Whether you went overboard with tweezers or caved in to the bleached eyebrows trend, learning how to grow eyebrows back is no easy feat. We’ve all been there: what started out as a little upkeep quickly spiraled into an over-plucked mess. Or you finally took the plunge and bleached your brows after being influenced by Kim Kardashian and Lizzo—and immediately regretted it. Whatever the case, your eyebrows are now left sparse and brittle and you need all the help you can get.
Luckily, there are a few important things you can do to help bring your brows back from grave. All it takes it some good practices and a few products. That being said, you are growing hair from your body, so don’t expect results overnight and let nature do its thing.
“Patience is key,” says Sania Vucetaj, brow expert and founder of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York City. “The brow regrowth journey 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 regrowth depends on your body. “Hair on your brows is like the hair on your head: it grows in a cycle,” he says. “Depending on how healthy your hair follicles in your brows are, it can take a full 12 to 16 weeks to see the fullest potential in your hair growth.”
Ready to get your brows in top shape? Ahead, Vucetaj and Bailey share their best tips on how to grow eyebrows back.
What causes eyebrow hair loss?
There are multitude of possible reasons why your eyebrows are thinning. Most commonly it’s over-plucking hair, but there are a few less obvious culprits.
“Brow hair, like the hair on your head, changes density over time,” says Bailey. “This can be caused by so many reasons, from hormonal shifts to diet and nutrition. However, the most common reason people’s brows thin throughout the years is due to improper hair removal. You can damage the derma vessel that supports the hair follicle. Once you do that, brows will struggle to grow back over time.”
Both Bailey and Vucetaj advise getting your eyebrows shaped by a professional. If you must pluck, be aware that each hair is connected to a tiny blood vessel that keeps it healthy and allows it to grow back when the hair is removed. Once that vessel is ruptured, the hair never returns.
“To tweeze properly, you must hold the skin taut with one finger and then tweeze the hair in the direction it is growing,” says Bailey. “Typically, that direction is upward or toward the temple, rather than straight out. As tempting as it may be to grab multiple hairs, go for one brow hair at a time. This will help ensure you don’t grab the wrong one and end up with a patch or a hole.”
What should I avoid while growing my brows?
Another big no-no? Getting skin care products on your eyebrows. “To grow back your brows and also preserve them, it is crucial you avoid getting any oils or creams on the brow area,” says Vucetaj. “Moisturizers, sunscreens, foundation, and face wash can clog the hair follicle and not only prevent regrowth, but also cause shedding. These creams are great for the skin but be conscious to avoid them on the brows.”