I’ve always struggled with my eyebrows, having over-plucked them when I was younger they resisted growing back. However, I tried out some of the following natural remedies (I’m too afraid to put chemicals on my already dwindling brows) and the results were magnificent!
Our eyebrow hairs are similar to the ones on our head; made of a protein called keratin and strings of amino acids (which make our hair strong). So if these bonds found in the amino acid chains are broken it causes our hair follicles also to break -I must have weak bonds because my hair is always breaking.
Whether it’s down to genetics, illness, hormone imbalance or self-caused (like me) and you want nothing more than beautiful brows then why not try one of the following natural remedies before whipping out that eyebrow pencil. Continue reading to find out which natural remedy is right for you!
Great at keeping dandruff at bay! Dandruff inhibits hair growth, which means if you have dry eyebrows then you’re going to struggle to grow them out. Castor Oil has many other significant health benefits from skin problems to muscle and joint pain relief. Follow these instructions every evening before bed for incredible results:
- Remove any makeup.
- Clean eyebrow area using warm water.
- Dip a cotton swab into castor oil (preferably cold-pressed).
- Apply the oil onto eyebrow area.
- Massage gently for 3 minutes and leave overnight.
- Wash off in the morning with warm water.
Repeat this routine every day for 6 weeks, and you’ll find your brows will have dramatically increased in volume, and any dryness will be gone.
It’s not only a healthy cooking oil alternative (delicious recipe found here), it can increase those brows as well! If you dye your eyebrows or have done so in the past, then this is the remedy for you! Apply coconut oil to your brows in the same way you do with castor oil. (Follow the steps above but replace the castor oil with organic coconut oil).
Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. According to Healthline, almond oil has many different health benefits as well as being incredible for hair growth; ‘helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels and improve memory. It may help you lower the risks of diseases like cancer and heart disease.’ Almond oil will also soften the skin, allowing eyebrow hairs to grow efficiently.
It leaves you with a silky soft touch and smelling delicious. Almond oil can also be applied in the same method as castor and coconut oil has been, leaving your brows extraordinarily soft, smooth and volumized!
Here’s a video which combines all three essential oils to make one incredible eyebrow potion to get the bushy brows you deserve.
Note: In the video, she uses Vitamin E; however, you can replace it with almond oil as it is rich in Vitamin E!
Other Eyebrow Growth Alternatives
Soft, smooth, cooling and all natural, an excellent alternative if you tend to have oily skin and super easy to apply. Studies have shown the incredible hair growth properties of aloe vera and according to The National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies; aloe vera ‘increases the size of the hair follicles and the rate of hair growth.’
If you’re now as obsessed with aloe vera as I am and always striving for picture perfect skin then try this amazing homemade face mask.
All you have to do is make are your face is clean (wash with warm water and remove makeup) apply aloe vera to your eyebrows and leave to rest for 30 minutes. After the time is up, rinse your face. Repeat these steps every day for 4-6 weeks or until you have grown as many luscious eyebrow hairs as you would like!
Alternatively, you can follow this video and for super fast, volumized eyebrows AND eyelashes in a matter of days using all natural ingredients!
Try a Biotin Rich Diet
If you’re nervous about applying different substances to your face then changing up your diet might be a better choice for you! Biotin is a B vitamin which can be found in a variety of different foods. It helps restore hair and according to Dr. Claudia Aguirre Biotin deficiency can cause; ‘Thinning hair, sometimes with shedding and loss of pigment (graying hair).‘ If the deficiency effects your head hair it’s going to have an effect on your eyebrows too!
So by eating a variety of the following foods that are packed full of biotin, you will see your eyebrows grow more in a matter of weeks: Salmon, eggs, avocados, almonds and a variety of leafy greens.
Eyebrow growth can be easily stimulated with a simple massage! H.Choy states that;’The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation’, blood flow is important to hair follicle growth. So by gently rubbing the eyebrow area you can encourage hair growth, make sure your brow area is clean beforehand and do this exercise on a regular basis.
You can also use a small eyebrow comb to increase hair growth. By brushing the hair on your head it stimulates hair growth (similarly to a massage), this has the same effects on your eyebrows. Use a small, soft eyebrow brush and use it every day on a clean brow; healthy looking brows have never been easier!
What to Avoid
Applying Lotions or Creams
Avoid using thick lotions or creams which can clog pores and prevent new eyebrow hairs from sprouting. If you are determined to use a thick, moisturizing substance then try using certain supplements that won’t block pores and will encourage eyebrow growth, such as; petroleum jelly.
Using petroleum jelly on your eyebrows and eyelashes makes them thicker and fuller, it contains highly moisturizing properties. Just apply overnight on a clean face for a period of four to six weeks and allow it to work its magic.
Makeup is another pore clogging culprit, by regularly using a lot of brow makeup you could be severely affecting their growth rate! Try not to wear eyebrow makeup every day or change up the thick layer of brow makeup for something more gentle. This will help increase their growth rate and give you healthier, happier hairs.
I would also advise you to stop dying or bleaching your eyebrows as a study done by The Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology revealed that ‘55.8% experienced side effects related to eyebrow bleaching. These side effects included increased or decreased density of the eyebrow hair’. Try this life changing natural alternative to chemically enhanced makeup remover!
All of these natural remedies are great alternatives to chemically induced eyebrow enhancers for beautiful brows in 4-6 weeks. Whether it’s different oils, avoiding certain things, manual stimulation or using Aloe Vera, you are guaranteed to find the right natural remedy for you!
*Article originally appeared at Healthy Holistic Living.
Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site HealthNutNews.com is less than 2 years old but has already cracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide. She is an author, public speaker, and has recently done some TV and film programs for some of her original work which have attracted international media coverage. You can get Erin’s free e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame vaccine injuries, Lyme disease, significant weight gain, and more. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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