How to Fix Thin Eyebrows

There was a time when super thin eyebrows were all the rage. The thinner and more arched they were, the cooler and chic-er you were. However, in the era of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, the thin brows trend slowly died and was replaced by bolder, thicker, and darker eyebrows that everyone now wants so badly.

We got the memo, but it seems that some of our eyebrows have not.

Some people were blessed with naturally thick brows, some just weren’t, and there are a good few that were blessed with normal or thick brows that were just too traumatized from that tragic time where everyone was overpluckingand participating in the thin eyebrow craze that they just refused to grow back.

Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. A lot of us are still recovering from that time. And I know the feelings of regret just thinking how you could even think that the “one line” brows looked better than normal, nicely shaped, thick brows.

Aesthetically and scientifically, it has been proven that thicker brows justmore flattering to any face because they frame it nicely and make it more expressive.As humans, we find this look to be more appealing because, let’s face it, super arched, thin brows can just make someone look surprised all the time.

So, the problem is, why won’t your brows grow? There are a few reasons for this. If you are one of those people who over-plucked back in the day, it is probably because of that. Plucking rips out a whole follicle and you will need to grow a whole new one to have your hair grow again.

Over time, the plucking takes a toll and you won’t even be able to grow the follicle that you lost or if you do regrow it, the hair will be significantly thinner. Another reason is that you might just have naturally thinner brows due to genetics. And finally, your follicles may be clogged which is why your brows are prevented from growing.

Never fear, though! There are ways to solve all of your brow issues, whether they come from overplucking, genetics, or clogged follicles. Here is how.


Never Pluck or Wax

Those who were blessed with thicker eyebrows aren’t always going to be blessed with the shape that they want. Meaning, you will have luscious brow hairs, but sometimes, they can get a little crazy in terms of placement. Sometimes, brows edge more on the caterpillar side of things (like mine!) instead of the nicely shaped, bushy arches that you really want.

Usually when this is so, the typical solution is to pluck them or get them waxed. This is where it all went wrong during the thin brows epidemic. When you wax or pluck your brows, you are ripping out the whole hair follicle and having to grow a new one all over again. This is why it takes the hairs longer to grow out.

The hairs taking longer to grow out can be a good thing for the strays that you don’t really want around, but if you overpluck and make your brows too thin, they might not forgive you and completely stop growing the follicles that you just ripped out.

If you really want to get rid of the stray hairs that can make the brows look a little messy, just shave them off with a baby razor. This way, you are just cutting off the hairs at the very surface and not having to grow a whole new follicle.

Exfoliate Regularly

Here is something that is already obvious to you: your eyebrows are a part of your face. But something that may not be as obvious is to include them when you are doing your skincare routine. Much like the skin on your cheeks, forehead, chin, and lips, your eyebrows need some TLC, too.

They accumulate dead skin, sebum, and get clogged pores just like the rest of your face. When this happens, the hairs underneath your skin might not be able to grow out properly. This could cause bald spots, ingrown hairs, and even pimples.

If you already exfoliate your face regularly, simply include your brows in the process. You can take any face-friendly scrub, a DIY creation, or even just a very soft toothbrush to scrub gently on your brow area. And make sure that you do it really gently as to not pull any hairs out while you are scrubbing.

Exfoliating your brows will help stimulate growth by getting rid of the dead skin cells on the surface and declogging your pores. If you do it regularly, the dead skin cells and toxins will not have any time to accumulate and hinder your hair growth.

Use Hair Growing Oils

Use Castor Oil

If you have bought or used any lash or eyebrow growing serums before, then you might notice castor oil as one of the ingredients in it and this is probably also the most popular and effective home remedy to use for hair growth.

What you really want to look for in hair growth home remedies is something that contains a rich amount of fatty acids.Castor oil has an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals, and nutrients that help nourish and moisturize your hair. They have properties that will keep your brow hairs healthy and luscious, as well as trigger growth for your dormant hair follicles.

A particular component it has is ricinoleic acid which is a fatty acid that has a volumizing effect on your brow hairs, prevents rapid brow loss, stimulates dormant hair follicles as other minerals and nutrients nourish it to trigger hair growth.

Castor oil also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can lessen irritation, inflammation, and aggravation that can block your follicles from growing.

Castor oil, however, can be a bit thick to use on its own sometimes and it doesn’t really have the best smell. It is best if you use another type of oil that also has excellent hair growing properties to dilute it and even make your hair growing solution more potent.

Use Olive Oil

One oil you can incorporate with castor oil to dilute it is olive oil. It can also be a hair growing serum all on its own even without mixing it with some castor oil. This is a bit more common to find in a lot of kitchens as opposed to castor oil, so if you don’t have any castor oil handy, you can totally use some olive oil that you have lying around to apply on your brows.

Olive oil is also really rich in fatty acids that are good for your health and also for stimulating those brow hairs. It is super moisturizing so if you have dry hairs that are falling out and making your brows thinner, this is a great way to prevent that. Olive oil is also really abundant in vitamin E which is an antioxidant and lipid protector. It will keep your hairs healthy and protect them from any free radicals that may cause dryness, blockage, and hair fall.

Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another fantastic option to mix in with some castor oil to make it easier to apply and add more benefits. It’s also a pretty popular home remedy for the hair on your actual head. You will find coconut oil in a lot of shampoo and hair care products because it really is one of the most effective hair care ingredients out there. It also is another oil that is pretty easy to find in one’s kitchen. If you want the full treatment, you can mix all 3 oils (castor, olive, and coconut) to maximize their hair growing benefits.

Coconut oil is 94% fat. Now, that might sound bad when you think about it, but fat is actually not bad for you all the time, especially if it is the good kind. The fat in coconut oil is mostly comprised of fatty acids and those fatty acids are mostly comprised of medium chain fatty acids.

Medium chain fatty acids are actually much healthier than those long chain or very long chain fatty acids, they are also much more effectively absorbed by the hair. These medium chain fatty acids help moisturize and keep your hair healthy and strong. By doing this, you will prevent too much sebum from building up and clogging your pores and follicles and hydrate your dry and brittle hair that may be falling out.

Furthermore, coconut oil contains high amounts of vitamins E, K, zinc, and iron, minerals, and antioxidants that all work to nourish the hair and keep them strong and healthy.


Use Daily or Nightly

Once you have got your eyebrow enhancing concoction, do not forget to use it every day regularly so that you can maximize the effects. It is recommended that you apply them once every night before you go to sleep and leave it on overnight. Your body absorbs skincare and hair care products most effectively when it is at rest. If you want to apply it during the daytime for a quickie, you can go ahead and just leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off with some lukewarm water. Do this regularly until you see a significant difference with your brows.

Warm the Oil

Another method that you can try is to warm the oil before you put it on your brows. This is the same technique you might have encountered if you have gotten a “hot oil” treatment done to you in a salon before. When the oil is hot, its properties are more effectively absorbed into your hair and will make seeing the results a bit faster.

Make sure that you are careful with this method, however. Do not warm your oil in a microwave. Instead, use the “bain-marie” method. Boil some water and pour it into a large bowl. Pour your oil/s inside a jar and place the jar in the hot water. Let it heat for about 2 to 4 minutes.

Take it out of the bowl and let it cool for just a little bit so it doesn’t burn your skin when you apply it. When it is just a tiny bit hotter than warm, go ahead and apply it to your brows by either taking an old but clean toothbrush, a dropper, or a cotton bud to spread it over the area.

Shave Thinner Parts

Sometimes, you do actually have hairs on your brows, but they are so fine that they are barely even there. This could be the cause of overplucking or waxing. If you wax or pluck your brows, over time, the hairs tend to grow out thinner and thinner. Fine eyebrow hairs can also just be the cause of genetics.

Your eyebrows could just be naturally thin with finer hair. But is there a way to actually make your existing eyebrow hairs thicker and fuller?

This might sound a little weird, but a way to get fuller and thicker brows is to shave off parts of it and let it grow back. If you will notice, when you shave other parts of your body like the underarms, legs, or bikini area, the hair tends to get a lot thicker and stubbly. This isn’t really a pleasant thing to experience on those other parts, but if you want thicker brows, this method can be really effective.

Basically, if you shave the finer parts of your brow, the follicle will grow stronger and the hairs will grow back healthier and a lot thicker. Now, you might look a little crazy with parts of your brow shaved off, but just endure it for a little while and fill your brows in while you wait. I promise it will definitely be worth it once they grow back.

Frame Your Face

Eyebrows are arguably one of the most important features of your face. They may not seem like much, but when you see how much they change the way you look, it is really astonishing. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but your brows are what frames your face and makes it expressive. Which is also why more and more celebrities are embracing a bolder and fuller brow.

Not all of us can be blessed with perfectly shaped, thick brows, however. Maybe you are just naturally born with thinner brows or they might still be suffering from the tragic over-plucking era. Not to worry, though!

While it may seem like a hopeless case sometimes or something that can be difficult or expensive to do, growing your eyebrows isn’t actually that hard to achieve. A few simple tips that you can do on your own can make a whole lot of difference.

Try out our tips and tricks above and let us know if they worked out for you!

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