Thicker brows have been back in style for a while now and they aren't going anywhere. If you have naturally thin eyebrows or plucked them to smithereens, you may need some assistance to achieve a bushy brow.
However, waiting for your eyebrow hair to grow is like watching paint dry. It feels like forever with no noticeable changes. Growing hair is a painstaking process, but you can do things to help it grow faster naturally.
TatBrow has a few tips and tricks for you to try to get the brows of your dreams. They won't work overnight but they can encourage new hair growth. Eventually, your thin brows will be a thing of the past!
How Hair Grows
Before we dive into steps you can take to encourage hair growth, let's go over how the process even works.
Your hair grows out of tiny pockets in the skin known as follicles. The hair begins growing from the root, made up of protein cells, just below the skin in the follicle.
The blood vessels in your scalp are what provide nutrients to the root allowing it to keep growing. Your follicles aren't all in sync. There are three different phases of hair growth, and it varies from follicle to follicle. The phases are anagen, catagen and telogen.
The anagen phase means your hair is actively growing. The cells in your roots are dividing quickly, and new hair is pushing through the surface of your skin. When you are in this phase, your hair grows about one centimeter every 28 days on your scalp.
Your eyebrow hairs don't grow the same length. Your scalp will stay in this phase for two to six years, but your brow hair is only in the active stage for 30 to 45 days.
The catagen phase is a transitional phase. Only about three percent of all of your hair is in this phase at any given time. This phase only lasts a few weeks. The hair growth stops, and the outer root shrinks and attaches to the root becoming a club hair. This hair is the final result of the growth process. Each strand has a bulb of keratin at the root tip, which keeps your hair in the follicle until it's ready to shed.
The telogen phase is the resting period the hair follicle takes. Only about six to eight percent of all your hair is in this phase. On your scalp, it lasts for about 100 days, but longer for your eyebrow, eyelash, arm, and leg hair.
Your hair follicle is fully at rest, and your hair has completely formed. Your hair begins to shed at this point. You lose about 25 to 100 hairs from your scalp each day.
Once your follicle has gone through all three phases, the cycle starts over again. However, hair follicles can die or become damaged and stop producing new hair. Once they die, either from trauma or hereditary conditions, they shrink and make fine hair until becoming dormant forever.
You can bring follicles back to life if they are intact. However, if they are scarred or have been closed for a long time, it will take medical intervention for new hair growth. There are things you can do to stimulate your follicles to encourage them to grow hair.
Home Remedies To Grow Your Eyebrow Hair
If you've been doing a good job at not tweezing and allowing your eyebrows to grow out but don't see the hair growth you desire, there are things you can try. Many at-home remedies can lead to new eyebrow hair.
The first trick is to oil up your eyebrows. Oil is an old-school remedy, but it's been around for so long because it works. There are different oils you can use, and each offers slightly different benefits.
Castor oil contains fatty acids, proteins, and antioxidants that your hair follicles need. It also has vitamins that will bring nourishment to the follicle and encourage them to grow. Castor oil will also make your brow hair thick and healthy.
You have to consistently apply it every day to the roots of your brows. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and rub them into your brows and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, use a makeup wipe to take it off and rinse your brows with warm water. Keep in mind that pure castor oil can irritate your skin, so you should do a patch test first.
Coconut oil can be an excellent moisturizer and improve your blood circulation. As we know from the hair growth process, your blood brings nutrients to the root in the hair follicle, allowing it to grow. Coconut oil also has lauric acid, which is an antimicrobial agent and will protect your follicles to keep them healthy.
The protein and vitamins in this oil will encourage thicker brows. You can see a difference just by using coconut oil a few times a week, but for best results, apply a small amount to your brows every day. You can keep it on overnight to allow it to really soak into your brows.
Olive oil is another oil that offers hair growth benefits. It contains vitamins A and E, which encourage your follicles to grow hair. Olive oil also promotes sebum production, which helps your hair grow as well. Similar to the other oils, apply a few drops and rub them into your brows. You can leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off.
You may have reached for aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn, but it is also a natural remedy for hair growth. This plant contains aloin, which helps stimulate hair growth. Aloin is similar to the keratin protein, which your body produces to grow hair. Aloe vera also promotes elasticity, which prevents hair breakage. It absorbs into the skin quickly and can be applied several times a day.
Aloe vera is ideal for people with oily skin that don't want to add more oil to their face. It won't clog your pores and will even get rid of some of the oil sitting on your skin. While some sebum is beneficial for hair growth, too much can block your hair follicle from growing.
You can use the gel straight from the plant if you have one. You just peel back the outer layer of the leaf to expose the clear aloe. You can store it in your refrigerator to use throughout the day.
Lemons are rich in vitamin B and C, folic acid, and many other nutrients. All of these vitamins stimulate hair growth. Apply a small amount of lemon juice to your brows from a fresh lemon. Allow the lemon juice to sit on your brows for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
Be careful not to get it in your eyes as it will burn. You can even mix lemon juice with oil if you are already using oil on your brows. People with sensitive skin may have an adverse reaction to lemons and may have to use another remedy. Stay away from sunlight for two hours after using lemon juice since it can lighten your brow hair.
Drink Lots of Water
Keeping your body hydrated will do wonders for your health and your skin. Water is also crucial for hair growth. It keeps your skin moisturized and your hair follicles happy. Water also aids your body in getting rid of toxins and maintaining the proper nutrients inside.
If you struggle to drink enough water every day, try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. You can even infuse your water with fruit or cucumbers for a better flavor. You can also hydrate your skin topically with a moisturizer. Try applying your eye cream to your brows as well.
Massage Your Brows
You may love a good back massage, but your brows could use a rub down too. Massaging your brows encourages blood circulation, which is essential to hair growth. Your follicles are all attached to a derma-vessel, and circulation to this blood vessel will promote hair growth.
You can also exfoliate your eyebrows. Find a soft bristle toothbrush and gently scrub your brows to encourage the follicles to grow hair. Exfoliating will also remove any buildup on your brow hairs from makeup products.
Eyebrow Growth Treatments
If natural remedies aren't working, you can try an eyebrow growth treatment. You can still do this treatment in the comfort of your own home. Growth serums are specifically formulated to make your brows grow.
The serum is a liquid that you apply to your brow bone using a wand. Some serums are over the counter, while others are prescription only. The only ingredient that is scientifically proven to grow brows is bimatoprost, which you can only get through a doctor. Bimatoprost can increase the number of anagen follicles.
These are the follicles in the active growth phase, so the more you have, the more hair growth you'll see. One study showed a significant difference in hair growth in chemotherapy subjects using bimatoprost versus those that were not.
However, just because over-the-counter serums don't have scientifically proven ingredients doesn't mean they can't stimulate hair growth. There are plenty of lash and brow serums that have helped people grow new hair. They also can make your brow hair thicker, giving you a fuller brow look.
TatBrow Brow Enhancement Serum can give you fuller brows in weeks. It contains vitamins and amino acids essential for hair growth. It works on people with thin brows and on those who suffer from hair loss for various reasons. Our serum can visibly restore your brows no matter your age, gender, or health.
How To Fill in Your Brows With Makeup
While you're waiting for your hair to grow, you can use makeup to get fuller brows. There are many different products that can help you achieve whatever brow style you desire.
You don't have to go under the needle to get the microbladed brow look. TatBrow Microblade Pen can fill in your brows with a similar result to microblading, without the pain. The unique three-prong tip creates tiny lines that mimic brow hairs.
Fill in the areas where your brow hair hasn't grown back yet with short pen strokes. The waterproof formula ensures your brows will stay on all day.
This feathery brow look is very popular right now. To achieve a laminated look, brush your brow hairs up with a spoolie. Next, use TatBrow's Ultra Hold Gel brushing upwards and outwards to hold the hair in place all day. You can also use the Microblade Pen to fill in any sparse areas.
If you want a no-makeup makeup look but still want to add some volume to your brows, use a colored brow gel.TatBrow Ultra Defining Brow Gel can make your brow hairs appear thicker while adding color. It is infused with microfibers to transform your brows instantly!
Growing your eyebrows out can feel like a tedious process. It takes time and patience to see results. There are several at-home remedies to help speed up the process. You can use oil, lemon, aloe vera, and water to help stimulate hair growth.
If natural remedies don't work, there are brow serums to help speed up the process. Serums can help your hair follicles produce new hair while making your existing brow hairs thicker. TatBrow products can also help you fill in your brows while you're waiting for the hair to grow out!
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