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How to Cover Gray Eyebrows and Lashes

You’ve surely heard plenty of myths about gray hair, like if you pluck a gray hair three more will sprout in its place. Or stress can turn hair gray. Don’t worry, neither of these claims are true. This goes for the hair on your head AND your lashes and brows. Read on to learn what truly causes graying, plus how to cover gray eyebrows and eyelashes.

What Causes Gray Eyelashes and Eyebrows?

As you age, your hair follicles produce less color. This includes the follicles in your eyebrows and eyelashes. The biggest factor in graying hair is genetics. Look to your family tree for the best prediction of when you may start to see grays.

There are medical conditions that may cause premature graying. These include:

- B-12 deficiency

- Vitiligo

- Thyroid disease

- Low bone mass

- Smoking

If you think that you’re gray eyelashes and eyebrows may be due to one of the medical conditions above, it’s a good idea to see your health practitioner.

Can Gray Hair in Eyebrows Be Reversed?

The simple answer is no. Once a gray hair grows in, there is no reversing the color. But there are steps you can take that prevent the appearance of more grays.

Keeping hair, including brows and lashes, in top condition means it stays looking its best. If genetics are working against you where gray hair is concerned, you may not see a decrease in grays. But healthy looking hair is always better than dry, damaged, and thinning hair.

First, eat a balanced diet to ward off any nutrient deficiencies that could be causing weakened hair follicles. Be sure to wash off your eye makeup before bed so your eyelashes and eyebrows don’t dry out and break. And be gentle when touching your eyes. Eyelashes and eyebrows are delicate and can damage easily.

How to Cover Gray Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Thankfully, there are many products from natural makeup brands that improve the look of gray brows and lashes. Whether you like a bold or natural look, try these techniques to cover gray eyebrows and eyelashes.

A brow pomade is the best option for both thinning and gray brows. It helps to fill in thinner areas and provide a depth of color that looks natural and covers gray. A pomade that contains castor oil will stay put and provide all day color. Plus, there is evidence that the main compound in castor oil, ricinoleic acid, diminishes the appearance of hair loss. Win-win! Use the pomade to create hair-like strokes and fill in thin areas of the brow.

Now, how to cover gray eyelashes. Mascara is a makeup kit staple for good reason. It provides a look of fuller, longer lashes and helps to cover those pesky grays. Here’s a tip when choosing mascara to go with your gray hair: Switch from black to brown. Brown is softer and more natural looking but still works to cover grays.

Now that your gray brows and lashes are covered, literally, let’s talk rejuvenating less-than-lush brows and lashes. Yes, there’s a natural serum for that. Applying natural oils regularly boosts the appearance of thicker, more voluminous lashes and brows.

Plucking the stray gray hair may be tempting, but can damage the hair follicle and lead to balding if done repeatedly. Remember, it’s way easier to cover gray hairs than bald patches.

Taking good care of your brows and lashes (and body) is the best place to start. Graying may be inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the look you are after. Give our tips a try and let us know what you think!