I’m one of those strange people who were born with naturally light blonde hair, but have the darkest of eyebrows. And I’m not talking dark shades of brown – I’m talking about actual black eyebrows!
Sooooo many people think I dye them, have them tattooed or tint them, but in actual fact, they are just dark dark dark. As a baby and a child, and even a teenager, it was far from cool. I’d pluck and overpluck through school, college and university, and if that wasn’t any good, I’d apply concealer and powder over them.
But hooray – there was a light at the end of the tunnel. By the time I turned 25, thicker, darker brows started to become a thing. Yes, women were actually dying them the same shade as mine, having them tinted and dyed to replicate those dramatic dark brows. It was finally my time to be proud of my brows!
So here we are today, where fuller, thicker, and darker eyebrows are praised and adored. I get compliments about my brows regularly, which still shocks me. But although I may be blessed with the colour, I still have the shaping and shading issues everyone faces.
So here’s a few tips on how to get the most out of your natural brows, in case you’re stuck in a grooming rut or just want some recommended brow products to have a think about!
1. Understand Your Shape
Firstly, before you start to consider enhancing your brows to be fuller and thicker, have a good study of the shape of them. Your brows should start where the inner corners of your eyes start, the highest point of your arch should sit diagonal to your pupil, and they should end diagonally to the end of your eye. You can do this test with a pencil (it’s quite hard to explain without showing a video, but there are loads online).
The above technique is called ‘brow mapping’, and if you conquer where your natural brow shape should sit, you have an end goal for your brows thickness journey!
2. Consider Alternative Methods
Not all of us can get fuller, thicker, shaped brows quickly, as some of us aren’t blessed with hairs that grow fast, or even grow at all anymore. If you suffer from sluggish growth/no growth at all, there are eyebrow transplants you can consider which really do help.
The results are phenomenal and completely transform any sparse, barely-there brows into natural, full, face framers. Crown Clinic – a hair transplant clinic in Manchester and Harley Street – offer this service, and it completely helps out anyone who suffers barely-there brows from the following:
Some of the reasons our patients choose to have an eyebrow transplant, range from the following:
- Physical trauma: Facial injury and scarring resulting from events such as road accidents, industrial accidents, thermal and chemical burns.
- Medical and surgical treatments: Surgical treatment of injury or tumour that results in removal of eyebrow follicles and tissue scarring. Radiotherapy or chemotherapy for cancer can also result in loss of eyebrow hair.
- Compulsive plucking of eyebrows and other body hair, termed Trichotillomania.
- Absence of hair on all parts of the body as a congenital condition, can also be a reason to consider eyebrow surgery.
- Naturally thin brows or have permanently damaged their brow in their beauty regimes, most commonly through over-plucking to achieve pencil thin brows back when popular in the 80’s.
3. Avoid ‘Squaring Off’
Another tip to achieve naturally fuller brows is to carefully consider the starting point of your eyebrows, otherwise known as the inner corners. Too many people struggle with trying to shape them themselves when they have no idea how to effectively use pencils, pomades and powders.
Often, you’ll see women with squared off corners. Try to avoid this, as it gives a false facial expression that you’re always angry or confused! Instead, use upwards, light diagonal stokes, filling in any sparse areas. Avoid pressing hard and cornering off the shape.
4. Use Coconut Oil
The various proteins as well as nutrients like vitamin E and iron in coconut oil promote healthy and thick eyebrows when applied topically. You can apply coconut oil on your brows every day without worry, as it helps to tame and smooth too!
Some people have reported that by smoothing it onto their brows even a few times a week can have noticeable results. Definitely a natural remedy worth trying.
5. Consider Brow and Lash Serums
There’s been a boom recently in brow and lash serums, as there tends to be a link with slow growing brows and sparse eyelashes. Brow serum is a product that is made especially to stimulate the growth of hair follicles above the eye. Some of the best serums contain peptides and vitamins that make hair grow quickly, therefore it’s worth trialling these if you don’t have a serious growth problem, but your brows just need that little kick!
6. Eat Biotin Rich Foods
You won’t see results overnight, but a healthy diet is always advised if you wish to maximise hair growth anywhere on your body, and the brows are no different.
Biotin is a vitamin that helps hair growth and you’ll find it in lots of hair growth supplements. Get this naturally by eating eggs, avocados, salmon and peanuts for a natural treatment of hair loss.
7. Keep Plucking To a Minimum
Plucking was huge many years back, but there’s a lot of women now who are in there 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that have been left with ultra thin arched eyebrows due to over-plucking. If you can – stop this as early as possible!
There’s a rumour which says if you pluck for long enough, the hairs eventually stop growing back. Where this hasn’t been officially proved, there’s millions of cases where women over plucked for years on end, and the hairs just stopped growing back…
8. Use Products Which Enhance
Once you’re on your brow journey to naturally fuller, thicker brows, consider using products which help to enhance the shape. Brow pencils, powders, gels and pomades are all designed to add a touch of colour intensity and are great at cosmetically filling in any gaps that just can’t be filled.
I personally love MAC for their eyebrow pencils, Anastasia Beverly Hills for their pomades and Eylure for their brow powders. But my number one tool is a brow brush – honestly the difference I see to my long, scraggy brow hairs once I’ve brushed them upwards and tamed them with a brow brush is almost magic to me!
I hope this helps if you’ve been stuck in a sluggish growing brow rut for a while…