“If you’re looking at someone and something seems off, it’s probably their brows.”
That’s what brow guru William Scott, who has worked with Bella Hadid, Lily Rabe, and Hilary Duff, tells me during a consultation last week. As soon as he says this, I think to myself, Wow, he must think something is really off on my face because my brows are bad. Like, bad with a capital B.
Truly, I’ve never had “good brows.” They’ve always been kind of rectangle-shaped and thin. Then there was that one time in middle school when I decided to shave the baby hairs growing between my arches with a Bic razor and went a little too far in, thus fueling my first introduction to a brow pencil, at the age of 12. I also once decided I wanted my brows to look just like Megan Fox’s (a fantasy, of course) and took some small brow scissors to my arches to “shape” them… You can probably guess what happened next. I shouldn’t be allowed to touch my brows.
So I don’t, really. I tweeze a few stray hairs every few weeks or so, but I’ve been trying to grow them out the best I can, albeit with slim results. My Nyx Micro Brow Pencil ($10) does a great job of filling them in and staying put, though when the product comes off, my poor, sparse arches stare back at me in the mirror, begging for mercy. It’s a sad tale of the little eyebrows that couldn’t.
I needed Scott’s help, and I needed it badly. Getting the opportunity to sit down with him and have him tell me exactly what my brows needed was a blessing. He’s worked for Kristie Streicher, creator of the Feathered Brow, and has taken over her NYC client base since she landed in L.A. The fact that he’s worked with some great celebs doesn’t hurt either; it made me feel safe in his hands. (Expectedly, he’s also got a great pair of arches, himself.) Here’s what Scott prescribed my sad, sad, brows:
I’d used a brow serum before and found that my brow hairs were growing way down low, and it honestly freaked me out. I stopped using it and plucked said low hairs, but Scott explained that this is to be expected. Your brow hairs grow in rows, so with a growth serum, you’ll notice the hair growing both along your brow line and below your brows. He urged me, however, to leave them be, even if they look totally out of bounds. The reason for this, he explained, is that if you keep tweezing a new hair that comes through, your follicle will focus on that one hair alone and on regrowing it. Instead, if you leave it alone, your hair follicles employ a “buddy system,” and when a new hair sprouts through, it’ll bring some other surrounding hairs up with it, until finally you notice a lot of growth.
Scott insisted multiple times that I shouldn’t tweeze my new brow hairs, even if the urge is so great and I feel self-conscious about the unruly strays appearing. To ameliorate this, he suggested trimming them or covering them with concealer and a highlighter.
Scott loves the cult-favorite Anastasia Brow Wiz and actually uses a back-and-forth motion to fill in brows instead of drawing short strokes in one direction. He said this is because sometimes, long hair will cover a bald spot, so by sweeping in one direction, you can miss that patch of skin. It also helps the brows to look more natural—just be sure to use the spoolie to blend everything in, since going in two directions creates layers.
Scott and I will meet once again in six weeks, after I’ve faithfully applied my Grande Brow serum every night (he says it’s much easier to do to this before bed than in the morning) and not touched the new growth that comes in (as tempting as it may be). Ultimately, I’ll notice the most change in six months, which kind of feels like an eternity, but I’m so pumped to see what they finally end up looking like. So long, sparse brows—it’s been nice knowin’ ya.
Check back in a few months for an update on my brow growth, and in the meantime, try some more great tips for growing out your own arches.