HOW TO GROW BACK BALD SPOTS IN EYEBROWS?
Eyebrows can be tricky things that sometimes don’t behave how we want them to, especially when it comes to bald spots. With the current beauty trend focus on fuller brows, you might have been wondering how to grow back bald spots in eyebrows recently, and we may have just the thing to fill in those gaps and bring your brows back in line.
Why are my eyebrows falling out?
Bald patches in eyebrows can happen for many different reasons, and in some instances, it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common reasons behind why eyebrow hairs fall out.
If you’re experiencing hair loss or are concerned about bald spots in your eyebrows, book an appointment to speak to your GP who can give you advice or investigate the cause further.
Reasons for Bald Spots in Eyebrows
The problem: Over plucking
Picking up the tweezers and wiling away the hours in front of a magnifying mirror is not something we would recommend. Taking this approach, you run the risk of removing too much hair and overly thinning the eyebrows. You could also damage the hair follicle if you pluck incorrectly, so that your eyebrow hair may never grow back.
The solution: Put the tweezers down and make an appointment for a consultation with a HD Brows technician who can make recommendations for a regrowth programme based on your specific needs, and help you to make the most of your current eyebrow shape.
The problem: Trichtillomania
Individuals with trichtillomania (trich) can’t resist the urge to pull their hair out. Severity can range from absent-mindedly playing with the hair to pulling the hair out to achieve a sense of relief. Twisting and playing with eyebrow hairs can result in breakage of the hair, leaving bald patches behind.
The solution: Often individuals can be unaware that they're pulling or twisting their hair. Ask family members to point out your behaviour so that you stop and become more conscious of what you are doing. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques can also help to control the urge to pull the hair and redirect the behaviour to a less harmful action, for example, playing with a fidget toy or practicing mindfulness. If you’d like more information visit the Trichtillomania Support website here.
The problem: Ageing (hormonal changes)
Getting older means changes to hormone production, often resulting in brittle and thinning hair and bald patches in eyebrows.
The solution: Hormone Replacement Therapy may help to manage symptoms associated with menopause in women. Individuals with sparse brows as a result of menopause may want to consider a professional eyebrow treatment like HD Brows to enhance the shape they have.
The problem: Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism affects how the body regulates hormone production, resulting in an imbalance of hormones with can leave hair brittle and affect hair growth.
The solution: Underactive thyroids can be treated with a hormone replacement medication called levothyroxine. If you’re concerned about your thyroid, arrange to speak to your GP for a medical assessment. Remember to inform your therapist if you're on medication to treat a thyroid problem as it can increase dryness and sensitivity of the skin.
The problem: Alopecia
An autoimmune disease, alopecia can slow down hair growth or stop it completely. Losing eyebrows is associated with frontal fibrosing alopecia, but can occur with other variants of the disease. Alopecia can go through periods of remittance where the hair can start to grow back.
The solution: Alopecia requires a medical diagnosis and it can be distressing to experience losing your hair this way. Alopecia UK is a charity that offers support and advice to those affected by it. You may also want to speak to a highly-qualified HD Brows stylist who may be able to help restore your remaining brows and can offer advice and discuss the possibility of waxing acting as a trigger for hair loss through alopecia.
The problem: Eczema
Eczema is a skin condition that can affect hair growth. People with eczema may experience a single ‘flare-up’ or prolonged periods of redness and itching of the skin. Because of the skin’s proximity to hair follicles and repetitive scratching, hair loss can be a consequence. If you experience symptoms of eczema around the eye area it can result in bald spots in brows.
The solution: Seek advice from your GP who may recommend a specific course of treatment, for example, topical steroids and the application of emollient creams to moisturise and soothe affected areas. Some creams can thin the skin, leaving it prone to grazing when waxed. If you're using this type of treatment for eczema around your eyes, tell your HD Brows therapist.
Ways to Prevent Eyebrow Hair Loss
Some conditions that cause hair loss will only respond to specific treatments, or eyebrow hair may not grow back at all. If the bald patches in your eyebrows aren’t attributed to a medical condition, you may want to try some home remedies that could give sparse brows a boost.
Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils are believed to help stimulate hair growth. Always follow the application instructions, and with regular use you may start to observe your brows returning to their former glory.
Applying a liberal amount of coconut oil can help to moisturise and nourish the hair follicle which will help to promote healthy growth.
HD Lash and Brow Booster
Lash & Brow Booster serum from HD Brows is formulated to promote hair growth. It contains a hair growth stimulant proven to target the main causes of alopecia, encouraging hair bulb keratinocyte proliferation and optimal hair anchorage. By extending the hair life cycle of hairs it helps to promote extra length and volume of hair in bald spots.
Use a gentle cleanser to remove make-up daily, avoid scrubbing the eyebrow area when applying facial products, and go gently when using eyebrow brushes and pencils to limit hair breakage.
Your HD Brows stylist can help you to make the most of your eyebrows, even if you think they may be too sparse or are beyond all hope. Contact elite stylist and trainer Jen at Sofia Rose Beauty for a consultation to discuss options tailored to your needs and your brows.