After Doja Cat’s and Julia Fox’s eye-catching shaved eyebrow look took the internet by storm, how many of you were tempted to try the outrageous look for yourselves? Oh, not that many? Well, for the few of you who are looking to give it a go, here are some tips on how to achieve the unique look that will ensure you stand out from the crowd (for better or worse).
Obviously, shaving off your entire eyebrows is going to be a pretty drastic change to your look, so before we get into the nitty gritty, it’s probably best to make sure you’ve thought about this before you’re left upset and browless. “It’ll definitely change your entire look, so it’s not something to take lightly. They will of course grow back, but it will take time,” says brow expert and CEO of Rubis Tweezers, Fides Baldesberger.
One thing to note is that when it comes to shaving, you’re not removing the hair from its root, so you may have to put up with your eyebrows growing back as spiky stubble for a while before they return to full strength. And while it might not seem like the most dangerous of tasks, there are risks involved in shaving. “Shaving your brows carries some risk of scarring, but only if you nick your skin. You might also notice some irritation, just like you might when shaving in any other area,” explains Baldesberger. “If you’re not careful, you can really hurt yourself because it’s your eye area, which is hypersensitive. You can cut yourself and experience some razor burn. So, the more carefully and precisely you perform, the better you can avoid any nicks.”
You might also realise why we actually have eyebrows, as without them you can expect a lot more dust, sweat and debris to make their way behind your eyelids as “shaving them off completely can make it easier for these materials to come into contact with our eyes.”
Now that health and safety class is over, let’s get into how you’ll actually achieve this look. The first thing to note is that a regular old razor won’t cut it, for this job you’ll need an eyebrow-specific blade. “Regular razors are often too large and can be a bit too rough for the facial skin. Some also have lubricants/soaps attached to the razor which can cause irritation on an already sensitive skin area,” says Baldersberger, who recommends using a small single blade, similar to those that you would use for dermaplaning.
“On clean, dry skin, hold your eyebrow skin taut by pulling it up gently toward your forehead. You’ll want to use your non-dominant hand to hold your skin and your dominant hand to shave. Using your brow-specific blade, gently swipe at the hairs in the direction of growth. Skip any textured areas, like blemishes or moles. This can cause irritation and infection, so tweeze this area instead. To help lower your chances of razor burn, avoid shaving over the same area too many times. Finally, apply a topical gel with aloe vera to soothe the area.”
If you went through with it, we hope you’re enjoying your eccentric new aesthetic. But if you didn’t, then not to worry, your brows will be back in no time. Baldersberger says that you’ll notice faster regrowth after shaving your brows than you would after removing hair from the root by waxing or plucking, and you can expect to see stubble appear within a few days. For the faint-hearted, however, it’s worth noting that it might take six weeks till you see your brows return to their full glory — we did warn you.