Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Truth About Growing Out Your Eyebrows

Head to Toe: Hat, Verloop // Sweater, Moon River // Bag, Lulu Dharma // Jeans, H&M // Sneakers, New Balance.

When I first moved to New York two years ago, I desperately wanted to achieve the full-browed look the cool Brooklyn girls around me were sporting. So, eyebrow pencil in hand, I began the long and painful process of growing them out. I followed the golden rule prescribed by experts: Do. Not. Pluck...I filled in holes and wore strategic shadow to cover up the patchiness. A few months in, I went to a brow bar to get them professionally tinted and shaped, urging the specialist to keep them as full as possible. She recommended castor oil at night to help stimulate growth in the spots that were still patchy but warned that in some cases, the root is fried and the hair may never grow in.

She was right. Two years later, my brows are more full, certainly, but there are definite spots where the hair just never grew back. (I haven't plucked a thing besides a few very stray hairs since.) When I came across the Vogue article, "A Cheater's Guide to Growing out Your Brows in 2018," I was piqued. The article mentions the steps I followed and warns of that awkward phase when your brows grow awry. The author notes that the growing out process can take months and up to a full year but never mentions the caveat that the hair may never come back at all.

In fact, all of the beauty articles I've read tell the same story: Suffer a few months of awkwardness and afterward you'll look like Cara Delevingne. Is this to sell eyebrow pencils or to keep threading salons in business? I'm not sure, but I want to arm you with some information if you're thinking about growing out. If you're a twenty-something like me and came of age in the 2000s—when Sex and the City thin arches were in fashion—and got frequent cheap wax jobs at nail salons, the truth is your brows will probable never grow in entirely. But that's okay. Eyebrow pencil/shadow/gel is your friend, and it's relatively cheap.

Right now I'm using It Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil and Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (which came in my Birchbox), but I also love the E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit which is literally $3 at the drugstore. While you're there, grab some Castor oil and give the technique a try. Worst comes to worst, it doesn't work and you have it on hand in case of a bellyache. What's your growing out experience? Share your brow philosophy in the comments below.
Left to right: before eyebrow product, It Cosmetics pencil,  Chella gel, after product.


  1. Absolutely love your look :)

    Adi xx

  2. I have really sparse eyebrows which makes this post really useful because now I have a tip or two in mind, for when I would like to grow my eyebrows. Thanks for sharing and I love your pictures.😊😁

    #sweetreats xx

  3. Cute floral bag, and the sweater is chic. You look beautiful!

    The Flower Duet

  4. Yeah! Castor oil is just amazing also for the eyelashes! :) ☃ ❄

    Blog de la Licorne

  5. Gorgeous post. Gorgeous you. Loved it. Happy week. xoxo Cris

  6. So cute

  7. I can imagine it's not easy! But you look lovely even without filling them :D Cute either way!

  8. Hej! Świetny post, jesteś naprawdę megaaa śliczna :)

    obserwuje i zapraszam do mnie :

  9. I've never had problems with my eyebrows. Thankfully they've always been there hahah

  10. You look great with filled and unfilled eyebrows! :) Maybe you;ll be lucky and suddenly thinner eyebrows will come back again so you don't have to fill in the missing hair so much, haha! THings always go around in cycles anyway :)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! It's been a bit crazy here! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog


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