If you think all versions of this handheld clamp tool all look the same, we suggest taking a pair of tweezers and pinching yourself in the face. Like its “Wonder Twin” grooming cousins, the scissors, not all tweezers are created equal. Remember, gentlemen, the greatest power is the freedom to choose. And choose we shall! Below are a list of types of tweezers and their unique functions. Depending on your individual preferences and needs, deploy the one(s) that will serve you best for the job at hand.
Flat Tip Tweezers - The Flat Tip is the granddaddy of all the tweezers. This iconic piece of engineering takes its name from the flat and angled tip at the end of each half of the pair of tweezers. This is the standard newbie tweezer that most of us tend to use when we are first introduced to grooming. This tool generally does a good job of removing excess hair. The flat tip gives the user a wider working surface. Some of the most common uses for the Flat Tip include plucking eyebrows and removing thicker facial hairs.
Slant (Angle) Tip Tweezers - The Slant Tip Tweezers, as the name suggest, have similar features as the Flat Tip Tweezers -- with the exception of the tip. Instead of being even (flat) headed at the bottom, these tweezers have a noticeably slanted angle. The Slant Tip Tweezers are by far the most popular tweezers found in the groom-unity. The angled tips allow for better positioning, enhanced maneuverability and precision plucking. This is a common tool for removing finer eyebrow hairs above the socket, and hairs near the bridge of the nose, as well as lengthy nose hairs. Ouch!
Pointy Tip Tweezers - The Pointy Tip is one scary-looking surgical precision type pair of tweezers. The Pointy Tip is the sharpest of the bunch, with a very fine and precise end. There is one primary purpose for this tweezer: removing hairs barely above the surface of the skin. Perfect for those painful ingrown hairs! There are a couple of things to note when using Pointy Tip Tweezers:
1) When applying this sharp tool, do not go straight down for the kill, as this approach will most likely cause you to stab yourself. The best way to use this tweezer is to apply it at an angle and work alongside the surface of the skin;
2) When reaching for that barely noticeable small hair on the surface, do not use the tip of the tweezer to dig at the skin, as this will cause damage to your skin, such as abrasions and infections. It’s always wise to stretch the skin around the area of the hair, to expose as much of the gripping surface as possible, and then reaching in from an angle for the execution; and
3) Make sure to take proper actions in sanitizing the tip of the tweezer after using it -- and, we’d like to add, before using it next time, as well.
We’ll introduce a few more plucking friends (say that really fast) of ours… stay tuned for the Tweezers: part 2 of 2.