Oh Pluck: How to Fix Over-Plucked Eyebrows ASAP
Oops, I think you did it again. You got lost in the 3x zoom mirror and insisted on just getting that “one” little hair, but that somehow turned into ten…, and now you have overplucked eyebrows.
Unless you have a 90s costume party coming up, you probably want to fix this as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a natural, immediate fix, but I have a few ideas for you.
Join me as we learn how to fix overplucked eyebrows, how long they take to grow back, and a few strange facts you never thought to google.
Do Overplucked Eyebrows Grow Back?
Overplucking eyebrows is common. You’re not the first or last person who is frantically searching for this information.
Good news: yes, they typically grow back without any issues.
However, there are a few factors that can impede on the hair growth process.
If the hair follicle is traumatized from constantly plucking, waxing, or plucking incorrectly, it is possible that the hair will not grow back.
2. Vitamin Deficiency
If you aren’t receiving enough Vitamin B, C, D, and/or iron, your hair growth could be affected.
3. Stress and Diet
A healthy mind and body are essential for the proper functioning of everything related to our bodies, even eyebrow growth.
As we get older, some of our hair follicles stop producing hair. While we might appreciate this in certain places, our eyebrows are not one of them.
If your overplucked eyebrows are a one-off accident, the hair will almost certainly grow back, and you don’t need to worry about these conditions.
How Long Does It Take for Plucked Eyebrows to Grow Back?
Hair, even eyebrow hair, grows in three stages.
The Anagen phase (aka growth phase), the Catagen phase (aka transition phase), and the Telogen phase (aka resting/shedding phase).
Once the hair reaches the Telogen phase, a new hair is already forming in the Anagen phase. It’s a constant cycle.
Depending on your age and overall health, overplucked eyebrows fully grow back between three and four months.
You will be able to see the hair poking out of the skin only four to eight weeks after removal though.
How Do You Stimulate Eyebrow Growth?
Let’s bring you and your brows back to this decade ASAP. Here are a few ways to encourage your eyebrows to grow back faster.
What you put in and on your body is important here.
Aloe Vera: High in calcium and magnesium, this suncare favorite is also great for stimulating the hair follicle, resulting in faster hair growth.
Biotin: This supplement has been known to promote healthier skin, hair, and nails.
Castor Oil: While it hasn’t been medically studied, many people claim that castor oil has successfully treated a variety of hair loss conditions.
A Healthy Diet: A diet rich in lipids, peptides, olive oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E is not only healthy for your body but also promotes healthy hair production and growth.
A few less natural options (try at your own risk):
Popularly known to thicken and lengthen eyelashes, some brave souls have found that it also works on eyebrows.
Yes, the Rogaine you’re thinking of. While it works well for promoting hair growth, you need to be very cautious when using this growth serum on your face… there is a chance you’ll end up with a few rogue hairs where you don’t want them.
How Do You Fix Over Plucked Eyebrows?
Okay, you’ve overplucked, you’ve realized it, you’ve cried, you’ve read that it could take up to four months for them to grow back, and now you’re looking for a quick solution.
Here are a few makeup hacks that can help achieve a fuller brow look:
- Use an eyebrow pencil with an angled brush to fill in the bald spots
- Use liquid eyeliner (matching the color of your brows) to draw small strokes that mimic hair
- Fill in your brows using an eyebrow gel
- Use a clean mascara brush with eyeshadow that matches the color of your brows
- Brushing what’s left of your brows upwards will create a fuller look
If your follicles were damaged and the hair just isn’t growing back, microblading might be the best option for you. It’s a type of eyebrow tattoo that looks shockingly natural.
How to Avoid Overplucking Your Eyebrows
Now that you’ve learned how to fix overplucked eyebrows let’s also discuss how to avoid them.
- Ditch your ultra-zoom magnifying mirror. No one is looking at you under a microscope, and you don’t need to view yourself that way either.
- Pluck your brows right after you get out of the shower. Your skin is softer, and the hair comes out of the follicle much more smoothly.
- Use tweezers with a fine point, or at least an angled edge, that allow you to grab only one brow hair at a time when tweezing.
- Remember, your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. Don’t become obsessed with trying to make brow shapes equal.
No judgment if thin brows are your style. For some of us, it works, and the rest of us look like aliens. Thin or not, it’s still possible to end up with overplucked eyebrows.
Share this guide with your friends, sisters, and daughters to help them avoid overplucking. And if they just can’t help themselves, they can also use this guide to salvage their brows. It happens to all of us, but luckily it doesn’t tend to be permanent.