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To the Editor.—
In reply to an inquiry in QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, Thomas J. Baker, MD (241:2207, 1979), correctly states that a shaved eyebrow will grow back normally. There is, nevertheless, a valid objection to shaving the eyebrow before closure of a wound in that area. If the hair-bearing zones on each side of the wound are not precisely aligned, the regrown eyebrow may be distorted by a conspicuous zigzag. Leaving the eyebrow unshaved makes alignment easier and more certain. Surely this is the origin of the old (and current) taboo against shaving.
Dirckx JH. Shaving of Eyebrows. JAMA. 1980;243(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300280019016