Sparse or Overplucked Eyebrows

Your brow dilemmas, solved.

Struggling to regrow overplucked arches or just can’t tame your bushy brows? Are you looking for the perfect brow product for you or need to know how to recreate the latest trends? We have a solution to any eyebrow dilemma you may have.


What causes sparse eyebrows

It’s not all down to overplucking, as not everyone is born with naturally thick, bushy brows. Sadly, sparse brows can be due to scars, hair thinning, ageing or just lack of hair growth, causing brows to look patchy and sparse. This also encompasses hair loss due to skin conditions, infection, changes in hormones, thyroid problems, an overactive immune system, nutritional deficiencies, stress or physical trauma.

So, what do sparse brows look like? Sparse eyebrows often resemble narrow lines, due to years of over plucking to achieve the thin brow that was on-trend in the nineties. Stars such as Pamela Anderson relied heavily on eyebrow pencil to give the illusion of any hair being there at all.



How to grow back over plucked eyebrows

There’s no quick fix to take your eyebrows from sparse to stunning; it requires a consistent regrowth programme combined with some skilful filling in until your eyebrows have grown out to your satisfaction. However, you can totally achieve your brow goals with a little patience.

If you’re starting on your regrowth journey, you’ll need to think about what shape and style you’re working towards to most suit your face shape. A consultation with your local HD Brows stylist is the best way to determine your ideal shape, size, and colour, as well as how to grow out your eyebrows and get them looking beautiful in the meantime with the help of eyebrow makeup.

The next step is to say goodbye to the tweezers. As areas begin to regrow, your brows may look unruly or uneven, but you must resist the urge to pluck. Ban the tweezers until your brows have grown out fully, as a single hair could make or break the shape you’re working towards.

Your prescription

Sparse eyebrow treatment

You can also use products to help you achieve your dream brows. First up, you need a daily dose of Brow Maximiser. This eyebrow growth serum is enriched with 3D Brow Enhancers to improve volume and skin-friendly Lip-oligopeptide for maximum stimulation. It’s clinically proven to increase brow density by over 60% in just 4 weeks.

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.

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

Need to fake it while you make it? Our retractable Browtec eyebrow pencil is perfect. Its firm texture makes it easy to control and apply, ensuring lines are clean and accurate. It’s the ideal pencil to create foolproof hair strokes.





Brow Maximiser

Brow Maximiser




Doctor's orders

If your brows are very light as well as thin, tinting can be really helpful for giving the appearance of thickness. In an HD Brows treatment, our tinting method picks up those fine and fluffy hairs you didn’t realise were there to instantly give the appearance of thickness.

Jamie Long, Lead Brow Stylist



To begin with, visit your local HD Brows stylist – they will be on hand to help put you on your brow re-growth journey and get those thin brows more suited to you. Your stylist will be able to assess your brows and show you a range of our brow products, recommending which they think is the most suitable for you.

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Sparse or over plucked brows FAQs


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.