A reader asked me a question last week.
“What is the proper response to your barber asking if you want your eyebrows done?”
I’d say “Hell no!”
The default position
For most men, there’s no need at all to have anything done to your eyebrows.
Don’t get them trimmed, plucked or threaded.
ESPECIALLY don’t pluck them.
This elicits an ‘eww’ reaction from women.
You don’t want them to look sculpted and unnatural
There’s nothing more unmanly than looking too over groomed.
You might think that’s an odd thing to say for a blog about improving your appearance.
But we’re looking for a manly appearance.
You want to look like you’ve made an effort but you don’t want to look like you’ve tried too hard.
That’s the tightrope we must walk.
Overgrooming is feminine.
It’s okay for women (to a point), but for men it’s a no-no.
It makes you look feminine which is the opposite of what we want to achieve.
Look at what over grooming looks like:
There’s only two exceptions to the above default rule:
1) When you’ve got a unibrow
If you’re unlucky enough to have one of these, then make sure your barber errs on the side of removing less than more.
Don’t end up like the guy in the first picture.
2) When you have overly hairy eyebrows of different hair-length
Trim (shorten the long straggly hairs).
Take advantage of the other grooming services that your barber offers.
Such as shaving the back of your neck.
Make sure your barber tackles your nose hair and ear hair, sadly issues when you get a bit older.
(Angelique brings up my nose hair every single day, so they must be unsightly. I just rip them out.)
If you can afford it, upgrade your barber experience to a Turkish one.
This has a hot cloth on your face to open up your pores and a really close wet shave.
I’ve done this a few times but it is more expensive than normal barbers.
It’s a treat more than a regular fixture.
Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments below and any questions you’d like answered, just let me know!