I’m sure we’ve all been there. Whether it’s over-plucking our own brows, or something doing the dirty work for us; over-plucked, thin and sparse eyebrows are not a good look.
I got my eyebrows tweezed for the first time at a professional place when I was 14.
I can’t remember why I did, as I have naturally quite thick brows, but I walked into the first beautitian I could find at a mall, which ended up being a huge mistake. The lady gave me the thinnest brows with the highest arch… it just awful.
Fixing Over-plucked Eyebrows
Needless to say, today I am really careful about keeping it’s original thickness now. In fact, I do it myself now, I trust no one! And during this time, I have learnt a lot of how to fix over plucked eyebrows and thin eyebrows. Here they are…
Try hair growth formulas
This is my first recommendation. Yes, these products may seem gimmicky, but they do work, for the most part at least. I’ve tried RapidBrow to my brows with great success and would recommend buying 3-4 tubes and finishing them over a period of 3-4 months (1 tube a month, basically). Also, those popular eyelash growth serums such as RevitaLash and Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Serum should technically work as well and I’ve also heard great things.
Or, try the one that is scientifically proven
Latisse is a prescription-only eyelash growth formula. If I’m not mistaken, the story is that scientist noticed that people who took glucoma eyedrops all ended up having super long, thick and dark eyelashes, and they extracted the ingredient in the medication to make this eyelash growth serum. I think that’s the story – don’t take my word for it, though! It’s the only thing that really scientifically-proven to work, and because of that, there’s no reason why it won’t work on eyebrows. Actress Kristen Stewart – and countless others – have used it to regrow back their over plucked, thin eyebrows due to movie roles.
Another thing to remember when fixing over-plucked eyebrows is that you need to allow it to regrow.
I recommend to no’t touch your eyebrows for at least 4 months. Resist the urge! I would say a full 6 months, but 4 months is the minimum. If it’s really getting unsightly, just tweeze those absolute necessary ones that are completely out of your whole eyebrow area (for example, the stray ones that are near your eyes, or the ones in between your two brows, etc).
I also read this tip long ago from Linda Wells, founder and former editor in chief of Allure Magazine: Dip a Q-tip in some Rogaine (or any hair loss formula) and rub it on any bald spots you might have. But be EXTREMELY careful to not let it touch anywhere near your eyes.
Keep your brows looking as good as possible by applying some kind of conditioning formula, to whatever hair you have now. Try applying some coconut oil or Vaseline to them daily to make them healthier, thicker and darker. (Make sure to not get it in your eyes).
While you wait for your over-plucked eyebrows to grow back, it’s best to fill them in with eyebrow makeup. There’s quite a few options for this, so check out New to Eyebrow makeup? Here’s A Quick Guide, where I share the best brow makeup for your different needs, preferences and more.
As a quick guideline: for very, very sparse eyebrows, use a eyebrow pencil or waterproof gel, and for less sparse, use powders, as they are the most natural looking.
Prepare for your next session – properly
If you’re going to go to a professional, make sure you don’t end up with crazy thin eyebrows like mine. I shudder at the thought, it was that terrible! First, look at some eyebrows you like and would like the general look and feel of. Save a few photos of it.
Before going to the brow stylists, bring the photos of the person’s eyebrows you do like – you can’t get the exact shape, but visuals are always helpful with stylists. (Check out my tip on how to tell your hairdresser what you want, which also works in this case – you’re still dealing with hair, after all!)
And when explaining what shape you want, try using words like “natural, low arch, full, thick, slight arch,” whatever you fancy. Tell them about your past concerns about overplucking your eyebrows. Just remember to avoid looks that are too thin and too arched – not a good look on anybody, really.
While we cannot get an exact copy of eyebrows we love (that would be weird – we still need to have one that suits our eye and face shape), but you can take inspiration and have an idea of the style you would like.
Here are some eyebrows I love, from left to right: Megan Fox and her very defined, dark arches, Camilla Belle and her naturally thick but still very groomed eyebrows, and Keira Knightley, who also has very naturally thick eyebrows and only does very little to groom them.
Here are some questions I’ve been asked about growing out and fixing your over-plucked eyebrows. If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments section below.
How to get your eyebrows to grow back fast?
Unfortunately, this is kinda like (well, exactly like), fixing a bad haircut – it’s hair, and it takes time to grow. The fastest way is to regularly take care of your brows while they grow out – use hair growth formulas (I really recommend RapidBrow), and then leave them alone otherwise.
My over plucked eyebrows won’t grow back no matter how much I try!
Then this needs some drastic measures! Try going to the doctor who may prescribe you with Latisse. You can also look into other options such as eyebrow embroidery (kinda like tattooing in brows, but this is with a semi-permeant dye, lasts 3 years and looks much more natural).
What are home remedies for over-plucked eyebrows? I don’t want so much chemicals on my face…
Try castor oil, which is a home remedy that stimulates hair growth. Remember to be careful that it doesn’t go in your eyes, though.
Growing out overplucked eyebrows takes time, patience and even more patience. I hope my tips have helped you, but I’d love to know if you have any other added tips! Personally, I’ve found great success in hair growth formulas, and honestly, just letting them grow out while filling them in with eyebrow makeup in the meantime.
Over to you, though: What do you do to fix your over-plucked eyebrows?