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UPDATED: How Long Does It Take for Eyebrows to Grow Back?

How long does it take exactly for those beautiful eyebrows to grow back?

Maybe you’ve overplucked your brows for your whole life, or maybe this is the first time. Either way, you’re probably freaking out about right now. 

Take a deep breath. We’re going to dig into this!

First, onto the science of eyebrows!

 

Eyebrows have an average 5-7 week growth cycle

Just like eyelashes, eyebrows have an average 5-7 week growth cycle; Actually, it can be a little shorter or longer than this, given your age, metabolism, race, weight and more, but 6-8 weeks is the steady truth.

In my personal experience, I’ve found that the inner and outer corners of your eyebrows tend to vary a little. The inner corners of your brows cycle through faster (4-6 weeks), while the outer brows cycle a little slower (10-16 weeks). Why? Don’t know. Just what I’ve observed in the past 4+ years  (since the creation of WINK, which I made to regrow my tragically over-plucked brows) of focusing all my energy on eyebrows.

 

That Doesn’t Mean Eyebrows Take 5-7 Weeks to Grow Back, Though..

Quickly, before we dive into each phase’s length and what you could do during that phase, let’s talk about the different phases of lash growth and their purposes. The eyelash growth phases are, in this cycle/order:

  • Anagen: the growth phase (30-45 days)
  • Catagen: the transition phase (15-25 days)
  • Telogen: the resting phase (100 days)

After telogen, we cycle back to anagen. Right now your brows are probably in telogen, waiting to go to anagen. They make be stuck in telogen, the last phase, because of the trauma of forcefully ripping them out with tweezers.

Side note: The average resting phase lasts just around 30 days for eyebrows, but can last up to 6 years for your head hair.

 

I Repeat: Your Eyebrow Hairs May Be Stuck in the Resting Phase

There may be a reason your eyebrow hairs aren’t growing back. If you over-plucked too often or too hard, you could trigger your eyebrow to react to the plucking as trauma. Trauma to the follicle will mean your eyebrows won’t grow back–at least not for now, because they’re resting.

 

We Might Be Able to Speed Up the Process…

To get your eyebrows to grow back fast, you may need some help.

There’s something weird about eyebrow and eyelash growth, though. Scientists know that prostaglandin (bimataprost) can regrow lashes quicker and can extend the length of the growth cycle, resulting in longer lashes. They don’t exactly know why though. They just know it works.

Further, given that prostaglandin is involved in the growth cycle of both your lashes and brows, it follows that prostaglandin should be effective for your brows, though it is not FDA approved for this use. Applying bimataprost/prostaglandins directly to the skin should be effective, but has some nasty side effects that cannot be understated.

Further research has shown that essential fatty acids can help stimulate your body to produce its OWN prostaglandin (in those with a deficiency), giving you with the same end result without the nasty side effects. The modern diet is deficient in essential fatty acids–or at least the ratios that we’re eating them in is seriously out of whack–so this could be a big reason we’re not growing eyebrows and lashes like we should be!

The prostaglandins then, which your body started producing because of the introduction of much needed EFAs, trigger the dormant hair follicles to grow again. This means applying essential fatty acids directly to the eyebrows could help your eyebrows to grow again… and maybe even faster and more heartily than before. The chart below shows the eyebrow hair growth cycle.

A product like our WINK organic lash & brow oil is great for supplying organic essential fatty acids directly to the brows, in a ratio that’s more close to what our primitive ancestors took in their diets. This can speed up the natural process of regrowing your brows (not to mention  WINK has a money-back guarantee! )

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Takeaways: How Long Does it Take for Eyebrows to Brow Back?

If an essential fatty acid product like our WINK organic lash & brow oil is a good choice for your budget, you can expect to see full results by the end of your brow cycle. If you remember what you talked about above, that means it will take anywhere from 2-16 weeks to for your eyebrows to look full again, depending on where you’re trying to grow them.

For the best results, continue using WINK throughout the entire brow cycle, at least 27 weeks, or about 4 months. Given that a bottle of WINK last for exactly 60 days (if you follow the directions), it should only take 2 bottles of WINK to get your brows on track. Sign up for our subscription for a discount, and to receive uninterrupted, free auto-shipment, so you can keep those brows looking sexy without any additional effort on your end. Note: We stock-out often (4 times already in 2016), but we always keep our subscription customers covered!

Start your brow journey with WINK today!

 

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54 Comments

  • Help! I shaved my eyebrows to shape them and I’m scared now 🙁

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    • Don’t be scared! It’s really ok. I think that shaving a little too much off is much safer than plucking out too much. We do have another post on what to do when you shave (or over-shave) your brows here: http://blog.amaliebeauty.com/shaved-your-eyebrows-heres-what-to-do-now/

      Also, a brow growth serum + some good brow product can go a LONG way. Check out Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz or the NYX dupe at your drugstore! The pencil is so thin, it can draw in individual brow hairs for a really nice, natural look. I talk more about it here: http://blog.amaliebeauty.com/beauty-qa-whats-the-best-liner-for-brows/

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      • Hi I am 11 years old and my mom doesn’t know that part of my eyebrow is gone I can’t buy any products I also can’t use makeup I am from gHana so I don’t have Spanish people hair I have school on Monday and there’s this one friend who is gonna laugh at me and tell everyone about my eyebrow I cried 3 times yesterday please help

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  • I was sleeping and my friend thought it would be funny to shave my eyebrows off! Help!

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  • I’m thinking of actually shaving my entire brow(s) off because my whole life I have had a hard time making them look right. I have a lot of experience of drawing eyebrows from scratch as I am an artist. I would most likely only shave them off once but I wanted your thoughts on it.

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    • Before you take the plunge, I would suggest meeting with a brow specialist. Look up the BEST one in your city or a nearby city and be ready to pay the $30+ that he/she requires. You won’t regret it.

      If you still hate your brows after a really nice shape-up/framing, then go ahead and try shaving them off.

      If I remember correctly, artist Kimberly Margarita shaves off her brows year-round. She is an other-worldly artist.

      In day-to-day operations, shaved-off brows with drawn-in replacements don’t look as good up-close as they do from a few feet away. There’s just something too perfect about them. While many really love the “anastasia brows” look–which is just as smooth and perfect as if there were no brow hairs at all–I hold that messy boy brows are already coming into style and will stay in style for 3-4 more years at least.

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  • Help!! I over plucked the end of one of my eyebrows so now they are uneven 😩 Roughly how long will it take for those hairs to grow back so they can even out? Helppppppp!!!

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    • Well, I hate to break it to you, but in my personal experience, the hairs on the outer edges of the eyebrows take the longest to grow back. I used WINK on the outer corners of my brows and it still took about 12 weeks to grow them back in.

      In the mean time, you can use a pencil to help draw the edges out! I would suggest Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz for a job like this.

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      • I waxed my eyebrows how long will it take to grow??

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  • Ok well I went and had my eyebrows waxed aand the lady waxed off too much in the kiddy of me eyebrow. How long will this take to grow back in or will it ever?

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    • Wow.. sorry to hear that :S Eyebrow waxes always induce my fight-or-flight response!

      It should grow back, but waxes rip the hair out from the root. Some may not grow back, depending on how forcefully they were ripped and if it induced trauma in the follicle. To speed it up, I would suggest using an eyebrow enhancer (like WINK) and massing the area daily. Without an enhancer, it will take somewhere around 8-16 weeks, depending on your age and metabolism.

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  • I plucked some of the tail on my eyebrows to try and shape them and let them grow back naturally(they were crazy before I did), and I use an eyebrow pencil in the mean time, but do you know on average how long it will take them to grow back? Thanks! 💕

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    • The tail ends tend to take a bit longer. It may just be 4 weeks, may be 14 weeks. If you can afford it, try to add a brow enhancing oil to your routine to speed up the process! xoxo

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  • Umm…. I was shaping my brows and then the razor slipped through my brows
    so I shaved the other one to cause i would’ve looked like a phsyco but now i look like wild cat so…….

    HELP!! ME PLEASE!!

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    • Being a wild cat isn’t all that bad! It’s my boyfriend’s nickname for me. 😛

      Pick up a fine-tipped brow pencil and do your best. Practice at home. It’s all you can really do for now! If you can afford a brow enhancing oil, that will help them grow back. In the mean time, don’t touch the tweezers or razor.

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  • I shaved off my eyebrows and since I did that I have been plucking them ever since and I can’t seem to let them grow back. But now I want them to grow back. Summer is starting it’s like 3 months then we have to go back to school​ will my eyebrows grown back by the time school starts in the fall

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    • Just put down the tweezers, love! It’s really hard, but you just have to let them grow back in all crazy first.

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  • HELP! I accidentally plucked out the frontal part of my right eyebrow and I don’t think it will ever grow back again. Will my eyebrow grow back to normal??? (i’m scared it wont 😭)

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    • If it’s just the first time, it should! It takes repeated plucking to really cause any damage. You can speed it up with a brow enhancer or essential fatty acid-rich oil 🙂

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  • I may or may not have accidentally shaved 1/3 of my eyebrow. And I am younger than expected (11)… HELP PLEASE! HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GROW BACK…?

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  • I plucked my eyebrows for about ten years but always hated them so finally went to a permanent makeup artist to try to get a better shape…she made a drastic change and literally took off all my brows..i like the shape and it goes over the area I used to have hair but always plucked. I’m scared they won’t grow back ever over that area. I got a normal brow enhancer, but is there anything else I can do to speed it up?

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  • So a few months ago I started plucking my eyebrows on the part the is kinda in the center of my face. I went a little too far over and now I’m trying to grow some of it back before school starts in August. Do you think I will be ok by then?

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    • Also typically when I pluck them, its is either every other day or every two days.

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      • If I were you, I would put down the tweezers for a while. Resist the urge to get too close to your face in the mirror. Step back and take it all in. While you might think your brows look hairy, nobody else will really realize, unless something is totally off. If you leave them alone for 2 months until school starts, they should be fine. But honey, put down the tweezers! They can’t grow back if you’re plucking them out every few days!

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  • I went to a place to get my eyebrows done yesterday and the lady waxed off the entire underside of my eyebrows! Now they look like a curved line… I’ve been using a lash & eyebrow growth serum but its only been a day. How long will it take for my eyebrows to grow back? I’m a teen with a high metabolism but I don’t know if that would affect the growth time… I’m scared my eyebrows will never grow back and look the way it did before! ;(

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    • With a serum? At your age? Maybe 2-3 weeks, love. Don’t worry!

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      • Thanks for the response! I’m currently using the “Rapid Lash XL serum”.

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  • So in the past I have gotten my eyebrows threaded (for about 2 years/once a month) and I always loved them. However, I moved two years ago and I have gotten them waxed 3 times since. The first time was terrible, but I didn’t touch them for 3 months and they grew back. I got them done again-somewhere else-2 weeks ago, and I liked them! I went back to that place for a waxing and I figured might as well clean up anything that grew in the last couple of weeks. However, it was a different person and I don’t like how they turned out. I’m worried that they will never look the same again, but I don’t know if thats a rational thought. I am 22 years old with a fast metabolism. Should I expect them to come back how they were before?

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    • I forgot to say- I have never plucked my eyebrows myself before either. So I wouldn’t say there is any over-plucking.

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  • I took too much of my eyebrow off on one side and it’s uneven . School starts in August, will they be back to normal by then ?

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    • They should, love! Just leave them alone and treat them well xoxo

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  • I had a beautiful eyebrows and one day I went to have them threaded and the lady just removed so much from the front. I feel that my eyebrows are too far and my face looks ridiculous. How long does it take to grow them back fully? and will they ever return to how they used to be. Im depressed and scared they won’t!.

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  • hi, so today i went to get my eyebrows done, and it was only the second time i’ve ever gotten them done. she waxed them way too thin, i’m naturally pretty hairy, but i’m scared they won’t grow back! i’m using an enhancer, but how long on average will it take to grow back. it’s mostly thin from the middle front of my eyebrow to the end of it

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  • My eyebrows were my favourite part of my face, they were long, thick but arched. I got them waxed and she ruined them! They’re about half the length – she removed heaps from the inner and outer corner. I’m pretty devastated – how long will they take? I’m 18 btw

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  • I think i overplucked my eyebrows….will they grow back till september? 🙁

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    • pls reply me

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  • I waxed my eyebrows, how long will it take to grow?

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  • I Tried Shaping my brows myself and one side is fine but in the process i cut off my eyelashes. Im too scared to do the other eyebrow and im now very insecure about my eyelashes and eyebrows.i used scissors and tweezers to shape them. What do I do and how long would it take. Please help x

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  • I overplucked my eyebrow yesterday!! Usually when I wax my eyebrows they grow back in about a week, will it grow back in the same amount of time!!?? Heellpp

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    • Waxing and plucking both remove hairs by the follicle instead of cutting it on the surface, which means it will take longer to grow back than if you trimmed or shaved them. That being said, if it only takes a week for them to grow back when you wax, the regrowth time should be very similar with plucking.

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  • So yesterday I went to pluck my eyebrows for the first time and the lady made them very thin and I don’t like them. How long will it take for them to grow back? I am 16 years old btw. Please reply

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  • I got my eyebrows done by a new lady because my original lady was moving into a new store. But she ended up taking a chunk of my eyebrow out then told me “they were too long” she trimmed it with the scissors I’m pretty sure but now I have a bald spot on the top.. hard to explain wish I can attach a pic. But, it’s been a month and I still see no difference!! Please help, I’m about to cry!!

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  • So my friend was making fun of my eyebrows and I accidently shaved half of my right eyebrow off. And I’m totally freaking out, any suggestions?

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  • But also will it take less time to grow back because they were shaved and not plucked?

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    • Yes, it should take less time. You can wait it out or speed it up with a brow enhancer. Best of luck honey!

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  • How long does it take for an 12 years old girl that has been shaved to grow back the hair

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  • please help! i’m a guy and i used a electric shaving razor to completely shave off my eyebrows, but my question is:
    are my eyebrows going to look exactly like the same as before? or is it going to look a bit different after it grows back?

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    • Perhaps a bit different, because the ends will be blunt for a while until all the hairs fall out and grow back in, but don’t worry! They’ll eventually go back to normal.

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  • i always had “bold” eyebrows, but at least I had them. I also did microblading, and then permanent tattoo. I would do wax once in a while. 3 years ago I went to new place (we moved) and some “smart” lady waxed out my entire eyebrows, probably assuming that I have tattoo and don’t need them… I was in rush and left quickly, only on my way home I realized what she has done. Anyway long story short – here I am 3 years later with entirely bold eyebrows, well I do have single hair here and there almost invisible. Is it possible after all this time to regrow them? I didn’t use anything before, I was sure they will grow back, then I probably just got used to and with 2 toddlers I didn’t have much time to think about my eyebrows. I started castor oil couple of weeks ago, is there a one in a million chance for me?

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    • There is a chance, yes! Don’t worry, just give it time and some castor oil.

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  • ao i’m 13 and i over plucked my left eyebrow and they look vwry vwey thon and i have school in two says. but i don’t have money to buy the WINK. i’m freaking out but the right eyebrow s fine. nd i saw videosthat if you use extra virgen oul that will help speed things up. so does it help? i’m so confused what should i do????

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    • i meant to say “so i am 13 and i overplucked my eyebrows and they are ver very thin right now i saw online that extra virgen oil helps. so i am putting that on my eyebrow. i also don’t have money for the WINK and i have school in two days.” please help

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  • Hi I am 11 years old and my mom doesn’t know that part of my eyebrow is gone I can’t buy any products I also can’t use makeup I am from gHana so I don’t have Spanish people hair I have school on Monday and there’s this one friend who is gonna laugh at me and tell everyone about my eyebrow I cried 3 times yesterday please help

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