My eyebrows are on fire.
Obviously, not literally – that would be horribly damaging and I need more scars on my face like a fish needs more water. What I mean is, my eyebrows are looking up.
Again, not literally. But they’re thicker than they’ve been in a while. This is a good thing. Eyebrows are an important fashion accessory and the thicker, the better. That you come equipped with a default shape and intensity is irrelevant to those mysterious oracles who set fashion trends.
It’s been the 1980s for the last several years on the eyebrow front. Big is back and not optional if you want to be on-trend.
The eyebrow’s return is a humourous tragedy: mine decided to start absenting the scene the moment their presence was required. *
Menopause isn’t the dire tragedy commercials try to convince you it is for most. Some people suffer extremely and they should work with doctors. Selling it as a disease to the rest of us lets them sell us stuff to fix it.
Still, I have issues with some of the changes, natural though they may be. Because “natural” is not the same as good. Arsenic is natural. Tigers are natural but I still don’t want to encounter one on my street. Thinning hair post menopause is natural. Thinning all over. That’s one of the nasty ones. I didn’t know how much I valued my eyebrows and lashes until they started to leave the building. The replacement hairs that sprout from obscure locations are scant compensation.
I’m pretty sure, “soul patch” was never on my wish list for Santa.
My eyebrows first started acting up a couple of years ago. I found it insulting. Going grey in my twenties was bad enough; grey eyebrows were not to be born. Enter mascara for the brow. It’s a completely new product that provides less but costs more. Don’t use mascara you already own on your brows. That would make sense and save you money.
Thinning came with the aforementioned menopause. Enter the pencil. Enter so many pencils from so many companies. The search for the perfect one is never-ending. Stencils and spray-on brows are also options. I haven’t gone there yet. The skillset is severe. Though I admit to being tempted to draw them in with a Sharpie so they’ll last a few days.
I’m sure that’s a hideously bad idea. I often have those.
I thought about micro-blading too. ** It’s a semi-permanent tattoo solution, but I’m resisting being surgical with my appearance interventions. So far. But for now, for me, this is a step too far. Tastes change and with my luck, my semi-permanent eyebrows would be both hideous and forever.
Instead, I solved the problem on my own. I’d tell you what worked, what encouraged my follicles to grow and reach for the sun, but there’s a problem. I’m not sure.
Once again, I’ve constructed an atrocious experiment. Once again, I’ve failed to control for the variables.
Sometimes, I like to pretend I’m an aromatherapist. A little knowledge is always a dangerous thing. I skimmed through a couple of books I have on essential oils looking for hair stimulants. The suggestions were numerous but I was limited to what I had on hand. Which was nothing. I did, however, have close, so I made a topical cream out of fractionated coconut oil and spearmint essential oil. And, no word of a lie, after two weeks, there have been improvements. My eyebrows are back. Not all the way but some. All because of something.
It could be two weeks of daily massage.
It could be two weeks of daily massage with fractionated coconut oil.
It could be two weeks of daily massage with spearmint-infused, fractionated coconut oil.
It could the cessation of all intervention (plucking stragglers) save trimming the extremely long. I don’t think the haircut has an impact: I think trims would be neutral. But I can’t prove that either.
It might even be the power of suggestion. I didn’t take any before measurements or pictures – maybe the improvements are imaginary? A depressing thought that ruined the “I’m a billionaire thanks to my magical eyebrow serum” fantasy I had going.
The truth is, there is no way to know.
Instead, I will focus on the positives.
My eyebrows are on fire. I may not know why, but if I keep on keepin’ on, my selfie game is going to explode. I might even start taking them.
* Tragedy might be overstating the case.
** Microblading is a process that involves tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle to scratch and deposit pigment simultaneously under your skin for realistic-looking brow hairs that don’t wash off.