Ageing, hormonal issues, and over grooming habits may conspire to thin out your eyebrows. Unfortunately, even though our diet and vitamin supplements can help, if permanent damage has been done to the follicles, the hair will not grow back. But you can still take action going forward to make sure your eyebrows look how you want them to.
Rescue remedies and shaping
First of all, stop tweezing eye-brows and avoid shaping them by yourself, as we usually tend to overdo it and completely ruin our shape. Leave it to the experts: they will be able to determine and help you achieve the perfect shape for your brows. They can also advise you on which hairs should be left untouched, while the rest of brow grows in. Threading is a great option if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation. It is much gentler and less painful than other options like waxing. How does it work? A piece of thread is taken and twisted on itself as it’s glided along the brow to shape it. The hair is removed from the follicle, but it doesn’t damage the skin. Since threading only removes the actual brow hair and no skin, it hurts a whole lot less than waxing.
General eye-brows maintenance
For those who want to define, accentuate, and perfect their brows, start by picking an eyebrow product that you prefer to work with. In general, gels are great for keeping hairs in place and creating clean lines. Powders cover quite a bit of surface area and give natural, even coverage for filling in sparse patches. Pencils and pens offer a great amount of control and work wonders for creating lines that look like natural hair. Mousses are a great mix between a gel and a pomade and are great for adding colour and volume. You can choose one or a mix of products to get the effect you want.
No more grey days
If you’re seeing grey eyebrow hair, don’t use a colour that’s made for the hair on your head. Use a gentler version made especially for the brows that can last you for weeks at a time. Alternatively, a brow mascara will do the job deepening and covering grey instantly, even if just for the day. If you can’t find a colour close to yours, try to go a little darker, but not lighter because it will age you. To help your brows look more natural, blend the colour with a cotton swab while brushing your brows into place. You could also use a brow gel to help set the colour and brow into place if you’re worried about it fading.
Microblading, the way forward
In case you need that extra help with filling, the way forward is microblading. It’s a semi-permanent way to fill in brows that looks more natural than permanent makeup or tattooing. Microblading has become one of the beauty industry’s most popular procedures: it differs from tattooing and the traditional form of permanent makeup in that it is typically done by hand versus a machine and doesn’t go as deep into the skin. In the past, tattooing and traditional permanent makeup usually resulted in a solid line and the colour could change significantly with time. The goal is to create delicate strokes that mimic hairs that result in a natural, more complete eyebrow.
The process takes about two hours to complete, but you’ll need to go in for a touch up about once a year after the initial appointment. With a super fine hand-held blade, microblading simulates the appearance of hair using deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments under the first layer of skin, creating a bolder and natural-looking eyebrow. And the result can last years. If you go for it, be sure to find a reputable practitioner who practises in a clean, safe and appropriate environment, with the processes in place to deal with any complications. Micropigmentation requires specific training: if you live in the UK, check if the practitioner is properly qualified at saveface.co.uk the online platform providing the expert, impartial, and verified information for selecting a non-surgical cosmetic practitioner.