It’s been said that eyebrows are one of the only things on our bodies that get thinner as we get older, and while that’s a funny observation, there is some truth to it. Our hair follicles age just as we do, and thinning hair can also be due to hormones, thyroid issues, nutritional deficiencies or skin issues. Past over-tweezing or over-waxing could be contributing factors to this as well. This can permanently damage the follicles causing permanent hair loss. Brows frame the eyes and really make a big difference in the way we look.
While there may not be one magical solution, there are some things you can do to help. An easy way to start is to stop tweezing for a couple months and just let the brows grow in. After eight weeks, go see a professional esthetician to have your brows shaped and cleaned up. This requires a good deal of patience, but it can potentially be worth your while. A much more complicated and expensive solution would be an eyebrow transplant – yes, that is a real thing! Here are some affordable options that won’t have you going to any extremes:
1) Use a brow growth serum. One of the solutions is use a brow growth serum that will stimulate the follicles to grow new hair. You have to consistently apply the serum every day for the first few months, but after that, you only have to use it every few days to maintain the growth. The only downside is that when you stop using it, your brows will go back to the way they were before you started using it.
2) Get your brows tinted or use a tinted brow gel. You may have more hair than you think, but you just can’t see it very well! Brow tinting by a professional esthetician lasts around 4-6 weeks and can really make your brows stand out. There are also tinted brow gels that you can apply every day, kind of like a brown mascara for your brows.
3) Permanent makeup. Last, but not least, there is a much more permanent solution in the way of cosmetic tattooing. Brow tattoos have come a long way since the old days and can look very natural, whether it’s tiny strokes to simulate hairs or a powdery dusting of ink to simulate a soft makeup look. Your skin will determine which technique is better for you. Be sure to look at the artist’s portfolio, and try to look for someone that uses a device rather than a hand tool (known as microblading). The device will cause less trauma to the skin, allowing for quicker healing and less chance for scar tissue. Even though it fades relatively quickly (1-3 years), it is still pretty permanent, so don’t ever cheap out on your brows! Studios (including myself) offer consultations so you can meet the artist, ask any questions, and discuss what your goals are.
As you can see, there are quite a few alternatives to having to draw on your brows every day! These options will help you save time and are worth considering if you’ve never tried them before. Now put the tweezers down and call schedule with your esthetician today!