DIY: This 3-Ingredient Serum Is Hollywood's Secret to Thicker Brows
Were you an overzealous plucker as a teen? Leave a kid alone with a pair of tweezers for long enough and she'll start experimenting to look like her favourite mid-aughts celeb—we know from experience (and have the photos to prove how much we've learned since). But some of these bold (read: misguided) beauty adventures leave behind permanent effects in the form of thinned-out brows—or worse, blank spaces. Even if we manage to refrain from waxing, tweezing, and threading for a bit, sometimes the hair just refuses to grow back on its own—even after several months of swearing off all forms of removal.
But it's not hopeless. According to eye specialist and aesthetician Denise Wilson of Sublime Eyes, a walk-in brow bar in Hollywood, there's a solution you can whip up at home—no pricey products, treatments, or professional consultations required. Keep reading to see what it is.
Your DIY Serum Ingredients
According to Wilson, using cold-pressed, nutrient-packed plant oils will condition existing hair and encourage new growth. "Apply a mixture of castor oil, vitamin E, and argan oil each night by rubbing it into the brow with a Q-tip or your finger, and keep it on until morning," she advises. (We've had plenty of luck by just mixing a 1:1 ratio of each ingredient, storing the mixture in a bottle, and dipping a Q-tip each evening.) "Pay attention to the areas where you are no longer growing new or thick hair. It’s an old beauty secret we’ve been using at the salon to help clients achieve a fuller brow and even out hair. Clients usually see results in a few months." A few months is a small price to pay for getting your brows back!
That being said, if you prefer a readymade formula, there are several products on the market that boast these same growth-promoting ingredients, as well as others with equally conditioning cold-pressed oils. Shop some of our favourites below.
Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum ($47)
This all-natural formula has made a visible difference in our brows over the past few months—although perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised, considering it contains that magical trio of oils mentioned above. (It also contains a laundry list of other antioxidant-packed botanical extracts, including coffee, calendula, broccoli seed, and geranium.)
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