What To Do If You're Losing Hair In Your Eyebrows

If your eyebrows survived the plucking, tweezing, and waxing of the 2000s, you might just be grateful to have hair to work with when you do your makeup. However, hair loss in the brows is not uncommon. Over time, your eyebrows can begin to thin just like the hair on your scalp, according to Healthline. Underlying conditions, such as infections and an overactive immune system, can also perpetuate eyebrow hair loss.


In some cases, you might be speeding up the loss of brow hair without even knowing it. Stylecraze notes that overplucking can cause permanent damage to your hair follicles over time, which ultimately prevents hair from regrowing. Physiological and emotional stress can also cause general hair loss, resulting in excessive shedding.

Regardless of the cause, you might start to feel self-conscious if you notice eyebrow hair loss. This may especially become the case if it changes your appearance in an undesirable way. If you're losing hair in your eyebrows, there are a few steps you can take to identify the root of the problem. Once you do so, you can begin looking at the various ways to treat your hair loss. Before you know it, you'll be back to flaunting full, shapely brows in no time.


Determining the cause of your eyebrow hair loss

If your eyebrow hair loss has become noticeable, it might be time to contact your doctor, according to Healthline. Aside from the impact it's having on your appearance, it could be linked to a diagnosable medical condition. An autoimmune condition known as alopecia areata, for example, causes hair loss by targeting the follicles responsible for growth. Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, causes inflammation on the skin that can interfere with hair growth. In some cases, a nutrient deficiency may be to blame. For instance, a lack of biotin in the body is sometimes associated with hair loss.


The symptoms of many of these conditions can be managed over time. However, that may not necessarily mean hair regrowth. Those with alopecia areata, for example, sometimes turn to wigs, per Healthline. For brows, specifically, microblading might be a viable option for you. Eyebrow tattoos and brow makeup, in general, can be helpful.

Medical News Today also notes that some products, such as steroid creams, can also be prescribed to stimulate hair growth. For these types of treatment, however, you will need to work with your doctor to identify the original cause of the eyebrow hair loss. They can determine which type of treatment may be most effective based on the underlying cause.

Options for rehabbing your thin eyebrows

One option you have if you're losing hair in your eyebrows is microblading. During this process, an esthetician uses a microblade tool to add colored pigments to your brows to mimic the appearance of hair, per Medical News Today. However, it's worth noting that because microblading requires skin breakage, you may be at risk of infection. You could also be allergic to the pigments inserted into the skin.


Suppose you choose to go the tattoo route. In that case, the process involves the artist using a tattoo needle to penetrate the skin and apply ink to your brows, according to Westlake Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. The recovery time is also longer than microblading, and the results are relatively permanent.

Whether you want to be mindful of your budget or just avoid physical pain, makeup is always an option for thinning brows. According to the Fashion Journal, the key is to use the tools and makeup that feel most comfortable to you. If an angle brush and brow pomade aren't working, go back to your brow pen. During application, use soft strokes to create a more natural look.

When selecting a brow makeup color, makeup artist Penny Antuar tells Fashion Journal that she leans toward cooler shades that have a similar depth to the natural hair color. To make a splash, she'll go up to two shades deeper than the natural color for a bolder look. In the end, your goal should be to feel confident and beautiful.