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July 2017

Consider the Monobrow

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(7):659. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.1717

Synophrys refers to the meeting of medial eyebrows at midline forming a single band of hair. In western culture today, synophrys, known also as the “unibrow” or “monobrow,” is frequently regarded as an undesirable physical trait. It has been portrayed in media as comical, unattractive, and even sinister. Examples of television and film characters with synophrys include Bert from Sesame Street, Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold!, and Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Given these cultural associations, it is unsurprising that people in North America with this pattern of hair growth often take measures to better differentiate individual eyebrows, including waxing, plucking, and shaving.

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