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When it comes to brows, bushy is back in a big, bold way.
For creative inspiration, think Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne and Emmy Rossum.
The ‘80s brought us thick and unruly brows a la Brooke Shields, and the 90s was all about super-skinny, tight-rope brows, but as they say, everything old is new again.
If you are one of the millions of us who overplucked, overwaxed or lasered off excess brow hair to achieve those perfectly pointed narrow brows, don’t fret, you can get your brows back stat. There’s a method for every budget from faux to pro.
Microblading: Long-lasting Results, Low Maintenance
This is the new “it” brow job and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will … soon. We promise. Microblading is a type of tattooing, where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool, and it is being offered everywhere from med spas to plastic surgeons’ offices. “It gives you the eyebrows you always dreamed off but that you can’t achieve naturally,” says Nada Yanez, who recently introduced microblading into her menu of services at Lablosh Waxing Clinique in New York City. “It’s great for people with no brows, sparse brows, uneven brows or really anyone who wants to enhance their eyebrows to make them fuller, defined and noticeable while looking natural.” Results can last between 8 months to 1.5 years depending on skin type, so there is no need to fill them in on a regular basis. “The dryer the skin the longer it lasts, oily skin has a hard time absorbing pigment,” she says. Permanent makeup can also be used to enhance brow thickness and shape, and even create the illusion of beautiful brows in cases of alopecia and hair loss due to other temporary or permanent causes.
Eyebrow Transplants: Permanent, High(ish) Maintenance
Eyebrow transplants are a thing. Similar to surgical hair restoration for the scalp, your surgeon takes hair from where it is plentiful and grafts it to the thinning eyebrow area, explains Dr. Daniel Danyo, a hair restoration surgeon in Atlanta. Results are permanent, but the newly implanted eyebrow hairs will continue to grow, so your maintenance days are far from over. Some surgeons use the SmartGraft® system for eyebrow transplantation, making it painless thanks to local anesthesia. (Brows may remain slightly red and swollen for up to a week after the process) This is a costly approach to eyebrow rejuvenation, but the price must be balanced against the permanent, natural-looking results.
Latisse – Off-label, High(ish) Maintenance
Some doctors recommend use of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, the very same drug used to lengthen eyelashes, for the thinning brows. “Latisse can also be used to enhance your brows but that is an off-label use,” says Bonnie Marting, ARNP, Director of Aesthetics of Anushka Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, FL. “You have to keep in mind that like your eyelashes, Latisse may make your brows grow so that they will need occasional trims to keep them neat.” The good news? You won’t need to use much product, as just a tiny drop will work or you can just use whatever gets left on the Latisse brush after you swipe it across your upper lash line, she says.
Old school as it may seem given surgical advances brow pencils and powders can create bolder, bushier brows, but this can start to feel like a job. To the rescue: Wunderbrow. Available in five shades, the pigment-packed gel is infused with hair-like fibers that add thickness to your natural brows without flaking or rubbing off, and results last up to three days.