8 Ways to Grow Thicker Eyebrows, Backed By Science

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8 Effective ways to grow thicker eyebrows

Backed by science.

Because obviously you are a woman and that’s supposed to be the ONLY motivation you need to want to have thicker eyebrows (besides having thicker eyebrows = looking better in general and knowing you’ll be more attractive to men, right?!)

{1}. Start massaging your eyebrows every day. This stimulates the muscle that make your eyebrows grow thicker. Not only do you stimulate the muscle, but massaging it may also stimulate the blood flow to the area, which brings oxygen and nourishment to the hair follicles. Think of it as an arm workout for your brows! Massage those brows every night before going to bed. This exercise can help encourage the follicles to grow thicker as well as stimulate the muscle underneath the skin.
{2}. Try a protein-rich diet. While it may sound weird, your brows are a part of your skin. Eating more protein-rich foods can help thicken your hair, which may give you the results you need to get your brows looking more full.
{3}. Get your eyebrows tinted. Tinting your brows darker can give the appearance that your brows are thicker. When you “fake” the thickness of your brows, you will be better able to play up certain features and cover up the parts that you don’t like.

Nanoxidil in Spectral.Brow

Spectral.Brow is a topical treatment proven to stimulate hair growth when used daily over the course of several months. Nanoxidil, the active ingredient in Spectral.Brow is the same ingredient used in a prescription drug, Rogaine.

Use natural Oils

Here are eight home remedies that can be used at home to make your eyebrows look fuller.

Olive Oil

The first ingredient you need is olive oil. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and can help to naturally condition and strengthen your eyebrows.

Rub a little olive oil into your brows before going to bed and by morning, you will already start to see results.


Vaseline is a well-known product in the beauty industry for its numerous benefits for your skin. It is actually made by combining petroleum and the pulp and juices of vegetables, which is why it is an excellent home remedy to grow eyebrows. In fact, Vaseline is preferred because it is safer than using artificial dyes to color eyebrows.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an excellent product to use as a thickener for your eyebrows. To use coconut oil effectively, all you have to do is massage a few drops of coconut oil into your eyebrows using your finger tips.

Then, cover your eyebrows with a warm towel to keep them warm. The effects of coconut oil will reduce the appearance of your eyebrows so that they look thicker and fuller.

Olive Leaf Extract

Change Your Diet

Eating certain vitamins and minerals helps boost your levels of certain key growth factors that trigger hair growth and keeping a well balanced diet is a vital part of living a healthy life.

Thyroid stimulation is one of the most important factors for how to grow thick eyebrows. Make sure you’re eating enough iodine rich foods such as seafood, sea vegetables, and certain types of nuts and seeds. Also, try not to desiccate yourself by sweating.

This leads us onto the next trigger for how to grow thicker eyebrows.

Get A Little More Exercise

Even though recent studies have proven us wrong, the theory behind the link between exercise and hair growth is far from debunked.

In fact, the same studies have pointed out that it’s not so much exercise in itself that improves your hair growth, but rather the by-product of exercising that has the greatest effect.

This by-product is the release or hormones such as testosterone and human growth hormone and it’s these which lead to excessive hair growth.

It’s important to remember that male hormones are beneficial for females, too, and are great at helping you grow thicker eyebrows.

Testosterone is actually the main trigger of hair growth in both genders. So remember to exercise regularly.

Take Biotin Supplements right now

Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that is good for skin, hair, and nails. It is found in bananas, almonds, sweet potatoes, spinach, and any foods that are enriched with B vitamins.

Not being enough on biotin, or even having a deficiency, has been linked to several skin conditions, which may include scaly patches or dandruff.

It may also cause hair loss or hair thinning. The results of a study about the effects of biotin on eyebrows showed that 95 percent of the participants claimed that they had thicker eyebrows after using biotin for just four weeks. The other 5 percent claimed that they weren’t using it right.

Drop all that stress

You'll be surprised how stress and anxiety can damage your hair growth dynamics. Anxiety and stress make you produce extra cortisol, which can lead to hair loss and slow down hair regrowth.

One study, published in the International Journal of Trichology, found that stress can make your hair fall out and hinder hair regrowth.

"A pattern of hair loss associated with stress and anxiety has been observed to increase with age and is often the result of a combination of multiple factors, including genetic predisposition and nutritional status," says cosmetic dermatologist Lisa D. Benest, MD.

The study found that the severity of hair loss/thinning increased with levels of stress.

That's why two things that can help with stress and anxiety are biofeedback and meditation. These can help you relax more, which will help you have better hair retention.

So drop the stress and scalp massage your head for five to 10 minutes every day.

Dye your brows, so they look fuller

For some people, the biggest issue with thin eyebrows is visible bald patches, which are most often caused by over-plucking.

Hair follicles, like other parts of your body, regenerates.

Every few days, new hair will sprout in the shape of your old eyebrow.

Now, they are usually very fine and short and won’t make your eyebrow look any thicker compared to your actual eyebrow hair. You can see this every time you pluck a hair – the hair grows back in the shape of your unplucked eyebrow.

They may grow a little bit darker, but they will never have the same texture as your natural hair, which is why it’s a good idea to use DHC Eyebrow Pen to create the illusion of thicker brows. You can easily just use a hair dye and make the hairs dark.

It is little work to do, it’s very easy to control, and you can get nice results very quickly.

Eyebrow transplants – no, really!

While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, eyebrow transplants can be done. It’s a throwback procedure done in an attempt to save eyelashes and eyebrows lost to male pattern baldness.

Here’s the basic procedure:

  • A strip of hair is taken from the head;
  • The hair is then placed in a thin paste made of soybean protein;
  • The hair colored paste is then rolled up into tiny tubes and inserted into the bald eyebrows to replicate the natural eyebrow;

The tubes are attached to the scalp with a surgical glue.

The hair used is usually the patient’s also, which is why there is a bit of cleanup involved in the procedure. However, it does mean that there is no need to worry about your eyebrow hair falling out, or not growing back properly … it’s all the same as before, only thicker.

As a general rule, it’s best if you try to avoid eyebrow transplants and opt for a really good eyebrow shaping instead. However, if you are going the other way – trying to reduce the size of your eyebrows with a scare tactic — then this is a much more viable option.


Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery, 3D eyebrow embroidery, and 3D eyebrow tattooing uses pigment to fill in gaps in the eyebrows using a manual handheld tool with a blade. The tool is similar to a tattoo machine but with a shorter handle and a smaller, slanted blade.

The technician will create hair-by-hair strokes in the direction of hair growth. Purse-stringing or a-line shading creates the illusion of natural hair growth because the hair strokes aren't all perfectly straight. The strokes result in a more organic look and the eye will be naturally attracted to the different lengths and directions of the strokes, which is what we are aiming for.

We cannot cover the complete eyebrow in one appointment. That would risk damaging and scarring the skin and the healing time would be too long to be practical. The shape of the eyebrow is created in one appointment which takes about an hour, followed by a second appointment 2-4 weeks later to soften any lines and fill any gaps between strokes.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure, meaning that the pigment will fade within 5 years of the first appointment. It doesn't grow out like a regular tattoo and brow color can be added to it during a touch-up appointment at anytime.

4 Important tips before you start growing eyebrows

In this article we are talking about your eyebrows specifically, which is the hair on the tops of your eyes. They actually fall into a category of hair called terminal hair.

The process for growing your eyebrows is the same as any other type of hair.

So, there are two important things you need to keep in mind to make sure your brows grow thicker and fuller.

Stay clean and healthy

The health side of the equation is straightforward. A healthy person is more likely to have thicker eyebrows. At least in my experience, as crazy as that sounds. As a very impressionable kid I used to hear stuff like: "Look into the mirror once a month. If you see blood, you're not taking care of yourself."

Weird stuff like that. When I was 13 or 14 I started doing it and each time I was super surprised by how clear my face was. I had no idea what was happening under the skin. Was I dropping dead, getting hives, what? Just clear. And I was a teenager, so acne was nothing out of the ordinary. So it wasn't just blood.

Do your research

Research similar articles and find out what products they used. Figure out if those products are available in your country and price range.

Be prepared to do a good bit of shopping and try out many different products.

Don't just have a "let's buy everything that sounds good" approach. For example, my very first eyebrow gel was a holy grail product made by a brand that was a cult favorite but not available in my country and not super cheap either.

You can choose not to buy it if you wish.

But if you want to find out if it's "worth it", look up product reviews online. Most of all, keep in mind that everyone's skin is different so what worked for someone might not work for you.

Always be cautious

Products like Latisse are prescription-only, which means they can have major side effects if you use them without a doctor's supervision. Also, they may not work for women growing eyelashes.

You don't have to spend a ton of money to make your eyebrows appear thicker. And, you can do some of these eyebrow hacks at home, but it does involve a bit of work on your part. If you're curious about other products at home remedies for growing thicker brows, then you should go here.

Some of our favorite and best researched eyebrow hacks include:

TRY: Tweezing

Tweeze the ends of your eyebrows to fill in unruly hairs.

TRY: Eyebrow shadows

Use eyebrow pencils to create the illusion of thicker brows by drawing on hairs that are not already growing on your eyebrows.

TRY: Powder

Apply a little bit of loose powder where you want your eyebrows to grow in the thickest, to help promote growth.

TRY: Cornstarch

Apply cornstarch in a thin layer around your eyebrows where you want them to appear thicker.

TRY: Aloe vera

Apply a bit of aloe vera where you want to foster your eyebrows growing in.

TRY: Skin Tea

But be willing to experiment

For at least 8-12 weeks. You may have to try several methods till you find one that works well for your eyebrows, depending on the severity of your hair loss.

Use Minoxidil (Rogaine or Regaine for Men)

Minoxidil used to be the most popular option for eyebrow regrowth, with some physicians prescribing it as a way to grow back thinning hair or stop hair loss in men. Topically applying Minoxidil will thicken eyebrows for men and women.

Minoxidil comes in form of a scalp solution, a spray and a foam. Using the foam can give great results on your eyebrows, especially if you are dealing with mild to moderate eyebrow loss.

Since eyebrows are hairy, applying a foam can be easier than using a scalp solution. Your dermatologist may suggest you to also apply a topical cortisone to help with the redness, irritation and itching of the brow area.

Try Eyebrow Threading

Eyebrow threading is a great alternative to waxing if you are trying to grow back thinning eyebrows. It can easily create the sharp, natural shape eyebrows without the pain and redness.

To grow thicker eyebrows, you will need to visit the threading salon every 4-5 weeks.


Thicker eyebrows fill up your face, so be mindful of how you fashion them. If possible, take photos of your natural eyebrows so you always have a reference point.

By exercising the brows, you can lift them up into a more flattering shape and then shape them with hair dye. Obviously, this is not a permanent fix although you can also consider using permanent makeup.

{1}. Make a point to twist your eyebrows a few times when you’re laying in bed.
{2}. Push your forehead out while you are looking in the mirror. It’ll provide the natural pressure you need.
{3}. Try filling your eyebrows out with powder eyeshadow!
{4}. Avoid over plucking your eyebrows.

This will give them more time to grow and will minimize the need to reshape them when you grow them out.

{1}. Avoid lengthy use of irritating products, like fake eyelashes or brow gel.
{2}. Be careful while shaping your brows.

Don’t make them too thin because this will give the effect of thinner, less full eyebrows.

Use a constant nip of the tweezers to thin out thicker eyebrow hairs. This will create more room for the rest of the hairs and give your brows more of an even appearance.