If you’re over the age of 12, then you’ve likely been subjected to a tweezing incident gone wrong or an over-enthusiastic beautician taking her suppressed aggression out on your brows. Those who have experienced what I like to call “eyebrow trauma” know just how drastically the slightest change can alter your entire face shape, structure, and sometimes self-esteem.
Growing out your brows after such experiences require tender care and patience, similar to trying to raise a house plant in a dark New York City apartment. If you’ve lost as much as half a brow (or more), the weeks and months it takes waiting for it to grow back can be pure agony. But it absolutely doesn’t have to be like that. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to smoothly transition your brows off the struggle bus.
We tapped brow masters Robin Evans, Maribeth Madron, and Stevi Christine for tips on how to grow out your brows with Michelle Obama-level grace.
At what point should you consider growing out your eyebrows?
If you feel like your brows aren’t doing anything for your face shape or you’re just not into how they look anymore, then it’s time to consider growing them out. “You know it’s time to grow out your brows when you’re going to see a pro more than once a month, or you no longer like the way you look without brow makeup,” Madron explains. She says that another indicator is if you notice you’re spending more time and energy on brow makeup than the rest of your face.
Christine is in the same boat, noting that it may be time for a grow-out “when your brows appear too thin, the shape is off, or they don’t look related.” I’m sure you’ve heard that eyebrows should look like “sisters, not twins,” meaning that they don’t have to match exactly in order to look amazing, however, “you don’t want them to look completely different, either.”
How long does it typically take for eyebrows to grow out?
“The growth cycle for brows is four months,” Madron says. “However, I’ve seen great progress with brow conditioner after eight weeks. I have also seen major brow revolutions take up to a year.”
She suggests RevitaBrow because of its visible results and no harsh side effects. “I’ve used it personally for over a decade and suggest it for my clients as well,” says Madron. “I also use Nutrafol supplements for healthy lashes and brows.” (Note: You should always consult your doctor prior to taking a new supplement for any purpose.) Brow conditioners work to help prevent breakage and promote growth.
The amount of time it takes for your brows to be restored to (some kind of) their former glory depends on the person, of course. Just as some lucky people can grow out their misshapen bangs within weeks and others have to wait months, the same rules apply to eyebrows — hair growth is hair growth, after all.
Hair at your eyebrows, like hair on other parts of your body, goes through a regular growth cycle,” says New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. “Eyebrow hair grows actively for three to four months, followed by a resting phase, after which the hairs are released from the skin. Your body is constantly making new hair, so most people do not notice the shedding and renewal.”