High school photos will always be our cross to bear, particularly when it comes to eyebrows. As women, the majority of us have undergone extreme brow evolutions-oft with the good, the bad, and the ugly (hopefully not in that order). The silver lining to figuratively and literally shaping our brow identities is that we’ve picked up our own tricks of the trade.
Yes, how one goes about manicuring their arches is a matter of preference-but whether you tweeze, thread, wax, pluck, trim, tint, or, um, (insert-new-shaping-method-here), you’ve got to have a routine. Sure, stray hairs mean it’s probably time for a touch-up, but how do you even know what your ideal brow-shaping schedule actually is?
To ensure we’re being punctual about keeping our brows looking good, we looked to brow expert Robin Evans to give us a simple breakdown of how often we should be tending to them based on preferred technique.
“Hair has three cycles of growth,” explains Evans. “If you see a hair at the surface, two others are behind it. One will crop up in about two weeks, while the other you won’t see for 6-8 weeks.”
To ensure you brows are always in shape, go by the following:
Shaping: Every 3-4 weeks
Tweezing: Pluck regrowth every 2 or 3 days to keep things tidy/maintain shape.
Threading/Waxing: Every 3-4 weeks
Trimming: Once a month
Tinting: Ever 4-6 weeks, depending on how fast your brows grow.
Growth Treatments: So long as the instructions allow, use your growth treatment daily. Castor oil, Latisse, and Rogaine work best, says Evans.
You should also check out:
Why I’ve Embraced My Natural Brows
The History of Women and Their Eyebrows
What Your Eyebrows Say About You
What His Eyebrows Say About Him