Anyone who grew up in the 00s will understand the pain of waiting for eyebrows to grow back.
When bushy eyebrows came into the mainstream from 2010-2020, repped by the likes of Cara Delevingne, those who had previously been too heavy-handed with a pair of tweezers were desperate for their brows to grow back.
Even Chrissy Teigen admitted that she’s recently had to undergo an eyebrow transplant, to fix years of overplucking.
Now skinny brows are rumoured to be back – along with many other Y2K trends – but should we all be embracing a thinner brow?
Experts have warned of the impact overplucking can have on our brows – sometimes with irreversible effects.
‘It’s extremely difficult to go back and forth between thin and thick brows. This is because brows, unlike the hairs on our head, grow very slowly,’ says Diana Svetakova and Yana Gushchina, the founders of Brow Bar London in Belgravia.
‘The entire brow growth cycle takes 3-4 months with no guarantee they will grow back fully or in the same way.
‘When you pluck hair from the root repeatedly over time the mechanical stress on the follicle may damage it enough so that it does not grow back, leading to sparse growth or no growth.
‘Even with the help of growth serums and dietary supplements it can be very difficult to repair the damage caused by overplucking and the only option would be a costly and painful eyebrow transplant.’
They also point out that it might be better to stick to your natural brows.
‘Thin brows will alter the entire shape and look of your face. It is a look that will not suit or flatter all face types,’ they add.
What to do if you have overplucked in the past
But what if you think you’ve already taken too much off your brows?
‘Firstly stop plucking your brows immediately,’ say Diana and Yana.
‘Our advice is to book an appointment with a reputable professional for a brow mapping consultation to ensure you achieve brows that best balance your facial features. The key is to focus on balance and getting the right shape as you work to regrow your brows.
‘In the immediate, invest in a good quality brow specific serum daily to support the regrowth – we recommend Nouveau Lashes Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum.
‘If you don’t like serums you can also try an eyebrow growth oil which will help to stimulate the growth of the hair roots.’
You can also fill in your brows while you wait for them to (hopefully) grow back.
They say: ‘Then you can fill in any sparse areas using a brow pomade and brush or a brow maximiser, to fill in any gaps in growth and give your brows better shape, adding density for thicker looking brows. You can follow with a simple brow brush focus on gently brushing your brows upwards which will give the illusion of more volume.’
The duo add that taking additional supplements will assist hair growth like Biotin and vitamins A, B and C.
How often should you pluck your brows?
Diana and Yana stress that less is more when it comes to eyebrow plucking – so hold off as much as possible, if you can.
They add: ‘At most, pluck once every five weeks. However it’s better if you can groom your brows once every two months allowing them time to grow in between.’
To avoid thinning out your brows, brow specialist Liarna Jessica recommends that you always see a specialist, if you’re not confident with shaping them yourself.
If you are, Liarna says: ‘Only pluck stray hairs that are outside of the main bulk of your eyebrows. Pluck one hair at a time and then stand back and review in a mirror – this will help you avoid overplucking your brows.
‘If you’re not sure about which hairs to pluck, use a brow pencil to draw in your natural shape and give a clear indication of what hairs to avoid.
‘As a general rule, follow your natural brow shape and where the hair naturally grows as a guideline. If you want to create a thicker brow, pluck only the stray hairs out of your natural brow shape, and avoid overplucking.’