The "must have" beauty accessory of 2014? Bold, dramatic, natural eyebrows!
Brows are one of the most distinctive features of a face, considered by many to be their most defining, signature facial feature. Strong, full eyebrows reflect a youthful appearance, look healthy and draw the focus to your eyes. It's no wonder we spend so much time and money trying to get, grow and maintain them!
After years of overzealously plucking my own eyebrows, I embarked on a journey to "get my brows back." It only took a quick search to reveal how many "miracle" eyebrow products are for sale today. Sadly, many are full of undesirable ingredients, additives and preservatives, so my endeavor would involve a natural approach to coaxing my eyebrows back to their full, lush selves.
Here, the five keys to natural, strong, beautiful brows:
Put your tweezers down. No really. Don't pluck any stray hairs ... at all. Don't be afraid to let them grow out. If you're patient and give your brows a break without any tweezing for two to three months, you could actually end up having healthier and thicker brows!
For this in-between stage, use an eyebrow pencil applied with short and light strokes to get you through this initial phase and to help enhance definition. Always choose a color that's a shade or two lighter than your hair color.
This might seem obvious, but eat more fruits, green vegetables and highly-nutritious foods. You need to fortify your diet by eating foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Favor foods from the rainbow. Remember that hair growth and health is nurtured from the inside out.
When left untreated, stress can lead to hair loss. Luckily, yoga and meditation are great ways to get rid of daily tension and strengthen the body. According to the Times of India, there are specific asanas that benefit hair growth by increasing circulation of blood to the head. Doing simple breathing exercises can help to oxygenate and rejuvenate your hair and entire body.
I use a combination of two natural products for conditioning my brows. At night after I cleanse, tone and moisturize my face, I blend a tiny amount on my fingertip of CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm with a drop of Banyan Botanicals Hair Oil. These include a wide array of natural skin rejuvenating and hair-healthy ingredients like vitamin E, coconut oil, beeswax and rose.
Using your fingertips, gently massage the mixture into the hair follicles in a circular motion. This will stimulate and nourish the hair growth at the root. Make sure to massage the area to the right and left of the brow where the hair is sparse. Then take an angled eyebrow brush and brush the brows in upward strokes making sure that each hair is covered in the serum. Wipe off excess around the eye area. Use nightly for the best results.
It takes time for hair regrowth. Did you know that if you pluck your brows, the average time it takes for the delicate hair to grow back in can be nearly two months? You've heard it before but it's worth mentioning again: Anything worthwhile is worth waiting for!
Now get growing!
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