When growing out her own brows, Allure senior news editor Nicola Dall’Asen reaped the benefits of rosemary oil, which studies have shown could support new hair growth at a similar rate to Minoxidil (i.e. Rogaine or Nioxin). “It works as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and most importantly, microcirculation enhancer,” King previously explained to Allure. “An antioxidant is a must for all hair care to preserve integrity. Microcirculation will help to reenergize the scalp for better growth.” Dall’Asen used a spoolie brush to comb Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil through her self-proclaimed sparse brows daily. Today, she has some of the fullest arches in the biz.
How do you keep eyebrows groomed in the grow-out phase, and what products should you use?
Madron tells clients to use wax-based pencils during the sometimes-awkward in-between phase that happens when you’re working to regrow your brows. A pigmented formula with a thicker consistency helps fill in obvious holes, she says. We’re fans of Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Ultra-Slim Precision Brow Pencil.
For longer wear, Madron suggests using a combination of pomade and powder. We like Benefit Cosmetics POWmade Waterproof Brow Pomade or Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Brow Pomade layered with the Best of Beauty-winning Joey Healy Luxe Brow Powder.
Evans suggests investing in tools, like a brow brush and tweezers — as counterintuitive as that may sound. “Every few days, I tweeze any little coarse hairs underneath the brow line to keep them looking nice and clean,” she says. (We like the Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer, which has taken home more than a few Best of Beauty wins over the years for its ease and precision when eradicating stray hairs.)
To be clear, it’s the new growth in the arch itself you should avoid tweezing. Using a pencil or pomade to fill in the gaps helps avoid the temptation, says Evans, who sometimes suggests her clients apply a bright lipstick or eye-catching piece of jewelry to create a visual diversion from their brows during this in-between phase.
Moving forward, should you groom your brows at home or go to a salon?
When it comes to finessing your brows in the grow-out phase, we’re all for grooming at home. But when they need a bit of a cleanup, how do you know whether or not you can go the DIY route or if you should stick to the professionals? Both Christine and Madron agree that it depends on your natural brow.
“DIY is a great option if you have naturally ‘good’ brows for your face shape and feature size and only overdid it a few times,” says Madron. “If you didn’t start with great brows, had a major hacking incident, or desire a radical change, consult the pros.” That way, you can set a strategy for how you want them to grow in, and how you want to maintain them as they do so.