As we get older, our hair tends to get thinner. And not just on our heads — eyebrows and lashes may also be impacted by this not-so-fun phenomenon. While thin brows and scrawny lashes can be difficult to work with, there are many ways you can restore the appearance of fullness. From clinically proven prescriptions to readily available beauty products, you have a valuable array of tools at your disposal for making your hair, brows, and lashes look their best.
1. For a Thinning Mane: Try Minoxidil Pills
While topical prescription-strength minoxidil treatments have long been prescribed and recommended by doctors, the latest version of the hair re-grower comes in pill form. How it works: Minoxidil increases blood flow to hair follicles to promote new growth. Multiple studies have found that Minoxidil pills can be an effective alternative for those who don’t want to use it topically. Talk to your doctor to see if a prescription of the drug is right for you.
2. For Balding Brows: Try Primer
Brow specialists suggest applying a keratin and soy protein–infused primer onto brow hairs before using a pencil, pomade, or gel to fill them in and cover sparse spots over time. That’s because keratin stimulates follicles to keep them in an active growth phase, and soy proteins fortify strands at the root to thwart shedding. Simply apply a primer, like Benefit Cosmetics’ BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer (Buy from Ulta, $28), onto clean, dry brows twice a day for noticeable results within 30 days.
3. For Limp Lashes: Try an Enhancing Serum
To plump up short, thin eyelashes, look to a lash serum that contains a blend of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. Potent amino acids encourage healthy growth of new lash hairs, and deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid “swells” individual strands so lashes look fuller now and later. Just sweep a serum, like Grande LASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum (Buy from Ulta, $68) along the eyelid just above the upper lash line once a day to see voluminous lashes within four weeks.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.