Ever since Cara Delevingne hit the supermodel scene a couple years ago, everyone has been obsessed with full, thick eyebrows. It wasn't always like this, of course. Growing up in the 90s and early 00s, everyone wanted pencil thin brows like Kate Moss, and my poor teenage Lebanese self saw every eyebrow waxer and threader in town to try to achieve that look.
At the time, I didn't think I was "blessed" with thick brows and I wanted to get rid of my "caterpillars," much to the chagrin of my mother who begged me to not touch my brows. She grew up on Parisian beauty and fashion and would always tell me, "Ignore this stupid trend. Your eyebrows will never grow back and you'll regret it when you get older." The French don't like to mess with nature, apparently. And of course mothers are always right when it comes to this stuff.
Mother was right about how tough it would be to grow my eyebrows back to their natural glory. She was right about something else too—thin eyebrows age you. Thick eyebrows add a fullness to your face once your cheeks start shrinking with time.
I stopped plucking my brows around 2008, mostly out of laziness and not having a regular spot to shape them. Today I have a pretty impressive set of thick brows. It took me almost a whole year to fill them in and now I won't let anyone near them with tweezers, wax, thread or scissors. I won't even let myself near them. I don't even pluck the strays as some people do. I don't shape them or trim them. Nothing. They've only gotten thicker in the time since and I'm more into this natural look than the one I was sporting before. I didn't lighten them when I bleached my hair last year. My goal then was "Madonna in the '80s." My current goal is Brooke Shields Forever. My aunt tells me Parisian girls are currently sporting the Frida Kahlo. Mad Respect.
How did I do it? I invested in a good brow powder and clear gel from Kardashian favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills. I filled in those sparse spots with the powder while the hair grew in (ever so slowly) and brushed the hair up, keeping it in place it with the gel. I don't even really need to do that these days, though I still brush the hairs up to keep them looking groomed.
If you're not as patient or similarly "blessed" with a thick set of brows, there are other options out there, though you'll have to spend some dough. You can get a prescription from your dermatologist for Latisse, the eyelash growth medication. I've even heard of people using Rogaine cream to get there. Neither are officially approved for eyebrow hair growth but I've read that people can get good results.
Other richer and much more impatient people can invest in eyebrow transplants, which graft the hair from your scalp on to your brows. You'll be rocking a new set by next week! No need to wait a whole year, though this can set you back nearly $10,000. A cheaper, less permanent option is eyebrow extensions, which are offered at places like 180 Spa in Houston. Eyebrow extensions run between $95 to $155, with refills setting you back $85. If this option was around in 2008 when I first started this journey, I probably would have tried it then. Now I wouldn't touch my brows for anything.