It’s a good idea to have a professional create the proper arch (which you can maintain at home). But which method to go for? Here are pros and cons of the most common ones.

By Bora Chang
Updated January 26, 2007


Pros: The most popular technique, plucking guarantees a clean, shapely arch.
Cons: Since it requires precision, it can take time and be pricey.
Cost: $20 to $80.


Pros: This inexpensive and fast method pulls hairs out by the roots.
Cons: With less control than tweezing, mistakes are more common. It's not a good option for people with sensitive skin or those using retinol-based skin creams, because when skin is fragile, it can peel off with the wax.
Cost: $10 to $30.


Pros: In this ancient technique from the Middle East and Asia, a technician twists threads together and pulls out the hairs caught between them. It's inexpensive, and unlike tweezing, which removes single hairs, it catches several at once.
Cons: Some regard it as unsanitary (one end of the thread is held in the technician's mouth), and skilled threaders are often hard to find.
Cost: $5 to $20.


Pros: A technician inserts a thin metal probe into each hair follicle. The probe delivers an electric current that, after several sessions, should destroy the root permanently.
Cons: Your brows typically thin as you age, so removing them permanently means you may end up with too few when you get older.
Cost: $30 to $40 for a 15-minute session.

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