[Updated] The reasons for thinning eyebrows and the treatments that can help

Brows can become thinner over time for a multitude of reasons – stress, lifestyle and diet can all effect brow thickness. Age can also be a factor because hair can become coarse or thinner due to lack of elasticity as your clients get older.

However, there are several ways you can help clients achieve fuller brows, from offering advice on growth techniques to tinting and disguising thin brows by using brow powders. You can also introduce the concept of semi-permanent solutions such as microblading.

We asked the brow experts for their top tips for treating clients with thinning brows.

Best growth techniques

There are multiple products available to help encourage hair growth and thickening for brows. 

Emma Apps, senior international trainer for The Eyelash Design Company and HiBrow, recommends encouraging your clients to use serums.

“Using a growth serum will help nourish and care for the hair,” shares Apps. “Look for products that contain caffeine, which will help to encourage growth; keratin, which will help strengthen hair; and panthenol, which will help hydrate and nourish.”

Supplements are another great way to encourage hair growth.

“Look for supplements with biotin, which is a superhero for hair growth, as well as diet with lots of oily fish, nuts and seeds,” suggests Tori Rosero, founder of Glowblade Academy.

Woman tinting brows

Time to tint

Tinting is a method used to semi-permanently alter the colour of the brow hairs.

“Tinting can help define the brow, and pick up and darken, soft, downy hairs in the brow,” shares Apps. “These are often fine, fair or blonde. Tinting them will give a subtle fullness to the brow.”

The power of powder

When it comes to a quick fix, brow powder can become your best friend.

“Filling brows with a powder gives a soft but full effect that also looks very natural,” shares Apps. 

“For any areas that need a little extra colour, I suggest applying a specially designed wax pencil as this will help the brow colour adhere, boosting colour and longevity.”

Let it grow

It can be tempting for your client to touch up their own brows between treatments, but this can affect their growth when trying to achieve thicker brows.

“Clients should make sure they visit their brow expert every three to four weeks to keep their brows maintained, and they should avoid tweezing their brows at all and leave this to the experts!” shares Prital Mavadi, brow expert and Yumi Beauty ambassador.

“I have seen time and time again the journey of my clients who come in with over-tweezed brows and end up with the fluffiest, fullest and defined brows but this doesn’t happen overnight, it requires commitment and dedication.”


Look to laminate

Brown lamination is a great treatment to create fuller and fluffier looking eyebrows.

“It’s a great option if your brows have started to thin and you’d like a quick solution that’s affordable and not permanent,” says Rosero. “The natural, low maintenance aspect is another reason why clients enjoy having laminated brows, because they can wake up without having to touch their brows, so it saves time in their make-up routine.” 

When it comes to which clients the treatment is suitable for, Rosero adds, “It also suits many different people with various brow styles – so you can go super dramatic or for a more natural look which makes it an appealing choice for many different people.”

Find out more about brow lamination here.

woman having microblading treatment

Semi-permanent solutions

Semi-permanent make-up provides a long-term alternative to filling in thin brows.

“Microblading is the art of applying semi-permanent colour to the eyebrow with an incredibly fine sterile blade. Tiny precision hair strokes are drawn delicately onto the brow area to create a perfectly shaped eyebrow that can last up to 18 months,” explains Apps.

“With care and the correct training, you can create fine curved hair strokes which give a more natural appearance than regular semi-permanent make-up. Every hair is drawn individually allowing you to build a completely unique look for your client.”

When it comes to which clients this treatment is suitable, Rosero explains, “Microblading is ideal for those who have little to no brow hairs, and would like to create their desired shape, whilst still achieving natural results. It’s the most natural form of semi-permanent make-up, perfect for those who love a minimalistic look.”

Here’s what you need to be aware of when performing semi-permanent make-up treatments in skin of colour.