Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. In recent years they’ve dominated the beauty industry in a BIG way. Despite the fact that the ultra bold and made up look has made way for a more natural one over the past year, it still seems like Instagram is densely populated by beautiful ladies with bold and bushy brows. Some women are just blessed with thick, dark eyebrows, perfect to the point of never even having to reach for brow gel, yet alone a powder or a pencil.
I am not one of those women.
My eyebrows and I have had a… difficult relationship over the years. At the tender age of 15, after learning online that changing your brow shape can alter the look of your entire face, I reached for some tweezers and plucked off the entire outer halves of my brows. I really didn’t like my face. I spent the next four years using various products to draw in what I’d removed slightly higher up, which WASN’T a good look for me and I DO hold it against my friends for letting me walk around like that for so long.
However, there is a happy end to this story. My brows and I have finally learnt to live together in harmony, and despite the actual years of abuse, I was able to grow them back- and learn to accept my natural shape. Here’s how I did it:
Unfortunately, this is the most important thing you’ll need in order to grow back your eyebrows. The full process for me, from deciding that I didn’t want to have no eyebrows anymore, to finally having visible brows that I’m happy with sans makeup, took well over a year.
Another vital factor to regrowing your brows. When you’ve plucked for years, resisting the urge to not pluck when you see a hair out of place is actually very difficult. I also seem to take it out on my eyebrows whenever I have an identity crisis, which is a semi-regular occurrence, so that probably set me back a least a few months.
Although some people just have naturally sparse brows, taking care of your health can go a long way when it comes to making your brows fuller. Ever noticed how your nails get stronger and grow faster when you eat well? Well the hair all over your body is made out of the same stuff, and reaps the same benefits! Ever since going vegan and really paying attention to what I eat (most of the time) my hair and nails have been growing at a much faster rate than they were previously.
Black Castor Oil
Super moisturising, vegan, and full of Vitamin E, Black Castor Oil is a fantastic natural brow conditioner, and it works on your eyelashes too!
Just use a spoolie dipped in the oil and brush it through your brows before you go to bed. You can also use other kinds of castor oil, but I find the black variety smells better than the others.
A slightly unexpected one, but I’ve found that two of the skincare products I’ve been using recently have really helped me with my brow growth. In fact I’ve been able to stop using Black Castor Oil because I get enough conditioning from these products alone.
The products in question are The Ordinary’s 100% Plant Derived Squalane and First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. Both of them are cruelty-free and vegan and I don’t know what witchcraft they’re imbued with but they really have helped my brows and eyelashes get longer, as well as moisturising my skin.
Of course, if these products are difficult to get hold of for you, Black Castor Oil is also great and probably much cheaper and more accessible.
If you’re dealing with the same eyebrow issues that I had, I wish you good luck on your journey to growing them back. I hope this post helped at least a little bit!
Cover image: Bushy-browed legend Frida Kahlo in her painting Self Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940.