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Frequently Asked Questions

Tweezing hair removal FAQs

Here are some of your frequently asked questions that relate to tweezing, a simple home hair removal technique for both men and women:

How should I choose a tweezer?

These implements come in a number of different materials such as stainless steel, copper or plastic coated. Stainless steel pairs come in different grades. Don't expect a more expensive pair to necessarily perform hair removal better; the price of the tweezers does not affect their performance. What you are looking for is the quality of the tip and the grip. The tips, or pinching edges, should have a wide, even surface so that they can grip hairs well. Ask if you can test a pair before you buy them to make sure you get the right one for you.

How do you look after them at home?

Once you have acquired your tweezers you must make sure they remain in optimum condition. You should always disinfect them with alcohol before and after each use. Once you have finished with your tweezers put the cap back on to protect them. Be careful not to drop them as this can bend the forks and reduce the grip.

How do I shape eyebrows when tweezing?

Follow these steps to create the perfect eyebrow shapes:

  • If you pluck your eyebrows after a shower then your pores will be open. It will also help to minimize the pain that plucking can create.
  • If you are plucking your eyebrows at home for the first time and are concerned about the pain, it may be helpful to apply an infant's teething gel to numb the area first.
  • Locate a place to perform the treatment in your home with good natural lighting.
  • Apply a skin conditioner or moisturizer to the area to help the hairs slide out easily.
  • Brush your eyebrows upward so that you can see their natural arch and shape.
  • Draw the desired shape with an eye pencil first. You should only tweeze the hairs at the bottom side of your brow and never at the top.
  • Start by removing the stray hairs first. This will give you a chance to practice plucking without ruining your eyebrow shape if you make a mistake.
  • When plucking hairs, pull them in the direction of their growth. Pull one at a time and get as close to the root as possible. Stretch the skin area tightly so you don't pinch the skin, which can be quite painful.
  • Take your time and stop occasionally to examine the shape. Be careful not to over do the arch. Follow the natural shape of your eyebrow or it may produce a 'startled' look.
  • Once you have finished you can a compress to soothe the area.

Things not to do when tweezing:

  • Do not apply a lotion prior to treatment as this could contaminate the pores.
  • Do not use tweezers to pull out coarse hairs.
  • Do not apply alcohol to the area after plucking as this can irritate the eyes.
  • Do not bleach your eyebrows as it can cause severe eye irritation.
  • Do not soak your hair tweezers in anything other than alcohol.

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