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Dealing with Thinning Brows and Lashes

Photo credit: @madame_eyebrows

Experiencing thinning brows & lash hair? You’re not alone! It’s a common frustration for many women. I’ve experienced it personally and we see it all the time in the salon. Thinning is often caused by hormones, stress, chemo, allergies (i.e. rubbing your brows or lashes in your sleep), or just aging in general. And if none of these seem to be the cause for you, it could just be hereditary.

Here are some hacks we’ve used here at Queen Bee:

Whilst there is no real evidence to prove these work, trying them won’t hurt either unless you have allergies to ingredients.

  1. Castor Oil –  made from the stimulating seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, it’s main use was as a laxative.  At Queen Bee we recommend clients brush their brows gently but briskly every night to remove dead skin cell build up then brush in a little castor oil and let it sit during the night.  There is no harm in doing this every night since Castor oil is known for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties, so it can also help treat and prevent other skin issues.
  2. Vitamins!  We love MegaFood “Skin, Nails & Hair.” Their vegan non-GMO formula contains organic super foods that help feed your cells to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. It’s the triple-threat of vitamins.
  3. Dry Brushing – the most affordable and time sensitive way to stimulate your brow and lash hair is to dry brush them every night.  Simply take a lash comb and a dry mascara wand and brush for a few minutes every night. Brushing rids debris from the skin and aids in awakening dormant follicles. It also distributes the natural and essential oils of your hairs to keep them strong.  Using strong chemical washes on your skin can often times weaken the hair, so be mindful to avoid those areas when you’re doing chemical peels and scrubs.

These products have been tested in labs and there is physical evidence that they work for somepeople though not for all.

  1. Latisse – the “bee’s knees” of lash and brow stimulation.  This FDA approved drug which was initially made for glaucoma patients. When those patients and their doctors started to see hair growth in the same area, they knew they were on to something. It’s strong so try it before you buy it.  Side effects can include discoloration of skin and irritation. Latisse requires a prescription from a doctor.
  2. Revitabrow/Lash & other similar brands
    We offer Revitabrow/lash products at Queen Bee because they are a great alternative to Latisse for those people who can’t tolerate its strength.