My eyebrows and I been through a journey together. Though I’m naturally blessed—or rather, was naturally blessed at the time of my birth—with superbly bushy brows (thanks, Dad!), I surrendered to the tweezing craze all through high school and college. For years, not only was I convinced my super-skinny arches looked better than my natural fuller shape, (spoiler—they most certainly did not), but I also struggled with anxiety that led to me plucking and shaping my already stingy brows into further oblivion. Eek. Other faux pas? 10 coats of mascara and even more coats of bronzer…viewer discretion advised on the cringe-y photos further down!
To be honest, it wasn’t until I landed my dream gig as a beauty editor in Los Angeles almost two years ago that I became fully committed to rehabilitating the size and shape of my brows. All of a sudden, I had access to some of the best brow artists, dermatologists, nutritionists, and hairstylists in the industry, and with their combined tips and product recommendations, my brows have totally transformed. They’ve definitely done a 180 since my admittedly scary days of college and high school, and they’ve even doubled in shape within the mere few years I’ve been showing them more TLC here in L.A.
That said, since our brows naturally grow thinner as we age, and since I inflicted an annoying amount of damage to my hair follicles due to my years (and years) of tweezing and waxing, the road back wasn’t as fast or necessarily seamless as I hoped it would be. It’s taken some expert guidance, lifestyle changes, and lots and lots of patience, but ultimately, my brows and I have come a long way.
So if you’ve ever wondered how to grow thicker eyebrows, I’m using my own personal experience to help guide you, and am sharing six of the best tips and practices I’ve learned from the best experts in the industry regarding brow and hair growth. Keep scrolling!
Since making the switch from waxing to tweezing, my eyebrow growth has increased significantly and came as a direct recommendation from the most sought-after brow artists in the industry like Stevi Christine and Kristie Streicher. “I prefer the gentle and precise results that only tweezing can give,” Streicher shares. “I like to work with the natural shape of one’s eyebrow, and if someone has been overshaped in the past or is tweezing too much on their own, my technique helps to grow out the natural shape of the brow. I only tweeze the few hairs needed to shape and create a more symmetrical look. Too often, clients do not realize how much hair is being taken from their brow with waxing or other forms of depilation, and that can adversely affect the shape of the brow as well as traumatize the follicle.”
It might sound crazy, and I’m never one to preach any type of diet to others, but whenever I’m prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, my hair seems to take major growth and shine cues. When I went 100% plant-based with Sakara for a two-week challenge last year (which I then extended for a few more months), my hair had honestly never looked better, and my friends and family couldn’t believe how long my hair got. And my brows, which had hit a little bit of growth plateau, also seemed to benefit.
As holistic nutritionist and friend Meryl Pritchard has shared with me, consuming a combination of vitamins (especially B!), healthy fats, and protein—either animal or plant-based—is essential for encouraging healthy hair growth. Due to my busy lifestyle, I’ve found plant-based and organic meal-delivery systems like Sakara and Thistle incredibly helpful for keeping me accountable and ensuring I’m getting a regular feed of hair-enhancing, nutrient-dense meals.
Next, our editor got her eyebrows laminated—here’s what happened.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Dale Chong.