Long-gone are the days when thin, penciled-in eyebrows were trending. Now we all want to have thick, well-shaped eyebrows — almost as much as we want a full head of hair. Thick eyebrows enhance our look and are more youthful, while thin, sparse eyebrows make us look older and less energetic.
Many women’s eyebrows have taken a beating over the years through threading, plucking and waxing. Whether your eyebrows need help due to overdoing the grooming, or your thin brows are the result of the aging process, here are some ways to promote natural eyebrow growth.
Applying essential oils to your scalp is a good way to stimulate blood flow and healthy looking hair growth, so try taking the same approach with your eyebrows. Essential oils work by invigorating the scalp, improving blood circulation around the hair follicles and creating a clean, healthy environment for hair to grow.
Here’s an easy step-by-step process you can follow to apply essential oils to your brows:
- Soak a cotton swab in essential oil and apply it to both eyebrows.
- Massage your eyebrows with your fingertips for 3-5 minutes.
- Leave the oils on for at least 30 minutes, or if you’d like, you can leave it on overnight.
- Wash off the oil with warm water and moisturize your face as usual.
- Repeat once a day or every other day until you see improvements.
Our favorite essential oils to use to help eyebrows grow faster are castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Castor oil contains a lot of antioxidants to help keep the area clean, as well as important hair growth vitamins and proteins. Coconut oil and olive oil are great because they are rich in vitamin E and iron, two important nutrients for hair growth.
As you probably already know, a good diet is incredibly important for maximizing hair growth. It’s no different for your eyebrows. If you want the hair follicles in your eyebrows to grow to their full potential, they need to be fed the right nutrients.
Iron is crucial because it helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all of your body’s cells, including to your hair follicles. Foods rich in iron include milk, fish, green vegetables, and lean cuts of meat.
Speaking of lean cuts of meat, protein is another diet staple that is crucial to healthy hair growth. Your hair follicles are made up almost entirely of a protein called keratin. Getting plenty of protein in your diet will ensure that your keratin production is up to par.
Other nutrients and vitamins that help eyebrow growth:
- Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers
- Vitamin C: lemons, broccoli, papayas, oranges
- Vitamin E: almonds, basil, peanuts, spinach, olives
- Omega-3 fatty acids: avocados, walnuts, olive oil, salmon
- Biotin: eggs, avocados, leafy greens, salmon
Paying close attention to your diet will help nourish your eyebrows grow faster.
Other Tips for How to Grow Eyebrows Back
As you take steps to get thicker eyebrows, you can help your cause by reducing the actions that could be slowing down your growth.
One thing you can can do to help your eyebrows grow faster is to cut down on makeup. Eyebrow pencils and brow gels can damage eyebrows, especially when they’re applied consistently and vigorously. They can disturb hair follicles and make it harder for them to grow hairs.
Also, try to avoid applying too much cream or moisturizer to your eyebrows. This can clog your follicles and make it harder for blood flow to reach them. Natural ventilation is very important for your hair to grow properly.
If you follow our five-step essential oil process, balance your diet, and avoid any unnecessary agitation of your eyebrows with makeup or creams, you should see an improvement in the thickness of your eyebrows in no time at all.