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For years, eyebrows have been a beauty-industry obsession. From Cara Delevingne to Zendaya, from microblading to microshading, and from Boy Brow ($16) to Brow Flick ($18), we all seem to love a well-maintained brow—a look so coveted that the very idea of shaving eyebrows might seem like a complete and utter abomination.
Here's the thing: Shaving to shape your brows isn't a bad move, and neither is shaving them all off, to be honest. If you happen to be quite attached to your eyebrows, that's cool, too. Cleaning up stray brow hairs with a razor is definitely an option, but not the only one.
Keep scrolling for everything you need to know before you take a razor to your face.
Before Shaving Your Eyebrows
Shaving brows is definitely a bit of a delicate process. First of all, the skin around the eyes is relatively thin, so you need to be extremely careful, as it can be easy to scrape or cut yourself. An eyebrow shaver might also feel unwieldy to an inexperienced user, and that could lead to uneven or patchy results. And speaking of results, they don't last long, since shaved hairs grow back more quickly than if they were waxed or tweezed.
How to Shave Your Brows
If you're going to venture into shaving your eyebrows, drop your regular razor and opt for a precision eyebrow shaver with a very sharp blade. We love the Tinkle Eyebrow Razors ($4), which can also double as shavers for your face to remove peach fuzz and help exfoliate your skin. You don't need shaving cream or gel. Just use a very light hand to scrape the stray hairs in the direction of growth.
Should You Shave Them All Off?
Interestingly, there's a generation of beauty mavericks who've opted to shave their eyebrows off completely. There are many reasons they do this: to boost self-confidence, to rebel against the ubiquitous bold-brow trend, to create a blank canvas for experimenting with daring and dazzling makeup looks, to name a few. (A scroll through the Instagram feed of makeup artist Kendahl Jung just might inspire you to take the plunge.) Some even do it in an act of embracing alopecia (hair loss).
Do you need your brows? Technically, yes—along with your lashes, they help keep your eyes free of debris. So, be prepared to be a little more vulnerable to things like dust, dirt, and sweat getting into your eyes.
If you're not sold on zero brows, eyebrow slits are also a thing. This is when lines are shaved down the brow. It can definitely be a cute look when done right.
Do Eyebrows Grow Back?
If you go a little overboard with the shaver, know this: Yes, your brows will grow back. While waxing or tweezing lets the hair grow in with a feathery, tapered edge, shaving creates a blunt edge, so the brow hairs may appear to come back thicker. But lay to rest any worries of losing your brows forever after shaving—it's totally a myth.
Your Other Options
Of course, there are many other hair removal methods that take the entire hair follicle from the root. Aside from waxing and tweezing, there's also sugaring and threading. Over time, these methods may actually damage the follicles, so stray hairs end up not growing back—that might be what you want if you're fully committed to a certain brow shape for life.
All of these options are also generally less risky than shaving in terms of shaping, as long as you go to a professional to get the job done right. You might also consider going to a pro if you want to go totally bare on your brow bone. (However, they may try to talk you out of it.) Either way, your face deserves the best.