If you've plucked your eyebrows a little too enthusiastically, you probably want to grow them back as soon as possible. While there's no magic trick to getting your eyebrows back quickly, there are ways to make it a little easier. Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to get your eyebrows back in shape.
Method 1 of 3: Wait quietly
Step 1. Prepare for it to take a few months
It takes a long time for eyebrows that have been depilated to come back. For some people it only takes six weeks, but others have to wait a year for their eyebrows to return to their original shape. So you have to be patient. Look at it this way: at least your eyebrows need no maintenance for the time being…
Step 2. Stop epilating
You probably already know this, but we emphasize once again that your eyebrows will not grow faster if you keep pulling them out. Sometimes epilation can even permanently damage the roots, so that the hairs never come back.
Step 3. Have them come back in rows
If you don't want to think about letting all your hairs grow before you can get them back in shape, you can keep them coming back row by row. Let a row of hairs grow back, and pull out the rest around it. When the first row has grown, start with the next row next to it. Keep doing this until your eyebrows return to their original shape.
- This way, your eyebrows will stay looking neat as you grow them.
- This method does take a long time, so be prepared that it will take even longer than having everything come back all at once.
Method 2 of 3: Boosting growth
Step 1. Scrub
While you wait for your eyebrows to grow back, it can help to stimulate the skin to help the hairs come through faster. Use a soft facial brush to scrub the area of your eyebrows in circular motions, removing dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow.
- You can also use an exfoliating cream. Buy a scrub at the store or make your own with sugar.
- Don't scrub too hard; gently rub your skin in circles. Pressing too hard can pull out hairs that have already grown back.
Step 2. Use an eyebrow serum
An eyebrow serum is a product intended to stimulate growth at the roots with peptides. These types of serums work better for some than for others; they can be quite expensive, and they don't work right away. If you want to try one, look for an eyelash serum, which contain the same active ingredients and are available at many drugstores.
Step 3. Eat healthy food
Stimulate hair growth naturally by making sure you get enough vitamins and minerals to keep your hair and skin healthy. Make sure you get enough protein, vitamin B, iron, zinc and omega3. Add these healthy foods to your diet:
- Walnuts, avocado and olive oil
- Carrots, mangos and sweet potato
- Lean meat, salmon and other fish
- Leafy greens such as spinach and kale
Method 3 of 3: Keeping your eyebrows in shape in the meantime
Step 1. Use an eyebrow pencil
While you wait for your eyebrows to grow back, you can color them in with an eyebrow pencil. Choose a pencil that goes well with the color of your eyebrow, or is a shade lighter. Make short, thin strokes in the same direction as your hair grows.
- If you use an eyebrow pencil, subtle streaks are better than thick ones. Don't overdo it by giving yourself really thick eyebrows; keep it when filling the gaps.
- If you go out at night, you can go a shade darker than your eyebrows.
Step 2. Use eyebrow powder
Eyebrow powder sticks to your existing eyebrow hairs, making them appear fuller. It's a good way to give your eyebrows a little more volume if it seems like you have few hairs. Choose a shade that matches your eyebrows and use a brush to apply it in the direction of hair growth.
Step 3. Put some concealer on the stubble
If your hair is just starting to grow back, you may see stubble. Resist the urge to pull them out and apply some concealer. Get a chemical-free concealer so you don't jeopardize hair growth.
Step 4. Apply petroleum jelly to your eyebrows before going to bed
Do this for at least a month. The petroleum jelly conditions your skin and hair follicles, which can revitalize dry, brittle strands of eyebrow hair and ultimately lead to better growth.