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23 October 2008

Ask MeCha: Eyebrow trimming? In recent years my eyebrows have begun to grow longer & more voluminous. Do I leave them au naturel and wear them thus with manly pride, or should I vainly attempt to check their growth by plucking or trimming? Please advise!
Do you go to a barber? If so, you might ask him or her to do whatever they do about wild eyebrows.
posted by taz 23 October | 05:04
taz—I do… but I don't know if I want to attempt that discussion with him.
posted by misteraitch 23 October | 05:20
I see no issues whatsoever in trimming the hairs that end up 3 inches long and totally crazy. Plucking would be overboard, I think. I know barbers trim crazy ear hair all the time. I bet even your barber wouldn't even flinch at some minor brow cleanup.
posted by Stewriffic 23 October | 05:34
heh. Do what I do when my modicum of Greek fails me: point, gesture, and make funny faces. You'll either get an eyebrow trim or a trepanation - and it's the uncertainties in life that add that bit of spice, yes?
posted by taz 23 October | 05:42
Trim those suckers. I do, otherwise I'd look like an Old English Sheepdog. Ask your hair-cutting dude - he won't even shrug. Next, it will be hair growing out your ears, then your nose. That's how you know you're old.
posted by dg 23 October | 05:43
Get an old toothbrush. Brush brows upward and trim tips with nail scissors. I wouldn't tweeze but there is nothing wrong with a little trimming.
posted by LoriFLA 23 October | 05:49
i had a friend with an impressive shape and arch to her brows, which i am sure she has since obliterated, which is sad, because they were really shapely distinctive brows.

Grooming is all good and well and something i think you should figure out for yourself, because it's a hard situation to be in when it's someone else's fault and you're not sure why.
Err on the side of caution and keep someone handy to keep you from getting carried away.

If you can cultivate flaming feathery outbursts at the arch, it's a life choice you can make for yourself. Don't make your spouse choose for you.
posted by ethylene 23 October | 05:55
I use a trimmer with a 3/8" guide.
posted by DarkForest 23 October | 06:07
I wouldn't do it like in that trimming video, though. Looks kind of disaster-prone.
posted by DarkForest 23 October | 06:16
Trim a little at a time until they look like nice strong brows. It'll take ten years offa you face.
posted by Specklet 23 October | 06:35
Hey, check out these brows. Now that's some bushy brows, bro!
posted by flapjax at midnite 23 October | 09:21
Don't forget, any trimming you do will have to be repeated in a couple months. Are you ready to add this kind of maintenance to your routine? Other people will should care only if your eyebrows are in constant flux.

A man has two reasons for things that he does --
The first one is pride and the second one, love.
posted by Hugh Janus 23 October | 09:37
My sister tried to convince me that you have to pluck out the crazy curly ones, or else you will have to trim more often.
posted by StickyCarpet 23 October | 10:47
Man I can't wait for this stuff to happen to me when I get older. At only 20 I've got crazy nosehairs and eyebrows, what'll it all look like when I'm 50?

The woman who used to do my hair at the place I used to go to a few years ago, she once combed up my eyebrows and cut them with scissors. I was astounded, but it looked good. I'm thinking it's about time to do it again, and maybe even pluck a few of the stray hairs that are growing comparatively nowhere near the rest of my eyebrow.

The choice is yours, but it probably couldn't hurt to give them a trim if they're reaching too far.
posted by CitrusFreak12 23 October | 13:14
Thanks, everyone, for your thoughts on this matter. On reflection, I don't think I'm ready yet to let my brows grow wild, and will attempt some tentative trimming using the method LoriFLA suggests. Maybe later I will buy a trimmer, or attempt to raise the matter with the Kosovan barber.

flapjax—those are magnificent: eagles could nest in them.

Hugh Janus—all understandings must come by this way…
posted by misteraitch 24 October | 01:59
Okay here's something happy -- || i miss capslock day