A Hairy Follow-Up

Friday, August 31, 2012

Just fine with a little brow powder

As I have mentioned before, I decided to thicken my eyebrows using Rogaine. They weren't bare per se, but I often had little sparse patches that I had to compensate for with brow powder. Like many, I went through an over-plucking phase in my teens and now lust for thick brows that speak for themselves.

In all honesty, there wasn't anything terribly wrong with them. A lot of women have it worse. But Sephora couldn't stop talking about the fuller brow trend and I started to feel unworthy. I'm being dramatic and unfair. I actually blame Sephora and Lily Collins.

I came across a video about thickening/regrowing hair from Good Morning America. The dermatologist suggested using men's Rogaine to beef them up. I bought a one month supply of the Target brand minoxidil and went to work, applying before bed with a Q-tip. The box suggests using it twice a day, but I am not. It also says it is not for use in women and it's supposed to go on your head. The instructions went out the door a looong time ago.

The good doc warned about unwanted hair growth either from the product getting redistributed on your pillow if you go to sleep before it dries, or the from the product being absorbed through the skin. I am happy to report that I have not grown a beard. Yet. Just a 'stache.

New growth + no bald spots = Eye five!
I am two months in and happy to report that . . .drum roll . . . it works!  Do I have caterpillars above my eyes? Hardly. But the bald patches are completely gone and I definitely have more brow to show for it.  Though I have been plucking the outlying new growth, you can see the little hairs growing close to my normal brow line.

I'm not sure it's a magic bullet, as it requires continued use, but it takes little effort and gives me a little more hair up there. If I forget a day or two (or even a week over vacation), my eyebrows don't fall out. I simply resume. My eyebrows look nearly as full as they did with the powder. I still use it, but I am less of a faker.

In fact, it worked so well that I decided to use it on my head as well. Because I'm nuts. Since I am pushing my luck, I will grow a mustache. For. Sure. The hair gods don't like it when you taunt them with your ungratefulness. I want a little more thickness around my crown, so I apply it along my part once a day. I have to remember to apply it at least two hours before bed so it has a chance to dry. The TV doctor said that if the women's formula isn't working after a three months to switch to the men's strength. Three guesses as to which one this impatient dame started with? It has only been three weeks, so I have nothing to report.

I'm not even sure if it will work. I am a little weary about the commitment if it does. Do I really want to do this forever? If the results are amazing, probably. I guess I will just have to wait and see. And report back. You bet your sweet Bippy I'll be updating you on this. Even if the only hair I grow is on my chin.


  1. This is amazing! I have little itty bitty eyebrows, too, and never even THOUGHT of doing this! I might have to follow your lead! Hmmm... going to wait for your head report, though... I have fine hair... if it bulks yours up then I'll try it. Minus the mustache.

  2. I saw that segment on TV with the doctor too. I have sparse brows myself. I may have to try this. Have a great weekend!

  3. It's a really great trick for eyebrows. I've been happy with the results.

    As far as my hair goes, it takes a little longer to see new growth. I'm going to stick with it until I use up the 3 month supply I bought. If nothing has happened by then, I'll probably give up. I like to joke about growing hair elsewhere, but I think that is a pretty rare occurrence.

    Happy Blogging!

  4. hey there! new follower from the moms monday mingle. cant wait to read the update on this. i just had my brows dyed at the hairdressers because many of the hairs are so blonde and it makes my brows look so wimpy. it helps tons. come by and visit me kendrakaypahukoa@blogspot.com

  5. Thanks for stopping by! I've never had my eyebrows dyed...but it's probably nice not having to fill them in everyday! I can't wait to check out your blog!

  6. loved this post lol so funny. I've just started using the target brand as of today.. i was using Ariel lash and brow growth serum saw little changes. but i wanted to speed up the works. lol i don't have thin brows i have thick brows but there just so shot so i want then a llittle longer. im so terrified about the side affects im over here praying to my God nothing happens. lol check out my YouTube channel just posted a video of how i fill in my brows.. plz show love. its beautybygeneva


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