If your thinning eyebrows are losing hair way too quickly or not growing back, it might be time to look at the reasons why.
No one wants thin eyebrows. This isn’t the early 2000’s. Eyebrows are what frame your face to make you look polished. Women spend hundreds of dollars on getting them shaped, dyed, waxed, threaded, and filled in.
And with its sudden rise in popularity over the last few years, it’s no wonder. Eyebrows are definitely the beauty trend of the decade.
Thinning eyebrows and the probable reasons behind them
We’ve mentioned the dangers of overplucking in the past. While it seems like a harmless way to groom your brows, it’s still best to leave shaping to the professionals.
Like all things in beauty, overplucking comes with its set of possible risks.
There are cases where overplucked eyebrows no longer grow back to their original shape—or at all. Tweezing can cause follicle damage, and since follicles are responsible for hair growth, their damage spells permanent hair loss.
“We also see thinning eyebrows, especially in women, as a result of too much tweezing or waxing earlier in life. If the hair follicles suffer trauma and die out as a result, a permanent thinning of the eyebrows can occur,” board-certified dermatologist Judith Hellman, M.D. told Self.
Tweezing can also cause ingrown hair, which may leave red bumps where a beautifully-done eyebrow should be. These are caused by the hair breaking off underneath the skin. Note also that tweezing leaves your pores open, making it prone to infection.
Of course, your thinning eyebrows may be caused by something as simple as aging.
Regardless of how thick your eyebrows were in your youth, sparse eyebrows have a chance of greeting you as you grow older, in addition to gray hair and crow’s feet.
The aging of hair follicles can lead to your hair looking thinner and more sparse.
Thinning eyebrows could also be caused by hormones. According to Nanette Santoro, M.D., ob/gyn and professor of reproductive endocrinology, a change in hormones have an effect on your hair follicles.
“Abrupt hormone changes can cause sudden hair loss that recovers over about six months’ time. It happens postpartum to many women and can happen at menopause,” she told Self.
3) Nutrition Deficiency
There’s a chance your diet could be causing your thinning eyebrows. If you’re anemic, have eating disorders, or underwent a dramatic weight loss, it’s likely that a deficiency in iron or zinc is the culprit for your hair loss.
We recommend asking your doctor to conduct ferritin blood test to have your iron levels checked. Consult with a doctor as to how to adjust your diet, and look into including more foods or supplements rich in Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D, Protein, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Biotin, and Vitamin B12.
4) Thyroid deficiency
If it’s not any of the above, it might be a good idea to have your doctor check your thyroid.
27 million Americans suffer from having a thyroid disease, around 80 percent of whom are women.
Thinning eyebrows (and hair loss in general) are a symptom of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, together with excessive fatigue, difficulty losing weight and constantly feeling cold.
But don’t be afraid—the good news is that prescription meds can bring back your beautiful, thick brows.
The permanent solution to permanent hair loss
If despite adjusting your diet or quitting tweezing, you still find your eyebrows not to your liking, then it’s time consider alternatives.
Getting permanent makeup on your eyebrows is popular even among women who don’t suffer from thinning eyebrows. Microblading is not only safe, it also lasts you several years. That means no more long hours spent fixing your eyebrows, and no more dollars wasted on brow products.
Organic Permanent Makeup is the only company that offers organic microblading. Our pigments do not contain iron oxide, which is present in other popular microblading pigments. This means our services are healthier, less painful, and longer lasting.
Learn more about microblading at OPM.