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 softening brows and lashes, in the form of the Briogeo’s B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil.
Keep reading for my thoughts on this somewhat brow-specific product, as well as 5 favourite 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 ingredient, 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 a 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 though, there are also some other quick ways to soften coarse eyebrow hairs:
1. Grab a hair mask
Use a brush to comb a small amount of mask through eyebrows (being careful to avoid eyes!), and leave for 20 minutes like you would normally before washing out. It may sound a weird hack, but I’ve found a hair mask can noticeably help to soften and get my wiry brows to 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 helps to make bristly brows look a little neater. Amazon has some great options for less than £10*- and as a plus coconut oil can also be used to tame split ends, de-scale dry knees and generally get skin glowing.
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.
My current favourite lip balm (that also does a fantastic job of de-frizzing my wiry brows) is Frank Body’s Lip Balm*; an all-natural (and surprisingly affordable) balm full of moisturising goodies like olive fruit oil, beeswax, grape seed oil, and vitamin E.
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. And remember- it’s *far* better to take off too little than too much…
The same tip also works for those pesky little sticking out eyebrows you get (you know, just that random one that pokes out?). This works particularly well for those stray brow hairs that stick upright and above the rest of your other eyebrows.
So rather than plucky that badly-behaved stray straight out (tempting, I know), just trim it short enough that it sits in line with the natural arch of your brows.
5. Brow gel
And finally, while gels might not do much to soften individual hairs they are at least great for disguising unmanageable brows- especially those ones that stick out. 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 throughout the day.
Glossier’s Boy Brow is my everyday favourite for getting the job done in seconds (as well as for some good shade options).
While I certainly enjoyed having more manageable eyebrows thanks to Briogeo’s product, I can’t help feeling I could probably achieve the same results with a less expensive castor oil alternative… And there are also so many other great ways to soften brows that I’m unlikely to re-buy.
I particularly find something multipurpose like Frank Body’s Lip Balm or Bybi’s Babe Balm** does as good a job smoothing wiry brows- both for immediate results and in the long-term. As a an added bonus, both balms are also pretty versatile and can be used for a whole host of other beauty purposes (browse my 10 Ways to Use Bybi’s Babe Balm if you’re looking for any inspiration on how to get the most out of a multi-purpose balm).
So for now I’ll be sticking to my balm routine, coupled with some general at-home maintenance like trimming and the occasional hair mask… And I have to say, my brows are (thankfully) currently softer and more tamed than they’ve ever been!
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).
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