Why Do We Have Eyebrows?

@wmg2006 (5383)
United States
December 11, 2006 9:19pm CST
Have you ever wondered what purpose your eyebrows serve other than expression? Mine are really beginning to bother me! No matter what I do, wax, pluck or try to shape them, they are taking on their own personalitiy. Unfortunately I have the thick dark Brook Shields type. I have tried to thin them, I have tried waxing, I have tried plucking (ouch) but as I get older the eyebrows begin to take over. What is their purpose? I am close to doing what one of my Professors did in college for a Halloween character. She actually shaved her eyebrows off! But she wore them shaved off rather than penciling them in. I would at least do a pencil in if I shaved them. Any suggestions on what to do with uncontrollable eyebrows?
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
12 Dec 06
They are the most distinctive feature on our face. Eyebrows are our most expressive facial feature. They are a non-verbal way of communicating. Scientists are pretty sure that they are there to keep moisture out of our eyes when we walk around in the rain or to keep sweat out of our eyes. To read more about eyebrows go to http://science.howstuffworks.com/question520.htm
@caribe (2465)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Maybe you need to take a trip to the beauty salon and let them shape them for you. That is the only suggestion that I have.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I knew they MUST have another function other than looks. However, I use an umbrella so I would never need them to keep the rain out of my eyes. I never thought about them keeping sweat out of my eyes. Yes a salon may be my answer, I wonder if they hurt you when you go, this area tends to be very tender for me. I will check with a local salon and see what they can do before I go crazy! LOL
• Singapore
12 Dec 06
i'm not really sure...i think everyone will look weird without eyebrow...i did spot a young guy without eyebrow in singapore once...and up to now, i still dont know whether is it the 'in' thing to go without eyebrow or he's ill. personally my eyebrow is quite ok..not much maintenance needed...i can pencil them when i have mood and go without it and people will not notice :D
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yes it does look very odd to see someone without eyebrows. Yes you are still very young and I don't think they get uncontrollable until we get older.
@3m1l1a (261)
• Indonesia
13 Dec 06
We need them :). With eyebrown, we look more beauty.
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@catycath (72)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
my answer for that is becuz we have an eyebrow just to protect our eyes for some dust or something...
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I know the eyelashes keep the dust out but the eyebrows may do this too!
@design (848)
• Ireland
13 Dec 06
Are they not for -when you sweat(h2o etc on your forehead)make the h2o run off to the side of your face instead of your eyes??
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I think you may be right!
@amber81 (288)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I have those EXACT eyebrows lol.. i dont like them.. but .. hey i wouldnt shave them off i would look REALLY funny lol... And i think it would make me feel naked.... just thinking about it makes me feel weird lol... do what you want to do tho!!!
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Nah I could never really shave them off. I would feel stupid and like an alien. I just no longer know what to fo with them. I think I will let a salon decide.
@amber81 (288)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yea .. I would feel like an alien too lol... I think letting the salon help would be the best choice as well!
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• China
13 Dec 06
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haha.....you got me! I never thought about the purpose of the eyebrows. I am sure it must have its own purpose more than expression to serve, but I really don't what the prupose is! For your question, I suggest you shouldn't take them too seriously. I don't think wax and pluck are good idea cause they must be very painful. Anyway, why are you so mad about you eyebrows?
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I am not really mad about them, I just get annoyed because I can't manage them.
@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
13 Dec 06
Have you tried dabbing a little vaseline on them. I have heard this works. Also, why not try a professional at a beauty parlour and see what she says. I think thick eyebrows look good though. All the best.
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
6 Jan 07
This sounds like an interesting idea. I have never tried to do that. but I will.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Well, here's the reason we have eyebrows... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyebrow The eyebrow is a bony ridge above the eye that protects the eye and bears a tuft of facial hair in most mammals. The main function of the eyebrows is to prevent moisture (mostly sweat and rain) from dripping into the eye (a critical organ). The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that moisture has a tendency to flow sideways of the eyes, mainly along the side of the head but also along the nose. The protruding brow ridges of modern humans could also still play a role in this process. Eyebrows also prevent debris such as dandruff and other small objects from falling into the eyes, as well as providing a more sensitive sense for detecting objects being near the eye, like insects. As to what you can do to shape them there is tweezing: http://www.ehow.com/how_2824_pluck-eyebrows.html Laser removal: http://www.idealimage.com/services/eyebrows.php Waxing: http://www.folica.com/Eyebrow_Sh_254_1.html Here is a site with several options listed http://www.folica.com/removal.htm
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Thank you this is an EXCELLANT answer, I have no choice but to give you the best response. There were a lot of great responses, but yours went beyond the call of duty!
@sylviekitty (2083)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Eyebrows are meant to keep sweat out of our eyes.. they're a barrier just like our eyelashes are. I think shaving off eyebrows looks terrible. I shaved off half an eyebrow once (by accident). People in school made fun of me, and so I told them I had some kind of cancer. LOL Ok, so that's not very funny..
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Yes actually it is funny. I would have removed the whole eyebrow instead of wearing just half.
@kathrine (16)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
:) we do have eyebrows because it has a purpose..everything we see in our body has its own role. I do believe our eyebrows are responsible for protecting our eyes..like keeping away sweats..because our eyes are sensitive and eye lashes cannot protect our eyes alone..it needs back up..(i think so) :D
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Thank you, very good answer
@saeedsid (1120)
• Pakistan
12 Dec 06
dont get too much conscious abt eye brows. because God gifted u beauty and made u perfect. so live a life with proudness ... no matter whatever ur looks are... consider that u r beautiful ..and u have to learn from life.. and perform good with ur acts to make urself look more beautiful to others!
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I know. I must be going through a mid-life vanity crisis.
• India
12 Dec 06
hey etebrows are there to protect ur eyes from DUST
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
5 Jan 07
As thick as mine are I will NEVER have dust particles near my eyes. LOL
@tanujarneja (2833)
• India
12 Dec 06
well each and every part of our body is a wonderful creation of god and has a reason behind it.....we should not question it?
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I am just curious what to do about these monsters.
@TheoMom (110)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Have them waxed and shaped...
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Yes thank you, I have had that done but I guess unless I keep them up they will just grow back bushier.
@nibory (177)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Oh no. You mean besides my close-up vision going at age 40, I have thicker eyebrows to look forward to at age 50? Bother! My eyebrows are not as thick as Brooke Shields, but I think they're pretty ugly. I have never plucked or waxed them though. I use a wet toothbrush each morning and shape them with the toothbrush. Now if I had a unibrow, I would probably ask for help at the salon. If you can afford it, electrolisis might be an option. The biggest problem with this though is that it's not really permanent. You will probably need to make several trips. Good luck - and remember beauty comes from the inside. :)
@ukchriss (2103)
24 Jan 07
Eyebrows - The eyebrow is a bony ridge above the eye that protects the eye and bears a tuft of facial hair in most mammals.
The main function of the eyebrows is to prevent moisture (mostly sweat and rain) from dripping into the eye. Eyebrows also prevent debris such as dandruff and other small objects from falling into the eyes, as well as providing a more sensitive sense for detecting objects being near the eye, like insects
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I think its to prevent anything falling in your eye. I dont know. Sounds good right? I do pluck mine and then I make them alittle darker with a eye pencil, because mine are too light.
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@adnan82 (673)
• Pakistan
24 Jan 07
we have eyebrows .. because it protect us from sun.. u cant open ur eyes..in sunlight without eye brows:)....so its necessary ... n how ..to .. handle it.... go to parlors....they will help u out in a better way ..
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• United States
8 Jan 07
good question. well i dont know why we have them. but i think we would look really funny without them. i hate plucking and i need to wax but i just dont have the time to do that anymore. i also have thick dark brooke shields type eyebrows. i think penciling looks really fake so i just wouldnt do that. but waxing is my solution.
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@maddinair (281)
• India
22 Dec 06
these eye brows are really wonderfull they save our eyes from all the dust that is moving freely in air and it even increases beauty...
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@lsen06 (5000)
• India
17 Dec 06
to protect our eyes.
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