If lockdown has taught us anything about our beauty regimes, it’s how nice it feels going to bed at night without having to remove any mascara, false lashes and eyebrow pencil! That’s especially for those who have had to follow a work from home lifestyle or have been furloughed at work.
But even those who have had to continue working every day, the fact that our trusty lash technicians and brow experts haven’t been able to get their hands on our lashes and brows means we’ve all had to do one thing: let mother nature take over.
Yep, that means letting those brows get bushier and lashes look more natural.
I panicked when I first thought about it but on week 2 of lockdown, I began to enjoy seeing brow hairs poking through, adding to the natural shape of my eyebrows and becoming a little more bushier and ‘raw’.
I can same the same for my lashes. Without coating them with mascara every day (which I’ll always love doing, don’t get me wrong) there was something quite refreshing about letting them grow themselves. I haven’t had any need to wear false lashes and of course, lash extensions have become a thing of the past for me right now. A more natural approach to brows and lashes is something worth taking for the Summer months, lockdown aside. Defined and shaped eyebrows highlight our faces and personality and naturally thicker, fuller-looking lashes draw attention to our eyes.
Of course, some of us have sparse and barely-there brows. I for one have short stumpy eyelashes, but I haven’t been helping the matter by relying on lash extensions and dragging makeup remover over them every night.
Here are several ways to boost your brows and lashes while salons are closed, or if you’re wanting to take a break from anything cosmetic this Summer…
1. Use Brow and Lash Serums
Everyone’s brows and lashes have their own potential to grow, but they sometimes just need a little boost. These days, there are some super-advanced formulas created in the form of serums. When applied onto our natural hairs at the root, these can increase the growth speed and encourage thicker, stronger, fuller hairs.
RapidLash is a brand that has raving reviews and under the brand, they retail both RapidLash and RapidBrow serum products. Each one uses innovative formulas consisting of vitamins, oils and amino acids which are specifically designed to condition, moisturise and fortify the hairs.
You just have to have a little patience – these growth-boosting serums don’t work overnight. Give it up to a month for you to start seeing results. If you apply every evening, you should start to see a dramatic difference with the appearance of your natural lashes and brows.
2. Coconut Oil for Brows
Coconut oil has become well known for working as a conditioner as well as a moisturiser and is much loved for its versatile uses. You can use it on your hair as a deep conditioner and many have great results from applying it directly onto dry skin.
The reason it works well for growing brow hairs is due to the fatty acids found in coconut oil, which work with the natural proteins found in hair that protect hairs from breaking. It is rich in lauric acid, which acts as an antimicrobial agent, reducing the risk of any hair follicles becoming infected.
This, along with the fact it is rich in Vitamin E and Iron, makes coconut oil great for smoothing onto brows to encourage thicker, stronger growth. It also works great to keep those straggly hairs in place too!
3. Apply Aloe Vera
Most people praise Aloe Vera for its ability to reduce sunburn, but not many people know it contains a compound named aloenin that promotes hair growth. This works in a similar way to Keratin, rejuvenating the hair follicle. When Aloe Vera is applied to hair regularly, the nutrients prevent breakage and improve elasticity, which makes it a great natural substance to be applying to brows daily.
If you apply directly from the plant, you’ll get Aloe Vera gel in its most potent form. Simply open up an Aloe Vera leaf, and scoop the gel out with your finger. Massage into your brow hairs until it is all absorbed.
4. Take a Biotin Supplement
Biotin isn’t for everyone as it can sometimes cause the skin to break out when taken in larger amounts, so ensure you do your research beforehand. However, it works well at targeting nutritional, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, which can lead to slow hair growth.
While you can’t rely on supplements to stimulate hair growth on their own (diet, genetics and lifestyle play a huge part too), a supplement can certainly speed things along when it comes to hair growth, especially if you are deficient in B vitamins, iron or Vitamin D. When we say hair growth, your lashes are classed in the same category as the hair on your head when it comes to speed of growth.
Read up on stories from people who have taken a Biotin supplement first, to fully understand why they take it. You’ll find Bitoin packed into hair, skin and nail supplements, so perhaps they could be the best route to take to give it a try.
5. Treat Them with Love!
Alongside the tips above, being mindful not to pull or tug at your brows and lashes when removing makeup or washing your face is always something that will help. Brushing both of them regularly to keep them free from dirt and grime will also allow them to grow freely without being tangled.
Embrace the break away from your lash and brow technician. Fuller, fluffier brows are on-trend right now, so there’s never been a better time to let them grow! Just remember to keep them brushed and groomed and I promise, your brow lady will be impressed with the natural growth when she sees you next.