Like all trends in fashion and cosmetics, the ideal eyebrow shape seems to change with each generation. In the 90s, thin and sharp brows were the look, while recent trends seen on New York City runways suggest that thick, full, and bushy brows are much preferred.
But while eyebrow trends come and go, one thing is for sure — you want to have healthy, fuller brows that stand the test of time and offer the most freedom for shaping and styling. This means doing everything to promote new regrowth and natural eyebrow development and possibly using alternative therapies to supplement your efforts along the way.
Thicker brows are healthy, natural brows, no matter how you choose to style them. Luckily, there are many ways to improve your brow thickness with daily habits and a bit of long-range planning. Amino acids could help with hair breakage, while hyaluronic acid, panthenol, peptides, and fatty acids could help with hair growth. With so many ways to get healthier brows, you’ll fall head-over-heels with our tips.
Let’s list 12 ways to get thicker brows that don’t rely on a brow growth serum, including a few out-of-the-box tips that may be missing from your game plan.
First things first: growing your brows takes time, no matter who you are. If you’re expecting an immediate fix, you aren’t going to find it unless you use artificial means like microblading or makeup, which shouldn’t be your first choice.
It can be a harsh realization for some people who are searching for the magic pill for brow growth, but even the most effective surgical methods take several months before you see results.
It’s time to debunk a common myth and put it to rest: plucking, waxing, and tweezing your brows does not make the hair grow back faster or stronger.
In fact, the opposite is true, and overplucking is one of the main reasons so many people have sparse growth or hair loss in this area.
We recommend that clients take a few months off from plucking eyebrow hair entirely, allowing nature to run its course and see what happens to your regrowth without any intervention.
You may find that you’ve been too aggressive with those tweezers all along, and this is why your brows have declined over the years. Going hands-off for a while can work wonders for your brows and show you what’s possible without any extra treatments or tools.
If you find that eyebrow hair is looking too long for your liking, learn to trim these hairs rather than plucking them out fully. This can help ensure a greater density of the brow hair and create more coverage where you need it most.
Don’t underestimate the power of a healthy, balanced lifestyle in your efforts to grow thicker eyebrows that are more resilient to styling. After all, eyebrow growth is a natural form of gene expression that we can enhance with healthier living in general.
You may find that eyebrow growth is aided by a balanced diet of whole foods, increasing your hydration by choosing antioxidant-rich green tea or water over sugary soft drinks, and getting regular exercise that boosts blood flow to the scalp and face. Let’s not forget factors like limiting stress and getting plenty of rest. Beauty sleep is very real!
The point is that eyebrows grow best when given the fuel and conditions to thrive. When you live in a more natural way, your brows may respond with better growth that lasts.
Some of the most powerful eyebrow-building solutions may be in your kitchen cabinet right now, and you don’t even know it!
Yes, household staples like olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil can all be used to enrich and nourish the brow area via massage, and many people have had positive results by sticking to a consistent routine.
It might seem odd at first, but a closer look reveals that massaging oils, like argan oil, into the brow region is no joke. These oils contain an impressive range of natural fats, proteins, enzymes, and cleansing agents that simply can’t be outdone by synthetic materials.
Besides, applying these oils is simple, straightforward, and relaxing. Just rub some of this warm oil into the target area of the brow and let it soak for several hours at a time. You can even leave the oil on overnight and cleanse in the morning.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of makeup, like clear mascara or a brow gel, to fill in gaps along the browline and achieve a more complete look as you wait for your brows to grow naturally. Your hair growth may help enhance your eyelash line, so keep that in mind as you wait for your healthy hair to return.
However, problems can occur when you rely too heavily on artificial means like makeup and fillers to substitute for organic new growth, which can end up doing more harm than good.
The truth is that most makeup products — even those labeled “natural” — are not great for the skin, especially the sensitive follicles of the eyebrows that need to maintain equilibrium with oils and hormones. In fact, it could lead to breakage of the hair follicles.
By using makeup daily in this area, you may inadvertently clog some of the necessary glands for healthy brow growth and resilience. Many people respond in turn by using more makeup to “make up” for lost brow hair, which only continues the negative cycle.
Try to limit your reliance on makeup if you want the best possible results for your brow hair, and stick to lightweight products with minimal ingredients when you can.
If you’re serious about skincare, you probably already exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to clean out dead skin cells and brighten the appearance of your skin. However, many people skip the brows when it’s time to exfoliate, but your eyebrows need a deep clean as well!
Exfoliation is even more necessary if you’re using makeup and fillers throughout the week to buff up your brow line since those materials can build up on a microscopic level.
You’ll do your brows a favor by exfoliating more frequently — just don’t overdo it.
Beyond the daily multivitamin, there are some eyebrow-boosting supplements that you should consider adding to the mix. Collagen is one universally proven ingredient with side effects that are great for skin, hair, nails, and gut and joint health.
Biotin and keratin are close runners-up to collagen but may take longer to yield results. The good news is that brow hair responds quite well to these supplements compared to scalp and body hair, so you’ll likely notice the outcomes more clearly.
If you’ve ever dealt with itchy or dry brows, you’ll know that it’s bad news for the health of the new hair on your brow line. Since this region is densely populated with sensitive follicle units, you want to step up your moisturization regimen to prevent dryness and create conditions for new growth.
This is particularly vital during dry months of the year or if you live in an environment with low humidity and high temperatures. In these scenarios, consider using a humidifier unit in your home or workspace and keep the natural, nourishing moisturizer, like those containing vitamin E, flowing to keep dryness at bay.
Natural ingredients for all skin types are always preferred when moisturizing those brows with a brow serum, so stick with the cruelty-free beauty products you trust and skip the drugstore products that contain hundreds of unidentifiable chemicals.
Also, if you incorporate essential oils or botanicals, this can give your brows lasting and deep moisturization that can’t be achieved with the typical creams, lotions, and brow enhancing serum.
While you don’t want to obsess about brow growth, it’s definitely worth tracking the long-term trends of your eyebrows and how they change with time.
This could help you identify whether your efforts are working and whether it’s time to try new tactics that may make a difference. These findings may also prove useful if you connect with a hair restoration expert who can use the information to your advantage when recommending treatments.
Tracking progress could help keep you on track with your goals and ensure you actually get results, rather than just leaving the outcomes up to chance.
One treatment you may want to consider is low-level infrared light therapy for your brows. This method uses safe light frequencies to stimulate positive growth hormones and enzymes in the skin so that your brows may grow more fully and quickly.
LLLT is also great for skin, recovery from workouts, and even boosting your mood. It’s no surprise that these dermatologist clinics are appearing around the world, and are more accessible than ever.
This therapy is great for healthy folks and is also highly recommended for people recovering from injuries or scarring that may be impeding brow growth.
People have been improving their brows with microblading and threading for years, but these are only surface-level changes that don’t resolve the issue.
That’s where microchanneling comes into play, a collagen induction technique that can yield amazing results for the brows when applied over time.
The method is similar to microneedling, in which tiny punctures are created on the brow line to stimulate collagen production and increase nutrient uptake in the area.
Microchanneling is simply the more advanced, next-generation technology that streamlines the process and grants superior results. That’s why we offer it here at Jae Pak MD Medical.
Combine microchanneling with LLLT, supplements, and other tactics, and you’ve got a winning recipe for healthy brows.
By harvesting hair from the back of the scalp and grafting it to the brow line, surgeons worldwide are achieving outstanding results with eyebrow transplantation. These methods vary widely in scope and should be highly personalized based on the client’s goals and preferences.
While this is a serious surgical procedure compared to the other tips on our list, it’s relatively low risk and has a high client satisfaction rate. The results from eyebrow transplants are far more permanent and transformative and can be attained in a matter of months.
Hair restoration specialists advise that a second procedure is often needed to fill in gaps after surgery is complete for a more densely-covered brow aesthetic. Since the hair follicles cannot be implanted too close together and survive, some patients choose a second surgery to add thickness once the brow area has been redefined.
Dense and thick or fuller eyebrows should be your goal, whether you want the eyebrow pencil-line look or the broad modern style. With more coverage and consistency on your brow, you can style them how you want and maintain them for longer without much effort or intervention.
These tips could set you on the path to exceptional eyebrows today. If you want some extra help in reaching your brow goals, reach out to our team at Jae Pak MD Medical and schedule a consultation.
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