Many women deal with hereditary sparse brows, or it may be the result of years of over plucking with tweezers, and even certain medical conditions may cause sparse brows that are impossible to shape. This can be very frustrating and many women think there is nothing they can do to remedy the situation. We’ve compiled some realistic and easy methods that you can do today to either encourage brow growth or to realistically fill in your brows to imitate lush and full brows.
Manyexperts encourage this simple method of encouraging hair growth in the brow area. Use a baby toothbrush or soft bristle toothbrush to gently exfoliate the brow area to stimulate the hair follicles.
Brow Serums and Professional Methods
Powered by peptides, there are many eyelash and brow serums to choose from that encourage hair growth at the follicle level. These peptides work by increasing the anagen cycle, and this is the growth phase of all hair including eyebrow and eyelash hair. There are also Hair Growth drugs that you may talk to a dermatologist about. Many dermatologists prescribe eyebrow and eyelash growth products like Latisse to patients. These prescription products aren’t FDA-approved for brow growth, but they’re endorsed by dermatologists. Dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler endorsed it in the pages of Allure, and Dr. Wexler is a famous celebrity dermatologist. Using these prescription products for eyebrows carries the same risks as using it for lashes, which can include darkened irises and skin discoloration. This is also a temporary cure, as when you stop using the product, the effects quickly subside.
Brow pencils are a little difficult to use, but once you get the hang of it, this can be an easy and fast addition to your morning makeup routine. The trick is to draw in arches in quick feathered strokes for a natural effect. Do not draw on arches in single strokes. Go light, slow and gentle, because it’s always easier to put more on than it is to take it all off and start over again. Choose a soft and waxy wand, which will help you achieve a softer and more smooth effect than a harsh pencil would.
Use a brow brush to gently brush brows into place in the appropriate shape that you would like to achieve. Then dip into an appropriately colored pressed brow powder (no darker than a shade or two from your natural brow color) and much as you would with a pencil, use small and light strokes to gently apply powder to your brows. The only downside to eyebrow powder can be very, very tricky to apply correctly and naturally, but if done correctly it will provide the most natural looking effect. Practice will perfect your application. The other pitfall to watch out for is its’ staying power is limited, it doesn’t cling to skin well, so for filling sparse patches it is best to start with an eyebrow pencil before using a powder. Brow powder is best used by women whose eyebrows are already nicely shaped. However, you want eyebrows that are a bit thicker or darker, so this may not be the best option for what you want to achieve.
For those on a tight schedule in the morning, or simply want a more lasting effect and do not want to have to add an additional step to their morning routine, Brow Tinting may be the way to go. Professionals are now able to make brows appear where you might previously have thought there were none. In some cosmetically magical way, they’re able to get the color to latch on to not only brow hairs but even the tiny peach fuzz underneath your brows that you may not even be able to see. This effect is easy, relatively low in cost and will make your brows appear fuller immediately. This treatment is semi-permanent, so you will see effects lasting up to a full six weeks!
In summary, almost every woman I know wishes that she was born with lush and full eyebrows that she could shape and contour to her desire, but this is simply not the case for most of us, especially if you are no longer in your early 20’s or enduring a medical condition (I would like to dedicate this particular article to my mother, who is finishing treatment for breast cancer this week and is now cancer free!). But do not fret, there are many easy methods to either regrow or simulate the lush and wonderful brows we all deserve! Just remember, we recommend going to a professional before you try some of these tactics!