Eyebrow Shaving: Look Cool & Impress Girls

29 Apr

This is rapper Soulja Boy.  He likes to shave lines into his eyebrows and wear his hat askew.

When I was in middle school, some kids in my class decided that it would be fun to call me “albino girl” because of my fair skin, blond hair, and light-colored (barely noticeable) eyebrows.  And this was the “gifted” class…you’d think the “smart” kids wouldn’t act so stupid.  Suffice to say, grooming my eyebrows has never been a high priority for me–no plucking, shaping, or waxing for this girl.  If I want anyone to notice my brows, I have to draw them on with an eyebrow pencil.

Apparently, eyebrow care has gone beyond normal pruning for some teens who have started have been shaving lines in their eyebrows in order to look silly (or be cool).  Actually, this is a trend that has been going on for years, but now one high school in Portland, Oregon, is banning students from shaving fashion statements in their follicles.  The message is this–leave ’em alone or shave ’em off completely (I once met a kid who “accidentally” shaved off his eyebrows with an electric ravor.  It was pretty hilarious).  According to officials at Centennial High School, students aren’t being fashionable; they are showing their gang allegiances.

The Fox News story tells the plight of one 17 year-old boy who shaved lines in his eyebrows to “look cool and impress girls”.  He insists that he’s not in a gang and would be humiliated if he was forced to shave off his eyebrows completely.  I just snorted Diet Coke all over my computer screen.  Yeah, I’m sure shaving your eyebrows off will look much stupider.

This whole trend started because rappers started to shave lines into their eyebrows, including some character named “Soulja Boy” (a real manly name).  Kids are just following the trend, but so are gangs including one called Southside 13, which has members shave the number 13 into their eyebrows.   Gang-related or not, I agree with the schools, just because it looks ridiculous.  Teens can go express their personhood once they turn 18 and then they might realize there are more important things in life than looking cool (and impressing girls).

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  1. tracy April 30, 2008 at 1:27 AM #

    lol. one of my clients has the special eyebrow shave – I thought perhaps he’d had some sort of symmetrical accident. sigh … i’m so uncool!

  2. tracy April 30, 2008 at 1:27 AM #

    lol. one of my clients has the special eyebrow shave – I thought perhaps he’d had some sort of symmetrical accident. sigh … i’m so uncool!

  3. Robin April 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM #

    I often think some of these eyebrow shavers have been in accidents upon first seeing them! It usually takes me a while to recognize they’ve done it just to be “cool”…but then again, I’m SLOW! LOL!

  4. Robin April 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM #

    I often think some of these eyebrow shavers have been in accidents upon first seeing them! It usually takes me a while to recognize they’ve done it just to be “cool”…but then again, I’m SLOW! LOL!

  5. Natasia July 15, 2008 at 9:32 PM #

    Eyebrow shaving looks cool, don’t you know? Just as cool as wearing your hat askew, your pants falling off your butt, and your mouth full of gold teeth so you can’t talk properly. In fact, it’s so cool that mothers often comment about it to young children. When you’re 3, “Honey, that’s not how you dress. Let me help you fix your clothes.” Age 10, “Boy, don’t you know how to dress? Straighten that hat, put a belt on, and talk right!” Age 18, “Are you homeless? Only homeless people look that sloppy.” I mean, it’s so cool that you could even apply it to dressing for work. Who wouldn’t want to wear their tie to the side and their slacks to their knees? Why should we be able to understand what you say so you come across as an intelligent individual? –sigh– Thank goodness my husband is smart enough to dress properly and present himself well like an intelligent, hard working human being.

  6. beth August 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM #

    Do you put on makeup in the morning? Do you part your hair to a certain side each day? Do you shave your legs, use toothpaste with whitening, or avoid wearing black with brown? Do you drink diet coke because you’re too concerned that regular coke will make you fatter than you already are?
    Of course you do at least some of these things, if not all of them. You do them because you care about how you look, and whether you want to admit it or not, fashion takes an active role in your life.
    Using the rational that “I agree with the schools, just because it looks ridiculous. Teens can go express their personhood once they turn 18 and then they might realize there are more important things in life than looking cool (and impressing girls).” is so skewed and hypocritical, its ridiculous.
    You assume that your style is automatically the most ‘correct’ or most acceptable, because lets face it, you can do no wrong. However, you forget, sweetie, that just because someone has different standards, does not mean that they are wrong, incorrect, or lower than yours.
    Most of these kids are NOT in gangs. These school are being counter-productive by overreacting, and keeping these kids from an education, just because they’ve made a fashion statement that they do not understand. When the blond ditz in class comes to school with a band new bag with a “G” on it, when her name is Brittany, no one accuses her of the “G” standing for “gangster.” However, when poor Andy Gonzalez makes his parallel of a fashion statement, he gets kicked out of school! Vertical lines shaved into the eyebrows have been sported by Vanilla Ice, Soulja Boy, Aaron lennon, Fernando Torres, and even, yours truly. Ironically enough, Soulja Boy is the only one of those with actual gang affiliations–although some doubt even that. Shaving lines into your eyebrows is a fashion statement. Sure, Southside 13 saw it and thought it was pretty damn cool and adapted their own version, but anything that isnt one line on your right, and three on your left, means absolutely nothing except the possible ‘i want to impress girls. ‘ No ones keeping you from an education because you’re making a fashion statement, and these kids at Centennial High, and other schools shouldn’t be either.

  7. Amy August 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM #

    Just because I think it looks stupid and have expressed my opinion doesn’t mean that others aren’t free to have their own opinion on eyebrow shaving.

    And regardless of where it started, it *IS* now a gang thing, so that makes me less inclined to find it aesthetically appropriate.

  8. Amy August 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM #

    Just because I think it looks stupid and have expressed my opinion doesn’t mean that others aren’t free to have their own opinion on eyebrow shaving.

    And regardless of where it started, it *IS* now a gang thing, so that makes me less inclined to find it aesthetically appropriate.

  9. beth September 1, 2008 at 9:37 PM #

    OK, you don’t like how it looks, that’s fine, but you completely ignored the issue that these kids are getting thrown out of their chance to get an education, while at the same time having eyebrows, just because of the fact that 10 hairs on their bodies were cut 1/2 cm. shorter. How can you justify such irrational behavior on the part of the school administration?

  10. beth September 1, 2008 at 9:37 PM #

    OK, you don’t like how it looks, that’s fine, but you completely ignored the issue that these kids are getting thrown out of their chance to get an education, while at the same time having eyebrows, just because of the fact that 10 hairs on their bodies were cut 1/2 cm. shorter. How can you justify such irrational behavior on the part of the school administration?

  11. Amy September 1, 2008 at 10:11 PM #

    I don’t know how to justify the irrational behavior on the part of the kids–are they just being rebellious or showing gang affiliation? I don’t know and I bet the administration doesn’t either. It’s easier to ban the practice in schools altogether.

    A student does have a choice–he can choose whether or not to shave his eyebrows. If he does so, he has another choice–to shave them off completely or get punished at school.

    I went to a Christian high school and one of the rules was no more than two posts per ear. I had two holds in my ear lobs, and then I got a third on my cuff. I could have as many holes as I wanted, but I could only have two posts in at the time. One day I forgot to take out my third post, and I got a demerit, and I did it a couple more times (and accidentally had the back of my shirt untucked) and got detention! Was it fair? No! It was idiocy! Was it the rules? Yes, it was and because I went to that school I had to obey them or suffer the consequences.

    Once the kids graduate, they can do whatever they want with their eyebrows, but dropping out of school because you can’t shave lines into your eyebrows–come on, that is pretty stupid.

  12. Amy September 1, 2008 at 10:11 PM #

    I don’t know how to justify the irrational behavior on the part of the kids–are they just being rebellious or showing gang affiliation? I don’t know and I bet the administration doesn’t either. It’s easier to ban the practice in schools altogether.

    A student does have a choice–he can choose whether or not to shave his eyebrows. If he does so, he has another choice–to shave them off completely or get punished at school.

    I went to a Christian high school and one of the rules was no more than two posts per ear. I had two holds in my ear lobs, and then I got a third on my cuff. I could have as many holes as I wanted, but I could only have two posts in at the time. One day I forgot to take out my third post, and I got a demerit, and I did it a couple more times (and accidentally had the back of my shirt untucked) and got detention! Was it fair? No! It was idiocy! Was it the rules? Yes, it was and because I went to that school I had to obey them or suffer the consequences.

    Once the kids graduate, they can do whatever they want with their eyebrows, but dropping out of school because you can’t shave lines into your eyebrows–come on, that is pretty stupid.

  13. Sean September 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM #

    To Beth in #4. The point is not to take away individuality. It is to convey proper ettiquette. We are not talking about someone wearing a funny shirt. This is serious. Kids are looking up to terrible role models (that weird sldier guy) and implementing it in their everyday life. It is to be cool, not because they like it.

    Yes, i undertsand trenda and what not. The difference is that these trends are rooted in gang mentalities and crime glamorization. Do you know where the pants sagging came from? Or where the high socks and shorts came from? Look it up before you speak out of your A**. You will see that these trends are NOTHING like drinking Diet Coke. Completely different. Diet Cokoe is not rooted in gang activity and endorsed by idiots (not defendin, hate diet cake, just making a point. Trends always make the older generation look at it and say “huh”. The difference here is where it came from. It is ridiculous to glamorize this life style.

    Look up the facts and where it all came from. Thyen you will see that there is a clear difference. While yuo’re at it, take in a movie called “Ali G in Da House”. He makes some excellent points (through comedy) onm how ridiculous it all is.

    Kids now a days need to dress and act the way they feel, not the way some a**h**** tells them to act and dress.

    On top of that, who says that gang members will stop and say, “don’t worry, he’s just tryingg to look cool”. THINK about that for a while.

  14. Sean September 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM #

    To Beth in #4. The point is not to take away individuality. It is to convey proper ettiquette. We are not talking about someone wearing a funny shirt. This is serious. Kids are looking up to terrible role models (that weird sldier guy) and implementing it in their everyday life. It is to be cool, not because they like it.

    Yes, i undertsand trenda and what not. The difference is that these trends are rooted in gang mentalities and crime glamorization. Do you know where the pants sagging came from? Or where the high socks and shorts came from? Look it up before you speak out of your A**. You will see that these trends are NOTHING like drinking Diet Coke. Completely different. Diet Cokoe is not rooted in gang activity and endorsed by idiots (not defendin, hate diet cake, just making a point. Trends always make the older generation look at it and say “huh”. The difference here is where it came from. It is ridiculous to glamorize this life style.

    Look up the facts and where it all came from. Thyen you will see that there is a clear difference. While yuo’re at it, take in a movie called “Ali G in Da House”. He makes some excellent points (through comedy) onm how ridiculous it all is.

    Kids now a days need to dress and act the way they feel, not the way some a**h**** tells them to act and dress.

    On top of that, who says that gang members will stop and say, “don’t worry, he’s just tryingg to look cool”. THINK about that for a while.

  15. nay September 27, 2008 at 3:48 PM #

    wow i don’t understand why it’s such a big deal…
    people have the right to do what they want with their bodies, it’s kinda lame if everyone looks so… “uniformed”
    so basically, just stfu and drop it… it’s just a eyebrow… it’s no big deal
    but there is always someone who will turn something sooo small into a big issue…

  16. Reuben October 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM #

    People can do what they want with their own bodies. If someone wants to shave their eyebrows they can do what the hell they like. What’s the problem?

  17. Reuben October 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM #

    People can do what they want with their own bodies. If someone wants to shave their eyebrows they can do what the hell they like. What’s the problem?

  18. Devious Outlaw October 29, 2008 at 3:00 PM #

    You Guys Are So Racist At The Simple Fact That Its Our Bodies And We Wish To Express Ourselves In The Way We Can,Not Everyone Wants To Run With A Social Crowd I Shaved Mines To Be Unique

  19. Devious Outlaw October 29, 2008 at 3:00 PM #

    You Guys Are So Racist At The Simple Fact That Its Our Bodies And We Wish To Express Ourselves In The Way We Can,Not Everyone Wants To Run With A Social Crowd I Shaved Mines To Be Unique

  20. Amy October 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM #

    How does thinking that eyebrow shaving looks stupid a racist statement. Be care the accusations you throw around.

  21. Amy October 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM #

    How does thinking that eyebrow shaving looks stupid a racist statement. Be care the accusations you throw around.

  22. Shane December 21, 2008 at 3:24 AM #

    Umm, The shaved eyebrow/line thing was done before soulja boy was around. In fact I believe the fad was originally started by “Vanilla Ice”.

    I remember trying to shave my eyebrows like that when I was a kid and ended up shaving them all off.

  23. gina February 15, 2009 at 8:35 PM #

    i have to say one thing
    everything us teenagers do nowadays is not always GANG related.
    omg get a grip and listen to yourselves
    administration..ect (below)
    pants below the waste-gang related
    eyebrow slits-gang related
    bandana’s- understandable (but smily face’s)-gang related
    shoes-gang related
    one pant leg up-gang related
    high socks-gang related
    hat cocked to the side-gang related
    and more
    kids nowadays buy stuff that is in..watever JC penny’s puts out there we buy..ect
    the way we wear things comes from the people we look up to or our personal swag (style)
    if we were in a gang you could DEFF tell..its not that hard..dont judge a book by its cover..SERIOUSLy get a grip..ur over doing it

  24. gina February 15, 2009 at 8:35 PM #

    i have to say one thing
    everything us teenagers do nowadays is not always GANG related.
    omg get a grip and listen to yourselves
    administration..ect (below)
    pants below the waste-gang related
    eyebrow slits-gang related
    bandana’s- understandable (but smily face’s)-gang related
    shoes-gang related
    one pant leg up-gang related
    high socks-gang related
    hat cocked to the side-gang related
    and more
    kids nowadays buy stuff that is in..watever JC penny’s puts out there we buy..ect
    the way we wear things comes from the people we look up to or our personal swag (style)
    if we were in a gang you could DEFF tell..its not that hard..dont judge a book by its cover..SERIOUSLy get a grip..ur over doing it

  25. Mr. Gangster (apperently) February 18, 2009 at 5:27 PM #

    Seriously, Are you calling me a gangster? I shave lines in my eyebrows, i where my pants low,i listen to rap music i where my flat-beaked hat crooked. I guess this means im A littl punk Gangster. LOL well guess what i lve on a farm in the middle of nowhere i work long hard days out in the field. probably work alot harder than all of you people that disagree. I bet your all desk jockies with nothing better to do than to whine about everything. so dont make it sound like kids today that follow fasion are in gangs and are little punks

  26. Mr. Gangster (apperently) February 18, 2009 at 5:27 PM #

    Seriously, Are you calling me a gangster? I shave lines in my eyebrows, i where my pants low,i listen to rap music i where my flat-beaked hat crooked. I guess this means im A littl punk Gangster. LOL well guess what i lve on a farm in the middle of nowhere i work long hard days out in the field. probably work alot harder than all of you people that disagree. I bet your all desk jockies with nothing better to do than to whine about everything. so dont make it sound like kids today that follow fasion are in gangs and are little punks

  27. Brian February 19, 2009 at 8:32 AM #

    you guys are seriously crazy.
    i am 16 and a junior in high school
    i’ve had hard problems too just like everyone else.
    guess what i have 3 lines in my eye brow and i do it because i like how it looks on me(and many ladies also agree[white girls, spanish, black ,asian & middle eastern] ive had girls from all demographics find it sexy.

    and guess what im not in a gang.
    although comming up when i was younger i was approached by a blood member to join, i have never been a part of a gang

    but everyone making a big deal out of this makes me want to start my own gang……
    because i sense some ignorance.
    Bloods originated because they wanted to put a stop to other gangs taking over their community, it was brothers fathers and families comming together to protect their neiborhoods from crime.

    WE ARE ALL IN GANGS AND GROUPS.HUMANS GROUP AND FORM FAMILYS, that would die and kill for each other thats just what a gang is…..

    soo if you think you know …you know nothing….
    no one is completly right about anything so the quicker you realize that the quicker you can move on with your own lifes journey

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