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.
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.
Best tweezers for: Ingrown hairs
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
Please note though that not all tweezers can be sharpened. Sharpening tweezers that are not designed to be sharpened can damage or ruin them.
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.
Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget