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 weeks— even months— 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… I’m now looking at it and it’s almost completely filled back in. This might be work a try! I’m using Country Life’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!