Sparse or Overplucked Brows

14th Nov 2018 | By Ellie Gaudiosi

Whether you have naturally sparse eyebrows due to thin hair, ageing or scarring – or you’re a survivor of the nineties ‘thin is in’ trend for overplucked brows – there are many different reasons why our arches can sometimes be not so golden. But, with big bold brows very much in vogue, we’re more aware than ever of how the perfect shape can frame our face and change our look entirely for the better.

Whatever the cause of your sparse brows, fear not. We have a whole range of solutions to get your brows growing and help you shape up in the meantime.


So, what do sparse brows look like? Sparse eyebrows can sometimes resemble narrow lines, due to years of overplucking to achieve the thin brow that was so popular in the nineties. Overplucking or natural causes such as hair thinning or ageing can also cause brows to look patchy or bare.


Taking your eyebrows from sparse to stunning requires a consistent regrowth program intertwined with some skillful filling in.

Put down those tweezers

Growing out your eyebrows can be hard work as some areas grow quicker than others, leaving brows looking unruly or uneven. Despite the temptation to pluck away for a more even look, try to ban the tweezers until your brows have had a chance to grow out fully. This will give you the best chance of strengthening your eyebrow hairs and achieving a fuller, healthier look.

Get a grow potion 

As well as giving your eyebrows a break from plucking, you can encourage regrowth with the right products. Our Lash&Brow Booster is packed with hardworking hair stimulants and strengtheners designed to encourage hair bulb keratinocyte proliferation and optimal hair anchorage, reinforcing your existing hair and encouraging it to grow long and strong.

Seek professional advice

Knowing how much you need to grow out your eyebrows will depend on what shape and style you’re working towards to most suit your face shape. Your best bet is to find your local HD Brows Specialist for a consultation on your ideal shape, size, and colour, as well as how to grow out your eyebrows and get them looking beautiful in the meantime.

Learn how to fill 

Talking of looking beautiful in the meantime, filling in your brows will be a key skill to master until yours have grown out to your satisfaction. The right product for you will depend on how thin your brows or how sparse the hair. A great eyebrow pencil in the right shade can be enough to top up bare patches while a full brow kit like our Fake It ‘Til You Make It will help to fill in severely overplucked brows.

Try tinting 

If your brows are very light as well as thin, tinting can be really helpful for giving the appearance of thickness. A HD Brows treatment uses a combination of styling and sophisticated tinting to get your brows looking luscious once more.

Try microblading 

If you’re having real trouble regrowing your overplucked eyebrows, or you simply can’t wait to have a full bold brow, microblading can be the perfect solution for instant results. A form of permanent makeup, microblading is the manual insertion of pigment into the skin to create ultra-fine lines that mimic natural eyebrow hair. Tailor-made to your face shape and boasting a natural finish, microblading could well be the answer to your overplucked eyebrow woes.

HD Brows Before and After Gallery

In need of a little inspiration or just some hope for your sparse eyebrows? Check out our Before and After gallery to see the sort of results you can expect from an HD Brows treatment plan.

Before and after HD Brows treatment

Before and after of HD Brows

HD Brows Before & After Photo

HD Brows Before & After Photo Fair Hair

HD Brows Before & After Photo Overplucked Brows

HD Brows Before & After Photo


Will overplucked eyebrows ever grow back?

The short answer is: yes, usually. The long answer is that the time it takes to regrow overplucked eyebrows is entirely dependent on you, your age and your metabolism. If your hair on your head grows slowly, it’s most likely that your brows will too. As well as regrowth serums, your diet can also play a part in how quickly your hair grows; make sure you’re getting enough iron, keratin and vitamins C, D, and B6. However, if the follicles around your eyebrows are damaged – perhaps by scarring – regrowth may not be possible, and filling or microblading will provide a much better solution.

What causes overplucking?

Many of us have been victims of overplucking for fashion, but we can also sometimes overpluck by accident. Plucking using a magnified mirror can prevent us from seeing the overall picture while we tweeze, causing us to go too far up into the brow. Use a large mirror that allows you to see your whole face and only pluck strays that lie beyond the arch of your brow.

How do you fix thinning brows?

Thinning brows can be fixed over time with a careful regrowth plan. Ban the tweezers entirely for at least eight weeks to achieve maximum regrowth and use a stimulating serum to encourage your eyebrows to grow longer and stronger. Make sure your diet includes all the nutrients your body needs to encourage hair growth or take supplements to boost your brows even more.

Can you shape sparse eyebrows?

Absolutely! An HD Brows technician will tell you exactly what brow shape is best suited to your features and can use a combination of filling, styling and tinting to get your existing brows into a much fuller and healthier shape. It’s not a good idea to attempt shaping on your own, as you could end up just overplucking your brows all over again. You can fill at home but leave the shaping to the professionals.

How do thyroid problems affect eyebrows?

If you’ve started to notice that your hair is becoming suddenly and unusually thin, it could be down to a problem with your thyroid. Other symptoms can include tiredness, feeling cold, weight gain, dry skin, weakness, aches, a hoarse voice and memory problems. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor as treatments for thyroid disorder should stimulate hair growth again over time.


  1. Hi there. I was wondering do you have any places in Ireland. Specifically Cork. I have been having problems with my eye brows for years. Over plucked for years and now have basically nothing. Would love to talk to you guys about the best thing for them.
    Thanks adele

    1. Hi Adele,

      Yes, we have lots stylists across Ireland! You can search for HD Brows stylists in your area using our salon finder: They will be able to advise a regrowth programme and show you some tips to fill in sparse areas while you wait for regrowth.

      You could also try a growth serum to help encourage some growth:

      We hope this helps! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

      Team HD x

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