When I was young I used, on occasion, to watch my mother as she leaned in close to the bathroom mirror, tweezers in hand, and pull out individual eyebrow hairs, her skin tugging away from her skull, and I would wince. It looked disgusting, barbaric, painful. She didn't do it often, though, and would have only a few "strays" (as she called them) to handle at any given plucking. My own brows are the same. Every few months, I might notice a tiny hair out of line. Often it is enough to run my finger over it and it will spring back to join the others in their neat row. A few times a year I pull one or two. Maybe twice or three times a year, I brush them upwards and trim the ends. Otherwise, I mostly leave them alone. My sister is fair, and her eyebrows are barely noticeable, let alone pluckworthy. So much so that I've seen them seriously filled in and darkened for some of her portfolio shots.
With this being my experience of eyebrows, I always figured it was only the very hairy who really needed eyebrow maintenance in the form of serious plucking or even the (seemingly) wild extreme of waxing, sugaring or threading. I have a couple of friends who I know get theirs done on occasion, friends with bushier brows who I will suddenly notice look a little more... tidy? Obviously groomed in the eyebrow region? But I figured it was mostly the kind of people that you expect to have more plentiful and darker hair who would be using these services. People of, perhaps, Mediterranean or South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, the Irish known as "Black Irish," certain Slavic peoples. I didn't realize that so many others were being depilated by various methods!
Until (once again, during that notorious road trip - oh, it was interesting!) the MBT girls let me in on the secret that pretty much every one of them gets their brows done in some fashion or another, be it threading or tweezing or waxing. Um, wow. I worry that if I started going at mine, they would just disappear altogether. Truly, I'm still, a month later, amazed at this. So now I wanna know - how many of you have brow groomers? And how many do their own? To what extent? By what method? This is a totally unscientific poll, but I am way curious, so share your maintance log with us, so I can see what's going on out there.