Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Growing Out Your Eyebrows -- How to Remain Sane!

I decided to grow out my eyebrows on December 2, 2012. I remember the date because I had just flown into Austin to visit my best friend of about 10 years, when she told me about growing out hers -- which looked fabulous, by the way. A wave of inspiration hit me! "I can do this!" I told myself.

It is now almost 2 months later, and I am starting to get a little restless. My goal was to leave my brows alone for 6 whole months! After doing research online, 6 months seemed to be the gold standard. Now that I have endured this torture, I have vowed never to tweeze my eyebrows again!

I have been over plucking my already sparse eyebrows for the last 10 years... I always justified my habit with thoughts like: "But I'm so good at filling them in...", "I want a sky high arch", "Oh, they'll grow back..." Well ladies, those days are past me. I have turned a new leaf, and I am going to embrace every random, tiny, little hair that is anywhere near my eyebrow. Well, maybe that's a bit much, but you get the picture!


Along the way, I have come up with a couple little tricks that have helped me stay sane while growing out my brows:

Avoid wearing makeup when it's not necessary -- I've come to realize the only time my unkept eyebrows seem to really bother me is when I'm doing my makeup. If I'm just hanging around the house or running up to the store I don't put on any. This may not be practical for everyone, but it works for me.

Fill them in
 -- Fill in the area right underneath your brow. By filling this area in, it will appear that you have a clean bottom line -- by covering the new growth with pencil or powder, the brows appear more neat. Be careful not to go overboard, or you may start to resemble Boy George.

Avoid using a brow highlight -- This may seem obvious, but when doing your makeup try to avoid anything shiny or glittery in that area. This will only, well, HIGHLIGHT the problem.

Use a concealer -- Using a concealer to cover regrowth works well if you don't have extremely coarse hair.

Use brow gel -- This can help keep the scragglies in line.

Hide your tweezers -- Unless you have ridiculous willpower, I recommend putting these away for a couple months. It is easier to get through the process without having to look at your old accomplice.

Brush your brows -- I'm not sure if this really helps, but I have read that if you brush your eyebrows with a spoolie, it stimulates blood flow and hair growth. Who knows if it does anything, but it can't hurt!

Keep your eye on the prize -- I know it's hard, but YOU CAN DO THIS.



Have you ever grown out your brows?



Thanks for reading, and stay strong ladies!



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1 comment:

  1. I shave off the tail of my brows and CANNOT leave the house with out drawing them on. If I am in a hurry I never really do them as well.(it sucks being in a hurry and remebering to draw on some friggin brows before leaving the house). I started growing my brows back close to 2 weeks ago. I am so EXCITED!! I was looking at some old pic. of myself from back when I did absolutely nothing to them; they were so beautiful. when really got into make-up g Once I really got into make-up I wanted a higher arch...and thats when the plucking and shaving. My goal is to keep them nicely shaped and slightly filled in once they grow back.

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