There is certainly a whole lot of growing going on. It’s been almost four months since I started to Rogaine reatment and brow hairs have certainly sprouted where nothing has grown for years. I was expecially happy to see the new growth was mostly dark and thick rather than pale and wispy. More hair seems to have gowth below the actual brows in the area I usually waxed. But the arch of the brow has also visibly filled in.
On the downside the hair seems a bit more wirey than my pre-Rogaine brows. In the past I would tweeze away these unruly hairs to clean up the brow line. The eyebrow expert at Benefit showed me how to trim curly brow hairs to keep the volume, but smooth the line. Using a magnifying glass and an eyebrow brush, I now comb the brow hairs up and trim off the longer … Continue Reading… →
Rogaine seems to be really working on my too skinny eyebrows. Its been almost two months since I began applying Rogaine foam twice a day to my brow area. To be totally honest I had a rocky time getting into a treatment routinue. For most of the first month, I would miss at least one application a day. And some days I never got around to using Rogaine at all. It certainly was not time or labor intensive but definately aan extra step. It took me a month to get into a regular routinue so I feel I am really just in the first month of treatment.
Rogaine Routinue 101
I have been using 5% Rogaine for women foam. The instructions recommend filling the entire cap with foam and use it all over your scalp. There are no recommendations for eyebrows so I wasted quite a bit of the … Continue Reading… →
I started using Rogaine about a month ago to thicken and lengthen my aging eyebrows. It had been a slow start. Current guidelines recommend using Rogaine twice a day. This meant applying Rogaine foam with a Q- tipa fter my morning shower and before I go to sleep at night.. Sounds simple, but it meant adding two more steps to my standard morning and nighttime routine. At first I applied the foam to the skinny “tail” areas.
I have to admit that in the first few weeks I usually mised one of the two daily applictions. Although I am pretty motivated to try out new beauty tools, I also knew that it would be 1-2 months before I would see any results. I love the instant results of a mask or peel and this was very different. After a rocky two week start, I finally got into a steady routinue. … Continue Reading… →
Before starting on Rogaine treatment for my aging eyebrows I wanted to understand how it works. For that I needed to understnd how healthy hair grows and what is causing my brows to thin out. Hair grows in four stages:
The growth phase— aka the anagen phase is a period of healthy growth can last for 2-6 years. If you pull out a growing hair by the root, it can take years for it to grow out. . The transition phase — aka the catagen phase lasts for 10 days to three weeks. At this point the hair is still alive but no longer growing. The resting phase — aka the telegen phase lasts 2-3 months and well, rests. The natural end— aka the exogen … Continue Reading… →
I am now ready to try my last eyebrow option– FDA approved hair growing serums. To date I have tried a celebrity eyebrow expert, brow make-up ( gels, roll-ons and powders) and brow tints. Next on my brow to-do list was brow enhancement. Very much like lash enhancements with individual hairs, Build- A -Brow adds individual hairs to the brows. Its expensive and short lived, but I felt compelled to explore it.
At the Blink Bar at Saks Fifth Avenue full brow enhancement costs $170 and lasts for two weeks. Its something that they recommend for special occasions like weddings and reunions. The first time it is done, a patch test is required 24 hours before the appointment. Some people are … Continue Reading… →
For some reason the idea of eyebrow tinting terrified me. I’ve been lasered, waxed, Botoxed and bleached but tinting seemed especially risky. ????? But ever the science geek, I had to try it out. After checking out several salons, I choose the Benefit Brow Bar. I had watched them work and I was genuinely impressed by the careful and individual approach they took with every brow.
My brow whisperer Shante had beautiful brows which gave me a great sense of confidence. I discussed the celebrity brow expert who had striped off my once thick brows. A year later, they had not returned to their normal fullness. Shante reassured me that it can take 12-18 moths for an over- plucked brow to recover. She primarily cleaned up stray hairs and flattened out the too round arch. Yea! She mixed a small dab of vegetable dye in a tiny cup and
Last spring I went to an expensive celebrity eyebrow expert. In less than 5 minutes he reduced my thick unruly brows to a skinny, ugly semi-circle. I left as quickly as I could muttering to myself, “at least I have bangs, at least I have bangs”
I vowed to discover the real secrets of a good looking brow. It has taken almost nine months for my brows to grow back enough to try out other brow beauty options. Talking to experts, I began to underestand the basic issues behind eyebrow shape and volume. In reality, our brows are determined by the shape of the brow bone and the pattern of hair growth. While brow styles go in and out of fashion, the basic shape follows individual anatomy. Blondes have lighter, sparser brows, but as we grow older most of our brows shorten and thin out. Working within these … Continue Reading… →
Before the celebrity brow expert removed most of my eyebrows, he tried to convince me to tint them. He explained that much of my brow was made up of thin, pale hairs and tinting them would make my brows to look fuller. This sounded reasonable but tinting is big step– and not something you do the first time someone works on your brows. Given that Mr Eyebrows left me with a thinly rounded circa 1930 brow line, I was really glad I had stood my ground. Darker thin brows would have been even more obvious and unattractive.
But the experience pushed me to get some good answers to related brow questions. For example what is the best color brow with grey hair or should your brows match your red hair? All … Continue Reading… →