Natural-looking, well-shaped eyebrows can enhance your look and complement your entire face. All it takes is a little extra care to get them growing in healthy and looking their best. Whether you’re just starting out with eyebrow grooming, want to grow back your brows, or need some tips on how to maintain them, here are some ways to keep your brows on point!
For Healthy Brows
1. Moisturize your brows.
While applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about your eyebrows (especially the skin underneath)! Moisturizing will strengthen your brow hairs and promote healthy growth (just like a healthy hydrated scalp helps you maintain healthy hair!) The key is to gently apply the lotion into your brows so you don’t risk pulling out hairs while you’re doing it. I suggest applying your moisturizer to your finger tips, then lightly pressing them over your brows to allow the formula to reach your skin. Oils are especially great for moisturizing, plus they have added benefits, which brings me to the next step!
2. Use oils to help stimulate hair growth.
While there are many oils that help with hair growth, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are among the most popular. By massaging them into your eyebrows, you’ll increase circulation and blood flow which will in turn stimulate hair growth. You’re brow hairs will also benefit from the vitamins and moisturizing properties of the oils. Here’s a little bit about how each one works:
- Castor oil is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, so it prevents fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth. The oil may also help prevent hair loss by coating hairs and protecting them from falling out, as well as strengthening hairs by locking in moisture. (2)
- Coconut oil reduces protein loss, plus it’s able to penetrate inside the hair shaft, maximizing it’s effectiveness (1). Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which acts as an anti-microbial agent, so it prevents infection of hair follicles which could be inhibiting hair growth (2).
- Olive oil contains Vitamins A and E, which help towards healthy hair growth (3). Vitamin E nourishes each strand of hair, while Vitamin A stimulates the production of sebum, your body’s natural oil, which helps with hair growth (4).
- Almond oil is rich in Vitamins A, B, and E. Almond oil nourishes hair and stimulates hair growth. (8).
For the Perfect Brow Shape
3. Get brows professionally shaped.
Leave it to the experts to find your perfect eyebrow shape, then maintain them yourself every couple days/weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows back. I recommend doing some research or ask around for suggestions. You want to find someone who has the skills to determine the right brow shape for your face. This is a visit you’ll want to invest in, and will be the starting point for you to continue maintaining your brows on your own, or in-between salon visits.
4. ‘Clean’ them up every week or so.
As often as you spot stray hairs growing back, take a few minutes time to do a little maintenance on your brows. Grab a mirror, a pair of tweezers, and head to a place with natural light (like by a window) so you can clearly see all the hairs, and then tweeze anything that’s growing outside of your brow area. Following your ‘professionally’ shaped brows exactly will also help you avoid over plucking. Don’t go crazy though – when in doubt, just leave it! Also, don’t worry if your brow hairs grow in fast after the first visit – they’ll slowly stop growing back the more you pluck them (which is another reason why you don’t want to over do it!).
For Extra Oomph
5. Use powder eyebrow products to add fullness.
Why powder? Well, for three reasons. For one, powder products won’t drag or pull on your skin and brow hairs, and are by far the gentlest. My favorites are the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powders and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duos. Pencils on the other hand, particularly waxing ones, can stick to your hairs and end up pulling them out. The second reason I recommend powder products is because they create the most natural looking finish. It’s more difficult to detect powder versus pencil strokes; powder tends to appear more ‘blurred’, diffused, and less harsh overall. Lastly, powders open up a ton more shade options since eyeshadow shades double as brow powders (MAC, for example, has a huge range of shadows in several eyebrow-complimenting shades that would match anyone’s brows).
6. Go lighter when choosing brow products.
To maintain natural looking brows while drawing or filling them in, it’s important to pick an eyebrow product that’s a shade lighter, or even a couple shades lighter, than your natural hair color. That way, the product will work more as a ‘shadow’ and create the illusion of naturally full brows. This will come across looking far more natural in the end, compared to using an exact match of your brow hair color.
What are your favorite eyebrow care and grooming tips?