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The thick and thin of why women have groomed their eyebrows throughout history. Share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1EppPhe Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/GtD0C Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain.
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Vampe (1 month ago)
TLDR - It's to up their market value.
Jason Ramos (1 month ago)
I’m a dude and I get my eyebrows waxed every two months
Cody Clowes (1 year ago)
It doesn't even look good. At all. It's too uniform, not natural. It looks bad on everybody.
Melaine Bullock (1 year ago)
Its literally hair that frames the eyes I don't understand eyebrow grooming. Usually arching them even slightly affects how long or wide the nose looks. The bodys genetics usually will play out most attractively naturally. Altering the shape of the eyebrow can make the nose look different and throw off the balance of the symmetry of the face- at least thats my little theory.
Marijke Oude Meijers (1 year ago)
I dye them, I barely have any eyebrows (never plucked them, so overplucking isn't the cause, they were always like this) and those few hairs I have are nearly invisible. really only the inner parts are visible, which left me looking angry in any picture where my face was fully relaxed (ID and school pictures and such)
Merrida100 (1 year ago)
I only have about 12 brow hairs in total, so I always look like I have no brows.  Never could relate to he threading, tweezing and waxing stuff because I have no hair to work with.  I envy the rest of you who actually have the hair there to start with.  You have more options.
MT Hayes (1 year ago)
I leave mine well alone. My parents both blessed me with maintenance free eyebrows, a gift I certainly do NOT take for granted. Though, I also have hirsutism, so my eyebrows being no-maintenance is a bit of a mystery. But worrying about so much other hair, its nice not to think about my brows.
Toph (1 year ago)
I pluck stray hairs and the hair that grows from my eyebrows into my hairline. They can get quite thick and bushy if I don't clean up the edges every couple weeks. That said, I don't have much of a unibrow but my boyfriend does. He shaves it off though. My dad does as well lol. So I think with guys the max most of them will do is get rid of unibrows because no one really likes having them.
Dragonpeniis66 ass (2 years ago)
pls go to a dentist
Faris Whitbread (1 year ago)
M lombe kabaso (2 years ago)
Why woman why do this can someone make another video with good reasons and not this. Crazy reasons the crazy trimmed no eyebrow woman was saying. She does even look her self talking about Hollywood u WANa be. Just leave life without influence make ur own decisions
M lombe kabaso (2 years ago)
This is stupit woman with plunk think eyebrows are just slaves trying to be who they not in the name of being beautiful.
Emma Talvio (2 years ago)
I don´t do anything whit my eyebrows.
Leontien H (2 years ago)
I don't do anything to my eyebrows, I'm just happy that my trichotillomania hasn't got to them yet
Steve nurse (2 years ago)
Women in today's society are very conformist & trendy. where's the originality?
Noorah Allaoui (3 years ago)
plucking your eyebrows is haram
+Hillary Clinton Clinton u love Islam, so it's matter it's Haram
Dragonpeniis66 ass (2 years ago)
Hillary Clinton go to jail
Hillary Clinton (2 years ago)
Nobody gives a shit if it's haram
Barbara Jackson (3 years ago)
utltra thin arched - the best
Taylor Stephenson (3 years ago)
I have trichotillomania, so my eyebrows always look horrible :(
Angela Rough (3 years ago)
I do nothing to them. I leave them natural.
Noorah Allaoui (3 years ago)
+TeddyDib i have natural eyebrows
Brianna DeFrancesco (3 years ago)
I can't tell if your vase is blue and black or white and gold
Victoria Newman (3 years ago)
I honestly think that the shape of eyebrows change how people think of you. This theory started when I saw a picture of a girl who, someone thought, had taken the picture, noticed she had eyebrows too light, and then photo-shopped eyebrows on. Since her real eyebrows showed a little, I could imagine two different versions of her--the one with the arched, eyebrows and the one with the sideways-comma eyebrows. What I noticed is that the latter version of her--with no arch--looked much softer than the former, who I might be more inclined to call "sassy" or "edgy" or something like that.  
Mr. Meeseeks (3 years ago)
I just tweeze the ones that grow outside of my natural brow shape and have a bar running through my left one... Yup. And it's my only piercing
lollsazz (3 years ago)
What about looking-sad-eyebrows and creeper-eyebrows(straight, lowered slightly)? :O I have quite wide eyebrows - my other features are so soft that aint nobody confusing me for a man! :P
Rachel Beals (3 years ago)
You look a lot like Mary from downton abbey. I love your videos. I am a big fan.
Chris Carroll (3 years ago)
Guy who wants to start plucking her eyebrows is it okay for a guy to do
Dominique Thomas (3 years ago)
I don't... I love my vampire type eyebrows!!!
Gizmos Monster (3 years ago)
i'm a norwegian male and i barely got visible eyebrows... it annoys the hell out of me >_<
IrishEyes1989 (3 years ago)
I mostly get my eyebrows waxed at salons because I'm not the best at plucking. I tend to overdo it, which means I end up with eyebrows that are too thin and/or not long enough. I've tried threading once and I was really pleased with the results, but it hurt quite a bit. Probably just because I'd never experienced it before.
Vina M (3 years ago)
After a few years of threading I can tell you that it gets to a point where you feel no pain at all. I stopped though, because you have to stretch the eye area quite a lot and I don't want it to prematurely wrinkle. 
Bobbinet Cat (3 years ago)
Personally I think it's fun to pluck my eyebrows. It's some sort of weird fascination with pain.
SapphireNinja98 (4 years ago)
I just leave my eye brows the way they are. If I comb them people think I had them professionally groomed XP
Abbey Styles (4 years ago)
Lemontations (4 years ago)
I'm a girl, but don't do anything to my eyebrows besides occasionally plucking from the middle. They are blonde and almost invisible, it's like  don't even have eye brows. I shaved them off once and hardly anyone noticed haha :P
Benjamin Anderson (4 years ago)
I simply make sure they don't touch in the middle of my brow-line.
Corbinite (4 years ago)
I remove my unibrow, remove stray hairs that don't really form my eyebrow anyway, and sometimes try to even them out, since they're pretty asymmetrical. But it never goes well when I do that. Plus the one that looks better is bigger, and I can't exactly add hair to the other.
Sam Fincher (4 years ago)
What I want to know is: why did we even "evolve," if you can even call it that, eyebrows? What's the point besides showing emotions?
stalkingself (4 years ago)
+SAMUEL fincher keeps sweat from getting in your eyes
Sam Fincher (4 years ago)
+MissTasha3 Yeah..I don't know about that one. The hair isn't nearly long enough to do that and I've never seen any eyebrow hair that even touches the eye.
MissTasha3 (4 years ago)
So they can catch dust and other things that may have gone straight into the eye.
Corbinite (4 years ago)
Something to do with shading the eyes from the sun I think. Although we've lost so much hair that it is no longer effective, before out overall hair loss it worked for us.
MHadie (4 years ago)
i do nothing to my eyebrows. Sometimes i use makeup to fill them in if i am cosplaying.  I have thick eyebrows. That's how they grow, and I like them fine that way. :)
Laila Kaasik (4 years ago)
How do you do your hair? And is it dyed or natural colour? I know it's not a beauty channel :D but I can't do nothing about the fact that I notice your gorgeous waves/curls every time I watch your videos, they are so pretty and I want them!
GloriousEscape (4 years ago)
I have very dark, thick eyebrows. I love their thickness and their colour, but pluck any stray hairs to give them good shape!
CheerUp2 (4 years ago)
I honestly love straight and full eyebrows on women, like the korean trend  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-j51wLo-fehU/UZTR-zZa-3I/AAAAAAAAUYQ/G-3VYcjDXlE/s1600/korean-eyebrow.jpg I do my eyebrows like this and i love it and feel so confident ^^ then again many beauty tips say that people with glasses should have bolder features like eyebrows and eyeliner
stalkingself (4 years ago)
your opinion :P i dont agree, but that's okay
CheerUp2 (4 years ago)
Everyone in korea looks good with it, males and females
stalkingself (4 years ago)
kinda like audrey hepburn...but only looks good on some people, not everyone.
Sa Sa4 (4 years ago)
Thankfully I'm blessed with well-shaped eyebrows (I got them from my mom, phew!) so I don't feel the need to thread them. :D  
Amy Rene (4 years ago)
As someone who takes her brows very seriously, I must say you have great eyebrows Cristen. One of my tips is to pluck the strays daily. It saves you time and pain.
Monique Lootsma (4 years ago)
I get mine threaded. I have bad eye sight in one eye and don't use contacts. Cant do with glasses on and comes out uneven otherwise.
Nikki Doornberg (4 years ago)
I never plucked my eyebrows. I have about the perfect size xD Not manly bushy and not womanly thin~
Miosotis (4 years ago)
I know that the physical function is to protect the eye actually. My eyebrows are virgin! Never did anything to them, they have been exactly the same for 25 years now. I do have little hairs in the middle, but I really don't care. I love my eyebrows just as they look like! And they make my face what it is! ;)
iBREATHEMUSIC13 (4 years ago)
what are the evolutionary reasons for the different sections of hair on the body?
JanetFunkYeah (4 years ago)
Oh I gotta pluck my eyebrows regularly, or else they get wild. It's not so much that I need to pluck between them so much as I need to pluck around each eyebrow for a very specific shape.
Esmeralda2diamon (4 years ago)
Intrestering video:) I dont pluck my eyebrows . They are all though not that bushy ,but natural thin instead. I am also a blonde so my eyebrows quite light. I like them and want keep them as they are.:)
tigerstriper (4 years ago)
how a woman does her eyebrows are also a big part of how other people judge her socioeconomic status.  Shape and and style often largely effect how she is evaluated by other people.  While I can't say that there's any factuality to a woman's eyebrows representing what her social class she's in, a woman is very much judged by the shape of her eyebrows. 
MrKangorilla (4 years ago)
Ive wanted the answer to this question for sooo long, i just couldnt understand why it was done
Jeffrey Grech (4 years ago)
I definitely pluck my monobrow. I like having two eyebrows and the hair in the middle just rocked up during puberty. I like two brows for my two eyes and one beard for my one chin. Well, I shave the beard off, I don't mind other guys having facial hair, but I don't like it on my own face.
Sheila W (4 years ago)
I once had my eyebrows waxed in my early 20's and I have done absolutely nothing with them since - I will be 55 in less than a month.  I am not into the "female hangups" of makeup, shoes, clothes, and so on.  I am neatly groomed and wear clothes designed for females but I have about maybe 15 - 20 outfits that I cycle through and 3 pairs of shoes (dress, casual and sport).  I have recently decided I am asexual as I have no desire to "get it on" with men or women. I do relieve tension with a vibration though but no images to get me off just mechanical stimulation.  I would love an episode on Asexuality. 
Ruby Doomsday (4 years ago)
I have to draw them on 'cos I have clear eyebrow hair. Maybe I have a unibrow. You'd never know! :P
MemoryResidesInDeath (4 years ago)
I pluck my unibrow. I'm a guy.
Mee Jenkins (4 years ago)
I actually don't do anything to my eyebrows. I cant imagine plucking them or waxing them.... NO THANK YOU.
Marilyn (4 years ago)
When I was in Japan, I was surprised to see almost every men (even salary men) who are 30 years old and younger plucking their eyebrows. I wondered why they did it... maybe they want to appear neater.
Teresa Bear (4 years ago)
When I was younger, I had electrolysis done to remove those pesky stray hairs permanently.  Painful, but took care of the problem.  More recently I had a cosmetic tattoo artist define my brows - and add permanent eyeliner.  Permanent make-up is great, but it's something that is not as "permanent" as I would like. Being blonde, I have to get it redone every few years.  If you are considering either of these two permanent solutions to "Brow Beauty", keep in mind that you will probably sneeze a lot while these procedures are being done since your brow is so close to those nose nerves.
Oksana P. (4 years ago)
I have a sad story about my eyebrows. When I was eight, me and my mom watched a movie where a woman was a boss of the company but did not have a significant other or a husband or kids. The suggested reason for that was that she didn't look feminine enough or didn't behave like a woman (nice, sweet, wear colorful matching cloth, walk moving her hips, etc). At one point, she gets her eyebrows done to transform into a pretty lady. Now, I was thinking that I am a little lady and I don't do anything to my eye brows, so I should do something to look beautiful. So, I took little manicure scissors and cut some hairs from my eye brows to shape them. I don't remember how the end result looked, but my mom saw the change right away and scolded me for several days sooooooooooo much. She said that if I cut them with scissors, they will grow like bushes and I will look ugly. She was soooooooooooooooo pissed at me, that I didn't want to come back home and even was thinking of jumping at a car (cause if I ended up being in hospital, my mom would calm down and start loving me again).... Thank God, I didn't jump. But the memory of that is still present in me today, so I bet I had intense feelings about it.  So yeah, there goes the eyebrows power and value of beauty through eyebrows...
Minty (4 years ago)
My guess was simply that making them thinner de-emphasizes the browbone, leading to a more childlike and therefore more conventionally attractive appearance. Surprise. Men tend to like women who resemble children.
GoldenXBoots (4 years ago)
I never, ever, leave the house before I pencil my eyebrows (to a medium brown colour). I have lovely ones, but they need colour since I dyed my hair a dark brown. Also, when I apply my make up, I always check if a stray hair needs plucking. I don't mind leaving without make up on, but without my eyebrows I feel naked.
TheShaunChand (4 years ago)
ok I get that, but what's with the shaving them and drawing them on?
Cheyenne Morris (4 years ago)
I thread mine!
jennifer holmes (4 years ago)
I was born with very thin eyebrows so I fill them in with makeup
Anqi Hu (4 years ago)
Just started to plug my own eyebrow a year ago. And ur video remind me to do that too. 
Madi Risi (4 years ago)
I ended up with thick and defined eyebrows, but they're kind of shaped naturally on their own. They've become pretty characteristic of my face, too, so it's almost like I've gotten attached to them... Woah, that's super weird. I only pluck in the middle to avoid a unibrow
Daniela Alejandra (4 years ago)
i love my brows, they're dark and thick and i pluck them just for shape 
jpopelish (4 years ago)
After I reached the age of 60, I found that my eyebrows grow so fast, that I have to trim thjem once a month, just to keep them from dragging across my syeballs.  Before that, I went for about 40 years without ever thinking of my eyebrows.
Taylor Hober (4 years ago)
Eyebrows the web.
Heather Smith (4 years ago)
I think brows can also make you look younger, but they come in and out of style. I have thick brows and just gotta deal with it so I look at cara delevingne and lily Collins for comfort :)
LegoDaleks (4 years ago)
Because they're dumb. Nature fails at shaping your eyebrows properly? Well so do you, except you do it worse, so just leave them alone, women!
Lia Tan (4 years ago)
When I look at my eyebrows up close, I can see where all my hair doesn't line up and grows as far down as my eye sockets. But from far away they look fine (to me at least). That's why I just don't do anything with them because I don't think people are going to continuously stare at my eyebrows up close to see whether or not they're in line.
EmmaK (4 years ago)
NOTHING. My eyebrows are one of the few physical traits that I'm entirely content with as they are, so there is no way I'm ever plucking them or letting anyone else do so because I don't want them growing back bushier.
EmmaK (3 years ago)
Don't care. Nobody's touching them.
skyeatsnikki (4 years ago)
Hey Cristen, I know this is sorta unrelated to the video but my friends all know I'm a huge geek when it comes to learning about anything from animals to sex. My buddy came to me and since we're really close he had some questions concerning his penis. His concern was that its kinda at a 45 degree tilt.  I've been in sex ed almost every year since the 4th grade and most of our conversations were about not having sex, staying safe, STD's and STI's, and vagina's. For all these years we hardly ever discussed the way penises grow and how they function. Even so, I've seen enough male genitalia to know that they all seem unique and tilt every which way. Could you perhaps provide some education on the male genitalia?
Shattred (4 years ago)
I am a cis-male. I pluck my eyebrows just because I like clean look that I get and I don't really pay any attention if anyone has anything bad to say about it (but I pay my attention when someone compliments me on them).
Stephie (4 years ago)
I get them waxed every time I go in for a haircut. I do pluck a few stray hairs myself, but I don't dare try to shape them. This results in them growing back into their weird natural shape between salon visits...
YumLemmingKebabs (4 years ago)
I mostly just get head wounds on my eyebrows. :(
lightningxsparks (4 years ago)
I used to wax my eyebrows a lot during high school and preferred to have thin and clean eyebrows. However after my freshman year in college I kind of stopped worrying about it and embraced my naturally dark and thick eyebrows. I do pluck my eyebrows a bit every couple of months or so to clean them a bit, but I generally don't put too much mind to it.
thomas m. tordel jr. (4 years ago)
what do i do?? i have scissor away the wildly erratic grey hairs..
Tara Sellers (4 years ago)
I can't really pluck right now. I had surgery on my spine a month ago and one of the nerves going to my right arm was damaged, not enough strength to pluck! It's driving me crazy!
Nick (4 years ago)
All my unibrow and I can focus on now is only the eyebrows. Lol...
I used to darken them, but since I don't wear makeup anymore I don't bother doing anything to them. It used to bother me that they were so light (blonde), so the darkening helped to shape them too, but now I just don't bother.
Creo (4 years ago)
I really like my thick brows because I don't have to fill them in, but if I don't wax/pluck them they look like a baby raccoon on my face. 
Reptarsaurus (4 years ago)
I tweeze them often because I have pale skin and my eyebrows are much darker, and I've been trying to shape one of them to match the other for months! I'm very cautious because I don't want to over do it!
lxxuxxccx (4 years ago)
I have literally invisible eyebrows. So i basically draw them on every day. T
Aslayn (4 years ago)
I get mine waxed every 12- 14 days.  
Drew Liedtke (4 years ago)
I'm a guy and I had my mom wax mine all through my adolescence. My girlfriend now plucks them.
MissLexiBee (4 years ago)
Here's a great topic if you haven't already covered it: where did Soap Opera's come from and are people still watching them???
MewWolf5 (4 years ago)
I don't do anything to my eyebrows.  I think it's stupid to put yourself through the discomfort, and I think natural eyebrows look better.  I think your natural eyebrows are part of what makes everyone look unique, so why conform to a standard?
Marie (4 years ago)
I dont do anything to my eyebrows. The outer half is rather pale and the inner half is dark. (Its always been that way). And I don't grow any hair in between them, so I don't pluck them. Also, nobody showed me how to shape eyebrows.
becs4trees (4 years ago)
Nothing ...ever but I'm not very hairy either
Mary's Test Kitchen (4 years ago)
I pluck em when I remember to...which is hardly ever. 
Laura M (4 years ago)
I LOVE my eyebrows! I tweezed them once for a shoot over a decade ago and hated it, haven't touched them since.
Kiki Lynn (4 years ago)
when i was a young girl, i asked my mother if she could groom my eyebrows (they were super thick)....she ended up plucking them SO thin and in an arch that I literally looked like a clown....they never recovered ;( I use brow pencils to get them to look somewhat normal again
LilacRain (4 years ago)
Why are piercings (particularly on ears) such a big part of today's society? I'm a girl and it is almost considered strange if you don't have your ears pierced where I live 
Helga R (4 years ago)
I do it myself, never gone to a salon, and to be perfectly frank, I don't really care too much. Sometimes I will look into the mirror and realise that I haven't done it for weeks and everything has just gone completely wild! But hey, who the frick cares?
Stephanie Wilson (4 years ago)
I started noticing my "unibrow" -ness when I was in Intermediate school (about 12 y/o) and so I shaved them and then an oopsy happened. Unfortunately this was also a year where I decided to grow out my fringe... after that incident I eventually talked my mum into letting me buy tweezers and I have never had such an incident again, except for when I go a bit overboard with the plucking and one brow ends up looking crazy weird! But I wear glasses and have a fringe now so sometimes I just don't care about my brows.
Readingwizard100 (4 years ago)
Thank you for adding the origin of "highbrow"  to my already large collection of useless knowledge.  My day has been made.
Cat Pink (4 years ago)
Nothing, I don't do anything to them.
Blue Carbon (4 years ago)
Eyebrows are awesome.
Katsuki Nekozawa (4 years ago)
I leave my eyebrows be. They're pretty thick and I have a bit of a monobrow growing in but it's never really bothered me. It bothers me when others point it out as a flaw but that's partially because I'm thinking 'why are you so obsessed with my eyebrows anyway?' And now Christen has answered! And once again it's sex! (Human obsession much.) ;P
Mikey Surratt (4 years ago)
I tweeze my brows some, and fill them in because they are so sparse. I find it's a great way to quickly boost my confidence. Also it's a lot easier to apply makeup when they are groomed
Chari Mahariel (4 years ago)
Everyone in my family plucks their eyebrows - mom taught dad and my brother and me to do so. I probably do so less than everyone else cuz I'm proud of my bushy eyebrows and how grim and dark they make my expression

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