10 Little Known Facts About Eyebrows

Eyebrows are unique and interesting, though often forgotten about.  Here are 10 little known facts about eyebrows for you to enjoy!

1. Your brows can have cowlicks. 

Eyebrows can have cowlicks just like we have on our heads. A cowlick is more likely to happen if you have wavy or curly hair, although it could also happen on those with straight hair. This is especially important to know because when you are trimming the brows, you need to trim in the direction that the hairs are growing. When you isolate a cowlick, you must notice the wave pattern or the direction in which it’s growing and work accordingly.

 2. Your brows are more active in the summer.

Your brow hairs grow faster in the summer because of the warm weather and the fact that we’re more active. In the winter they slow down.” — Elke Von Freudenberg, celebrity makeup artist and brow specialist.  Yet another reason to visit warmer climates!

3. Your brows give you better vision.

The shape of your brow bone and the brows themselves keep rain, moisture, and sweat away from your eyes so your vision stays clear.

4. Brow gel wasn’t always a thing.

Brow gel is a recent thing. Today’s brows are a more groomed version (well-shaped and trimmed) of the thick, full brows. Formerly, we used clear mascara to hold our brows in place. Today we have products meant to hold the shape of the brow and are waterproof to protect against sweat.

5. The Mona Lisa doesn’t have eyebrows.

Few observers notice it.  Just think of all the tourists taking pictures with the painting and never once realizing her famous face doesn’t include the feature we’ve come to love so dearly.

6. Eyebrows really do nothing to change your face or eye shape.

Eyebrows give people an idea of mood or disposition. Are you happy? Sleepy? Mad? Surprised? Your eyebrows give a very quick first impression of your mood or the type of person you are.

7. Strong brows are not just a passing trend. 

Eyebrows are no longer considered a trend but an industry focus, becoming a major category in makeup. It is estimated that 50% of 2019 consumers will take care of their brows in their daily beauty routine versus 28% in 2015.

8. Unibrows were seen as a sign of intelligence.

Many cultures throughout history held the unibrow in very high esteem. While we’re more apt to pluck or tweeze, many notable figures exaggerated the hair because it was considered to portray intelligence and beauty.

9. Stress affects the growth of your eyebrows.

Stress can cause your brows to grow slower or not at all. Many a bride has tried to grow their brow in fuller, but the stress of the occasion slows it down.  After the honeymoon, when the stress is off they will grow in nice and full.

10. Your hair follicle attempts to recover the hair after you’ve plucked it.

Does the skin around your eyebrow bump up right after you tweeze or wax? It’s usually the hair follicle closing to save the hair. It relaxes in about two hours and then it’s gone. It’s not a breakout. If you notice bumps two to three days after a tweeze or wax? That’s a breakout.


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