We are not going to talk about the difference between a man or a woman or discuss the fact that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. We will just analyse all those small details that make the difference when working in our field.
First of all, men and women are histologically different. Men have dense and full eyebrows. The skin is characterised by the follicles, which produce hairs, and these are fed with oxygen and nutrients via the bloodstream, making them healthy. Next to each follicle, there is a sebaceous gland which produces sebum and is different from the sweat gland which, on the other hand, comes out from a pore. The sebaceous gland produces squalene, triglycerides, wax esters and other toxic substances, while the sweat gland produces water and salts. The higher the number of hairs the greater the number of sebaceous glands, so there is a substantial difference between women and men, since man have twice the number of hairs.
We can say that the skin of a man is like a wet sponge, while the skin of a woman is like a piece of wood. If I push colour into wood, the pigment adheres perfectly to the underlying tissue and I will create great hair effects but, if I push the same amount of pigment into a wet sponge, what I will see is an uncontrolled colour migration.
That is why, when working on a man we do not use the same dermopigmentation criteria applied to women, but we will use different speeds, depths, movements, angles and hand positions.
As for the eyebrow structure, hair arrangement is pretty different as well. Men’s eyebrows are not defined, have more straw hairs and are definitely more natural.
Of course, men and women have different needs. Women often turn to us to hide imperfections and improve their look, while men usually have problems related to hair loss which affect also their eyebrows and they want to re-construct the eyebrow shape they have lost, especially if they suffer from alopecia universalis. In this case, the operator will study the situation to identify the right shape based on the morphology of the face of his customer.