The quest for fuller brows is often paved with depilatory accidents. It’s happened to all of us: you’re trying to get your eyebrows symmetrical, you get a little overzealous with the tweezers or wax strips and suddenly your brows are way too thin. You’re left feeling like a particularly foolish plucked chicken—and you’re panicking a little, because eyebrows are notoriously difficult to regrow.
But relax: the damage likely isn’t permanent. Di Medlock, the director of waxing at Exhale Spa, knows everything there is to know about regrowing eyebrows and fixing major plucking mistakes.
“If a guest expresses and interest in growing their brows back, I put them on ‘the system,’” says Medlock. “It’s important to see what your brows are capable of producing without outside assistance. We allow the brows to grow with no tweezing, waxing or threading for four weeks. This will show me how much natural growth is possible, trouble spots and the willpower of my guest.”
We are nothing if not determined to step up our eyebrow game, so we’re ready for Di’s system. Here are Di’s professional secrets for getting fuller brows.
Embrace Brow Pencil/Gel.
When it comes to faking big brows, Medlock says drawing them in is the most realistic looking approach. “For results you can see right away, go for a daily dose of brow pencil, shadow or gel, ” says Medlock. “All can create the look of fuller, thicker brows instantly with no commitment.” Watch this video to learn how to fill in brows the easy way.
Try Brow Extensions.
Many salons now offer eyebrow extensions (it’s like weave for the face!). Brow specialists dye real human hair to match it to yours, and then attach the hairs to your own eyebrows. They cost $185 and last about two weeks.
If you don’t want to fake it any longer, Medlock has suggestions for serums that can help regrow wimpy brows. “Castor oil is a tried and true Italian grandma trick,” says Medlock. “Apply to any and all areas where you would like to see thick, longer hair.” For over-the-counter serums, she suggests Revitabrow ($110, nordstrom.com), which is Exhale’s preferred product. “It feeds the follicle to produce thicker, fuller hairs and encourages root growth from dormant follicles.” For prescription products, Medlock likes Latisse. “It’s the most powerful lash conditioner on the market, and the great news for us is that it works on the brows, too.” Serums can take up to a month to work, but the good news is that the results last forever.
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