In our last post, we looked at the causes of brow thinning and loss. Now we’ll move on to some problem solving! What can be done to regrow eyebrows or supplement or replace them? Let’s get started….
1. Lose the Tweezers!
Or the wax. Or the thread. It’s important to give your eyebrows a rest. Let your follicles heal, and allow your hairs to move through their natural growth cycle. It’s equally important during this time to break any habit of removing hairs.
2. Get Proper Nutrition
Make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need for your overall health as well as your hair health. Hair especially craves Vitamins A and C, zinc, protein, and iron. Just remember that too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss.
3. Try Eyebrow Growth Serums
While growing out your eyebrows, using a serum can nourish and condition the area and give Mother Nature a boost. Serums are popular because they work well for a lot of people, don’t require a prescription, are convenient to use, and are available at a wide range of price points.
Common ingredients in serums include peptides, biotin and other vitamins, botanical extracts, amino acids, and protein. Each ingredient in a formulation has a role in providing the most favorable conditions for hair health and for encouraging eyebrows to reach their full potential.
Everyone’s skin is unique, so what works well for one person may not get the same great outcome for another. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a perfect serum for yourself the first time around. But if not, you might want to try a differently formulated serum or two because results do vary a lot from one individual to another.
4. Use Natural Treatments
Many people prefer to use natural products and techniques. In the case of eyebrow growth treatments, folks use a variety of ingredients, either alone or in a natural or organic product formulated for eyebrow health. Castor oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, aloe vera, and egg yolk are used to encourage eyebrow growth. Oils can moisturize and treat some of the underlying conditions that contribute to hair loss. Oils also make existing hair appear darker and thicker.
Natural remedies are usually applied to the eyebrows once a day, being careful to avoid getting any product in the eye.
Other natural treatments include massage to increase circulation and gentle exfoliation (for example, with a washcloth) to remove dead skin cells and allow products to penetrate the skin more easiily.
5. Apply Latisse
Latisse (generic name bimatoprost) is a prescription topical liquid created to grow longer eyelashes. It’s recognized to have the same effect when used on eyebrows. Latisse is applied daily with a tiny brush. As with many other treatments, when you stop using Latisse, the effects also stop. Latisse can have the side effect of darkening the skin of the eyelid. If so, skin usually returns to its original color after Latisse is discontinued.
Because Latisse is available by prescription, you have to consider the cost of the medication as well as doctor visits.
I’ve used Latisse myself for about a year and can say that it worked. It definitely increased the length of the individual eyebrow hairs and may have increased the thickness somewhat. I didn’t notice many, if any, new hairs growing, but the ones that were already there grew faster and longer. I stopped using Latisse because it wasn’t the best fit for my problems. I didn’t need longer hairs. I just wanted my thin hairs to thicken and my missing hairs to grow back. Each individual’s needs and DNA are unique, though, so I’d say this product is certainly worth a try.
6. (Don’t) Use Rogaine
Rogaine (generic name minoxidil) is an over-the-counter topical product FDA-approved to treat hereditary loss of scalp hair. Though there are accounts online of people who’ve used Rogaine to grow their eyebrows, that’s not its intended or approved purpose. It hasn’t been tested on the eyebrows. Reliable information about what happens when Rogaine accidentally gets into a person’s eyes is unavailable. For these reasons, I would not recommend Rogaine to regrow eyebrows.
7. Stay Aware of Low-level Light Therapy
Low-level light therapy (LLLT) is controversial because of mixed results and our current lack of understanding of exactly how it works to restore hair. LLLT devices (usually combs or helmets) use LEDs or cold lasers that produce no heat and as such are safe. The light is thought to be absorbed by and to stimulate follicles, thus increasing hair growth.
Some people swear by laser treatments to encourage hair growth. There are even FDA-approved products available that are recommended by dermatologists to enhance medical treatments. But LLLT doesn’t work for everyone.
When it comes to eyebrows, there is no FDA-approved product. Little testing has been done to date. And, it’s not advisable to use laser light so close to the eyes. Because of the promising results of light therapy on scalp hair, I’d say we should wait hopefully for new research and technology to help regrow eyebrows.
8. Get a Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling is a procedure that involves superficially piercing the skin with tiny needles (about 1 mm or less in length) on a handheld tool. Microneedling is often done by an aesthetician, but there are products available for people to use themselves at home. Aestheticians have reported good results in microneedling the brows combined with the follow-up use of products such as serums and castor oil.
The concept behind microneedling is that the needles inflict a tiny injury to the skin, an event that stimulates the skin to send agents to speed healing and growth. Microneedling is also thought to help topical products penetrate more deeply for more effective results.
9. Apply Temporary Makeup
A time-honored solution to thinning or missing brows is to use cosmetics. Stencils and stamps are available in various styles, or eyebrows can be created freehand or touched up as needed. There are a lot of videos available online to teach techniques for creating striking brows, as well as a huge variety of pencils, powders, and tinted gels to work with.
Cosmetics are a fairly cheap way to enhance eyebrows, and the effects are completely reversible. Downsides include the need to apply them daily if a consistent look is desired, as well as the skill often required to get a great outcome.
10. Get Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup (also called semi-permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, or microblading) is a type of tattoo applied to the face or body for correction or enhancement. The eyebrows are a very popular area for permanent makeup.
This technique uses dye rather than ink so that the results are less permanent than traditional tattoos. The color usually fades gradually over a few years. But before getting permanent cosmetics, know that the color may not fade away entirely. And of course, remember that styles of wearing cosmetics change over time.
Permanent makeup is great for people who might have problems applying ordinary makeup due to shaking hands or poor eyesight or coordination. Risks include possible injury to the follicle (causing hair not to grow back), eyebrows that don’t match, infection, and dissatisfaction with the outcome. Results depend a lot on the skill of the technician, so choose carefully!
11. Have Your Brows Colored
If brows are graying or blonde, dyeing them a darker shade will make them more noticeable. The process of coloring the hair also tends to expand and thicken individual strands. Leave this job to a trained professional to avoid accidentally getting chemicals in your eyes. Choose the color with care to avoid a harsh or unnatural look.
12. Get Eyebrow Extensions
This salon treatment involves a technician painstakingly attaching up to hundreds of human hairs to the eyebrow with surgical glue. Clients come back every two weeks for a touch up.
Advantages of eyebrow extensions are that they’re painless, reversible, and very natural looking. Unfortunately, at about $150 every two weeks, they’re pricey to maintain, and there aren’t a lot of beauty professionals well versed in the technique.
13. Wear False Eyebrows
Also called fake eyebrows or eyebrow wigs, false eyebrows are usually made of human hair and are attached to the face with skin-safe glue. They look surprising realistic and are considered by most wearers to be comfortable and easy to use. Eyebrow wigs are intended to last for two to three months with daily wear and should be removed at night. At about $50 a pair, they’re a great value.
False eyebrows are especially useful (and can even be life-changing) for people experiencing total loss of their eyebrows from alopecia, trichotillomania, or cancer treatment.
14. Consider Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
This technique, performed by a doctor in an office setting, involves drawing some of your own blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate it, and injecting just your platelet-rich plasma into your eyebrows. The PRP contains beneficial growth factors and nutrients and improves blood flow in the area of the injection, according to the doctors who use the treatment. The injection contributes to a better environment for follicles to repair and regenerate.
Results should be visible within two to four months. If not, another treatment may be necessary. And, a booster treatment may be needed later on. The cost is about $900 per treatment.
15. Eyebrow Transplant
For people who want a permanent, no-fuss, natural-looking solution, an eyebrow transplant is an ideal option. Your living hair follicle is harvested from your scalp, often from the nape or behind your ears, and transplanted to your brows. Some newly transplanted hairs tend to fall out but are expected to grow back in. Because the hairs are taken from the scalp, they will always grow faster than native eyebrow hairs and must be trimmed on a weekly basis.
An eyebrow transplant is a laborious medical procedure and as such usually costs about $4000 to $6000. It’s also a surgical procedure with possible pain, a recovery period, and risks such as infection.
16. See a Doctor (If You Need To)
Certain problems that lead to eyebrow loss are medical in nature. Examples include thyroid problems, alopecia, and dermatological condiions.
In these cases, it’s necessary to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and, possibly, treatments and medications. Often when the underlying problem is resolved, eyebrows grow back.
I hope this post has given you some food for thought. Keep in mind, there’s no reason to limit yourself to only one tactic to regrow eyebrows. With so many options to choose from, you’ll find something that works for your unique situation, I’m sure.
Please leave a question, suggestion, or reaction in the comments section. Have you used any of the treatments mentioned? What happened? Please share.
Wishing you great results!