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Losing your eyebrows and eyelashes can really change your appearance. However, you can learn to create new eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil if you wish, or use false eyebrows and eyelashes.
If you lose your eyebrows or find that they are thinner, you can redraw them with an eyebrow pencil that matches your normal hair colour. Eyebrow pencils are available from any chemist or beauty shop. Beauty counters in department stores can show you how to redraw your eyebrows, as it can be daunting to try this at first if you’re not used to it.
To make the eyebrows as realistic and natural-looking as possible, follow the natural eyebrow arch and draw in short, feathery strokes that look like the normal eyebrow hair. Make the brow thicker on the inner end of the eyebrow (nearest to the nose) and thinner at the outer edge.
Another natural-looking way to redraw the eyebrows is by using an eye shadow powder and applying it with a make-up brush. You can also use false eyebrows. These are available from some specialist suppliers. They need to be fixed with special adhesive, which is available from false eyebrow suppliers. Special solvent is used to dissolve the adhesive and remove the eyebrows.
Some people choose to have tattooing to create new eyebrows. This can be done by some cosmetic salons, medical tattoo specialists and tattooing shops. It should only be carried out by tattooists registered with their local authority who hold an up-to-date health and safety certificate.
False eyelashes can be used to give a natural appearance. These are available from many beauty departments along with the adhesive that's used to attach them. Many department stores have private rooms where staff can show you how to apply the eyelashes.
Losing a moustache or a beard can be very difficult to deal with. Facial hair can be an important part of a man’s identity. Some make-up shops or theatrical shops sell moustaches or beards. Some can be tailored specially, but this can be very expensive.
Some people temporarily lose their pubic hair. This can be upsetting and you may worry about how you look. If you have a partner you may also be concerned about what they think and worry that it could affect your sex life. Try to be open with your partner and talk about how you feel. Often by talking you’ll find that it’s not such a problem after all.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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