This article was originally published on September 15, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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. If your eyebrows need help due to overdoing the grooming, or your thin brows result from aging, here are some ways to promote natural eyebrow growth.
Applying essential oils to your scalp is an excellent way to stimulate blood flow and healthy-looking hair growth, so try taking the same approach with your eyebrows. Essential oils invigorate the scalp, improve blood circulation around the hair follicles, and create a healthy environment for hair growth.
Here’s an easy step-by-step process you can follow to apply essential oils to your brows:
Our favorite essential oils 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 essential 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 vital 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 proper nutrients.
Iron is crucial because it helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your body’s cells, including your hair follicles. Foods rich in iron include milk, fish, green vegetables, and lean cuts of meat.
Regarding lean cuts of meat, protein is another diet staple crucial to healthy hair growth. Your hair follicles are made up almost entirely of a protein called keratin. So 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:
Paying close attention to your diet will help nourish your eyebrows to grow faster.
Ensure you’re getting the right nutrients to promote hair growth by incorporating Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements into your routine. The combination of AminoMarTM plus key vitamins and minerals in Viviscal is scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth*.
As you take steps to get thicker eyebrows, you can help your cause by reducing the actions that could slow down your growth.
One thing you can do to help your eyebrows grow faster is to cut down on makeup. Eyebrow pencils and brow gels can damage eyebrows, especially when applied consistently and vigorously. They can disturb hair follicles and make it harder for them to grow hair.
Also, 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 essential for your hair to grow properly.
Here’s how to care for your eyebrows from day to day:
You may be tempted to jump on the bandwagon regarding eyebrow trends. Who hasn’t been tempted to bleach or laminate their brows? But be weary because many of these eyebrow trends can damage your brow hairs, halting the growth process in its tracks.
Any kind of hair removal can also prevent thicker eyebrows. It may be tempting to wax or pluck to “clean up” stray hairs, but it’s easy to go overboard. Instead, wait until your brows grow fully before shaping (three to four months).
Just as brushing your hair can stimulate hair growth, brushing your brows make help them to grow faster. Brushing promotes circulation, bringing more hair-healthy nutrients to your hair follicles to help them grow. As an added benefit, brushing your brows upward can make them look thicker instantly. Use a brush designed specifically for the eyebrows (you can purchase them at any beauty supply store) and brush your brows into place.
We mentioned earlier that you shouldn’t use thick moisturizers on your brows because they may clog the hair follicles and prevent hair growth. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturize at all! Make sure to use a lightweight moisturizer formulated with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera. Or you can try an eyebrow serum that hydrates and protects the brows and surrounding skin.
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.