I’ve had a love hate relationship with my eyebrows for many many years! Back in high school and even middle school, I remember being super insecure about my dark, bushy eyebrows. I think it’s safe to say I nearly had a unibrow…which I have my Armenian roots to thank for that. So like most people did in the 90’s, I went and jumped on the waxing bandwagon to thin those bad boys out and created the infamous manicured arch that rivaled the looks of Kate Moss and Gwen Stefanie. I probably spent thousands of dollars over the years waxing to maintain super thin brows that later I would painfully regret.
I recently read, “Eyebrows are like shoes; you don’t notice them unless they are exquisitely right or disastrously wrong.” Although eyebrows are just a small part of your face, they have a huge impact on your appearance. Just like the hair on our head thins out with age, so do our eyebrows. And what many have figured out a bit too late is that thin, manicured brows often make you look older. Thick, full eyebrows represent youth and natural beauty.
I’ve been growing my eyebrows out for nearly a year now. The process is not easy and takes more time than you think, but I have noticed a promising difference. As my brows fill in, I feel the need to wear less makeup and have grown to appreciate a more a natural look.
If you over plucked and waxed like me, I encourage you to check out the following for my personal tips for growing out your eyebrows and achieving the best shape for your face:
(1) Stop Waxing!
Waxing is out, and tweezing is in. Not only does waxing speed up the aging process, but also makes it very difficult to get the precision you need. Often too much hair gets removed in the waxing process. In addition, I learned waxing can lead to a change in the hair direction and texture of your skin if overused. Not to mention all the dangerous chemicals in most wax.
Gently exfoliating the skin around your eyebrows can help to remove any dead cells and stimulate hair growth. It may also help to bring hairs to the surface.
(3) Use Castor Oil!
This oil has several health and beauty benefits due to its oodles of omega-6 fatty acid content. Massage some castor oil on your eyebrows each night. Not only will it help to nourish the hair follicles, it’s also effective at stimulating hair growth and thickening brows.
(4) Take Vitamins!
Did you know nutritional deficiencies hinder the growth of hair and eyebrows? It’s very important your body is getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins and Iron. Many have experienced results with biotin and B6, which are vital for hair growth. Several years ago, I learned I was iron deficient, which is the most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. We need iron in order for our blood cells to efficiently deliver oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
(5) Get help from a Professional!
If you need assistance cleaning up your brows and want help with the shape, I strongly urge you to find a professional in your area. Since everybody’s face is different, each face needs a specific brow shape. You’ll be surprised what a subtle difference can do to the overall look of your face. If you live in the Grand Rapids area, I recommend Siren & Proper! They will also show you how to fill them in while you anxiously wait for your brows to grow out.
Lash Lounge & Brow Bar: www.sirenandproper.com
Beauty trends are constantly changing, but natural will always be most beautiful!