What Should I Consider When Buying Tweezers?

H. Cornwell
H. Cornwell
Ingrown hairs can require pointed tip tweezers.
Ingrown hairs can require pointed tip tweezers.

The main considerations when buying tweezers are the shape, size and material. Perhaps the most important consideration, however, is shape: pointed, slanted, or round tip. In choosing the shape, you'll want to consider what you'll be using the tweezers for as well as your personal preferences, if any.

Pointed tip tweezers are often best suited for removing hair stubble, ingrown hairs or splinters. The fine tip gives the user precise control to pluck or remove the unwanted target. When you are buying tweezers with a pointed tip, you should be sure not to drop them and to protect the pointed end. Most pointed tip tweezers come with a protective covering.

Straight tip tweezers are excellent for use on stubborn hairs.
Straight tip tweezers are excellent for use on stubborn hairs.

Slanted tip tweezers offer more flexibility in removing unwanted or stray hairs. The most common use of the slanted tip tweezer is for grooming eyebrows. You can use the tip for fine hairs or the slanted section for the rest of your tweezing needs. When buying tweezers with a slanted tip you should look for a pair that has a sharp edge. Some well-known and popular brands provide free sharpening for their tweezers.

Tweezers used by cosmetology professionals are designed to be easy to use.
Tweezers used by cosmetology professionals are designed to be easy to use.

For coarse plucking needs, you may want to consider buying tweezers with a round tip. Tweezers with a round tip don't need to be sharpened. The disadvantage of buying tweezers with a round or blunt tip is that they are less accurate. Slanted and pointed tip tweezers generally allow for more precise plucks!

When buying tweezers you'll also want to consider the overall tweezer size. For a more optimal tweezing experience, go for the pair that fits in your hand comfortably and are easy to manipulate. You can find tweezers with longer handles and varying lengths of slanted or rounded tips. If the traditional pincer style of tweezers is hard to use you can buy tweezers that have a grip similar to a pair of scissors or ones with a wider grip in the middle for your fingers and thumb to rest on.

When buying tweezers, consider their shapes, sizes and what they're made of.
When buying tweezers, consider their shapes, sizes and what they're made of.

When you are buying tweezers look for a pair that is made of stainless steel for easy cleaning and care. Some brands of tweezers have enamel or plastic coating in different colors which is fine as long as the tips of the tweezers are stainless steel.

There are many other uses for tweezers that do not include personal grooming or care. These include optical tweezers, stamp tongs, and tweezers for biology or electronic work. For each of these, you can buy a pair of tweezers that are made specifically for your needs.

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Discussion Comments

burcinc

@ysmina-- I think that curved and slanted tweezers are easy to maneuver and often have more precision. So you can grab the exact hair without too much trouble, granted that the tips have good grip however. My brother actually uses a curved tweezers while fixing his computer. It sounds crazy but he says it works great for him.

I personally have been using slanted stainless steel tweezers for many years. I mostly use them to shape my eyebrows. Stainless steel is the best because it's strong and cannot break or bend under pressure. Unfortunately, after several years of use, tweezers lose their sharpness and do not grab hairs as they should. At that point, I usually just buy a new one.

ysmina

I've noticed that some tweezers are straight and others are curved. Is one type better than the other?

literally45

I experience ingrown hairs frequently so when I was shopping for tweezers, I looked for tweezers that would work both for regular hair and ingrown hair. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a tweezers that serves both purposes. But I did find a tweezers set with both regular tweezers and pointed tip tweezers.

I'm very happy with my purchase. The set was not cheap but I suspect that it will last me for many years. So it's a good buy.

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    • Ingrown hairs can require pointed tip tweezers.
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      Ingrown hairs can require pointed tip tweezers.
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      Straight tip tweezers are excellent for use on stubborn hairs.
    • Tweezers used by cosmetology professionals are designed to be easy to use.
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      Tweezers used by cosmetology professionals are designed to be easy to use.
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      When buying tweezers, consider their shapes, sizes and what they're made of.