How to Grow Bushier Eyebrows

Three Methods:Growing Out Your BrowsGetting Salon or Surgical ProceduresFilling Out Your Brows with Makeup

Bold, bushy brows are having a major moment, but if you've been plucking or waxing for years, you might feel like your eyebrows are a little sparse. Put down the tweezers and read on to learn how to grow out your brows and ways to make them look fuller in the meantime.

Method 1
Growing Out Your Brows

  1. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 1
    Stop tweezing, waxing, and threading. Most people's eyebrows grow in a 3-4 month cycle, so hide your tweezers and get comfortable with the idea that your eyebrows might look a bit strange for several months.[1] This is a fairly lengthy process and you're going to have to be patient.
    • Leave all those random looking baby hairs alone, even if they seem nowhere near your brow. If you have hairs that grow in odd directions or straight out, it could be due to damage from tweezing or waxing.[2]
    • If the regrowth really bothers you, you can try taming them with brow gel or cover them with a little concealer.[3]
  2. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 2
    Use a serum on your brows to promote faster growth. Most serums will prolong the first stage of hair growth, the anagen phase, which is when your hair is actively growing. This results in longer, fuller hair. Some will also stimulate more follicles to enter this stage so you actually grow more hair.[4]
    • Most of these serums require daily (sometimes twice-daily) application, and don't provide a permanent boost in hair growth: you have to continuously use them to keep seeing results.[5]
    • It usually takes a minimum six weeks of diligent use to start seeing results from a growth serum.[6]
    • Look for products with prostaglandin, a hormone-like compound that occurs naturally in the body and can increase hair growth.[7]
    • There is no guarantee that growth serums will work on everyone--sometimes hair follicles are damaged or made dormant by long-term tweezing, which makes it difficult to regrow hair.[8]
  3. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 3
    Eat a diet rich in protein and vitamins that promote hair health. Vitamins B and E, biotin and zinc are all linked to hair growth and health.
    • Your hair is made from proteins, so make sure your diet contains foods like greek yogurt, nuts, and lean meats like chicken and turkey.[9]
    • Biotin nourishes hair and helps it grow and can be found in eggs, another source of protein.[10]
    • Zinc is found in oysters, beef, crab, spinach, and tofu, and keeps your hair from falling out by repairing cells and keeping them healthy.[11]
    • Vitamin E helps with circulation, which aids in hair growth. Find it in almonds, kale, avocado, and kiwi.[12]
  4. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 4
    Begin tweezing only those hairs closest to your eyelid and lash line after letting your hair grow for four months. You will still have hair that is growing not quite at your brow line, but don't start shaping or plucking them yet.[13]
    • Even at this point, your hair may still be growing back at unruly angles. Don't give up on these hairs--as your follicle becomes healthier and your hair goes through a few growth cycles, they will begin to come in at the right direction.[14]
  5. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 5
    Give your new brow hair at least four to six months to grow in around your actual eyebrow. It can take up to 12 months for your brows to reach their full potential. Once this happens, don't go crazy with the tweezer, and definitely don't wax. Plucking gives you control to do maintenance (you want bushy brows, not a unibrow) and leave a full brow. It's far too easy to ruin all your hard work with a waxing mistake.[15]
    • Don't use a magnifying mirror or super bright lights when tweezing. It is easy to lose perspective and over pluck.[16]

Method 2
Getting Salon or Surgical Procedures

  1. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 6
    Get your brows tinted. Your sparse-looking brows may actually be full of little white baby hairs, and tinting them a darker shade will reveal a bolder, thicker eyebrow.[17]
    • Tinting lasts between three and five weeks.[18]
    • Tinting can easily go wrong if the shade is too dark, the chemicals too harsh, or you stain your skin, so make sure you go to a professional with a good reputation.[19]
  2. 2
    Get extensions for special occasions. Visit a brow bar or salon for this procedure, where they will glue individual synthetic or natural hairs to your brow hair, creating the (temporary) full brow of your dreams. Unlike eyelash extensions, brow extensions will not damage your existing hair as they fall off, so they won't interrupt your progress if you're growing yours out.[20]
    • If you don't have eyebrows, the extensions can be glued directly to your skin, but they will only last a few days.[21]
    • Extensions only last a few weeks at the most, and touching, washing, or exercising can make them fall off even faster.[22]
  3. 3
    Talk to a plastic surgeon about a brow transplant. If your eyebrow hair will no longer grow, a plastic surgeon can carefully design a brow that best fits your face and build it using your own hair. The finished look should be natural, with the new hair blending into your brow.[23]
    • A brow transplant is irreversible, so make sure you are thinking about what looks best on you, not what is most popular right now.[24]
    • Do some research and find a reputable surgeon who has experience with the procedure. Ask to see before and after pictures from their other clients.[25]

Method 3
Filling Out Your Brows with Makeup

  1. Image titled Grow Bushier Eyebrows Step 9
    Choose a brow pencil and powder that is the right shade. If your brows are dark, look for a slightly lighter shade of product. If your eyebrows are light, find a slightly darker shade of product. [26]
  2. 2
    Fill your brows with short, upward strokes from the pencil. Use a light hand when applying the pencil so the shading looks natural.[27]
    • Focus the color on the arch of your brow and areas where growth is sparse.[28]
    • If you feel the color isn't blended or looks to harsh, run a spoolie brush (or a clean mascara wand) through your brows to soften and distribute the color.[29]
  3. 3
    Use an angled brush to coat your eyebrows with powder. The powder is meant to cling to your existing hair and really make your brows look thick and full. Use a light stroke so the pigment doesn't stick to your skin and follow the natural arch of your brow.[30]
    • To keep your brow looking natural, apply the powder from the beginning of your arch down to the end of your brow. Then use the brush to blend the powder toward the inner 1/3 of your brow.[31]

Things You'll Need

  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Spoolie brush
  • Brow powder
  • Angled brush
  • Growth serum

Sources and Citations

Show more... (28)

Article Info

Categories: Eyebrow Care