Eyebrows can show an infinite amount of expressions but if you’ve messed something up (we’ve all been there), it’s likely that panic, anger and sadness are the emotions figuratively written on your face.
Whether you’ve over plucked while conducting maintenance, regrettably bleached your brows over the sink, or found your way into a bad case of microblading, read on for some helpful advice from trusted experts. These pros haven’t just seen it all, they’ve remedied some pretty gnarly accidents…
The Solution: While most people have a skin care routine and a hair care routine, they do nothing to help condition and nourish the brow hair, says Christopher Drummond, Master Cosmetic Tattoo Artist at PFRANKMD by Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank. “It’s always a good idea to condition and nourish the hair, mask the brows once a week with a hydrating mask, and exfoliate the brows weekly.”
The Solution: As simple as it seems, you want to put down the tweezers and wait for them to re-grow, says Joey Healy, owner of Joey Healy Eyebrow Studio in Manhattan.
“I like to see two, three, even four months of untouched re-growth if you want to get a brow makeover.”
Another hot tip: give yourself at least one month of not touching them before you see a professional, preferably someone who tweezes only. “If your brows are stuck and they’re not growing, it’s great to use a brow renovation serum that is hormone-free and rich and full of peptides,” says Healy. “That’s gonna give you the best chance of regrowth before you see a professional.”
The Solution: Products, products and more products until the eyebrows grow out. “You want to get familiar with powders and pencils, maybe pomades or tinted gels, which can help give you instant gratification and bulk up your brows,” says Healy. “Also, consider doing a brow tinting to make the most out of what you do have and what’s left of your overplucked eyebrows.”
Healy also kindly warns: don’t edit the good brow to match the bad brow, just for the sake of symmetry. “You really want to get the bad guy to match your better brow,” he says.
The Solution: This isn’t an at-home job, FYI. “First, you need to wait at least 3 months to fix the problem,” says Drummond. “You don’t want to cause permanent scarring by working on the area too soon. I usually recommend waiting for 6 months, to be sure the skin is fully healed. In that time, research the technicians near you that handle removal.”
Drummond highly recommends seeking out a professional with at least 5 years in the industry, and preferably someone who works in a medical location. Also, patience counts! “It generally takes multiple visits — up to six — to fade the microblading,” he says.
Solution(s): One option is that you can just wait, says Healy. “You can wait and maybe just use a tinted brow gel or a brow lacquer. Brow lacquer is a different type of brow gel. It is a little bit more sheer and opaque and it really covers the individual hairs. That’s a quick way to not only give them definition and hold, but also cover the weird bleaching until you’ve dyed them back.”
Perhaps you realize a mistake was made and you want an immediate change. “If you bleach your brows and you don’t like the color, I would suggest waiting 24-48 hours until you dye them again,” says Healy. “If you bleach your brows, and you freak out, and try to dye them — if you do it right away — they’re gonna go so dark, almost black, no matter how light of a brown you use because the hair follicle is really open when you bleach it.”
It will absorb and suck in all that color really quickly.
In summary: let them be for a day or two, dye them very quickly — on and off — with the lightest brow dye to make sure that it’s not absorbing too much color, says Healy.
The Solution: Go to a professional. “Maintenance is important, but if you haven’t done it you’re gonna lose your way and it’s gonna be like sailing in the middle of the night in a rough ocean that you’re gonna have no idea how to navigate,” says Healy. The only self-imposed fix you can conduct, if you really want to, is the dead-center, he says.