The "must-have" beauty accessory of 2014: bold, dramatic, au naturel eyebrows. Models were rocking wild and intense eyebrows this year at September's Fashion Week NYC! Brows happen to be one of the most distinctive features that define the face, and we spend a significant amount of time and money trying to get, grow, and maintain them. Many women consider their eyebrows to be their most defining signature facial feature. Strong full eyebrows reflect a youthful appearance, look healthier, and define your eyes and shape your face.
This highly coveted small hair strip above the eyes can be one of the most treasured beauty accessories. One has to only peruse the Internet for a few minutes to see the availability of brow gels, "miracle growth formulas," waxes, pencils, etc. on the market today. Sadly, many are full of undesirable ingredients, additives, and preservatives. After years of overzealous plucking, I embarked on a journey to "get my brows back" naturally.
Here are my five steps and personal tips toward the goal of growing strong beautiful brows:
Step One: Willpower
Put your tweezers down. No really. Don't pluck any stray hairs . . . at all. Nada. Don't be afraid to let them grow out. If you are patient and give your brows a break without ANY tweezing for two to three months, you could actually end up having healthier and thicker brows! For this in-between stage, use an eyebrow pencil applied with short and light strokes to get you through this initial phase and to help enhance definition. Always choose a color that's a shade or two lighter than your hair color.
Step Two: Diet
Eat more fruits, green vegetables, and highly nutritious foods, and ditch the junk food. Drink more water. You need to fortify your diet by eating foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Favor foods from the rainbow, as Dr. Frank Lipman recommends. Remember that hair growth and health is nurtured from the inside out.
Step Three: De-stress
Yoga and meditation are two of my favorite ways to get rid of daily tension and strengthen my body. Unresolved stress has been attributed to hair loss. According to The Times of India, there are specific asanas that benefit hair growth by increasing the circulation of blood to the head. Doing simple breathing exercises can help to oxygenate and rejuvenate your hair and entire body.
Step Four: Nourish
I use the combination of two natural products to condition my brows. At night, after I cleanse, tone, and moisturize my face, I blend a tiny amount on my fingertip of CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm (castor seed oil, Tri-Rescue Skin Complex, beeswax, vitamin E, and many other skin-rejuvenating ingredients) with a drop of Banyan Botanicals Hair Oil (sesame & coconut oil, Ayurvedic hair healthy herbs: Bhringaraj, Brahmi, Amalaki, hibiscus, and rose damascena). Using the fingertips, begin to gently massage the mixture into the hair follicles in a circular motion. This will stimulate and nourish the hair growth at the root. Make sure to massage the area to the right and left of the brow where the hair is (was!) sparse. Then take an angled eyebrow brush and brush the brows in upward strokes, making sure that each hair is covered in the serum. Wipe off the excess around the eye area. Use nightly for the best results.
Step Five: Patience
It takes time for hair regrowth. Did you know that if you pluck your brows, the average time it takes for the delicate hair to grow back in can be nearly two months! You have heard it before, but it's worth mentioning again: anything worthwhile is worth waiting for!
Here are before and after pictures of my brows: