Lusting after glossy, thick eyebrows but feeling defeated by your own thin, straggly arches?
If you’ve gone OTT with plucking, are the victim of a bad wax or your natural brows are just pretty damn disappointing, try our tips on how to grow your eyebrows to reach their ‘full’ potential!
Use an eyebrow growth serum
Including an eyebrow growth serum in your routine is our numero uno tip to grow your eyebrows as quickly as possible and transform those sparse, straggly hairs into thicker arches.
How does eyebrow serum work?
Eyebrow growth serums contain good-for-brows ingredients like peptides which boost the activity of the hair follicle to stimulate thicker and longer eyebrow hairs, vitamins to strengthen hair, and amino acids and plant oils to help prevent existing brow hair from falling out.
Containing no harmful ingredients, PONi’s Lash & Brow Growth Serum is a brow boosting formula of oils, peptides, and vitamins to improve the length and thickness of sparse eyebrows.
Try the castor oil trick
Google ‘how to make eyebrows grow’ and half the internet swears by using castor oil as a natural way to boost eyebrow growth.
The other half isn’t so sure.
There isn’t actually any published scientific evidence linking castor oil and hair growth but if your eyebrow situation is less than lush, it’s worth a shot.
How can castor oil help grow thick eyebrows? Castor oil is a vegetable oil packed with omega -9 essential fatty acids that are uber nourishing for the skin, anti-inflammatory and can improve circulation, which may help with hair growth.
Here’s what to do -
Put a few drops of castor oil onto a clean spoolie or cotton tip. Stroke the castor oil into the clean, dry brow area and follow with a brow massage. You’ll want to do this at night because castor oil is thick and painting your eyebrows with it is not a look you want to rock during the day.
Massage your eyebrows to boost circulation
When you’re applying an eyebrow growth serum or trying the castor oil trick, boost your thick eyebrow potential by massaging the serum or oil into your brow area.
Massage stimulates blood flow which can encourage hair growth.
Try this massage for a few minutes - press at a spot in the middle of an eyebrow and, without releasing your finger, begin making circular movements, gradually widening the radius. Repeat with the other brow.
Avoid plucking and waxing
If you want to grow out your eyebrows, you’ll have to go easy on plucking and waxing for at least 6 weeks. When new hair is left alone and not tweezed it will begin to grow closer to the brow line.
Here’s a little fun brow fact: eyebrows go through a three-stage process of growth.
Anagen is the active phase of hair growth and for brow hair takes 30 - 45 days. Don't pluck hair that begins to appear, even if it’s underneath the brow. Have patience and make random stragglers growing underneath seem less apparent by using a little concealer to cover them up.
The second stage - the Catagen phase - is when the hair stops growing and detaches itself from the blood supply; it’s then called ‘club hair’. The final stage is the Telogen phase which lasts over three months - when strands are released and fall out.
Eat your way to thicker brows
Wondering how to get thicker eyebrows? Pay attention to what you’re putting on your fork!
Make sure you’re loading your plate up with plenty of healthy fats from plant-based oils, nuts and seeds as well as chowing down whole grains, veggies and fruit packed with fibre.
The results of a balanced diet show up in your face - including healthier-looking brows! The best vitamins and nutrients for nourishing your hair include -
Omega 3 fatty acids - salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
Protein - eggs, almonds, and chicken breast.
Iron - green vegetables, for example, spinach, legumes, and red meat.
Zinc - red meat, cashews and surprisingly, dark chocolate contains reasonable amounts of zinc.
Vitamins A, C, D, and E - leafy green vegetables, carrots, and fatty fish such as salmon and sardines.
Take a high-quality hair growth supplement
Hair growth supplements don’t only help nourish thicker, glossier hair on your head - they can speed up hair growth in general, which means your eyebrows will benefit too!
There are plenty of options for hair, skin and nails supplements that contain biotin. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that's part of the vitamin B family and plays a major role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
It goes without saying to always check with your doctor first before taking any supplements.
A final tip for your mission to thick eyebrows
Be patient! Your brows won’t magically transform overnight but commit to a routine of brow TLC and reaching your full brow potential will definitely be worth the wait.