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How to thicken overly thin eyebrows?

Each era has its trend, and this also applies to eyebrows. While thin eyebrows have been in fashion since the 1990s, thick eyebrows have been making a comeback in recent years. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with naturally full eyebrows. Discover our advice for temporarily or permanently enhancing thin eyebrows.

Tip No.1: Thicken your eyebrows with makeup.

If you wish to thicken your eyebrows temporarily, for a party or a meeting for instance, makeup will be your best ally. Pencils, markers, gels... there is a wide range of products designed for eyebrows. To densify the line of your eyebrows, we recommend eyebrow pencils or eyebrow inks. These two products will allow you to achieve a natural result, provided you do not overly enlarge the natural line of your eyebrows.

If you're unsure whether to choose a pencil or ink and you're a beginner, be aware that the pencil is the most favoured tool for beginners as it requires the least precision. Available in a wide variety of shades, it allows for the creation of fine lines that mimic natural hairs. Ink, often presented in the form of pens or fine-tipped markers, offers the ability to draw more precise lines and to have a long-lasting makeup. Indeed, makeup applied with a pencil lasts about 8 hours, while a marker trace can remain unchanged for 2 days if the product is waterproof.

Tip No. 2: "Brow lamination" for thickening your eyebrows.

"Brow lamination" is a non-invasive eyebrow restructuring technique that enhances their thickness. It is usually carried out in a beauty salon, although it can also be done at home. However, it is recommended to visit a professional, at least for the first time. Here is how a brow lamination session takes place:

  1. Preparation : the eyebrows are cleaned and prepared for the procedure. The hairs are combed in the desired direction.

  2. Product Application : A gel or lotion containing reducing agents such as ammonium thioglycolate or cysteamine is applied to the eyebrows. This product helps to soften the hairs, which aids in straightening and reshaping them more easily afterwards. It also often contains emollients like vegetable oils (shea butter, mango butter...) to nourish the eyebrow and prevent it from becoming dehydrated.

  3. Eyebrow Moulding : The eyebrows are then combed and brushed into the desired shape using a silicone mould. This mould helps to keep the eyebrows in place during the lamination process.

  4. Application time : the reducing agent is left on the eyebrows for about ten minutes. The duration can vary depending on the texture and thickness of the eyebrows.

  5. Fixation : once the application time has elapsed, a fixative, often keratin-based, is applied to the eyebrows to neutralise the chemicals and set the new shape of the eyebrows.

  6. Finishing : the eyebrows are then combed, brushed and potentially trimmed to achieve the desired shape and style.

Tip No. 3: Semi-permanent makeup to thicken your eyebrows.

Another method for thickening one's eyebrows is the use of semi-permanent makeup. Carried out in a beauty salon, this technique involves applying pigments into the epidermis to densify the eyebrows. However, it is worth noting that it is once again preferable not to overly enlarge the natural line of one's eyebrows to achieve a natural result. There are several methods of semi-permanent makeup, the two most common being the microblading and the microshading.

  • Microblading : this technique involves pigmenting the epidermis using a needle to mimic eyebrow hairs. This procedure is usually carried out in two sessions spaced a few weeks apart. You can maintain the result for approximately a year and a half without needing any additional touch-ups.

  • The microshading : this is a technique similar to microblading, the aim of which is to create a shading effect behind the eyebrows. It is generally better tolerated by sensitive skin because, instead of drawing lines to mimic hairs, only small dots are made.

Tip No. 4: Resort to grafting for a permanent thickening of your eyebrows.

To thicken one's eyebrows, it is also possible to consider a surgical procedure : eyebrow transplantation. This method involves the extraction of hair follicles from the back of the scalp, an area referred to as the donor site, and their transplantation to the eyebrows. The technique for extracting the follicles can vary, but the one known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is often used. FUE involves extracting the hairs and their bulbs one by one from the scalp. It does not leave any marks after the procedure, except for small white dots that disappear over time.

Once the follicles are harvested, they are carefully implanted into the eyebrow areas while respecting the natural orientation of the hairsfor a natural result. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia and may require several sessions, depending on the desired eyebrow density and thickness. It is important to emphasise that an eyebrow transplant is a procedure that must absolutely be performed by a professional as it is very difficult to modify the results obtained. Therefore, it is necessary that it is done correctly.

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