What is the best treatment to fix thin eyebrows permanently?
You’re familiar with the thin, overplucked eyebrow arches from the noughties – right? Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Geri Halliwell (the well-loved Ginger Spice) were some of the main celebs sporting skinny eyebrows at that time.
You probably remember the first time you took to your eyebrows to create this thinner-than-thin arch. Better yet, we all had that one school friend who thought it would be a good idea to cluelessly wax them with at-home waxing strips! Whether it was an attempt to look like your favourite pop star or your older sister we all got a bit tweezer-happy in the ’90s.
Similarly to cutting your own fringe, there was some kind of fun aspect to avoiding professional eyebrow treatment, and plucking our eyebrows to oblivion instead. The ability to easily change the way your face looked was a temptation many of us couldn’t resist!
- How can I cover my missing eyebrows?
- What is the most natural looking eyebrow treatment?
- Microblading vs. an eyebrow hair transplant
- How much does an eyebrow treatment cost in Turkey?
How can I cover my missing eyebrows?
By the time the ‘00s began, we stopped and realised what we had done. We had hacked at our hairs until we had bald patches with random stray hairs – basically, sparse brows. Hence, we simply couldn’t regrow the full brows we had in our younger years.
Although many women (including Janet Jackson) successfully styled pencil-thin eyebrows, the trend for big and bushy eyebrows quickly came around. This full brow trend, famously rocked by Cara Delevigne and Emma Watson, took the world by storm. This left women, who fell victim to the ‘90s trend, looking for the best eyebrow treatment. The permanent damage we had caused to our hair follicles thus became very apparent.
Eyebrow regrowth isn’t easy (especially after hacking away at them for years). Therefore, many women used a brow pencil, brows powder and eyebrow pomades to create the illusion of thicker, fuller eyebrows. Although this effectively covers missing eyebrows, it doesn’t make your hair grow in these patches.
What are the different eyebrow treatments?
When searching the internet for the best brow treatment, you will find many makeup techniques as well as surgical procedures. The best eyebrow treatment comes down to whether you are looking to surgically put hair into your brows or whether you want a temporary solution. Brow treatment options include:
- Brow makeup
- Eyebrow microblading
- Eyebrow tinting
- Eyebrow hair transplantion
- Brow lamination
- Eyebrow tattoos
- Eyebrow threading and waxing
- Brow growth serum
What is the most natural looking eyebrow treatment?
- Tinting your eyebrows is a good temporary treatment to create the appearance of fuller looking brows. However, this method only lasts for a few months before you need to get them redone.There are also many home brow tinting kits that you can buy from your local drugstore – making this a good treatment if you are on a tight budget. To maintain full brows, you will need to apply the tint regularly in order to see the results. As soon as you stop applying the brow tint, your sparse brows return.
- For fuller eyebrows, microblading (aka brow embroidery) has become an extremely popular treatment. During this semi-permanent surgical process, very fine cuts are made in the brow area that mimics lines of eyebrow hair. Once these cuts are made, a dye is applied to the eyebrows which is left to sit for 20-30 minutes. Then it is wiped off to leave the individual lines.
- An eyebrow transplant is the most natural looking eyebrow treatment because it uses your own hairs. Using the FUE technique (which is used for modern hair transplants), hair from the back of your head is transplanted to your eyebrows. In fact, you can choose the perfect shape of the brows to frame your face. Also, you never need to go back for a touch up as it’s a one-time procedure.
During this semi-permanent surgical process, very fine cuts are made in the brow area that mimics lines of eyebrow hair. Once these cuts are made, a dye is applied to the eyebrows which is left to sit for 20-30 minutes. Then it is wiped off to leave the individual lines.
Although brow embroidery achieves fantastic immediate results, the dye does smudge and fade over time. Because of this, you can end up with a block of colour, instead of the hair-like lines you had initially. Also, in the week after the treatment, you experience a lot of scabbing (which you cannot get wet) until the wounds heal. In total, the healing process takes between 4-6 weeks.
Microblading vs. an eyebrow hair transplant
Eyebrow embroidery is a relatively new eyebrow treatment. During the procedure, tattoo ink is pressed into microincisions in the eyebrow area made with a surgical blade. These tiny lines create hair like strokes on the skin. Although the ink achieves fuller looking brows, it requires yearly top-ups (or every 18 months) as it eventually fades.
Due to all the micro-cuts made in the brows, the skin becomes scar tissue which causes damage to the existing hair follicles. Therefore, microblading can cause long-lasting damage which stops your hair from growing back. Furthermore, if you have sensitive skin, this process can cause irritation and redness.
Eyebrow hair transplant
In contrast, eyebrow transplants insert hair follicles from the back of your head into your brows. The hairs are implanted in the precise direction of growth for a natural finish. This eyebrow treatment basically puts new hairs into your brows to make them fuller. This restores the thickness that was lost during the ‘90s over-plucking saga. An eyebrow transplantation treatment is the only permanent solution that achieves brows with a natural texture and dimension.
Similar to brow embroidery, you will experience scabbing for approximately 1 week while your eyebrows heal. However, once they have healed your eyebrows will grow into full arches. Better still, you will not require any top-up treatments – ever!
How many grafts are needed for an eyebrow transplant?
The number of hair grafts needed for an eyebrow transplant treatment depends on the condition of the hair loss. Typically about 300 hair grafts are needed for each brow to achieve full brows. With an eyebrow treatment, you can achieve much thicker, natural brows than you can with micro-blading.
It’s a one-off procedure, performed by a hair transplant surgeon, that doesn’t require top-ups. Additionally, the results are far more natural due to the texture of the hair, compared to the flat results of tattooing.
Do eyebrow transplants keep growing?
Actress, Megan Good, recently had an eyebrow hair transplant to thicken her brows after her heavy-plucking in the 90s. She previously tried eyebrow embroidery and brow tattooing but she wasn’t happy with the results as eventually, the ink fades. She also wanted real hair, compared to a flat colour-block type of eyebrow, so she opted for a transplant.
Because the brow hair implants are taken from your head, they continue to grow like head hair. Consequently, you need to trim your brows as they will continue to grow daily. Megan Good said that she trims her brows every few days to maintain the brow shape she wants. Therefore, if she wants them to be thicker on a certain day then she lets them grow out a bit more. This means that she can change the style of her brows whenever she likes.
Many brow transplant patients use brow lamination in the months following the treatment. Eyebrow lamination refers to the full, slicked-up brows with a glossy finish that’s seen in magazines and on Instagram lately. Using a shiny, setting lotion the brow hairs are brushed vertically to achieve a fuller, natural brow. This is good after an eyebrow treatment because it helps to train your brow to maintain the right direction of growth.
How much does an eyebrow treatment cost in Turkey?
Eyebrow treatment is substantially more affordable in Turkey than in the UK. In the UK an eyebrow transplant costs £3,000 upwards, whereas in Turkey is costs approximately 1,700€ (all inclusive). At Elithair we provide all-inclusive price packages that include accommodation, treatment, medication, 24/7 customer service and more.
The lower price in Turkey doesn’t mean that the quality is lower. In fact, Turkey has a very competitive market for hair treatments which means the standards are very high. A lower price can be offered, compared to the UK because the living costs are lower and the state subsidises the industry.
In the ‘90s thousands of women over-plucked their brows which left permanent damage to the hair follicles in this area. Now brow experts are helping women to achieve trendy fuller brows. Natural looking brows are the present and future trend – the thin pencil brows will definitely not be making a come-back.
For women wanting to fill their sparse brows with hair, an eyebrow transplant treatment is the best solution. Not only is it a one time procedure, but you achieve the natural texture and definition you once had – maybe even better than before! These brows are basically “designer eyebrows” because you get to choose the exact shape and thickness you like.
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