Ask Belle: Bringing Back Your Brows
Feb 25, 2015
I over plucked my brows when I was younger and I want to grow them back. Every time I try to let them grow in I get frustrated by the slow progress and take the tweezer to them. Do you have any tips for growing them back fast or at least better?
Ah, growing back your eyebrows…what fun! Reinvigorating your brows is possible, but the key ingredient is patience. If you keep reaching for the tweezer, throw.the.thing.away. Commit to letting a professional shape them in the interim.
What does the perfect brow look like? That’s a matter of preference. Thick brows, like Hilary Rhoda’s, are great if you keep them trim. I like more of a Camilla Belle look, medium thickness, well-groomed. But if you want them a bit thinner, Charlize Theron is a good example. Just don’t push them too far.
As for how to regrow them, I would suggest starting with a vitamin. You’d be surprised what a multi-vitamin will do for your hair and nails. If you already take a multi, some women have great luck taking pre-natal vitamins. Though, if you go that route, you may want to give your boyfriend/husband a heads up. It can be awkward if they’re found sitting in the cupboard.
Also, you can grow them back in stages. Allow the hairs nearest the eyebrow to grow in first, tweezing the stragglers. Once those hairs are grown in enough to define the area, repeat with the next layer, and so on.
I grew mine in this way, and it really helped avoid that mangey look. Though it definitely took patience.
If you really want to speed things up, you can try an eyelash condition like this one from Talika. Unlike most of the lash/brow re-grow products on the market, this one isn’t packed with chemicals. The product contains plant-derived ingredients that don’t irritate the skin.
Looking for something cheaper? Good old Vitamin E oil is always an option, as is olive oil from your kitchen. But these tend to make my skin breakout.
Whether you’re growing your brows back in or not, you should fill them in to give them more oomph. I like the YBF eyebrow pencil in ‘universal taupe.’ Or you can go all in with the Anastasia brow kit. For a tutorial on filling them in, this YouTube video is the best one I’ve found.