TROUBLESHOOTING: SPARSE BROWS

Thanks to reader Hanan for a great question regarding sparse eyebrows! This is a relevant problem that I’m sure most of us have faced at one point or another; here are some of my remedies for growing back your brows.

 

Over-tweezing, waxing accidents, not paying close enough attention, or visiting the wrong salon… Whatever the reason, there’s nothing that makes my blood pressure rise more than realizing I’ve taken off too much of my eyebrows. These are costly mistakes that can take weeksโ€” even monthsโ€” to repair! Sadly, I’ve dealt with plucking accidents more than just a few times, so I’ve learned a few tricks to stimulating regrowth and hiding the mistake in the meanwhile. Here are some remedies that have worked for me:

.Latisse. Definitely the best growth stimulator I’ve used yet. I would recommend Latisse for those of you who had thicker brows to begin with, plucked them much thinner, and want to go back to thick brows again. However, just like your lashes, it takes a few weeks to start seeing significant growth. I started to see a difference in about 3 weeks, so that’s not too bad. With any hair growth product you’ll have to wait at least that long. Here’s a tip: Since you’re not applying it so close to your eyes like you do when you apply it to your lashes, go ahead and use Latisse twice a day on your brows. It’s not safe to do this for your lashes, though (the solution in Latisse is actually a glaucoma medication, so it’s not safe to use on or near your eyes more than once a day and for a prolonged period of time).

Vitamins! I started using a hair, skin, and nails vitamin just over a month ago, and I’m already so pleased with it. Not only because it’s making a difference in my hair, but I’m noticing faster growth in my brows, too! I didn’t think about my brows when I started taking the vitamins, but I noticed the difference and couldn’t be happier. Yes, I have to pluck more often, but I’d rather have that problem than the other way around! In fact, I had one bald spot in my left eyebrow that would not grow back for the longest time…ย  I’m now looking at it and it’s almost completely filled back in. This might be work a try! I’m using Country Lifeโ€™s Maxi-Hair, and you can find it at your nearest Whole Foods store for 15 bucks (90 tablets).

While you’re waiting for the sparse areas to grow back, a great tool to mask those mistakes is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes. It’s got everything you need to fill in your brows: Wax (to make the powder stick wherever you apply it), powder duo (colors of your choice), stencils, angled brush, and both a matte and shimmer highlighter for your brow bones.

The main thing to remember with eyebrow regrowth is to be patient! There are some spots that will take much longer to grow back than others… Just be sure that you’re being super careful if you do your eyebrows yourself, or visit a salon that you know does excellent work!


Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

There are 5 comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks for this post. I have a related question. I’ve been recently dealing with some over waxed brows, and have been filling in with Anastasia’s makeup while my eyebrows are growing back. The problem is I’ve noticed the skin in that area has seemed dry lately — kind of flaky and sometimes if I try to pick out the dry skin or flakes, hairs will come out with it.

    It’s really bothering me, especially since I’m trying to grow BACK the hair. I currently only use Dove soap and water to wash my face plus a moisturizer in the day and vitamin e/olive oil at night. Any tips on how to keep this area moisturized enough not to cause breakage? Is it possible I’m not scrubbing enough in the eyebrow area, hence causing all this dead skin to build up there? Thanks!

    • I’ve dealt with dry lids/eyebrow area before, and it’s really frustrating because it’s a sensitive area of your face, yet you want to make sure you keep it exfoliated. Instead of using an actual scrub, I would use a gentle cleanser like the Cetaphil and use the trick I mentioned above in the article about a hot wash cloth. The heat and steam will really open up your pores and soften the skin at the same time, so immediately after you wipe off the cleanser with the hot wash cloth, apply an EYE CREAM around your eyebrow area. Eye creams tend to be much more rich than regular facial moisturizers, so this’ll provide extra moisture for the flaky area. Let me know if this works out for you!

      Also, a tip for growing out your brows: Use Latisse or a similar eyelash serum on your eyebrows where you want the hair to grow. That stuff will promote hair growth anywhere there are follicles ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    This is why I absolutely love your site! I’ve taken your advice and I already see a huge difference in my skin and eyebrows. Ive been using cetaphil for about 3 weeks now, and from the first day I used it I could already feel the difference. My face doesn’t feel like it’s about to crack anymore when I wash up at the end of the night! And the flakiness in the eyebrows is gone! Ive also been using latisse for a about two weeks now and I’m already seeing results as well. All in all my skin and eyebrows are looking great. Thanks for all your great advice and such a great site!!

    • SO happy to hear that!!! I’m glad it’s working out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ If you ever have any other questions that I might be able to help with, definitely write me! Take care, and thanks for supporting!

  • Vadia says:

    Where can I get latisse from?!!

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