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Your Problem: My eyebrows are growing like kudzu. Ear and nose hair, too.

WebMD Feature from "Esquire" Magazine

By Rodney Cutler

Esquire Magazine Logo Rodney's wisdom: A lot of people think that eyebrows are something you can take care of at home, but I disagree. They're too easy to overdo, and you can end up looking worse than when you started.

If you refuse to spend a couple bucks getting waxed or plucked by a pro, at least heed the advice of one. Pluck master Anastasia Soare, owner of the Anastasia Beverly Hills salons, stresses the importance of a good pair of tweezers, from a brand like [1] Mehaz ($13; (Be sure to get slanted tips; pointed tweezers are more likely to rip the hair or pinch your skin.) The best time to pluck is right after a warm shower, when the hairs are easier to pull out. As for what to remove, put the pad of your thumb between your brows; whatever hair it covers needs to be gone. Anastasia also recommends using a brow gel, which is just what it sounds like: Dep for your eyebrows. When she gets her own column, we'll pretend that's a good idea. Instead, carefully brush your brows up and trim the hairs that stray over your brow line. Whatever you do, don't mess with your lower brow line. Touch that and you risk giving your eyebrows shape. Only women should have shaped eyebrows.

As for your nose and ear hair, the rule is simple: See a hair, get rid of it. Invest in a good electric trimmer, like the [2] Conair Deluxe Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer ($13; And your electric razor can easily take care of what's growing on the outside. The most thorough treatments are at salons, however. Many, like Repêchage in New York, can wax the inside of your nose. The pain is absurd but brief. Or there's always a course of laser treatments, which kill the hair follicle. Nickel Spa in New York charges $100 per 15-minute session. So if you're Marty Scorsese, that'll run you about $7,000.

Rodney Cutler, the owner of the Cutler salons in New York City, is a former Australian-football player and current Ironman triathlete.



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Reviewed on May 01, 2006

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