Anyone for Smoother Brows?
As a full blown product junkie I’ll try pretty much most things- however niche/specific/weird and wonderful.
And as the owner of some (sadly) extremely bushy eyebrows I was immediately drawn to the idea of an oil targeted primarily at brows and lashes, in the form of the Briogeo’s B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil (£24 for 44 ml, Cult Beauty).
Keep reading for my thoughts on this somewhat brow-specific product, as well as 5 general brow-taming tips using products you already have at home.
Briogeo B. Well Castor Oil
Part of the brand’s line of two natural oils designed to target specific concerns, this product contains just one ingredient; 100 per cent castor oil (derived from castor beans).
Something of a powerhouse , castor oil contains ricinoleic acid (an anti-inflammatory), as well as unsaturated fatty acids (Omega 6 and 9) to moisturise, and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
As well as its use as rich moisturiser for face, hair and bodies, Briogeo recommends applying this (very carefully) with a cotton bud to eyelashes and eyebrows to strengthen and condition.
Natural, organic and Fair Trade, this oil is also cold-pressed- a gentle process to preserve the highest possible amount of nutrients.
On the Hair
For me the results are fairly impressive and after using it as an overnight treatment through brows they’re certainly softer and slightly neater looking (well, less man-like anyway).
I’ve also been using this as a pre-shampoo treatment on the very ends of my hair and am also pleased with how hydrated they feel.
I have a feeling this would work well on any particularly dry patches, such as elbows or knees too.
How to Get Smoother Brows
If you’re lucky enough to have man eyebrows (like me!) and you don’t fancy paying for a specific product, here are some quick tips to soften coarse eyebrow hairs:
1. Use a Hair Mask
Use a brush to comb a small amount of mask through hair (being careful to avoid eyes!), and leave for 20 minutes like you would normally. It may sound weird but it really does help to soften and help wiry brows sit smoother.
2. Use coconut oil.
An inexpensive alternative to castor oil- and ridiculously easy to find- coconut oil is also a great shine add-er and will elp to make bristly brows look a little neater.
3. Lip balm is your friend
Even cheaper than buying any sort of new product is using one you already have: lip balm. Really emollient and often filled with all sorts of softening, nourishing ingredients, balms are actually great at helping make brows more manageable. Just stick to massaging this through hair at night though, otherwise you can end up with some pretty shiny brows.
Wiry brows are also often long brows, so trim (again, carefully!) by first combing eyebrows upwards before using nail scissors to take a small amount off just above where the hair starts to curve naturally. Just remember- it’s far better to take off too lightly than too much!
5. Brow gel
While gels may not do much to soften individual hairs, they really are great at disguising unmanageable brows. Either go clear or choose a shade really similar to your own if you want to achieve a natural look though. Use the gel to sweep brows slightly up and then into their natural shape to keep wiry hairs tamed for the rest of the day.
While I’m certainly enjoying the more manageable eyebrows and better condition on the ends of my hair, I can’t help feeling I could probably achieve the same results with a less expensive castor oil.
There are also so many other ways to soften brows that I’m unlikely to rebuy.
I particularly find something like Bybi’s Babe Balm (£15.30 for 30 ml, Feel Unique)* does as good a job smoothing brows and is a bit more versatile (check out my 10 Ways to Use Bybi’s Babe Balm if you’re looking for any inspiration).
Great for: Anyone with coarse, dry eyebrows like mine (attractive, I know). Using as a pre shampoo conditioning treatment on hair.
Not-so-great for: Budget buying since this is really quite expensive for a product containing just one ingredient (especially one so easily available elsewhere).