The 5 Biggest Brow Myths, Debunked
From bright and bushy to straight and slender, eyebrows come in all shapes, sizes and textures. How you choose to groom them? Well, that’s up to you. Still, attaining the “perfect brow” is no easy feat. That’s why we’ve turned to Tammy Fisher, brow specialist and founder of Browtiste, to bust the brow myths that have led us astray.
MYTH: Over-plucked brows are a lost cause
Tweezed yourself into a Pam Anderson-squiggle mess? It's OK. “Overplucking can damage the follicle,” says Fisher. “So when you stop tweezing, you’ll need to take some time to let all the hair grow in, while using an eyebrow growth serum for a minimum of 12 weeks.” (She recommends Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum.) After a couple months of TLC, your full brows should start to reemerge, she assures us.
MYTH: Your brows need to match the color of your hair
Do as Rita Ora does. Fisher says it’s smart to keep your brows at least one shade darker than your natural hair color, and not necessarily identical to your roots. “Darkening them will help make your eyes pop,” she advises.
MYTH: You should never tweeze above the brow line
We’ve all heard the story: Girl plucks above brow line, never achieves arches again. Not so fast, says Fisher. While she concedes that you mostly want to leave the natural line alone (it’s how brows get their covetable fullness), she does encourage clients to remove any hairs that fall in the murky region between eyebrow and hairline. (You know…those pesky guys just above your temples.) This will help give your brows shape while making them appear fuller and more defined.
MYTH: Your brows grow back faster (and thicker) if you wax
Whether you wax, thread or tweeze, all techniques will cause the hair to grow back the same way, says Fisher. And none of the above will encourage more hair growth (only less).
MYTH: Both eyebrows should look exactly the same
Repeat after us: Brows should look like sisters, not twins. To put it simply, no two brows are the same, and according to Fisher, they “tend to grow differently for many reasons, some of which involve texture changes, possible scarring, color and natural hair growth patterns.” Really, really want symmetry? Try eyebrow tinting or filling them in with a brow pencil.