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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! )



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!

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

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!!!

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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! 💕

    • 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

  • 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…….


    • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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 😭)

    • 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 🙂

  • 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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