My brows have never been perfect. Due to my trichotillomania, my eyebrows constantly suffer from anxious pulling and plucking whenever I feel any sense of stress, leading to skinny, barely-there remnants of hair by the time I take my lunch break. This look would’ve passed in the early 2000’s, but in a world where Cara Delevingne’s bushy brows reign supreme, my patchy lines were just unacceptable.
Whether you’re also diagnosed with trichotillomania, had a bad waxing job, or just born with wiry eyebrow hairs, we’re all too familiar with the insecure feeling in our guts as we stare at our messy furrows and then glance at the full and thick eyebrows that fill our Instagram feeds. We can always accept our brows for what they are and rock them proudly, but if you feel far from secure like me, then there are quite a few ways to tackle this situation. Remember, when there’s a will, there’s a way to get fuller, thicker eyebrows.
How To Get Thicker Eyebrows
Having fluffy brows with sharp-as-dagger points is not an easy task, but with a little patience and the proper tactics, you can get those hairs back into shape. Take a look below at some of my top tips for keeping patchiness and thinness at bay:
Drop The Tweezers!
This may seem as a no-brainer at first, but seriously, store your plucking tools far, far away. The more you pluck at your brows, the thinner they will be, so drop the tweezers and wax strips for a little while (Marie Claire recommends ditching your tweezers for at least 12 weeks). You need to give your eyebrows time to grow, and the urge to pluck may be strong at first, but it will be much better for you (and your brows) in the long run.
Pluck With Caution
If you must pluck, try plucking your brows in a dimly lit room. This may sound intimidating, but this actually helps you from over-plucking. The dim light will only allow you to see the truly stray, unruly hairs that aren’t near your brow line.
You’ll also want to use a precision-tipped tweezer to grab as little hair as possible. This fine tipped point tweezer from Tweezerman should do just the trick for plucking away stray brow hairs.
Another tip to follow is this eyebrow shaping rule: use your eyes as a guide to the perfect brow shape. It sounds confusing, but let me clarify:
- The beginning of your brows (also known as the “head”) should line up with the inner part of your nostrils, NOT the bridge of your nose.
- To create your arch, measure from the center of the chin, across the outer point of the iris.
- For your end points, measure from the edge of your nose to the outer corner of your eyes.
Trim Your Eyebrow Hair
Just because you can’t pluck, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trim your brows. Just like the rest of your hair, giving your brows the occasional trim will help them grow out while getting rid of dead ends and super-fine splitting (yes, eyebrow hairs can have split ends too).
First, brush out your brows and indicate the overgrown hairs (they’re usually curving upward or downwards). Then, with a very light hand, trim the brow hairs that are absolutely necessary to trim. For this, you’re going to need a tiny eyebrow trimmer, so grab these adorably tiny scissors from the Brow Gal.
Use A Growth Serum
Fuller brows aren’t going to happen overnight — or are they? Using an eyebrow growth serum can help stimulate hair growth while conditioning and nourishing your eyebrows. Many of these products are filled with
But, not all growth serums are created equally, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to read reviews before using a serum. Here’s the one everybody seems to love: the RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner. This best-seller contains a fusion of scientifically advanced peptides, along with a blend of nourishing vitamins and extracts to enhance the thickness of your brows while maintaining a soft, velvety feel.
As someone who has used this product (and many other growth serums) before, I can confidently admit that this is my favorite growth serum, and definitely helped me with my patchy brows after some stress-induced over-plucking. Just wipe this on overnight, or even during the day if you’re going makeup-free, and let this product do all of the work for you.
Opt For An All-Natural Oil
Are you a beauty clean freak? Then you may want to try some natural oils instead of a growth serum. Here are a few of the most well-known oils for stimulating hair growth:
- Castor Oil: Many people are on the fence about it, but many of my thin-haired friends live by this oil. Apparently, it can help stimulate hair growth at a fraction of the cost of expensive growth serums. But we wary about what you buy: Healthline reports that using castor oil that contains other oils or additives can lead to irritation and unwanted results. So, always make sure you’re using pure castor oil if you opt for this natural hair growth alternative.
- Coconut Oil: Since the beginning of time itself, coconut oil has been praised as an alleged cure-all for any beauty woes. Brittle hair? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil, of course. And now, if your brows are not looking so well, then slather on some coconut oil. And it’s not just folklore: the Journal of Cosmetic Sciences reports that coconut oil reduces protein loss, thus creating stronger brow hairs. However, pure coconut oil is a known pore-clogger, so you may want to stay away from this one if you’re acne-prone. Still want to use coconut oil for your eyebrows? Then swipe a light amount of it onto your brows overnight, and just make sure to keep your skin cleansed in the morning with a trusty oil-based cleanser (water-based cleansers won’t fully wash off the oil!). This oil cleanser from Tata Harper will wash away any remaining coconut oil instantly.
- Jojoba Oil: One of the most underrated hair growth oils around is jojoba oil. While it doesn’t stimulate the follicles, it actually helps with moisturizing the skin and strands of eyebrow hair, Healthline reports. Dryness can actually lead to breakage and brittleness, which is why it’s so important to keep your brows conditioned with a moisturizing component, like jojoba oil.
Fake It ‘Till You Make It
Sometimes, it seems like brow hairs take an eternity to fully grow out. But, that doesn’t mean you have to walk around with messy arches. You can easily fill in spots and re-shape your brows with a handy eyebrow pencil, powder, or gel.
If your brows just need a light touch-up, then go ahead and perfect them with a brow pencil, like this fan-favorite from Anastasia Beverly Hills.
If you have barely-there brows, then you may need a gel or a pomade to etch on definition and fullness for the time being. This pomade from Kat Von D Beauty will stay put for hours without smudging, budging, or fading.