Confession: I’ve been trying to grow my brows out for a good four months now. I haven’t been entirely successful, with some areas of my brows remaining “dead zones”, those damaged follicles a consequence of overzealous plucking back in my teenage years. While those hairs probably won’t ever grow back, I have found more success in growing out my brows over the last four months than any prior attempts over the last seven years.
The trick to getting them full and healthy is 70 percent discipline and maybe 30 percent luck and genetics. If you’re exploring brow growth serums, you have to remember to apply them religiously for the best results. You’ll also need to keep your hands off those tweezers – you’ll find yourself itching to reach for ‘em as the weeks go by (the hardest part of the whole ordeal for me, to be honest).
Sure, your brows may begin to look a little unkempt or unruly, but the whole point in growing out your brows is to have them grow beyond your existing brow shape. So naturally, it’s going to get a little messy. Grit your teeth and bear with it for a bit.
Of course, if it all gets a little too overwhelming, you can groom them yourself, but again, discipline is required. You can start by creating a sort of “border” around your brows with some non-waterproof eyeliner to give you an idea of where you’d like them to grow into. This will help you avoid plucking any hairs you actually need or want to keep, and ensure you only get rid of the serious strays.
Bottomline: Part of the process of growing out those caterpillars on your face is having to live with a little unruliness, but be strong, and you’ll get there.
Something that will help you quite a bit is keeping your brows filled in to make them look neater, which is where choosing the right product comes into play. If you’ve ever found hairs stuck to your brow spoolies, crayons and pencils, then this is a crucial tip for you: Stop using waxy pencils and crayons to fill in your brows.
Filling them in:
Try brow powders or a creamy pomade instead, like Benefit Cosmetics’ Ka-brow, with an angled brush and a light hand. These are the most natural ways to get those sparse areas filled in, and the pomade can help you create a nice sharp “tail” if you wish. Just be more gentle when blending the products through your brows with a spoolie, and opt for a less densely-packed one that won’t tug on your brow hairs.
Keeping them in place:
We also recommend brow gels or mascaras that aren't too strong, so something that gives your brows a bit of hold but doesn't stiffen them (and leaving them more fragile in the process) is a good idea. The Benefit Browow is a conditioning primer that gives your brows light hold and some nourishment, so you can wear it on its own or use a powder after to fill in any areas. Too Faced’s Brow Quickie is a soft brow mascara that also contains lots of tiny fibres to make your brows look fuller.
Helping them grow:
Finding a good brow serum is probably something we struggle with the most. Some of the raved-about products out there cost quite a fortune, which can be a big risk; while others either don’t work or take a long time to show any tangible results. Then there’s also the issue of skin (or eye) sensitivity that affects whether a serum is suitable or not.
When you think about it, it makes sense to use the same serum on our lashes and brows because it's all still hair growth at the end of the day, but finding a serum that doesn't irritate your eyes can be hard, especially if you have sensitive eyes.
I've played around with a few types lately and they're all more affordable options that have contributed in some way to my brow growth: Some products I like include Shiseido’s Full Lash Serum, Browhaus’ Extend Lash & Brow serum and the Talika Lipocils Platinum lash booster which comes in a duo for daytime and night. L'Oréal also offers a new lash and brow serum that's really affordable and has a great applicator, but I haven't been using it long enough to notice a significant difference. The lower price tags do make it a lot easier to experiment, so there’s that to consider!
At the end of the day, I cannot stress enough the importance of discipline and being gentle on your brows. Take care not to saturate them with skincare or makeup (which can clog hair follicles and make your brow hairs fall out), and use a good makeup remover to get any product out of your brows with ease.