We’ve all been there at some point in our lives: You get your brows waxed and the lady takes off a little more than you expected. Or you tweezed what you thought were just a few hairs in the middle until you step back from the mirror and realize, in horror, that you’ve actually moved your arches back a full half inch. Here's how to grow them back to their fullest potential.

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Let Them Grow
Taking the time to actually let your hairs grow in is the most important (and, often, most commonly ignored) step to get fuller-looking brows. This means laying off the tweezers for a solid four to five months, as each hair is at a different stage of growth (which means that new ones are simultaneously growing in as older ones are falling out). By leaving them alone, you’ll get the most accurate idea of where your natural arch falls and how thick they really are.

Groom Strategically
The first couple months are the hardest, as hairs start to sprout up in all directions. Luckily, with a few tools in your arsenal, they’ll be much more manageable. To hide any noticeably wonky hairs that are growing below your arches, tap a bit of concealer over them. To fill in any bald patches, use a powder or wax with fibers in the formula to give them a naturally fuller appearance. And finally, to tame longer strays and get them to lie flat, sweep some brow gel through them.

Try Tinting in Between
Another option is to get your brows tinted, which will darken any baby hairs and make everything appear fuller and more uniform. The look is very natural and usually lasts between four and six weeks—at which point they’ll fade softly back to their original state.

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Get Bangs
If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting some fringe anyway, this is the perfect excuse to actually make the cut. Bangs are an excellent disguise for unruly brows as they grow in.

Use a Serum
There have been clinical trials that show that Latisse (the prescription treatment that is commonly used for your eyelashes) can help with brow growth as well. Other popular products like GrandeBrow contain peptides, amino acids and vitamins to condition hairs and, in some cases, stimulate growth. The key for any of these products, however, is to be diligent about using them every day (or night) for at least six weeks.

See a Professional for Shaping
Congrats! Now that you’ve made it through the last few months of awkward growing in, reward yourself with some expert grooming to make sure you don’t undo your hard-earned work. A trained pro (look for someone who specializes specifically in brows—and perhaps not the lady who offers it as an add-on to your manicure at the nail salon) can help you assess where your brows should start and end, as well as, how high or low the arch should be so that they look their best.

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