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It all started when I went with one of my friends to get her first tattoo. She had chosen to get a pretty good sized tattoo on her side. She was in pain every time the needle went over her ribs. In order to distract her from the pain I began rambling on about anything and everything that popped into my head.

I was running out of things to say but I quickly recovered with, “Your eyebrows look really nice.”

She smiled and then gushed about how hard she had been trying to make her eyebrows look good and keep up with the eyebrow standards of today’s society.

If you type in “eyebrows on fleek” or “brows on point” you will see the selection of the latest eyebrow trends. And if you were to type “bad eyebrows” into a search engine an entire array of different people with different-looking eyebrows would pop up.

Since then, I have noticed how great the pressure to pursue the standard eyebrow of today is and how strong the negativity is for anyone who doesn’t sport it.

Realizing this, I began to examine how my own eyebrows looked.

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I started plucking my, what I thought were, extremely bushy brows in middle school. Over the years my eyebrows became thinner, creating a nice arch as I plucked more. As society’s scrutiny for thin eyebrows raged on, I began to feel the pressure—I began questioning the shape of my eyebrows.

In my attempts to try and understand more about eyebrows I went to Cuttin’ Loose, a full service day spa in Kent. There I spoke with Lauren Begue, a cosmetologist of eight years, and Tracy Giulitto, a cosmetologist of 32 years.

Begue says she believes some people with dramatic eyebrows are just trying to make a statement.

“I definitely think there’s a way to wax your eyebrows to maximize your face shape and your eyes, but some people see something and they think that’s beautiful, and if that’s what they like better, then I really feel that there is no right or wrong,” Begue says.

Giulitto says everyone’s eyebrows already have a natural shape to them and everyone looks better with different kinds of eyebrows. Not everyone can have the same look.

With the help of Marie Claire, Women’s Health Magazine and Beauty Blitz I found the history of eyebrows.

  • Egyptians would heavily line their eyes and their brows in black kohl, creating dark, elongated arched brows.
  • A unibrow was seen as a beautiful and desirable characteristic to the Greeks and the Romans.
  • During the Renaissance women would shave their eyebrows and part of their hairline off to appear smarter.
  • In eighteenth century America, women would shave their brows and replace them with gray mouse fur.
  • Throughout the 1900s to now, eyebrows have gone full-circle from thin to thick, straight to arched, natural to drawn-in and soft to bold.
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“Fads, we always see [them] reoccurring,” Begue said. “I’m sure those thin brows are going to come back in at some point. I don’t feel like people need to stick with a certain trend for eyebrows. Whatever you like, whatever suits your face shape, go with that.”

If you are having trouble finding the perfect eyebrow shape for your face, visit your local salon. Most hair salons in the Kent area charge between $10 and $20 for an eyebrow waxing. If you’d like to avoid paying someone to rip out your eyebrow hair every two to four weeks, don’t fret! You can purchase an at-home wax kit for about $5 at Walmart. After using the wax you can continue to maintain your brows by tweezing the hairs that grow back in.

As for myself, against society’s norms, I have decided to grow my eyebrows out. No more plucking and no more waxing until I find an eyebrow shape that makes me feel confident.

I hope to prove that you do not have to have the same eyebrow shape as everyone else to be beautiful. Find what you like and don’t let others tear you down. Don’t be afraid to make a dramatic statement.

Contact Lexy Cummins at acummi13@kent.edu