What Really Happens When You Shave Your Unibrow?

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If you're blessed with Helga-like eyebrows, and wonder what it's like to have two brows instead of one, we chatted with a couple of our favorite skin care specialists to get the lowdown on how to maintain extra hair up there.

Shave, wax or laser it off? That is the question when it comes to most of the hair on our bodies. From the hair on our legs, pubic area and underarms (unless you're Miley Cyrus), it can be a chore trying to figure out the best way to get rid of those unwanted bushes. But what about the hair between our brows? What really happens when you shave your unibrow?
Lauren Conrad
We spoke to Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., and Maria Lekkakos, master aesthetician and salon owner. Both women put it quite simply.

The More You Shave, The Thicker The Hair

Most of us know this to be true, the more you shave an area of skin, the thicker and faster the hair grows back. "Shaving will cause the quickest return of hair," says Elizabeth. If you're thinking about shaving the middle of your forehead, think twice. If you want dark and thick hair creeping up after a few days of smooth bliss, don't opt for razors.

Shaving Could Ruin Your Skin

"Sometimes, skin will also get bumpy, red and dry from this method (shaving)," says Maria. "If you are in a bind and desperate to remove that area of hair I would choose a tweezers before a razor!"

Waxing Is Good, But Don't Over Do It

"My favorite form of treatment to tame eyebrows is a wax or threading, but you don't want to be overly aggressive since after a while, the brow will look sparse and overdone," says Elizabeth. Have you ever had your eyebrows, over-waxed or over-threaded? Most of us have. It can take months - maybe years - for your hair to go back to its natural fullness. While you may be thinking an over-waxed unibrow is the best thing that could happen to you, that's not always the case. Don't get wax-crazy. Thick and natural brows are preferred.

Everybody Is Different So Do What's Best For You

"Many girls come in wanting a particular shape or look because they see certain celebrities or their friends with theirs done a certain way. Trying to look like others is often the start of a disaster shape," says Maria. "The best thing a teen can do before doing anything is consult an aesthetician or brow specialist to ensure the shape is suitable for their look and they are using the proper removal method."

Ultimately, it's better to do what's best for your skin and hair than to follow any trend.


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