Yes, by guybrows we mean eyebrows. And yes, there are, evidently, many men who seek salon care for their unruly brows.
I don’t create an arch for men. You want to take the weight out of it and groom the brow, but you don’t want it to look “done.” Sometimes I even leave a couple stray hairs so it looks less done, and I would never do that for women.
The trend has been seen on the likes of Ryan Seacrest and David Beckham—admittedly famous metrosexuals—but the article goes on to cite a Remington consumer survey which found that “63 percent of men regularly trim their ears, noses, or eyebrows, fewer than those who trim groins (69 percent) but more than those who trim their heads (44 percent), chest (40 percent), or armpits (31 percent).”
Regardless, Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan chose to take a strong stance against the habit, citing it as a slippery slope down the masculinity precipice:
Say it with me, men: “I am proud of my eyebrows. There are many like them, but these eyebrows are mine. I pledge not to pay money to somebody in what is basically a salon (no matter what ridiculous name they may give it) to fuck with my eyebrows. If they get really out of control, well, that’s what clippers are for.”
Personally, I see this as a logical extension for men who take meticulous care of their appearance. Masculine aesthetic is not static. Whether or not society finds guybrow maintainers attractive is up for discussion, but as far as fashion is concerned, weirder things have happened. And we’ve grown accustomed to them all.
That said, I’d be interested to hear from readers. Who here maintains their guybrows?