When our eyebrows lose hair, it can be a disappointing experience. It's not uncommon, and there are many reasons why it can happen as well as many ways to grow eyebrows thicker and fuller.
Eyebrows can frame the face in a way that no other feature can. The help bring expression to our interactions, help us convey interest, sadness, or understanding.
It’s highly likely that anyone reading this is a human but for the sake of thoroughness, let’s define what an eyebrow is, and its purpose: An eyebrow is an area of short hairs above each eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges of some mammals. In humans, eyebrows serve two main functions: first, communication through facial expression, and second, prevention of sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye socket.
Eyebrow hair loss can be as simple as recovering from over plucking, or as complicated and serious as a hormonal issue or chemotherapy. Below we’ve listed some common reasons why eyebrows might lose hair.
“You must never underestimate the power of an eyebrow.” – Jack Black
What Causes Eyebrows to Lose Hair?
Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. The immune system mistakenly recognizes part of your own body as the enemy and attacks it. Alopecia areata targets the hair follicles from which individual hairs grow, slowing down or halting hair production.
Nutrient deficiencies: The human body requires nutrients, including energy sources (carbohydrates, proteins, fats), amino and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Some of these sustain and influence hair growth, so a deficiency in any one of them could cause hair loss. A lack of vitamin A or zinc can slow cellular growth and hinder the production of moisturizing sebum (oil).
Eczema (atopic dermatitis): Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that causes itching, redness, oozing, and irritation. It is prompted by an oversensitive immune system and can show up as a one-time flare-up or an ongoing condition. Because hair follicles are embedded in skin, eczema may interfere with proper hair growth.
Seborrheic dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis is usually an ongoing condition. Scientists believe it is caused by a fungus or by an overproduction of oil in the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis leads to dandruff, even in the eyebrows.
Tinea capitis (ringworm): Tinea capitis, known as ringworm, is also fungal. It produces red, itchy, raised, ringlike patches, along with oozing and blisters. When these patches appear over the brows, the hair usually falls out, leaving a bald patch.
Thyroid issues: Thyroid disease is a common cause of eyebrow hair loss. Your thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism. When this gland produces too much or too little of a hormone, your body falls out of balance, disrupting a number of normal processes. This includes hair growth.
Persistent plucking or overuse of makeup products: Over-plucking your eyebrows creates minor trauma, and eventually the hair may stop growing in that spot. Harsh makeup may cause similar damage when used for extended periods.
Chemotherapy: To battle cancer, chemotherapy is designed to go after all rapidly dividing cells. This includes hair follicles. Its why hair falls out in clumps when people undergo this treatment.
“The raising of an eyebrow, how you do it, when you look, how you look. All of those things are physical.” – Chevy Chase
What are Some Natural Ingredients to Combat Eyebrow Hair Loss?
Castor Oil: While the average human hair follicle grows just over a centimeter a month, some claim anecdotally that using castor oil once a month can spur growth three to five times the normal rate. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid—a type of fatty acid found to fight inflammation. When applied to the scalp or lash line, it's purported to enhance the health of the hair follicles and, in turn, promotes hair growth (as well as protect against hair loss).
Coconut Oil: When combined with other ingredients, coconut oil can strengthen brow hairs, nourish skin where eye brows grow, and help create a healthier hair follicle for growth. If you’ve been following the benefits of coconut oil in general, you’ll note that it’s a great anti-inflammatory and full of nutrients – which makes it a perfect fit for encouraging eyebrow hair growth.
Glutamine: The body's demand for glutamine is also increased during times of stress and when the body is under physical strain. Glutamine is built from glutamic acid. This builds the hair by delivering sulphur which is necessary for hair growth.
Grape Seed Extract / Proanthocyanidins: An extensive hair study by Japanese researchers showed that proanthocyanidins extracted from grape seeds not only stopped hair loss but increased the growth of hair cells by over 200%.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc. Because it strengthens hair, it is also thought that jojoba oil can prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness. The idea behind this is that the oil moisturizes hair follicles, which prevents dryness that leads to hair loss.
Horse Chestnut Extract: Because of it's ability to reduce inflammation, it is known to have the ability to help create healthier hair follicles and thus a better chance of hair growth.
Saw Palmetto: Research on whether saw palmetto works to help treat hair loss. An extract of saw palmetto berries may block 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has powerful cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. When used topically, it can help unplug hair follicles and increase hair growth.
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With this valuable information regarding the causes of eyebrow hair loss and the ingredients you can use to increase eyebrow hair growth, it’s highly likely that with time, you’ll see some new eyebrow hair growth happening in your not so distant future.
Reference / Resources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyebrow, https://www.healthline.com/health/eyebrow-hair-loss#causes, https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-to-grow-thicker-eyebrows#saw-palmetto, https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/4-natural-remedies-to-get-thicker-eyebrows/, https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-hair-growth#:~:text=Tea%20tree%20oil%20has%20powerful,to%20follow%20the%20manufacturer's%20directions