Raising your eyebrow game

Who doesn’t want perfectly shaped and groomed eyebrows? Here Pawan Ahsan shows you how to achieve the best look for your peeper frames…

We all want the perfect brow and some of us even spend a great deal of time, effort and sometimes a small fortune in pursuit of them. With cosmetic treatments such as microblading (semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos), eyebrow tinting, makeup, threading, waxing and conditioning treatments, getting the perfect brows to frame our face and enhance our features is big business now!

What causes lack of hair on brows?
Genetics and hormonal changes in our bodies as we age can affect hair growth as well as over-plucking, which if done frequently and over the same area can cause a semi-permanent hair loss condition known as traction alopecia. If that occurs, it makes it harder to regrow hairs in the same space as the follicle gets damaged.

Leaving the 90s brow behind
As a teenager, I was blessed with thick black long eyebrows before I fell victim to peer pressure and got my hands on my mother’s tweezers! I then managed to single-handedly (see, what I did there) destroy my precious brows, plucking out one hair after another for many a year, before realising, to my horror, that I had in fact left myself with thin uneven lines of meagre-looking brows. So then, throughout my youth and all throughout my twenties, I had an endless battle with attempts at making them look half decent and praying the hair would return!

After having tried pricey eyebrow serums with little joy, Vaseline and even ordinary hair oil, nothing seemed to bring back my brows and I had to surrender to the daily routine of applying eyebrow makeup. Thanks to my mum’s social media, however, I’m happy to say that she found my miracle solution and it had been sitting in my kitchen cupboard all along! With a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, a lot of patience and determination, I can thankfully say I have my full brows back. So for those of you who are reading this who have had similar self-inflicted grooming traumas or you simply want to try to get thicker brows naturally – all hope is not lost my friends. Over the years, I’ve found adding castor oil and vitamin E oil to my homemade eyebrow serum, provides even more benefits and healthier brows…

The benefits
Although no major studies have concluded that olive oil can stimulate hair growth, it’s been used for centuries in various cultures for its nutritious benefits to the hair and scalp. The fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acids, are especially good at coating hair shafts, helping each strand to stay healthy, hydrated and protected. Its vitamins and antioxidant properties nourish the hair from within, creating strength, natural shine and elasticity.

Castor oil is another age old beauty treatment. It contains natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in vitamin E, minerals, proteins and Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, all of which help to maintain healthy hair. Its high ricinoleic acid content is very beneficial to skin and hair by helping to improve circulation and balance pH levels.

Despite the high levels of vitamin E in castor oil, I’ve chosen to include a capsule to my serum as vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and repair damage to the hair follicles, encouraging hair growth as well as building tissue. Please be aware though, that topical vitamin E can irritate some people’s skin, so be sure to try a small amount first in case you have any sensitivity towards it.

The serum

1 tbsp extra virgin or virgin olive oil
1 tbsp castor oil
1 capsule vitamin E oil
1 small container
Eyebrow brush

  1. Peirce the vitamin E oil capsule at one end with a needle and squeeze the oil out into a small bowl. Add both the olive oil and the castor oil to the bowl and thoroughly stir to mix well.
  2. Transfer the serum into the small container.
  3. Using the eyebrow brush, apply a small amount to each brow just before bedtime, making sure to brush over every strand.
  4. Using your fingers, massage the area in small gentle circular motions.
  5. Leave overnight and using a good cleanser, wash your face thoroughly in the morning.
  6. Keep the remaining serum in the container in a cool dark place. The high antioxidant levels in the oils will keep the shelf life longer but generally oil can be stored for up to 6 months.
  7. Wash the eyebrow brush thoroughly, allow to air dry and keep for future use.