Whether you’ve gone overboard with tweezing or given in to the bleached brow trend, learning how to grow brows is no easy feat. We’ve all been there – what started as a bit of maintenance quickly turned into a disaster. Or you finally took the plunge and bleached your brows after being swayed by Kim Kardashian and lizzo—and immediately regretted it. Whatever the case, his brows are now sparse and brittle and she needs all the help she can get.
Fortunately, there are a few important things you can do to help bring your brows back from the grave. All it takes is a few good practices and a few products. That being said, you are hair growth on your body, so don’t expect overnight results and let nature do its thing.
“Patience is key,” he says Sania Vucetajeyebrow expert and founder of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York “The eyebrow growth process can take up to a year, so be patient.” Vucetaj, who has worked on the famous brows of Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna, says the most common mistake is using a magnifying mirror, which can lead to over-plucking.
jared bailey, Benefit Cosmetics Global Brow Expert, says that new growth depends on your body. “Eyebrow hair is like head hair: it grows in a cycle,” he says. “Depending on how healthy your brow hair follicles are, it can take anywhere from 12 to 16 full weeks to see the full potential in your hair growth.”
Ready to get your brows in top shape? Below, Vucetaj and Bailey share their top tips on how to grow brows back.
What causes eyebrow hair loss?
There are a multitude of possible reasons why your eyebrows are thinning. Over-plucking is most common, but there are some less obvious culprits.
“Brow hair, like hair on your head, changes in density over time,” says Bailey. “This can be caused by many reasons, from hormonal changes to diet and nutrition. However, the most common reason why people’s eyebrows thin out over the years is due to improper plucking. It can damage the dermal vessel that supports the hair follicle. Once you do that, the eyebrows will have a hard time growing back over time.”
Both Bailey and Vucetaj advise having the brows shaped by a professional. If you must pluck it out, keep in mind that each hair is connected to a small blood vessel that keeps it healthy and allows it to grow back when the hair is removed. Once that glass is broken, the hair never comes back.
“To epilate correctly, you need to hold the skin taut with one finger, and then pluck the hair in the direction it’s growing,” says Bailey. “Usually that direction is up or toward the temple, rather than out. As tempting as it is to grab multiple hairs, go for one brow hair at a time. This will help make sure you don’t grab the wrong one and end up with a patch or a hole.”
What should I avoid while growing my browsers?
Another big no no? Apply skin care products on the eyebrows. “In order to regrow your brows and also to preserve them, it’s crucial that you avoid applying oils or creams to the brow area,” says Vucetaj. “Moisturizers, sunscreens, foundation and face wash can clog the follicle hair and not just prevent it from growing back. , but also cause detachment. These creams are great for the skin, but be careful to avoid them on the brows.”