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All You Need To Know About Eyebrow Growth

Eyebrow growth isn't important to everyone. Men usually don't pay too much attention to their eyebrows. A few might like to have bushy eyebrows, the kind Andy Rooney had, but if their eyebrows were to disappear completely, most men might barely notice the difference.

It's a totally different story for women. Women can be very concerned about the appearance of their eyebrows, and may spend quite a bit of time, and money, getting them to look just right. Women with very blond or thin eyebrows will often look for cosmetics that will make them look darker or thicker. Women having thick or misshapen eyebrows often pluck excess hairs out.

The main reason eyebrows are important to women is the importance of eyebrows in facial expressions and communication. Women will go through a lot of trouble to get the facial look they desire. Some men spend time working on their eyebrows as well, but probably not too many. For some men, long, thick, individual hairs sometimes start sprouting from the eyebrows, often a sign of advancing age. At the same time, hair is starting to grow in and on the ears, and others places hair either didn't grow before, or wasn't noticeable. Some men clip these eyebrow hairs off, others choose to ignore them, unless the hairs start getting into the eyes.

Eyebrows Perform A Function

The main function of the eyebrows is to keep sweat out of the eyes. If you look at eyebrows carefully, the way the hairs are pointed tend to make water run off to the side rather than down into the eye. They serve as mini sweatbands in that capacity. They also play a role, along with the eyelashes, in keeping dust and debris out of the eye. Active men should appreciate this, but if one is really working up a good sweat, a sweatband will do much more good than eyebrows ever can.

Hair on different parts of our body grows at different rates, and if it's the eyebrows you're concerned with, you'll need to be a little patient, as the hairs in the eyebrows grow more slowly than anywhere else on the body.

How To Stimulate Growth

There are ways to go about encouraging growth if the eyebrows have become too thin, or have been plucked, and the hair seems to be growing back with excruciating slowness. Simply massaging the eyebrows is one technique, as it increases the flow of blood around the hair follicles, which sometimes reactivates any hair follicles that have become inactive. Another method, or one that can be used in combination with massaging, is to apply a 5% solution of Minoxidil to the eyebrows on a daily basis. Minoxidil appears to be quite effective in stimulating growth, but if the treatment is discontinued, the eyebrows will usually begin thinning out again. Applying castor oil to the eyebrows is yet another approach to stimulate growth. We always want to be careful about what we apply topically in the vicinity of our eyes, and castor oil is very safe in this regard. A prescription medication called finasteride is also considered to be very effective in stimulating eyebrow growth. It is not a topical medication, but is taken orally. Consequently, it may encourage hair growth not only in the eyebrows, but on other places on the face and scalp as well. Needless to say, this medication is more appropriate for men, and in general is inappropriate for women.

Proper nutrition can also help stimulate growth. It's amazing how much can be accomplished by making adjustments to one's diet, as opposed to trying various over-the counter lotions and cremes. Vitamins and protein are the principle nutritional elements that can stimulate hair growth. There are also numerous growth enhancing products for sale over the counter. Some work better than others, and some may do little or nothing for you. The best approach might be to visit a dermatologist to see what he or she recommends. You may end up paying for a prescription medication, but chances are it will be both safe and effective.

The Shortcut To New Eyebrows

If you don't mind taking a short-cut to eyebrow growth, there is always the hair transplant option. Here, individual hair follicles are taken from the back of the neck and transplanted to the eyebrow area. With this approach, one can have eyebrows constructed in almost any shape and thickness they choose. It will help of course if the person doing the transplanting also has a sense for what constitutes a beautiful face. In any event, it wouldn't hurt to inquire. Transplanting hair to the eyebrows isn't as uncommon as one might think. It is often performed on people who have lost their eyebrows due to chemotherapy, an accident, or an illness, and the eyebrows either refuse to grow back, or grow back much thinner.

It's probably only fair to mention that if you don't know what you’re doing in your attempt to stimulate eyebrow growth, don't do too much of it. In other words, use over-the counter topical cremes and lotions with caution.




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