They don’t call Sal Cikikcioglu ‘the eyebrow king’ for nothing. The celebrity brow expert and social media sensation is a pro when it comes to brow shaping, styling and trends, so GLAMOUR UK are delighted that he’s joined us as our resident brow columnist. Each month, Sal will be sharing his insider tips, tricks and trends with our readers. In his second instalment, Sal reveals his all-important hacks for growing your brows back.
Eyebrows are serious business. We’ve all seen the change over the past decade from the super thin (literally plucked to death) brow to the big and bushy. If you were a little over enthusiastic with your tweezers in the 90s, these simple hacks will come in handy.
One of the most-searched questions relating to brows is “how to grow your brows out quickly”. It’s no surprise that as a brow stylist, it’s a question that I get asked constantly. I’ve worked with a number of clients who have over-plucked their brows in search of that perfect arch and are now struggling to grow them back. In the late 90s and early 00s, the hottest brow trend was to have pencil-thin brows, perhaps best personified by celebrities like Pamela Anderson in her Baywatch days and Gwen Stefani, who rocked a pencil-thin brow back in the day. This is in stark contrast to the current trend to have beautifully thick, natural brows.
It’s incredibly tempting to keep plucking when you’re maintaining your brows at home but my number one tip is to step well away from those tweezers. Fear not though, if you’ve over-plucked or you were one of those 90s girls, there are a few solutions. Brows are big-business for cosmetic brands and there are a vast array of products that can help you achieve a fuller, natural look; even for avid pluckers.
Invest in a brow regrowth serum
One of the hottest products right now is brow regrowth serums, which are designed to target your follicles to promote the regeneration and growth of the hairs. These products are by no means a quick-fix solution, you’ll need to use them religiously, morning and night. I’ve used many serums myself and they do work – it takes a few months but it’s well worth the wait.
My best advice? Leave the product in the bathroom next to your toothpaste to remind you to apply. Rapid Brow is one of the best I’ve used. For a more budget-friendly option, castor oil will help hair growth on your brows, it helps strengthen the hairs and will make it easier to style them, but will take a lot longer to get your desired re-growth.
Use a brow pencil to boost them
Whilst you’re waiting for your brows to regrow, you can fill them in with a great brow pencil/gel/pomade. If you’re not too confident at doing so, your brow stylist should be more than happy to show you how. Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade is one of my favourites; it comes in many shades and I always advise going a shade lighter than you think you need to to allow you to layer and build. If you’re not a fan of pomades then Benefit Brow Zing is a fantastic alternative and comes in a range of colours. To keep your brows in place, I recommend Browcote, which is available at most Boots stores.
If you’ve got little or no follicles on your brow bone, an alternative option would be to have your brows tattooed on. Read our microblading review here.
My top 3 tips for re-growing brows:
1. Throw away those tweezers (or hide them if you can’t bear to) – keep those hairs there.
2. Find a reputable brow stylist who will advise you on a brow shape to suit your face.
3. Gently massage exfoliator around the brows to increase blood flow to the hair follicles weekly.