If you’ve spent hours gazing in front of the mirror, wishing you could have your virgin eyebrows back, you're not alone. We remember the first time we went crazy with our mom's pair of tweezers, attacking that unibrow and those pesky stray hairs. Who hasn’t over-plucked at one point or another? Or, perhaps if you were extra unlucky, your teenage years coincided with the era of pencil-thin brows.
While we can’t turn back time, we can grow our eyebrows back. And even if you've never been much of an eyebrow plucker or waxer, you too can grow out fuller eyebrows.
How Long Does It Take for Eyebrows to Grow Back?
“Give it at least two to three months to see hair growth. The hair growth cycle for eyebrows is between three and four months, so you need enough time for the hair to respond to your changes,” Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal told Cleveland Clinic.
How to Grow Your Eyebrows
If you've never plucked or waxed but want fuller brows or have fallen victim to over-tweezing, the steps to growing or regrowing your brows is more or less the same. Follow these simple steps to grow — or regrow— your brows fast:
1. Put Down the Tweezers and Cancel Your Wax Appointment
Brow experts recommend leaving your eyebrows alone for at least two months before reshaping whatsoever. So toss the tweezer — or at least set them aside for now — and resist the urge to pluck (yes, not even that one annoying hair that seems way off course). Cancel any waxing or threading appointments. The first step to growing your eyebrows is to just let them be.
2. Moisturize Your Skin
Just as seeds grow better in fertilized soil, brows grow better in healthy skin. So prep your skin — cleanse, tone, and most importantly, moisturize it — for maximum hair wellness. Yes, brow growth actually starts with your skincare routine. Moisturized skin will encourage healthy follicles. For utmost moisture, we can’t live without our pure marula oil. Apply a few drops in your palm, then use your fingertips to massage the oil all over your face, concentrating on your brow area. Boasting high oleic acid content, this super-oil penetrates deeper than any other face oil, sealing in moisture and repairing past damage. Since oil is an occlusive, this should be the last step in your skincare after moisturizer as it will help your skin retain moisture.
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3. Stay Hydrated
Now that your skin is moisturized to encourage healthy brow growth, you’ll want to remember to keep your insides hydrated as well. Drinking water is one of the most important factors for staying healthy, and naturally, this makes sense, given the human adult body is comprised of 60% water. Most experts recommend at least eight glasses of water per day, which is great for hair as keeping hydrated ensures that our follicles are getting lubricated, thus stimulating growth. Not a fan of plain H2O? You can try adding slices of cucumber or lemon to your water to give it a fun, tasty twist.
4. Improve Your Diet
If you suspect that your slow hair growth is in relation to your diet, it’s time to switch things up. Without giving your body the proper nutrients to function, you can’t expect to have thick, luscious brows as a result. An iron-packed diet will make a big difference. Try eating leafy greens as many times throughout the day, as well as avocado, fish, nuts and legumes to encourage healthy hair growth.
5. Take a Hair Vitamin
At VEGAMOUR, we believe that healthy growing hair starts from the inside out, which is why taking supplements is a key part of any routine. You’ve likely heard of the wonders that biotin can do for your hair, and and that goes for your eyebrow hair, too. A daily biotin hair gummy is an easy way to encourage healthy hair. Our Lovestruck Bitoin Gummies for Hair are 100% vegan and contain biotin, folic acid, zinc, vitamins A, C, and E, and essential B-vitamins.
6. Massage Your Brows
Giving your brows a massage may sound a little strange — but hear us out! Eyebrow massages don’t only feel amazing, but they can also be very beneficial to promoting growth. Massages can help increase blood flow to the hair follicles, thus encouraging the follicles to receive more nutrients and oxygen, which can lead to healthy hair growth. Apply pressure onto each brow with your fingertips and massage in a circular motion for the best results.
7. Apply a Nutrient Boost
To help your eyebrows grow back faster, you’ll need a nutrient-rich eyebrow serum to nourish your hair follicles. Enter our signature vegaBROW Volumizing Serum — there’s a reason it's the fastest-growing brow product in the world! Just swipe the applicator brush along your brow line once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should see visible growth around thirty days. And you can feel good using vegaBROW every day knowing it is plant-based, hormone-free and toxin-free, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.
8. Fake Full Brows
We know you’re anxious for that coveted full brow look — and there's nothing wrong with a little makeup to get the look in the meantime. You can use a tinted brow gel to add some color to your brows and also brush them up into place to create the appearance of thicker brows.
Another popular method is to use an eye pencil in a shade closest to your natural hair color. To help create thicker brows, Gucci Westman, the makeup artist responsible for making Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz look flawless, uses feathery, gentle strokes to fill in brows with a pencil that matches her natural brow color. Using your eyebrow pencil, hold the pencil upright next to your nose — this is where your brow should start. Then, angle the top of the pencil to the end of your eyebrow to create a triangle — this is where your brow should end. Fill in your natural brows with light strokes and use a brow brush to brush your hairs up, creating a full look and making your pencil strokes appear more natural.
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9. Be Gentle With Your Brows
Committing to your new brow routine takes effort — you can't expect to get Cara Delevingne brows overnight. Make sure you’re set up for success and baby those brows. When removing your makeup, opt for an oil-free makeup remover and wipe gently with a cotton ball, pad or square. Harsh scrubbing could cause you to lose precious eyebrow hairs so be gentle.
10. Be Patient — Growing Your Eyebrows Takes Time
When it comes to growing out your eyebrows, patience is definitely key. Just like watching a pot of water doesn’t help it boil any faster, the same is true for obsessing over eyebrow growth. It may be a couple of months before you see noticeable changes. Take before and after photos so you can really see a difference after some time has passed. If you stare at your beautiful brows everyday hoping for change, it will be harder to notice any difference.
How vegaBROW Serum Works
Many wonder, “does an eyebrow serum actually work?” The short answer is yes. Not only have vegaBROW volumizing serum ingredients been proven effective in clinical trials, but our brow serum also outperformed the chemical competition in timing and growth! Our serums feature bio-active phytomolecules that naturally open up and restore the communication channels between your dermal papilla and your follicles, enabling growth stimulation. The longer your follicles receive these signals, the more time they have to grow and volumize. The more active follicles you have, the denser your hair becomes. Simultaneously, our formulas strengthen the roots for less fallout or breakage. It’s a win-win!
What’s in vegaBROW Serum?
vegaBROW features two natural active ingredients to encourage eyebrow growth or regrowth:
- Mung Bean: Strengthens the connection to the hair follicle, for less fallout
- Red Clover: Stimulates follicles to encourage growth
While home remedies, including the highly popular castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil, might be affordable (and ones you most certainly can try), they're ultimately not as effective as a serum that is formulated specifically to help with eyebrow growth. Castor oil, for example, is often lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, which seems to be partially true. Though when it comes to hair growth, things are a little more complicated. While anti-inflammatories can help with inflammation-induced hair problems, it’s actually pretty rare that it’s the only reason for hair loss or damage for most people. This factor alone indicates castor oil isn’t some miracle ingredient that can do it all. It's also quite sticky so you can't wear it under makeup, possibly leaving you with only evening applications if you wear makeup daily.
We know how important brows are to a face, and we’re just here to help you feel your best. Explore our collection of brow products today.
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Rahimah Herd contributed to the reporting for this article.