[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 affect brow thickness. Age can also be a factor with hair becoming coarser or thinner thanks to lack of elasticity as your clients get older.
"Many women struggling with their hormones or going through menopause have to deal with thinning eyebrows," says Karen Betts, CEO of Nouveau HD Beauty Group. “You can guarantee that after 40-45 years old the eyebrows will start thinning,” she adds.
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.
In recent years, brow and lash serums have become hugely popular for their ability to stimulate growth resulting in fuller, thicker hair.
Time to tint
Brow tinting involves colouring the eyebrows with a semi-permanent dye to enhance their appearance. Tint stains the hair and the skin to give definition and shape while filling in any gaps or sparse areas to make the brows look denser.
“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.
Semi-permanent make-up provides a long-term alternative to filling in thin brows.
Microblading is a popular semi-permanent make-up technique that can enhance and reshape eyebrows, but it requires precision and skill to achieve realistic and long-lasting results.
“As a microblading artist, you must be aware of the common issues that can arise during and after the procedure, including those related to product quality and eyebrow design,” explains Monika Ludwiczak, co-founder and senior educator at Everlasting Brows.
“Microblading is the art of applying semi-permanent colour to the eyebrow with an incredibly fine sterile blade,” says Apps.
“Tiny precision hair strokes are drawn delicately onto the brow area to create a perfectly shaped eyebrow that can last up to 18 months.
“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.”
This treatment is best for clients with sparse, patchy or thinning brows and those dealing with the effects of chemotherapy and alopecia, says Betts.
“Microblading and PMU is probably one of the hardest services to learn but it's one of the most rewarding professions because you can really help people and give their confidence back," she adds.
Personalising microblading to each individual client is key to a successful treatment.
“One of the worst scenarios that can happen is when the client is completely unhappy with the final result,” explains Ludwiczak.
“Eyebrow design issues can result in the need for additional touch-up appointments or even removal.
“To avoid this, it's crucial to have a thorough consultation with the client to understand their expectations and preferences, and to make a note of these for the record.
“Take into account their facial features, natural brow shape and hair flow to create a design that looks natural and suits their style and features.”
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