We’ve all had our reasons for wanting to grow out our brows - maybe the new aesthetician at your usual place waxed them a little too thin, or you were (regretfully) too enthusiastic with the tweezers and magnifying mirror last night.
Whatever the reason is for wanting to start over with your brows, there’s a universal formula for thickening and growing out brows. However, there is one teeny-tiny thing to consider first: the eyebrow growth cycle. Just like all of the hairs on the rest of our body, brow hairs have a growth cycle.
The Eyebrow Hair Growth Cycle
The three phases of the eyebrow growth cycle are the anagen, catagen, and telogen stages. The anagen phase is when hair is actively growing, and this is the crucial time that determines how long the individual hair is going to be. At the catagen stage, the hair prepares for the next, dormant stage of hair - the telogen stage.
Hair can remain in the telogen stage for a while, which is why it’s also called the resting stage. Eyebrow hair follicles can stay in the telogen phase for up to nine months! This extremely long resting phase is why some parts of brows seem to be bald and hair-free for so long.
What’s happened is that the hair has been plucked whilst in the resting phase, and there wasn’t a new hair ready to grow immediately afterward. This is why eyebrows can take a lot of time to grow out fully - but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you need to wait nine months without doing your brows!
If you follow our tips to the letter, you should see a difference in your brows in as soon as two months, but remember: patience is the name of the game.
Tip 1: Leave your Eyebrows Alone
Don’t touch your eyebrows - no tweezing, no waxing, no threading for at least three months. I didn’t say that growing back your eyebrows would be easy, remember? Leaving your eyebrows alone is incredibly important because we want your full, untouched eyebrows to return. This gives your brows a chance to have their natural shape again, even if they’re not as full as they could be yet.
Restoring your eyebrows’ natural shape and thickness will go along way to giving you the best, fluffy brows of your dreams. It means that you (or your brow tech) will have the best blank canvas to work from to shape your newer, thicker brows.
Tip 2: Use an Eyebrow Serum
Like eyelash serums, eyebrow serums are designed to give our brows a little bit of help where we need it. A brow serum does more than just help boost growth - they condition and smooth the brow hairs, encouraging them to grow in one direction and preventing them from breaking off. Breakage is one of the key contributors to hair looking thinner - no matter if it’s the hair on your head or your eyebrows!
A well-formulated eyebrow serum might use a few different ingredients to support hair growth. UKLash’s brow serum contains Pumpkin Seed Oil - a completely natural ingredient to help boost healthy hair growth. Studies have found that Pumpkin Seed Oil was able to increase hair follicle count by up to 40% - could you imagine having 40% more eyebrows?!
Tip 3: Don’t Forget to Brush Them
Using a spoolie or similar tool, it’s important to brush through your brows every day. This sounds like a really simple thing (and it is), but it makes a huge difference. Firstly, it’s going to help train any unruly, freshly grown hairs.
Remember, you’re going to have a lot of hairs that are being allowed to grow to their full length (and perhaps even longer) for the first time in a long time. By brushing through your brows regularly, you can help train these new hairs to grow in the direction that you want them to.
Plus, this has the added effect of making sure that your brows don’t look too crazy while you’re growing them out. As your brows grow out, I recommend using just a brow gel to keep the hairs in place. If you want to, you can conceal brow hairs with your regular concealer to temporarily hide them. This is also a great way to test out new brow shapes without the commitment!
Tip 4: Have Patience
This is the hardest part, but it’s what really pays off in the end. It can be hard to be patient, but the best tip that I have for you is to take progress photos so you can compare how far your brows have come (and to give you strength for keeping your thick, full brows in the future)!
For brows, I think that a good frequency for progress photos is once a week. By the time you’re at week twelve (three months), you’ll have all that time to look back and see exactly how much thicker your brows are!