When eyebrows are full and lush, they pull focus up, giving the face a youthful lift. Too bad they’re prone to the same aging frustrations — graying, balding, thinning — as the hair on our heads. To help, we found new strategies that will rejuvenate your eyebrows and lift your mood in minutes.
Cover gray hairs with mustache dye.
The pluck-free way to hide silvers? A men’s mustache dye. Its pigments are made to tint coarse, gray facial hair for up to four weeks, says brow expert Ramy Gafni. His tip to ensure color won’t overpower the face: If you have dark brows, pick a dye two shades lighter; if you have light brows, go two shades darker. Then dab Vaseline around brows (to prevent staining skin) and apply dye with an angled brush; rinse after five minutes.
Fill in sparse spots with this trick.
If you’re like us, you reach for an eyebrow pencil to fill in bald spots, but that often leads to brows that appear one-dimensional and contrived. The natural-looking fix? Before applying pencil, rub a clean, damp spoolie against a bar of soap, then sweep the lather over brows in the direction of hair growth. Let dry, then lightly fill in with a brow pencil. The glycerin, a plant-based oil found in most soap bars, bulks up individual hairs so they have oomph to fill in bare areas so less pencil is needed.
Mask thinning with a brow ‘perm.’
Everything from hormone flux to over-tweezing can leave brows looking sparse. The good news: Many salons offer eyebrow lamination, a service that temporarily “perms” brow hairs into an upward position so they appear instantly fuller, says Gafni. The three-step process involves applying a special hair bond–breaking cream to make hairs more pliable, then combing hairs into their new lifted shape and setting them into place with a neutralizing cream that locks in the look for six weeks. Thanks to the width created from more vertically set hairs, even the thinnest of brows are left looking two times thicker.
There you have it. Time to enjoy those fuller eyebrows.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First for Women.