What Causes Eyebrow Loss?
Big and bold brows can give great shape to your face. The last thing you want is to see your eyebrow hairs start falling out. Unfortunately, you can experience eyebrow loss just like you experience hair loss. It’s important to understand what is causing your eyebrows to shed so that you can work on stopping the hair loss and promoting hair growth. Here are the most common causes of eyebrow loss.
If you’re stressed out on a regular basis, you may experience excessive hair shedding. Though this is not typically a permanent problem, physical and emotional stress can cause your eyebrow hair follicles to go into a resting phase. After resting phase, follicles enter telogen, or shedding phase, and will begin to shed. Usually, there is a delay between the stress and the shedding phase, sometimes up to 3-4 months. Thankfully, your hair growth should go back to normal again after your stress decreases. However, it can take several months.
Many unpleasant things can happen to your body as you age. Losing eyebrow hairs is one of them. When you get older, your eyebrows may naturally become thinner as you experience hair loss. Though aging is inevitable, there are some ways you can help to prevent hair loss as you get older. Managing your stress, maintaining good nutrition, hydrating your skin and not exposing your eyebrows to excessive trauma, such as waxing, plucking, or threading, should help prevent eyebrow loss.
Plucking is a great way to maintain your eyebrow shape and density. But beware! If you make a mistake and pluck out too many eyebrow hairs, you may have to wait six weeks to see your eyebrow hairs grow back.
Not only that, but plucking, waxing, or threading can also lead to permanent eyebrow loss, ingrown hairs, and infections. With repeated trauma to the hair follicle, your follicle can become damaged and scarred. If this occurs, your hair may never grow back again. Make sure to be extra careful to only pull out the hairs that you want to remove when you are plucking your brows. You should also wash your tweezers with alcohol before you start plucking or seek treatment at a reputable salon to prevent infections.
Hormones don’t just affect your mood, they are also common culprits of hair loss. A hormone imbalance caused by thyroid disease, pregnancy, menopause, or hormone medication (like birth control pills) can lead to eyebrow loss. Thankfully, once you identify the source of the hormone imbalance and address the problem, your hair will likely grow back naturally.
Deficiencies in Nutrients
You may be experiencing eyebrow loss because of a nutrient deficiency. Try to eat a balanced diet that includes the following nutrients:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
- Omega-3 fatty acids
As if cancer isn’t bad enough, chemotherapy can cause temporary hair loss. Despite what many think, chemotherapy drugs don’t just affect the hair on top of your head. They can cause hair loss all over your body, including your eyebrows.
If you’re receiving chemotherapy, you may see your hair begin to fall out two to three weeks after your chemotherapy treatment starts. Your eyebrows should regrow weeks or months after your treatment is over.
Are You a Candidate for an Eyebrow Transplant?
Depending on the cause of your eyebrow loss, you may be a candidate for eyebrow transplantation. At the Limmer Hair Transplant Center, we can identify the source of your eyebrow loss. From there, we will create a treatment plan to prevent any more loss and re-grow your lost hairs! Contact The Limmer Hair Transplant Center today!