Best Natural Remedies for Brow Growth
Grow your brows out more quickly with these natural at-home remedies, designed to promote brow fullness and growth.
‘I’m growing my brows out’ became the mantra of at-home beauty routines during the pandemic (because we had absolutely no choice but to let our wild hairs do their thing), but achieving those lustrous, full brows isn’t always as easy as just leaving them alone.
Everyone’s eyebrow hairs grow at different rates, just like the hair on our heads. And, just as hair thickness and fullness varies from person to person, eyebrow hair does, too. You may never get those full, bushy brows you’re after, if your eyebrows are naturally predisposed to be more slender. However, there are some things you can do at home to promote hair growth naturally.
How to Grow your Brows Naturally
1. Leave them alone
As mentioned in that 2020 lockdown throwback, leaving your brows alone is the first step to helping them grow. While there’s more to consider than simply easing off brow styling, giving them a wide berth will limit hair loss and promote follicle health.
Try going au naturale for as long as possible; we recommend 12 weeks. That means no plucking, waxing or threading during that time, and limiting the amount of makeup you apply to your brows every day.
2. Apply olive oil or castor oil to your brows
Just like the ends of your hair, brows can benefit from a mask treatment. Our brows are subject to a whole host of daily stressors, including harsh chemicals in skincare and makeup.
Apply olive oil or castor oil to your brows, using a spoolie to coat each hair. For optimum results, apply nightly, or every other night, leaving the oil on your brows while you sleep.
These oils are both natural, inexpensive and nourishing for your brows.
- Olive Oil: Seals in moisture and encourages growth
- Castor Oil: Rich in protein, vitamin, fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish the hair follicles
3. Brush your brows with a spoolie
Brushing your brows every day with a spoolie will help keep them healthy. It prevents brow hairs from sitting awkwardly and stimulates growth. This is also a great way to keep your brows looking neat and tidy if they begin to look unruly.
4. Apply aloe vera to your brows
Aloe vera is another great topical treatment for brow growth, as it contains enzymes that nourish hair follicles. You can simply apply a shop-bought aloe vera gel with a spoolie, or for the most natural method, use the gel directly from the leaves of an aloe vera plant, which you can pick up at most supermarkets or garden centres.
5. Use lemon on your brows
Lemon is thought to be one of the most effective natural remedies for growing your eyebrow hairs. Fresh lemons are rich in vitamins and folic acid which can promote hair growth. As with any topical treatments you apply to your brows, just be extra careful not to get any lemon juice in your eyes!
6. Exfoliate your brows
Yes, our brows need exfoliating, too. Dead skin cells sit on the surface of the skin if we don’t routinely exfoliate, and this isn’t great for the health of our hair follicles. By design, our eyebrows prevent harmful debris from entering our eyes, and require cleansing and nurturing to filter out these particles.
Rid your brows of lingering dry skin and debris by exfoliating 2-3 times a week.
Awake Organics offer a natural hibiscus and mint scalp scrub that promotes hair growth. This is a great option for brows, too. Alternatively, you could make your own exfoliator at home with sugar and water.
7. Nourish your body with hair-growth foods
Eating a healthy diet will help promote brow hair growth. Certain foods in particular have a good reputation for supporting hair growth. Eat a range of foods that deliver essential vitamins and minerals. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and A, and lactic acid are all great for supporting hair growth. Some key items for your shopping list include:
- Leafy greens
- Nuts, seeds and pulses
- Natural yoghurt
- Sweet potatoes
If you struggle to get sufficient nutrients through your diet, you can supplement your diet by taking vitamins, such as Hair, Skin and Nails by Perfectil. However, it’s always best to pack your diet full of vitamin rich foods, as this will have a benefit on your overall health, too.
8. Manage your stress levels
Stress is not good for hair growth. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce excess androgens, which can hinder hair growth. Keep your stress levels low by practicing a range of healthy mindfulness techniques, exercising, meditating or going for walks.