Eyebrows are said to be the main feature shaping a person’s face, more so than their eyes or their smile. They’re an integral part of your overall face, which is why for some, struggling with thin eyebrows can be a confidence killer, which can have a detrimental impact on your lifestyle and happiness.
Not only can thin eyebrows be an aesthetic problem, but it also means they lose their purpose. Eyebrows are anatomically there to protect your eyes from sweat and other substances, such as shampoo, that we want to obstruct from the eyes.
There is a myriad of reasons why people have thin eyebrows, from questionable fashion to medical and genetical problems. We know that people shouldn’t have to conform to the latest brow trend, but when it impacts your confidence to do your favorite activities, you should know how to fix them!
We’ve listed some of the main causes of sparse eyebrows, and what you can do about them.
Overplucking is one of the main causes of thin eyebrows. In the nineties and noughties, thinner eyebrows were in style. I know, we all have regrets…But the constant fashion trends that influence people’s plucking habits have caused the death of many hair follicles. This means that it’s almost impossible for hair to grow back in areas where the hair has been refused natural growth by our tweezers.
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
People who have trichotillomania have an urge to pull out their hairs[i], often in times of stress or anxiety, but the urge can occur at any time. Although most people with the disorder will pull out hairs on their head, they may also pull hairs from their eyebrows or eyelashes. Eventually, the hair pulling can lead to permanent hair loss, leaving those with the disorder feeling self-conscious and with low self-esteem.
If you think you struggle with trichotillomania, you can see a doctor or psychiatrist about it. They may refer you to have cognitive behavioral therapy to help you stop giving in to the urges.
Alopecia (Immune System Dysfunction)
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, mainly from the scalp and eyebrows. This can leave brows looking thin or uneven. It occurs when the immune system recognizes hair follicles as foreign invaders – which of course they’re not – so it attacks the follicles which kills or damages them. Alopecia Areata can cure itself, and many sufferers will experience hair regrowth. However, it might be a recurring issue.
As we grow older, cell renewal slows down, meaning the eyebrows and other hair-covered areas suffer from less hair growth. It’s a natural occurrence, referred to as Androgenic Alopecia. Some people will experience more hair loss than others as they age. It occurs because of changes in hormones, in particular, the androgenic sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. Once you reach 40 years old, people tend to produce less of these hormones, leading to the thinning of hair on the scalp and brows.
Everyone experiences stress at some point, but chronic stress can be damaging to a person’s health. When the body doesn’t function properly, it has an impact on hair growth. It can cause hair follicles to stop doing their job, leaving you with thin eyebrows. Chronic stress can also cause disorders such as alopecia, which causes hair to fall out.
Eat a healthy balanced diet! How many times have we been told? But here is another reason – without getting the right nutrients, hair can struggle to grow properly. There are many vitamins we need for overall health as well as for healthy hair growth, including C, D, and E. Vitamin B7, also known as Biotin, is essential to hair growth (and healthy skin and nails, too).
The right nutrition is sure to impact hair growth, so supplements might help if you don’t receive enough nutrients from your diet. An iron deficiency is known to be a big cause of hair loss. Without iron, the body can’t produce the hemoglobin needed in the blood to carry oxygen around[ii].
Thyroid Gland Dysfunction
The thyroid gland produces three hormones that are essential to controlling your metabolism. And if they’re out of whack, it can be damaging to more than just the brows. When the thyroid gland is underperforming, it’s called hypothyroidism, and when it’s too overactive, it’s called hyperthyroidism.
Either one shows that hormones are out of balance but losing hairs on the eyebrow -especially the outer edge- is often a symptom of hypothyroidism[iii]. In fact, it’s considered a big tell-tale sign of hypothyroidism. So, if you notice hair loss on the outer edges of your brows, it could be worth asking a doctor about it.
CREATE A THICKER BROW
Giving a thicker effect, you can essentially get eyebrows “tattooed” on. Microblading is a popular option for people who want a more permanent option than makeup. It uses small needles to scratch the skin’s surface and applies ink. It’s a non-surgical treatment that gives you a semi-permanent thicker brow.
There are two ways you can get a brow transplant – follicular unit extraction (FUE) or strip harvesting. FUE requires taking individual hair follicles, while strip harvesting takes a strip of hair follicles. They then place them in the desired areas. The follicles grow the new hairs – but scalp hair doesn’t have a growth limit like eyebrow hairs do, so keep some small scissors handy for when they grow a bit too long… Although permanent, you should expect eyebrow transplants to be expensive and painful.
The least invasive form of creating a thicker brow is by using makeup to draw on or fill out thin eyebrows. Eyebrow pencils and eyebrow mascaras are available from stores at a low price, which you can use to fill out the thinner part of your brows. Makeup is cheaper per purchase, but make sure you wash it off properly every night to keep your skin healthy!
GROW THICKER BROWS, NATURALLY
There are oils you can apply to your brows which encourage natural hair growth! Castor oil is a popular one, as it contains incredible proteins, fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. All these ingredients help to nourish the hair follicles and promote healthy growth. Natural oils encourage blood to flow to the skin, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the hair follicles.
Cel Brow and Lash
We know how important it is to feel confident in every situation, and for many that means looking and feeling the part all the time. This is why, with our extensive research and incredible ingredients, we’ve formulated a Brow & Lash Boosting Serum that aims to encourage hair growth even in the most stubborn of places.
It contains Biotin and Castor Oil, which both stimulate the hair follicles to grow new hairs. Our use of Plant Stem Cell technology mixed with natural elements gives you the ultimate product to help your eyebrows grow thicker and stronger. And the best part? There’s no need for needles or harmful ingredients!
There are home remedies that are known to encourage growth in places where hair struggles to grow, such as the use of coconut oil or even egg yolks. If you want to know more about what you can use from your own kitchen, click below to read a past blog.
Related: ‘The One Facial Feature That Science Claims Is Most Important’
You shouldn’t have to settle for thin eyebrows if you don’t want to. Whether it’s genetic or not, there are treatments and cures available in different forms. You can go for something more permanent like microblading, or you can go for the softer option of buying serums, or even try your own at home remedies!