Different types of tweezers for eyebrows

Everything you need to know about tweezers from the different types to how to sharpen, and more

26th February 2023 | Author: Victoria Woollaston-Webber

Below we answer the most common questions when shopping for the best tweezers from which type of tweezers is best, why some tweezers are better than others, and why Tweezerman Tweezers are so good

You may have never even realised there are different types of tweezers, or you’re not sure which type of tweezer is best for which type of hair.

You may instead be looking for tips on how to sharpen your tweezers or stop them from going dull. Or you need to know how to make tweezers grab the hair better.

Whatever your tweezer-related question, we’re here to help!

Below are some of the most common questions asked about tweezers but if your query isn’t covered, please slide into our DMs on Facebook or Insta and we’ll be happy to find your the best answer.

We’ve separately started rounding up the best tweezers for eyebrows, and eyelashes here if you’re instead looking to buy your next pair.

Which type of tweezers is best? 

The best place to start is by explaining a bit more about what each type of tweezer does.

The following list shows which type of tweezer is best for which type of hair or hair-related concern.

Click the links next to each type of tweezer to jump to the relevant section, or keep reading to learn more.

Which type of tweezers is best for:

♥︎ Pointed Tip Tweezers

Best tweezers for: Ingrown hairs

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Pointed tip tweezers may look harsh, and they’re typically sharp enough to cut the skin if used incorrectly, but they’re ideal for the most precise plucking. This makes them the best tweezers for stubborn hairs, or those fine, fair hairs at the edges of your brows. They’re also great for dealing with ingrown hair. However, if you choose to use them for ingrown hairs, Fides says to make sure you’re “sanitising them before and after each use if you chose to use them for this.”

♥︎ Straight Tip Tweezers

Best tweezers for: Large areas

Straight-tip tweezers are best for thicker hairs or grabbing multiple hairs at the same time. This makes them ideal for saving time. If you don’t want to buy eyelash tweezers, these eyebrows tweezers are a great, and safer, alternative to pointed and slanted tips.

♥︎ Slanted Tip Tweezers

Best tweezers for eyebrows 

If you have thick hairs, bushy brows as well as fine, fair hairs then we recommend slanted tip tweezers. They’re a firm favourite and are likely the ones you’re most familiar with. The slanted tweezers offer the best of both worlds – one side is pointy and the other is straight. This is the perfect multitasking pair. Some of the best tweezers have slants that are very precisely angled and sharp which means they increase your chance of grabbing hairs the first time.

♥︎ Crab Tip Tweezers

Best tweezers for pain-free tweezing

The flat design of crab tweezers means they’re great for grabbing hold of hair while lowering the chance of you also grabbing and pinching your skin. According to Fides Baldesberger, CEO of Rubis, “crab tweezers are the perfect shape for you to see the hair you want to pluck whilst your tweezer is hovering over it. This shaped tip allows you to grab the thinnest of hairs and they are particularly adapted to remove unwanted hair or fuzz between eyebrows.”

♥︎ Eyelash Tweezers

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Best tweezers for eyelashes

There are also such things as eyelash tweezers – these are tweezers designed to help make putting false eyelashes on a hell of a lot easier. Instead of being slanted or pointy, they’re typically curved in line with the shape of your eyes. Others have a pair of blunt pincers. You can read more in our How to put on false eyelashes for beginners guide. 

♥︎ Pointed-slanted tweezers

Best tweezer for chin hair

Pointed slanted tweezers sit somewhere between pointed tweezers and slanted tweezers and are designed to pluck or remove unwanted hair, particularly from delicate or hard-to-reach areas like eyebrows, upper lip, or chin. These tweezers have a pointed and angled tip that allows for precise and accurate hair removal. The slanted tip is angled in such a way it  helps to grip the hair firmly and pull it out from the root without breaking it. The pointed tip, on the other hand, allows for precision when working on fine or short hair.

FURTHER READING: Thinning eyebrows: What causes eyebrow hair loss?

Why are some tweezers better than others? 

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There are a number of reasons why some tweezers are better than others, and it can’t always be determined by price. Ultimately, the best tweezers will be those that satisfy your specific needs and budget, but as a rule:

  • Material: The quality of the material used to make the tweezers is usually a good indicator of how well they perform. The best tweezers are typically made of durable and sturdy materials such as stainless steel. This not only makes them more effective at gripping and pulling out hair, but high-quality steel also stays sharper for longer.
  • Tip Shape: The shape of the tweezer tip is another factor that makes some tweezers better than others. Tweezers with a slanted or pointed tip can grasp hairs more precisely and firmly, making them more effective at plucking hair from the root. This is particularly important if you want to increase the time between plucks.
  • Alignment: The way that two halves of a tweezer tip are aligned is another reason why some tweezers are better than others. This effectively means how well they come together to create the pinching motion.
  • Grip and Comfort: Tweezers with a comfortable grip can help prevent hand fatigue during use, allowing for more precise and consistent hair removal. A non-slip grip can also help prevent accidental slipping during use, reducing the risk of injury or pulling out more hair than you intended!

What tweezers do professionals use?

To answer this question, we spoke to a number of eyebrow technicians and one name reigned supreme – Tweezerman. In particular, the tweezers that were recommended more than any other were the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, which also happens to be our Editor’s Pick.

Which are the best tweezers for facial hair in the UK?

The best tweezers for facial hair in the UK, as opposed to specific tweezers for eyebrows, are any that are thick and easy to grip. Facial hair can be thick in places and thin and fair in others so you need a pair of tweezers that can effectively handle both.

We recommend slanted point tweezers, like the pair found in the Brushworks collection or the Tweezerman Pointed Slant tweezers. This gives you precision and grip every time.

How can I sharpen my tweezers?

If your tweezers are dull – and you can tell they’re dull because they stop gripping hair effectively, or they snap hairs rather than pulling them out at the root – you may be able to sharpen them at home.

  • Step 1: Clean your tweezers with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any dirt or debris.
  • Step 2: Hold the tweezers with the tips facing down and gently file the tips in one direction using a sharpening stone or nail file/emery board. If the tweezers are slanted, try to maintain the original angle of the tips and only file the inside.
  • Step 3: Try plucking your hair to see if they’re sharp enough. If they’re not, continue filing until you achieve the desired result.
  • Step 4: Once sharpened, clean your tweezers again with rubbing alcohol to remove any metal filings.

Please note though that not all tweezers can be sharpened. Sharpening tweezers that are not designed to be sharpened can damage or ruin them.

Why are Tweezerman Tweezers so good?

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The reason Tweezerman Tweezers are so good, or at least why they’re so popular among professionals is because its tweezers meet many of the criteria listed in our Why are some tweezers better than others? section above.

  • Material: Tweezerman tweezers are made of high-quality, stainless steel. This means they’re durable, more resistant to rust and corrosion and, as a result, will last a long time. Thus making them a worthwhile investment.
  • Tips: Tweezerman prides itself on having “perfectly aligned” tips
  • Grip: Tweezerman tweezers are built to have a comfortable grip and are ergonomically designed. This makes it easier to stay in control while using the tweezers, and reduces the risk of slipping or dropping them.
  • Lifetime Guarantee: Tweezerman offers a lifetime guarantee on all of its products, including tweezers. This, coupled with the fact they last a long time and stay sharper for longer means that while you end up paying more upfront, you get better value for money than repeatedly buying cheap tweezers.

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