We’re not really on top of sports news–unless it somehow involves Kate Upton–but the NBA draft caught our attention because of one young guy who’s embracing his unique facial feature: a unibrow. Anthony Davis, who was the first draft pick for the New Orleans Hornets, made headlines last week not only because of his prowess on the court, but because of his refusal to tame that caterpillar over his eyes.
Davis played one year at the University of Kentucky, and fans got very creative, making signs and t-shirts that said “Bow to the Brow” and “Brow Down.” (see Ashley Judd, right, with the Kentucky mascot sporting the uni.) He’s not the least bit offended about the attention he’s gotten because of it; and not only is he refusing to groom it, he’s making it his signature, legally. According to CNBC, he’s trademarking the phrases “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow.” “I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis told CNBC. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”
You don’t have to convince us, Anthony. We know how important a unique physical characteristic can be, whether you’re a supermodel or an NBA superstar. But unlike say, Cindy Crawford’s fetching beauty mark, a unibrow is traditionally considered to be an undesirable physical trait. Could that possibly change? We decided to ask an expert: Soul Lee, the eyebrow and eyelash specialst at Kiehl’s Spa 1851 in NYC, gave us a peek into the psyche of guys via their eyebrow grooming requests.When it comes to brows, men don’t seem to be too interested in things like achieving the perfect arch. “Men always tell me not to make them look too feminine. What they want is just to clean up underneath the brow line and trim the long hairs,” Lee told us. “Most men ask me to clean up the hairs in between their brows for definition.”
And Lee hasn’t seen many Berts in her chair yet, but it’s early.”I haven’t come across unibrows yet!” Lee told us. “I think Anthony Davis trademarking his unibrow is smart because it’s part of his character and it works for him, but in reality I don’t think most men can carry the look. For me, clean and groomed brows are much sexier.” We have to agree.
Here’s how to get that perfect man brow, according to Lee: “Brow grooming should include trimming the long hairs, cleaning up in between the brows, between the hairline and outer corner of the brows, and underneath the brow line to keep the shape fresh and clean.” And for dudes who decide they want a little bit more up there above the eyes? We highly recommend Benefit’s Brow Zing kit for a little filler.
So will a unibrow be the new soul patch?