1. Style
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Plucking Hair Removal 101


Close up of woman using tweezers on her eyebrow
Compassionate Eye Foundation/David Oxberry/OJO Images Ltd/Digital Vision/Getty Images
Plucking hair removal, also known by the more professional term of tweezing, uses tweezers to remove hair one by one. It takes the entire hair follicle from the root, lasting up to 6 weeks.

The Pros

  1. It's convenient and good for control. So you have a lone, stray hair hanging out somewhere? With tweezing, you can quickly take it out, without any prep work. You have more control and accuracy when shaping brows.

  2. Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent tweezing can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hair. But, this wouldn't be so great if you wanted to change the shape of your brows.

The Cons

  1. It's tedious. You would need hours to tweeze a large area of hair. Just tweezing the eyebrows (get directions) alone, can take a half hour or more.

  2. Some people tend to misuse tweezers. Short hairs can be hard to get with cheap or flimsy ones, and people often dig tweezers into skin trying to reach hair, causing scarring.

Ouch Factor

It's the kind of annoying pain from pulling off a band-aid slowly, instead of all at once, but there are some ways you can lessen the pain. Tweeze your brows after you come out of the shower, or apply a warm compress to them so the hair and follicle is soft and relaxed. If it still really hurts, apply a numbing agent, found at your local beauty supply store.

Plucking Hair Removal Costs

At Home: The average cost of a quality tweezer is $20 - $40, my pick is Tweezerman Slant Tweezer.

Professional: An eyebrow shaping solely using tweezers costs $10 - $50. A 15% - 20% gratuity on your total bill is customary and suggested.
Related Video
Hair Removal: See the Waxing Technique
Hair Removal: See the Threading Technique
  1. About.com
  2. Style
  3. Hair Removal
  4. Tweezing or Plucking
  5. How Plucking Hair Removal Works - Tweezing

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.