Eyebrow Hair Loss: Causes and Solutions (Updated 2021)

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In recent years, we’ve seen how drastically eyebrows can change an appearance so it was no surprise when these sisters were suddenly the next big thing. Cosmetic brands launched new eyebrow collections, ranging from pencil to gel formulas, and all of a sudden, there are a hundred ways to perfect your eyebrows through drawing and filling them in, to natural solutions that help grow eyebrow hair and even cosmetic procedures that take the burden off filling in your eyebrows every morning. 

However, if you are an unfortunate one who suffers from eyebrow hair loss, you might be wondering what and where it went wrong or if they’ll ever grow back and how long? 

What Causes Eyebrow Hair Loss?

Eyebrow Hair Loss
Plucking your eyebrows can cause hair loss

Regular Plucking

If you’ve been regularly plucking your eyebrows to try and create the perfect shape, then you might be setting yourself up for eyebrow hair loss. It has been proven from time to time that regularly plucked eyebrows that have been thinned too much can lead to permanent eyebrow hair loss. So if you’re currently plucking your eyebrows and have noticed a significant hair loss, stop the pluck right now. 

Nutrient Deficiencies

The body needs nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, amino, and fatty acids, and minerals, that help sustain and affect the growth of hair. A deficiency from any of these could possibly be the reason for the hair loss. 

Listed is a specific list of deficiencies that contributes to hair loss: 

  • Biotin (vitamin B-7)
  • vitamin C (collagen development)
  • iron
  • vitamins E, B-12, and D
  • cysteine
  • omega-3 fatty acids

Skin Conditions

Skin conditions also play a vital role in the loss of eyebrow hair. If the affected area is near the eyebrow, there is a higher chance that the condition can hinder hair growth. 

Listed below are some of the skin conditions that can stall or stop hair growth: 

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis) – a skin inflammation that causes itching, redness, oozing, and irritation
  • Psoriasis – a disorder that causes the fast multiplication of skin cells that forms red, thick, scaly and painful patches
  • Contact dermatitis – caused by contact with an allergen or a toxic irritant
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – an ongoing condition that scientists believe is caused by a fungal or overproduction of skin oil 
  • Tinea capitis (ringworm) – is fungal that causes red, itchy, and ringlike patches along with oozing and blisters

Stress and Anxiety

Physiological changes, such as oxygen reduction to the hair follicles, occur when a body experiences too much stress and anxiety. These changes can result in eyebrow hair loss. 

Eyebrow Hair Loss Replacement Options

Fortunately, with the advancement of technology and science, recent years have given light to numerous alternative options that can ease the burden and stress of eyebrow hair loss. With these methods and procedures, women and men alike are more confident in themselves. 

Eyebrow Pencil, Powder, and Gel

These 3 products are the cheapest out of all the alternatives to eyebrow hair loss. They can be found in drugstores and specialize cosmetic stores, ranging from all different price points. With the right technique, drawing in your eyebrows with these will result in perfectly filled and natural-looking brows. 

But the pencil alternative is a gamble. Overdrawn eyebrows will look fake, will not complement the face in any way, and is a common mistake that beginners usually make. That’s why it is highly recommended to use an eyebrow powder instead, which has a softer texture that takes out any harsh and unwanted sharp edges. 

Follow your original eyebrow shape when using any eyebrow product is important to get perfect shape eyebrows. Too high of an arch will make you look like you’re in an excited mood and too low of an arch will make you look like your in a bad mood all day.

Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos

A permanent eyebrow tattoo is a less expensive choice and doesn’t look bad as long as it is skillfully done. Of course, if you go with the tattooing option, be advised that you’ll have to touch up the tattoos every few years, because, let’s face it, tattoos fade with age. If you’re fundamentally opposed to any kind of tattooing (for various reasons, including health issues), then you can consider other options.

For the majority of the population, however, permanent and semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos are commonly known as microblading.

Nano Brows

Nano brows are a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment that can give you naturally full looking eyebrows without needing to apply products every day. Nano brows use a ‘nanoblading’ technique that uses nano-needles, smaller than microblading needles, to recreate real hair by applying pigment to the top layer of the skin.

If you want Instagram-worthy eyebrows, then a nano brow treatment will be your new best friend. It has developed a cult following and is all over social media. It has become the prime competition against traditional microblading, which has dominated the beauty industry for the last few years.

Nanoblading is essentially the same as microblading, just with an extremely fine and flexible set of needles. With nano brows, you can achieve a more natural-looking brow shape as the pigment can be applied more accurately with ultimate precision. The pigment used is also finer than that for microblading, allowing you to build the color up to your desired intensity.

The treatment time and recovery process are similar to traditional microblading, and you should expect to book in for a touch-up six weeks after the first treatment. Your nano brows will last you about a year before needing a maintenance touch-up, and this will depend mainly on your skin’s reaction to the pigment. The best way to care for your eyebrows is to be mindful of your exposure to the sun and to be careful with the skincare products that you use. If you regularly use exfoliating products, then you may need to have invested in more regular touch-ups to keep your nano brows looking fresh.

Nano brows are ideal for anyone who wants to improve their natural eyebrows by filling in sparse areas or by improving their overall shape. You can also use nano blading to create an entirely new shape to your brows that can reframe your face. The flexibility of the nano-needles means that you can replicate even the finest of hair and cause the least possible damage to your skin.

The nano-needles are so thin that they have the same dimensions as your eyebrow hairs, making them look more natural than traditional microblading ever could. The nano-needles used as tiny as 0.18mm, and up to a dozen or more needles are used to create natural-looking brow hairs that blur in with your existing hair.

Your beautician can work on creating each unique stroke to give you healthy looking eyebrows that are full and intense in color. Nano-needles are ideal for producing a blurring effect that lets the pigment blend in with your natural hairs for a seamless look.

With a nano brow treatment, there’s no need to touch up your eyebrows every day with a pencil or powder. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you hundreds every year by getting rid of the need for buying expensive brow products, as well as cutting down the time it takes to do your makeup. To get the best lifespan out of your nano brow treatment, you should go for a touch-up every year after your initial treatment.

Eyebrow Transplants

Eyebrow transplants are just what their name indicates, which involves taking a graft of hair from the back of your head and putting it where your eyebrows used to be. This procedure is painful and expensive and has a side effect that you need to be aware of. 

Since the hair is taken from the back of the head, it will continuously grow, unlike a natural eyebrow that only grows to a certain length. If you do decide on eyebrow transplants, you’ll have to be constantly trimming your new eyebrows once they grow in. 

However, eyebrow transplants are more expensive than other alternatives. The actual transplant can begin from $3500 as well as continue as much as $10, 000 or more. 

Regardless of why you’re experiencing eyebrow hair loss, you have plenty of options to choose from.  If you decide to use an eyebrow pen or eyebrow powder, make sure you apply it to look natural.  If transplant tends to be your choice, simply be aware of the cost associated with this process as well as the procedure itself.

Your new eyebrows will require constant maintenance to achieve the correct eyebrow shape so before ultimately deciding, you need to consider your lifestyle and how much you are willing to spend on the touch-ups. It’s indeed not easy being beautiful. 

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