Hair Loss in Brows
Thinning brows and brow hair loss can occur for many reasons, from over tweezing to medical conditions. We look at the reasons behind brow hair loss and the cosmetic treatments you can take to restore your brow’s appearance.
The symptoms of brow hair loss vary from person to person and include partial or complete hair loss in one or both eyebrows, thinning eyebrow hair and bald patches or breaks in the brow line. Depending on the cause, hair loss may be temporary, or, there may be periods where hair grows back before falling out again.
What causes hair loss in brows?
Natural Aging and Eyebrow Maintenance
As we age, the rate at which our eyebrow and scalp hair grows slows down and it naturally becomes finer and thinner. Abrupt hormonal changes around the menopause also cause hair follicles to shrink, to the point they stop producing new hairs altogether. Another key factor which impacts eyebrow growth is eyebrow maintenance. Over time, regular tweezing, waxing and shaping – especially intensively going over the same areas – damages hair follicles, preventing the hair from growing. Similarly, over-pressing with eyebrow pencils tugs and pulls on the follicle, damaging its structure so that the hair no longer grows.
Autoimmune diseases are where the immune system malfunctions, attacking healthy cells in the body by mistake. A common autoimmune disease which leads to brow and other hair loss is Thyroid disease. The thyroid gland starts releasing too little or too much of a hormone, knocking the body off balance and causing a range of symptoms, including scalp and brow hair loss. Another is Alopecia Areata where the immune system targets the hair follicles, disrupting natural hair production. Severe forms of the condition Alopecia Universalis and Alopecia Totalis can result in complete hair loss across the scalp and eyebrows. Some medical treatments also cause widespread hair loss, such as Chemotherapy. As it targets cells actively dividing in the body, chemotherapy eradicates cancer cells along with healthy cells – such as white blood cells, which fight infection, and hair cells – compromising the immune system and causing hair to fall out. As well as impacting scalp hair, it is not uncommon for eyebrows and eyelashes to fall out during chemotherapy cycles.
Stress and Anxiety
Intense periods of stress and anxiety flood the body with stress hormones, causing several conditions that can trigger eyebrow hair loss. One of the most common is Telogen Effluvium (TE) which sees a marked increase in daily hair shedding. Onset of TE usually occurs after stressful events, such as serious illness, bereavement or body changes, such as pregnancy or extreme dieting. But it is not just one-off traumatic incidents that can trigger hair loss. A stressful, busy lifestyle makes it difficult for many of us to maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Over time, failing to eat the right nutrients can cause Vitamin Deficiency resulting in hair thinning and hair loss. Diet’s deficient in the following are closely linked to hair loss: Iron (too little can cause hair to fall out), Zinc (supports hair cell growth and repair), Biotin (vitamin B7 promotes healthy hair growth), Vitamin E (an antioxidant supporting healthy hair development) and Omega 3 (fatty acids, key for nourishing hair follicles).
Treatments at a glance
- Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Make up/Microblading
- Nanoblading for Eyebrows
- Henna Brows
- Eyebrow Tinting
What treatments are there for eyebrow hair loss?
There are a variety of effective cosmetic treatments to help restore and enhance the appearance of your eyebrows, including short and long-term solutions.
Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Make up/Microblading
Semi-permanent make up for eyebrows (also known as microblading or semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing) is a great way to achieve full, natural-looking brows quickly. At Spa-licious, an expert aesthetician works with you to design your perfect brow shape and colour before painlessly applying pigment under the skin using fine needles. The strokes mimic real hairs, even close-up, and results last for up to 12 months.Find out more »
Nanoblading for Eyebrows
Nanoblading is an advanced microblading technique using nanoneedles, ultra-fine, flexible needles, to create natural-looking, semi-permanent eyebrows. Like microblading, nanoblading allows us to deposit light, feather-like hair strokes which look like real brow hairs. Nanoblading is a fast route to thicker brows with immediate improvement after the first appointment.Find out more »
Henna brows use natural Henna dye to shade the skin beneath the eyebrow, instantly filling out the shape, and giving the appearance of fuller, thicker brows. The beauty of Henna is its ability to give a desirable ombre effect, imitating the subtle colour changes in natural brows. Longer lasting than regular eyebrow tinting, Henna brows provide up to six weeks of beautiful, maintenance-free eyebrows.Find out more »
During eyebrow tinting, a semi-permanent dye (matched to your desired shade) is applied to the eyebrow area. The dye takes after only a few minutes and the results are instantly fuller, more defined brows. Brow tinting lasts up to four weeks and is an ideal first step if you are considering longer semi-permanent options.Find out more »
Eyebrow Treatments FAQs
All Spa-licious brow treatments require a 48-hour patch test beforehand. This will be arranged when you book an appointment.
This depends on the type of treatment you choose. Semi-permanent brow make up (microblading) and nanoblading last up to 12 months and may require top-up treatments depending on your skin type and preferred appearance. Henna brows last between four and six weeks, while brow
tinting lasts between two and four weeks.
Hormonal changes during and post pregnancy are a well-documented cause of hair loss. Especially after birth, as pregnancy hormones fall, many women experience a degree of hair loss, from sparser brows to bald spots.
At Spalicious, our patient safety is a priority and in line with EU legislation we are unable to offer brow patch testing to pregnant and breastfeeding clients. Once you have had your baby and are no longer breastfeeding, we will be happy to carry out a patch test for
nanoblading, brow tinting and other semi-permanent brow treatments.
If you are considering semi-permanent brow make up or nanoblading, for best results, and so you benefit from natural looking brows throughout, it is better to have the treatment before starting chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
If you require a top-up appointment to enhance the shape and shade of your brows while undergoing treatment, we recommend this takes place after you have finished chemotherapy or radiotherapy cycle.
If you are keen to have your brows re-touched during treatment, please speak to your oncologist and, if it is ok to go ahead, ask them to forward a supporting letter. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our brow treatments and/or timings surrounding chemotherapy and
radiotherapy, please do get in touch or call into our skin clinic in The Gallery, Gerrards Cross anytime.
"I was very impressed with Sam’s knowledge and professionalism. I am absolutely delighted with my nanobladed eyebrows. Sam really spent time making sure that I got the best result possible and she certainly achieved that. Have already started spreading the word amongst my friends. Thanks so much Sam."
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