Eyebrow Growth: 11 Most Effective Home Remedies

Recently I seem to have developed a problem with dandruff in my eyebrows. I’ve had dandruff issues my whole life (like lots of people with dandruff), but it’s gotten a lot worse as of late. It’s spread to my face, where it’s called seborrheic dermatitis, and the flaking in my eyebrows is intense.

Unfortunately, that flaking is causing my eyebrow hairs to fall out.

Thankfully I have thick eyebrows to begin with, so a little thinning isn’t too obvious. But I can see the little patches in the mirror, and it’s pretty annoying.

It got me thinking this is a topic well worth getting into. I mean, if I am annoyed by losing eyebrow hairs, I can’t imagine how bad it must be if you have fine, light eyebrows and seborrheic dermatitis. You might already feel like your eyebrows are way too light and wispy. Any loss at all could be really noticeable. And dandruff is extremely pervasive, so I am guessing there are a lot of people with this issue.

I did some research and found out that dandruff isn’t the only cause of eyebrow hair loss either. Let’s talk a little bit about why you may have thinning eyebrows, and then I’ll share some home remedies which can get you back on track for full, beautiful eyebrows!

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What Can Cause Eyebrow Hair Loss?

There are a lot of reasons your eyebrows may be getting thin. Here are all the possible causes I was able to track down:

  • Too much plucking. If you pluck away unwanted eyebrow hairs, you can sometimes overdo it. This action damages the hair follicle. If you pluck enough, the follicle can get so damaged that it stops producing new hairs.
  • Dandruff. As just discussed, if your dandruff spreads to your eyebrows, it can cause the hairs to fall out. This isn’t a direct effect. The problem is that the dandruff leads to inflammation. You scratch or rub your itchy brows, and out falls your hairs.
  • Other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and other forms of dermatitis. All of these conditions likewise can cause inflammation and itching. If you scratch, you can end up with patchy eyebrows.
  • Any follicular infection may cause hair loss.
  • A skin growth, even a benign one (like a non-cancerous mole) in the area of your eyebrow may cause hair to be pushed out.
  • Hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata and telogen effluvium may cause loss of scalp and eyebrow hairs. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition. Most common forms of hair loss are telogen effluvium—usually an acute response to a severe stressor (like surgery, a high fever, etc.).
  • An underactive thyroid may cause loss of eyebrow hair, particularly in the outer third. Other hormonal disorders may contribute as well. Some auto-immune diseases and nutritional deficiencies may lead to eyebrow hair loss. If you have additional symptoms of any of these conditions, it may be worth a visit to the doctor.
  • Certain medications can cause eyebrow hair loss.

If you have any of these issues, your very first step should be to treat the underlying cause. No number of home remedies is going to make any long-term difference if you leave the root of the problem untreated. If you are on a medication that causes hair loss, ask if you can switch to another. If you have an underactive thyroid, you need to treat it so you can restore your hair and your health. If you have a skin condition, you will need to treat that.

As I mentioned at the start of my article, I have been dealing with dandruff in my eyebrows. So far the best treatment I’ve found is Neutrogena Therapeutic T-Gel. This stuff contains sulfates, which is an annoyance (sulfates cause dry skin), but the gel is soothing and seems to be pretty effective if I use it at least two to three times a week. I’ve found it works best if I literally glop the gel on my eyebrows (not rub it in so it foams up) and then leave it in for about five minutes. Just be sure to keep your eyes tightly closed.

I have written a ton on dandruff. Check out my other tips and tricks here.

If you are tackling the cause of the problem and want to speed up the process of re-growth, there are additional steps you can take. Let’s talk about them now!

Home Remedies for Eyebrow Growth

Many of the same home remedies which you can use to boost hair growth on your scalp can work great for your eyebrows as well. I like to try to stick to all-natural treatments whenever possible. Here is what I recommend:

1. Castor Oil

One of the top oils I recommend for hair is castor oil. The idea of putting castor oil in your hair or on your face might sound bizarre if all you’ve ever used it for is constipation, but this stuff really works! In fact, it has sound scientific research behind it.

How does it work? It all has to do with the fact that castor oil contains 85-95% ricinoleic acid. This acid stimulates the synthesis of prostaglandin E2. Here you can read an explanation from Dr. Llorenia Muir-Green about how your hair contains prostaglandin E2 receptors. Researchers are still not positive this is the mechanism through which castor oil boosts hair growth, but the clinical evidence is there that it works. Castor oil can make hair longer and thicken the hair strand.

You can rub castor oil into your scalp and hair to boost growth on your scalp. But how can you use castor oil to thicken your eyebrows?

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It’s really quite simple. Here are the steps:

  1. Dip a cotton swab in castor oil.
  2. Apply the oil to your eyebrow using your swab.
  3. Rub it into your eyebrows very gently.
  4. Leave it in for as long as you can stand it (half an hour is great).
  5. Wash it out using water and a mild soap.

I recommend that you do this as a daily routine until you start seeing the results you are aiming for. At that point, you can stop if you want, but I suggest you keep up with your applications at least a couple of times a week. That way you will continue to see the great benefits!

2. Olive Oil

Another oil which is excellent for your hair is olive oil—which I have discussed extensively in this post. Olive oil fights inflammation, which is awesome for dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. It is also antimicrobial, so it may help to fight whatever infection is causing the loss of your eyebrow hairs.

Olive oil is something I recommend that you use on your scalp to get your hair to grow faster. It also works great to moisturize your locks and improve their appearance and texture.

How can you use it on your eyebrows? Follow these simple steps.

  1. Dip a cotton swab in olive oil.
  2. Gently rub the olive oil into your eyebrows. Do this just before bedtime if you can.
  3. Leave the olive oil in for as long as you can stand it. If you rub it into your eyebrows before bed, you should be able to keep it in overnight.
  4. The next morning, you can rinse it out with warm water and a mild soap.

If you want the olive oil to work even better, many people suggest combining it with just a little honey. This is something you won’t want to leave in overnight, but if you can, keep it in your eyebrows for at least half an hour. Then rinse with warm water and mild soap.

3. Coconut Oil

Another excellent natural moisturizer which can help to boost hair growth is coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and has plenty of iron as well, both of which are great for your hair. Note that some people report that coconut oil lightens or darkens hair. Personally I haven’t noticed either to be the case. Coconut oil may also soothe itchy skin if you are dealing with dryness.

I readily recommend coconut oil as a simple natural conditioner for your hair. You only need a smidgen since it goes a long ways. So even a tiny little bit will probably get your eyebrows pretty greasy.

Here is how to use it on your eyebrows:

  1. Warm up your coconut oil in the microwave. It will be in a solid state at room temperature, so you need to heat it to get it to a liquid consistency. Alternately, you can just rub a pinch of it between your fingers until it melts. This is fast and easy and actually makes a lot more sense with the amount you will be using on your eyebrows.
  2. Rub the coconut oil gently into your eyebrows.
  3. You can leave it on overnight. I probably wouldn’t leave it in during the day for the simple reason that it is hard not to overdo it over such a small area, and that greasy feeling can be annoying. If you can manage to put on only a tiny bit though, you can leave it in during the day if you want.
  4. Rinse off the coconut oil with warm water and mild soap.

As with the olive oil and castor oil, this method works best if you use it as a regular, ongoing treatment. I have written up extensively on using coconut oil on your scalp and hair. Read more in this post.

4. Peppermint Oil (Diluted)

I can’t recommend peppermint oil for hair growth enough! It is backed by impressive clinical research. Follow the link and you will be able to view a study where peppermint oil had better results than Rogaine for hair growth.

Peppermint oil fights inflammation as well as infections. It can also improve blood circulation, drawing important nutrients to your hair follicles. It acts as a moisturizer, and it is also incredibly soothing on irritated skin.

That means if the condition you are dealing with is causing your eyebrows to itch and sting, the peppermint oil will counteract the inflammation and provide you with immediate cooling, soothing relief. That alone would be a great benefit. The fact that it also can stimulate re-growth just makes it phenomenal!

Peppermint oil is different from the other oils I’ve talked about—olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. It is an essential oil. That means that it is in a highly concentrated form, and it can actually be unsafe to use if you do not dilute it.

So never apply peppermint oil directly to your eyebrows!

There are two options that I recommend:

  1. Dilute the peppermint oil in a carrier oil. Any of the oils that I have already recommended work great! Just keep in mind that you need a very light concentration (around 2%). So you will need to prepare a larger batch, and then just use it a little bit at a time.
  2. Use a product which already contains peppermint oil at the proper dilution. This is the easy answer! I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. This is perfect to use on your eyebrows since it is a gentle product containing only natural ingredients. It won’t irritate sensitive skin. It produces a cool, tingling sensation thanks to the peppermint oil content when you apply it.

Whichever way you decide to go, apply the peppermint oil and leave it to soak into your eyebrows and skin for at least a few minutes before you wash it out. You can’t leave in the soap for very long, which is why you may actually want to go with the carrier oil option for a deep conditioning treatment. You can leave it in for half an hour or more.

This really is one of the best all-around solutions for re-growing eyebrow hair and treating the underlying problem if it is a skin condition. At the same time, it will soothe any irritation you are experiencing.

Want to learn more about essential oils? Peppermint oil is one of the very best oils you can use in your eyebrows and hair, but there are other essential oils that can help with your beauty routine too. Read about them in this post.

5. Egg

Your hair shaft is made up of keratin, which is a form of protein. So your eyebrows need plenty of protein in order to grow. One great way to send a high dose of protein straight to your eyebrows is to use egg.

I have seen recommendations to use just the yolk and recommendations to use just the white. Frankly I don’t know why you’d skip either as they are both high in protein. If you do want to separate them for whatever reason, the white actually contains more protein than the yolk.

Here are the steps to apply the egg to your eyebrow:

  1. Crack open an egg and beat it so that you get the right consistency.
  2. Dip a cotton swab into the egg and apply the egg to your eyebrows.
  3. Naturally it is going to be annoying leaving this in, but try and deal with it for 15-30 minutes or so.
  4. At that point you can rinse it out with cold water. If you need to, you can use a little mild soap.

This treatment works best if you continue to apply it at least once a week. If you commit to doing this over the long term, you will see the best results.

6. Fenugreek

Another food high in protein is fenugreek seeds. These seeds also contain lecithin and nicotinic acid and may assist in repairing damage to your hair follicles. That means that fenugreek makes a particularly good treatment if your eyebrows have thinned because of over-plucking.

Here are the steps to use it:

  1. Get a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and drop it inside a bowl of water. Let it sit for at least five hours.
  2. After the seeds are thoroughly soaked, remove them from the water.
  3. Grind the seeds. They should be soft enough that you can work them into a thick paste.
  4. Add a little bit of liquid coconut oil to the mixture to soften it up even more. Use as much as you need to get a consistency which will be easy to apply.
  5. Rub it into your eyebrows.
  6. Wait for as long as you can stand. Some people use this treatment overnight. I would just get the paste all over my pillow. If you can leave it in for at least half an hour, that would be great.

Try to do this at least once a week for a period of months. If you do, you should notice your eyebrows becoming fuller.

7. Milk

Milk may seem like an odd thing to put on your eyebrows, but it makes sense. It contains a lot of protein, so it offers a direct way to feed your follicles what they need to produce new eyebrow hair. Plus, milk is obviously very gentle, which makes it perfect for the sensitive skin near your eyes.

  1. Dip a cotton swab into some milk.
  2. Dab it over your eyebrows.
  3. Wait for the milk to dry.
  4. Rinse it off.

And that’s all there is to it. This is one of the fastest and easiest methods out there, and it never makes a mess.

8. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is powerful stuff. This gel is a mainstay in the beauty world because it is an incredible moisturizer which is rich in antioxidants. It also happens to be antibacterial.

Additionally, aloe vera can reduce redness in your skin. This is an excellent benefit if you are dealing with hair loss in your eyebrows because of an inflammatory skin condition. Oftentimes, conditions like dermatitis won’t just cause patchy hair loss in your eyebrows—it will make those patches stand out by highlighting them with red, irritated skin!

So putting aloe vera on your eyebrows can help to soothe your skin, reduce that redness, and kill any infection which may be responsible for your hair loss. The nourishment it provides can also help your hair to grow.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Either extra gel from an aloe vera plant or buy aloe vera gel from the store.
  2. Rub a little bit of the gel into your eyebrows.
  3. Wait for half an hour or so.
  4. Rinse it out with warm water. Use mild soap if you need to.

9. Combination Remedies

You can also use any of the above ideas for growing your eyebrows in conjunction with each other. For example, instead of using just coconut oil or just olive oil, you can use a 1:1 mixture of each. You can blend in a little bit of olive oil with aloe vera gel, and add a dash of peppermint oil if you want. That is one of the great things about home remedies; you can customize them to your needs.

10. Diet

Improve your diet by adding in foods which nourish hair!  What is your diet like? Your hair needs nourishment to grow, just like every other part of your body. When you eat a diet which is rich in the nutrition your hair follicle requires, it is easier to grow new hair. If you don’t give your body what it needs, those hairless patches in your eyebrows are going to linger a lot longer than you’d like.

Here is a list of foods which you can add to your diet to boost eyebrow growth:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Leafy greens
  • Liver
  • Whole nuts and grains
  • Eggs
  • Oysters

You can read a longer and more detailed list here. While you are at it, consider cutting out some of the unhealthy foods that you may be indulging in (or cutting back, at the very least). Switch away from fried foods and snack foods towards those which will actually give you what you need!

11. Take a Multivitamin for Hair

If you are eating right and are using some of the treatments I recommended and you still aren’t getting the results you want, one more idea is to take a multivitamin for hair.

In fact, if you just want to save yourself the effort of putting together home remedies, the multivitamin can work great on its own. Hair multivitamins are formulated with exactly what your hair follicles need to produce strong, healthy, beautiful hairs. That means fuller eyebrows and more volume, shine and length to your tresses.

Combine the Approaches Above For the Best Results

There is no single best method here—different people are going to get different results from each of the approaches. But the best results will always come through combining tactics. You will also only achieve long-term improvement if you stick with the method you have chosen and use it consistently and regularly.

And don’t forget—if you don’t treat the underlying cause, you won’t get very far. Taking a multivitamin for hair growth will help you, but it won’t replace a treatment for psoriasis or dermatitis or whatever other condition might be plaguing you.

So I recommend the following plan of action:

  1. Start by trying to figure out why you are losing eyebrow hairs.
  2. If possible, treat the cause directly.
  3. Adjust your diet if you need to so that you are eating more nutrition that your hair follicles need.
  4. Start treating your eyebrows with one of the suggested natural remedies once or several times a week.
  5. Begin taking a multivitamin for hair.
  6. Keep up with your routine over the months to come.

With diligence and a bit of luck, you should start seeing results after a few weeks. Stick with your routine and you can prevent patchy and thin eyebrows in the future!

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