How to Help Eyebrows Grow Back
Whether you spent years over-tweezing or have naturally thinning eyebrows, you might be wondering if there’s a way to actually help those hairs grow back. The answer is … maybe. Here’s the research-backed truth on what you can (and can’t) do to get your brows back in shape, plus options for quick fixes and semi-permanent solutions.
How Long Do Eyebrows Take to Grow Back?
For a healthy adult, a tweezed eyebrow hair will grow back in an average of 64 days. On the other hand, if you’ve been tweezing the same area for a long time, it may be too late. Eyebrow hair follicles are very sensitive to injury, and repeated plucking can permanently damage the hair root. If that’s the case, then it’s time to call in extra help.
Solutions for Eyebrow Regrowth
If you’ve reached the point where your eyebrow hairs just aren’t growing back, it’s time to chat with your dermatologist. The doctor might suggest Latisse, a prescription lash-growth product with research showing that it can also help with brows. Patience is the key: It takes weeks of daily use to see any re-growth. Also, keep in mind that you must continue to use the product to maintain the results—once you stop, the results will eventually taper off, back to what they were pre-Latisse.
Many non-prescription lash growth serums also make claims for brow growth. Unfortunately, most don’t work for brows (or lashes for that matter), so you’re better off sticking with research-backed Latisse.
Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) is another hair-growth solution, although studies indicate that it can be more sensitising on skin than Latisse’s active ingredient bimatoprost. Also, minoxidil typically comes in liquid form, which makes it tricky to apply so close to the eye area—hence, we caution against using minoxidil for brow growth.
Home-remedy treatments like castor oil have zero reliable evidence showing that they work … even if someone on Pinterest swears that they do. Trust us, there’s a high likelihood you’ll only end up disappointed.
The Quick Fix: Brow Fillers
Of course, if you’re looking for an instant solution you can use makeup to fake thicker-looking, filled-in brows. Check out our comprehensive guide to shaping brows for suggestions on how to pick the right colour and the right product, along with other pro tips.
The Semi-Permanent Option: Microblading
Microblading is a newer professional treatment that involves creating tiny incisions and depositing pigment in them for natural-looking, hair-like strokes in the brow area. For someone who wants denser, better shaped brows, it’s absolutely worth considering. Microblading results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Learn more about the pros/cons + cost of microblading in our article here.
References for this information:
Dermatology Online Journal, March 2014, ePublication
Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, January 2012, pages 106–108
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2007, pages 337–346
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, March 1951, pages 562–568
Latisse® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Paula's Choice Skincare has no conflict of interest or affiliation with Allergan.
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