contributing editor for ACED Magazine. She has also contributed to newspapers such as the Boynton Times. Bensoussan holds a B.A. in communication and public relations from Florida Atlantic University.