When your eyebrows start thinning or begin to exhibit bald patches, it can become frustrating. You may start questioning the causes of thinning and balding, and many will scramble to find the best remedy in the market. Ultimately your brows set the tone for the rest of your face and play a key role in defining your overall appearance.
In case you are wondering, there are many reasons that may contribute to the loss of eyebrows – ageing, over plucking, hormonal changes, menopause, medical condition (such as alopecia areata), medication, genetic and stress are some of the common causes you may already know. On rarer occasions, we have seen people losing their hair due to a condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD as it’s more commonly known in Singapore. It is a mental condition where some patients cannot resist pulling hair from his/her brow, despite trying to stop. Over time, some may even experience complete baldness to their brows.
Impact on Mental Wellness
What happen when someone loses their brows? Although the impact differs between individuals, it is not uncommon for one to experience a drop in confidence and self esteem when thinning occurs. They may experience appearance based anxiety, causing an added layer of stress which can be damaging to their mental wellness. Some may begin to shun social activities to avoid being overwhelmed by their anxiety. The psychological impact could potentially be massive. Therefore, it makes sense for us to be mindful of our self care practices so that we can take preventive measures to ensure we lead a happier and purposeful life.
How to prevent eyebrow hair loss?
If you are currently having a set of relatively full eyebrows, congratulations! However, be mindful not to allow complacency to set in and assume that your volume brows are going to last forever. As mentioned earlier, ageing is one of the primary causes of hair loss. Since all of us will inevitably age, it puts everyone on a “level playing field”. Whether you are in your early 20s and just starting out in life or a retiree in your 60s, you will experience hair loss at some point of your life. While it may not be entirely possible to prevent hair loss, there are some steps you can take to prevent its occurrence. Here are some tips which you can adopt in your daily routines that can aid in slowing eyebrow hair loss:
1. Keep your lotions, moisturisers, serums, foundations, face cleanser and sunscreen away from your eyebrows
We shed hair everyday, and new brow hairs need to come through the hair follicles. If you are beginning to see signs of excessive shedding, you certainly won’t want to apply anything that can potentially clog your follicles in your eyebrows, preventing hair growth. Applying these to your eyebrows may also cause more shedding, which leave your brows sparser. Therefore, use these sparingly to ensure your hair growth cycle is not disrupted.
You may also want to limit the use of eyebrow makeup if you begin to notice increase in hair loss after starting a new makeup routine. Some tints, dyes and eyebrow pencils may cause hair loss, sometimes due to too much pressure being applied. Put them away for a while and see if the condition improves.
2. Practice internal self care
One of the causes of hair loss is emotional stress. If you are currently leading a high-stress lifestyle, you are probably not doing your hair health any favour.
Consider giving your mind a break to ease symptoms of general anxiety. Traditional therapies such as meditation can help to slow down and refresh our mind. When our brain is in a meditative state, we can turn inward for deep relaxation, relieving us from the stress experienced in our daily lives.
You may also consider picking up yoga, which can help in achieving peacefulness in your body and mind. In addition to having improved fitness, yoga can help you relax, which aid in managing your stress and anxiety by enhancing your mood and overall sense of wellbeing. And the good news is you do not need to spend a lot of money to pick up yoga, and you can practice it almost anywhere, including your cosy home!
3. Make changes to your diet
Having a balanced and healthy diet is beneficial on many levels. Not only will a healthy diet prevent medical-related issues, it can also aid in the prevention of hair loss. If you want to prevent hair loss in your eyebrows, here are some foods you may want to consider:
- Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids - Omega-3 fatty acid is one of the nutrients that can influence and sustain hair growth. Some of the foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are fish like salmon, trout and herring. If you are a vegetarian, you can get your omega-3 from avocados, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
- Food that contains iron – One of the causes for hair loss is iron deficiency. You can get a good amount of iron from animal protein, such as the chicken breast. If you are currently cutting down on meat intake, you may consider getting your iron needs from leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, lentils and kale
- Foods that are high in proteins – Our hair is made of protein, so having sufficient protein can help make your hair strong and healthy. Some sources of protein which you can consider include turkey, chicken, fish and eggs. Vegetarians can get their daily proteins through nuts, tofu, soybeans, quinoa, breads made from sprouted grains, soy milk, oats, chia seeds or green peas.
What if I need to hide my empty brows immediately?
If you are already experiencing thinning or empty brows and require an instant fix to hide them, you may want to consider one of the following practical remedies:
1. Use non-prescriptive eyewear
If you can’t fix it, hide it. One of the lesser known secrets for hiding sparse brows is to use a non-prescriptive spectacle frame to camouflage it. With abundance of designs in the eyewear industry, it should not take you too much effort to find one that is fashionable and trendy, fits your face shape and can cover up the inadequacy of your eyebrows easily.
2. Go for eyebrow embroidery or microblading
Another quick fix for people who are always on the go is eyebrow embroidery or microblading. Such treatment allows them to decide how they want their brows to be shaped and enable them to hide their eyebrow hair loss instantaneously. Essentially a semi-permanent make-up, microbladed eyebrows can last between 1 to 2 years and have grown in popularity in the past few years. If you need to learn more about microblading, you can find it here.
To prevent excessive hair loss and to maintain healthy hair growth, it is vital for you to cultivate a healthy eating habit, have a balanced diet while avoiding excessive stress.
If you have already tried all the methods above but is still not seeing improvements, then our advise is for you to make a trip to see your doctor. They will be able to do a thorough diagnostic test to determine the actual cause of your hair loss, and to get you started on the right treatment plan.