The Waxing vs. Tweezing Debate, Explained

When it comes to shaping your eyebrows, is waxing or tweezing better? Be sure to pick wisely because just by taking away a few too many brow hairs or leaving a couple extra can entirely throw off the overall balance and shape. How you choose to design your brows can mean the difference between a beautiful frame to your eyes, or an uneven look.

Tweezing vs Waxing

The two most popular ways to create beautiful browsВ both remove the entire hair follicle from the root.В So, what's the difference between using these methods for shaping brows? Here's the face-off.


  • Waxing: Certain conditions or medicines conflict with waxingВ and can make skin red or scabby.
  • Tweezing:В This method can basically be used on anyone. When used correctly, tweezers shouldn't have any harmful effects on the skin.


  • Waxing: Many hairs are taken off at once, so it's fairly quick.
  • Tweezing: Hairs have to be removed one-by-one, which can take a half hour or more for eyebrow shaping.

Fine Hairs

  • Waxing:В Wax easily grabs onto all hair, even fine ones. You get a very smooth surface.
  • Tweezing: Tweezers can grasp thicker hairs, but you may have a harder time taking out fine ones. Some “fuzz” can still remain (this is good for men who don't want a very clean look).

Control and Accuracy

  • Waxing: If you're not experienced the wax can accidentally spread onto more hair than you wanted, and remove hairs you weren't planning on. Even removing a few extra hairs can mess up the overall shape of the brows.В
  • Tweezing: You have great controlВ and can accurately choose the hairs you're removing.В


  • Waxing: You need to get wax, a heater, strips, applicators, powder, and wax remover.
  • Tweezing: You only need a good pair of tweezers.