“Some are born with great brows, some achieve great brows, some have great brows drawn upon them.”
I don’t remember what brows I was born with, only my high school brows that I plucked so far apart they had different zip codes. You’d think at 24 I’d have it figured out by now but that is simply not the case. Thankfully, I’m not the only one. Brows have become HUGE, both literally (hey Cara Delevingne) and figuratively, in the last few years and the trend has left a lot of us in the dust. If you’re like me and have tweezed your brows, or parts of them, into oblivion it can be difficult to try and grow them out. So I’ve compiled a few tips, tricks, and articles for some serious brow inspiration.
That li’l tuft of hair over your eyes hasn’t always been a beauty staple. Way back, I’m talking caveman days, it was probably there to protect your eyes or keep sweat at bay. We’ve come a long way. Even in the last century, brows have evolved a lot. This article shows brows by the decade and it’s pretty interesting. Although they skipped from the pencil thin brows of the 90’s straight to the Insta-perfect brows of the 2010’s….. Probably because most of us spent those early 2000’s plucking them into the most unfortunate shapes.
Question: How do you expect your li’l brows to grow up and prosper if you keep stunting their growth? If you look like I did to the right, circa 2013 (AKA cute, but tad pole city as Kristen Czerneck calls it in her Brow Journey piece), you’re probably having a hard time letting those babies fill in. Every single thing I’ve read about regrowing brows starts with three main steps:
- STOP TOUCHING THEM! I feel your pain. It’s hard to watch those little hairs come in, stand up in weird directions, and basically do whatever they want. But as my mom says…. “Let go and let god.” Put down the tweezers and trust Mother Nature to do her thang, she’s got your best interest at heart.
- Bustle lists this step as number one but I think once you can get your tweezing under control you can get some relief from using good brow products. There are oodles of powders, pencils, creams, and gels to choose from and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg. If you have the spare change to invest in a top of the line product that’s great… I myself have champagne taste on a Bud Light budget so my go-to is Target. Elf & Nyx have some very solid brow products ranging from $3-15. In my mind, finding the right color is the most important factor, but that’s debatable I suppose. Find what works for you and fake it til you make it.
- One of Amy Coster’s main points in her (hilariously relatable) Brow Journey post is to find an amazing brow lady. It’s hard to be objective with your own face so find someone you trust, have them put you on the right track with a good shape, and listen to their advice. They are the experts after all.
Once you have those steps on lock, branch out. Bustle has some other great tips while you’re waiting. Like Latisse for your brows, which BTW I can tell you definitely does work (see left), and exfoliation to stimulate hair growth.
Notice how a lot of these articles are variations of #BrowJourney? Regrowth is all about the long game so buckle up and enjoy the ride. And if you’re feeling discouraged, check out the 19 Struggles of Growing Out Your Brows and take solace in knowing that you’re not alone.