No one can deny it–full eyebrows are in style and quite possibly here to stay.
Great brows are a huge confidence boost. Growing out your eyebrows, though, can be..awkward.
It’s safe to say that the Amalie team are the lash and brow pros: it’s literally all we do. So today we’re going to talk about how to make the process of growing out your brows a little faster and a little less, well, ..hairy.
Trust us: you don’t want to miss these proprietary brow-growing tips (especially Day 14’s tip!)
Let’s take it slow – starting from Day 0 of your decision to grow out your brows.
Day 0: Hey You! Put the Tweezers Down
Before we even get started, let’s get this straight: if you want to grow your brows out, you gotta stop pulling them out.
While genetics do play a part in your eyebrow’s fullness, most of were born with enough to work with–so to speak. The problem is we wax and tweeze and bother them to the point that they stop growing.
In an interview with Style Magazine, Cara Delevingne (pictured above) revealed that her biggest brow secret for her famous brows is to… wait for it…
She says she “doesn’t let anyone touch them.. just in case.” She doesn’t even let anyone else shape them.
Most of the time we’re better off with what we started with.
Day 1: Start Feeding Your Brows — Stat
We’ve said it a million times, but we’ll say it again: if you’re ready to regrow your brows, you need to accelerate the process from both the inside and the outside.
Start from the inside: Give your body what it needs to produce healthy hair. Eat plenty of protein and foods high in essential fatty acids. You can supplement with B vitamins (especially biotin!)–which are better known for helping unlock the energy in food, but also have been shown to promote hair growth–as well as vitamins C and A.
Finish on the outside: An extremely important part to speeding up the regrowth process is to nourish your brows on the outside. Give them what they need to grow. Just like conditioning your hair, brow conditioners can make brows stronger, softer and less prone to breakage. Most brow conditioners also contain ingredients that can speed up the growth process.
Make sure to vigorously massage the serum into the skin, for better absorption and increased blood circulation. Apply the serum daily (or even twice daily) for best results. A full brow cycle is 8-12 weeks, so you will need to use the product through that entire period to see the desired results.
Day 7: Set a Goal: Choose Your Optimal Brow Shape
Now that you’re a few days into this, you can take some time to choose the perfect brow shape for your face. We need a goal to look forward to after all, right?
Have a friend help confirm your face shape with you, and pick the brows that match that face shape. Read the chart below for the “eyebrow solution”–the function of your eyebrows for your face shape. You can also visit this guide to learn the “why” of brow shaping for your face shape.
Then, Google some celebrities with your face shape to confirm the style (a girl can dream, right?). This should also give you a little more motivation to keep the tweezers IN. THE. DRAWER.
Here’s a chart to help you choose a face shape and matching brow shape:
And a few celebrities with their corresponding face shapes:
Side note: I am secretly jealous of all you heart-shaped women out there! The heart-shaped celebrities are soo cute.
Day 14: Don’t Tweeze – try THIS instead (it really works!)
By day 14, if you’re using a growth enhancer, you should start to see some new brow growth–especially on your inner corners–and probably some really wonky hairs in no-mans-land. So.. you’ve earned it. You can tweeze a little. We’re talking very, VERY sparingly.. on the wonky hairs out in left field. If you don’t think you have enough self-control, don’t even pick them up.
What you can do a little more of, is snip. That’s right, you can pick up the brow scissors and cut any hairs that have popped up outside of the 20% line, below:
The great thing about trimming these individual hairs is that you can trim them down to the skin so they look invisible, but the root is still there and growing; that means they’ll grow back fast, and you’re not risking doing any damage to the follicle of the hair. Within a few days to a week, they’ll be back! So while they might look really weird now, in a week some hairs closer to your brow line may have popped in, making those weird hairs now look.. pretty normal. This is how I keep my OCD in check when growing out my brows and keep the inner tweezer-happy-self at bay, while still feeling like I have manageable looking brows in the interim.
The results? Awesome.
This may sound crazy, but as a safety feature, you can actually draw your desired eyebrows on as a guide, then safely snip at least 20% outside of your desired brow area. Maybe you say just “ohh just one more hair!” to yourself. Sound familiar? Yep. Nope. Draw on the lines to draw the line with yourself, or you’re going to start guide this all over.
While you’re at it, limit yourself to snipping like this just once every other week. And please, be careful! It’s easy to get snip-happy, too. While the results aren’t as long-lasting, it can look really strange and you’ll feel like an idiot immediately afterwards. So go slow and take your time; there’s no rush. What you don’t want is to accidentally snip off your brows in the process of trying to trim down 1 hair to the root.
Day 30: Feelin’ a little Hairy, Huh?
Keep following the 80/20 rule to tweeze spare hairs. Brows will look a little unruly at this point, because you are smack dab in the middle of a growth cycle, where half of your old brow hairs are just chilling and half of your new hairs are popping up.
Feel free to start filling in your brows until the process is complete. If you have particularly thin brows or thin patches, you might want to use a brow powder as well as a light brow pencil–like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil–to draw in some light hair-like strokes (almost like the brow strokes in illustrations above!)
Make sure to use a brow brush to soften the lines created by a pencil and/or brush the powder through your natural brow hairs, for a softened natural look overall.
The final look should be very soft and natural:
Day 50: Ready to Go!
Your brows should be back to normal by now! Your hard work has paid off.
If you’re still lacking some hair on the outer corners of your brows, continue to use a growth product like WINK for up to 16 weeks (2 brow cycles).
Continue to use a brow enhancer every other day to maintain your results.
And while you’re at it.. pat yourself on the back. You’re offically one step closer to elite model status.
Ready to get started on your dream brows?