What to Do with Over Plucked Eyebrows That Won’t Grow Back

By Emily M.| Last updated on April 10, 2024
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⏱️ 5 min read

Eyebrow trends seem to change much faster than any other makeup trend. So, like so many of us, you’ve probably fallen victim to a brow trend that promoted thinner looks and are now looking to grow them out super bushy… but can’t.

Overplucked brows sometimes tend to just stay overplucked and you may fear that they’ll never grow out again. But is it possible to fix them? And what stunted their growth in the first place?

Keep on reading and we’ll try to answer all your questions about your over plucked eyebrows that won’t grow back!

What Causes Over Plucked Eyebrows That Won’t Grow Back?

If you’re consistently plucking, waxing, or sugaring your brows, you’ve noticed that your brows get thinner and thinner. This is a condition known as traction alopecia and it results from the frequent pulling motion that eventually damages the follicle.

Although it sounds intimidating when we say that this is a condition, it’s really nothing to worry about – your brows are still fixable!

The damage done to the follicle, sadly, is permanent, but there are other ways to still get the bushy brow look even if you rocked the thinnest brows imaginable back in the 90s.

Girl tweezing out her browsImage source: Freepik

Do Overplucked Eyebrows Grow Back?

Yes and no.

If the motion of plucking or waxing the brows led to the root being pulled out, don’t worry, they will grow outit just takes a little time.

However, if the follicle has been damaged, then there’s nothing you can do about it.

But, like we said, there are other solutions to this issue that don’t require surgery. And yes, that’s a thing – if you’re willing to go that far to restore your brows, you can get follicle transplants.

On the other end of the spectrum, you can just use makeup to fix your brows (fid a handy tutorial below).

But, if applying makeup every day is too much of a hassle, and transplant surgery sounds too invasive, here are some other semi-permanent solutions for you to try out!

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How to Grow Back Over Plucked Eyebrows with Care Products

In this section, we’ll go over some of the most effective skincare products that can, at the very least, create the illusion of fuller brows.

Natural Hair Growth Oils

Coconut oil is one of the best oils for hair growth. It contains lauric acid that nourishes and strengthens the hair, while also being rich in vitamins E and K which are there to promote hair growth by improving blood circulation.

Jojoba oil maybe won’t be able to create new follicles, but at least it can do a lot to protect the ones you already have, thanks to vitamins E and K. It’s also good for preventing the hair from becoming dry and brittle, which might result in it falling out.

Click here to find more natural oils for your eyebrows, or scroll below for top picks.

Best Eyebrow Regrowth Serums

For those looking for something a little more aggressive than natural oils, there’s also a wide variety of serums available.

They’re still not going to replace damaged follicles, but certain ingredients have been proven efficient in making brows look fuller by repairing dryness and making the existing hair stronger and thicker.

So, if you want to invest in a good brow regrowth serum, here are the best ingredients to look for:

  • Biotin,
  • Peptides,
  • Vitamin E,
  • Hyaluronic acid.

But if you (understandably) don’t feel like browsing endless brow serums online, here are a few of our top picks to make the search shorter for you.

Treatments to Check Out If Your Overplucked Eyebrows Won’t Grow Back

After you try out oils and serums but find that they’re just not as effective as you’d like them to be, it’s time to look into some slightly more professional treatments.

Microneedling for Eyebrow Growth

Microneedling includes using very small needles to puncture the skin (it doesn’t hurt, don’t worry), through which a serum is introduced.

This way, the ingredients can reach deeper layers of your skin, which will make them more effective. Plus, the microtrauma stimulates blood flow to the area, which can activate the follicles and help regrowth.

This procedure can either be done at a salon or at home, but the at-home results won’t be as dramatic.

For an at-home treatment, you’ll need to buy a derma roller and a hair growth serum, which will save you some time and money. Still, for the best results, you’ll need to see a professional.

Check out our guide on microneedling for brow growth to learn more about it!

Red Light Therapy for Brows

Red LED lights can, like microneedling, be applied both at a salon or at home, with the same rule that professional results will be more visible.

Red lights work because the specific wavelength of the light penetrates the skin, dilating blood vessels, and, in doing so, promoting hair growth and follicle strength.

As you can see, this treatment can’t do much if your follicles are damaged. Still, it can make what’s left of your brows stronger, creating an illusion of fullness.

You can learn more about it here!

Girl getting facial LED light therapyImage source: Freepik

More Permanent Solutions for Over Plucked Eyebrows That Won’t Grow Back

Finally, we have to talk about PMU solutions since they’re the only ones that can ‘restore’ brow hairs that aren’t really there.

Of course, they still won’t actually be there, but the illusion will be very realistic. Admittedly, permanent makeup requires the most money and effort, but the results are also the most impressive.

The most popular PMU method for brow restoration is microblading. This is a sort of tattoo where the strokes mimic the natural look of eyebrow hair. The ink inside the skin gradually fades over 2 years, although it can be prolonged with proper care and touch ups.

Other, similar, PMU solutions for overplucked brows include:

Eyebrow microblading on girl with traction alopeciaImage source: Instagram @_rachelcroweaesthetics


To sum up, overplucked eyebrows probably won’t grow back out if the hair follicle has been damaged, which is possible if you’ve repeatedly pulled out the root via plucking, waxing, and sugaring.

You can still make your brows appear fuller by using growth oils and serums or investing in hair-boosting treatments such as microneedling and red LED light therapy. Finally, if all else fails, you can look to permanent makeup to give you the bushy brows of your dreams!

Cover image source: Freepik



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