Eyebrow Hair Loss: Causes And Prevention Tips

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS Dermatologist
Written by Anjali Sayee

Losing eyebrow hair can be quite distressing. The eyebrows frame our face and features and that is why it is essential to keep them in shape. But over plucking your brows, nutrient deficiency, or hormonal issues – several underlying factors may cause eyebrow hair loss. If you have noticed your thick, full brows looking sparse, do not panic. In this article, we have explored the reasons for eyebrow hair loss and ways to prevent them. Keep reading.

What Causes Eyebrow Hair Loss?

The reasons for eyebrow hair loss include:

  1. Over Plucking: It is not easy to resist the temptation to tweeze your eyebrows if you do not want to endure the pain of threading. But when you pluck your eyebrow hair, you are pulling it out from the follicles, damaging it. Repeatedly plucking your eyebrows can permanently damage the follicles over time and prevent them from producing new hair.
  1. Skin Conditions: Various skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or infection in the hair follicles may cause itching, redness, and inflammation around your eyebrows (1). Inflammation around the eyebrows can also cause hair loss.
  1. Thyroid Dysfunction: The thyroid gland releases hormones to regulate our metabolism. Any disruption in its functioning may cause hair loss, including eyebrow hair loss (2). If your thyroid is underactive, you may lose the outer third of your eyebrow.
  1. Nutrient Deficiency: Nutrient deficiencies that cause hair loss on the scalp may have the same effect on your eyebrows. Lack of iron, zinc, protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, biotin, and omega-3 fatty acids may cause eyebrow and body hair loss (3).
  1. Autoimmune Conditions: Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions like alopecia areata, lichen planopilaris, frontal fibrosing alopecia, DLE (discoid lupus erytjematosus), and androgenetic hair loss affect the hair follicles and may cause hair loss on your scalp and eyebrows (4).
  1. Stress: Emotional and physiological stress may trigger conditions that may cause hair loss. For instance, telogen effluvium can affect the hair follicles and cause excessive shedding. Trichotillomania (compulsive plucking), trichoteiromania (hair loss caused by repeated rubbing), and trichotemnomania (obsessive shaving) are other psychiatric conditions that may cause hair loss (5).
  1. Aging: You will start losing hair from your head and eyebrows as you get older because, well, that’s how aging works. You may start experiencing hair thinning in your 40s.
  1. Infections: Infections like leprosy, secondary or tertiary syphilis, folliculitis, and herpes zoster or simplex may also cause eyebrow hair loss (6).

While you may not be able to control age-related hair loss, you can try a few home remedies to minimize eyebrow hair loss. Check them out.

Ways To Minimize Eyebrow Hair Loss

Note: In case your eyebrow hair loss is caused by an underlying condition, consult a doctor.

1. Castor Oil

Anecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil nourishes the hair follicles to promote faster and thicker hair growth. This property can help your eyebrows grow thicker.

How To Use

  • Apply castor oil to your eyebrows with a cotton swab.
  • Gently massage the oil for a couple of minutes.
  • Leave it on for half an hour before washing it off with lukewarm water.

2. Olive Oil

A study found that applying unprocessed olive extract could induce the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle in mice. The hair growth stimulating effect is due to oleuropein, a polyphenolic compound found in olive extracts, including olive oil (7). Hence, applying olive oil to the eyebrows can promote hair growth.

How To Use

  • Warm half a teaspoon of olive in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Massage your eyebrows with this warm olive oil for a few minutes.
  • Wash it off after 30 minutes.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel has healing properties that can help treat seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that causes dandruff (8).. It also contains enzymes that soothe and protect the scalp and prevent hair loss (9).

How To Use

  • Squeeze the gel out of an aloe vera leaf.
  • Massage the gel onto your eyebrows for a few minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water after 30 minutes.

4. Fenugreek Seeds

A tonic containing fenugreek seed extract was found to promote hair growth in rabbits and had similar effects as minoxidil, a medication used to treat hair loss (10). Hence, you can try using fenugreek seeds to minimize eyebrow hair loss.

How To Use

  • Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
  • Grind them to a paste and mix with coconut oil.
  • Apply this mixture to your eyebrows and leave it on overnight.
  • Wash the paste off with water the next morning.

5. Milk

Anecdotal evidence suggests that milk works as a natural conditioner and contains proteins that can aid eyebrow hair growth.

How To Use

  • Apply milk to your eyebrows with the help of a cotton swab.
  • Let it dry and wash off after 20 minutes.
  • Follow this routine twice a day.

6. Egg Yolk

Egg yolk contains peptides that can stimulate hair growth (11). Hence, it may also be great at treating eyebrow hair loss.

How To Use

  • Beat the yolk of an egg until it is creamy.
  • Apply it to your eyebrows with a cotton swab and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water.
  • Follow this routine twice a week.

Besides following these all-natural home remedies, here are a few tips to keep in mind to prevent eyebrow hair loss.

Tips For Preventing Eyebrow Hair Loss

  • Avoid plucking your eyebrows as much as you can. It may cause eyebrow hair loss, ingrown hair, and infections.
  • Consume foods rich in proteins, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and C to promote good eyebrow hair
  • growth. You may have eggs, fish, lean meat, lentils, green vegetables, nuts, and dairy products.
  • Follow a good skin care routine every day and stay well hydrated.

In case of excessive hair loss, consult a doctor immediately.

When To Call A Doctor

If you are losing eyebrow hair, consult a doctor to determine the underlying reason. Follow the suggested treatment plan to address the condition (if any) and prevent hair loss.


Eyebrow hair loss can be dreadful, but there are ways to prevent thinning. The good news is eyebrow hair can grow back, provided there is no damage to the follicles. You can also try out the home remedies discussed in this article. However, do a patch test to avoid any allergic reactions. Consult your doctor to rule out any underlying condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it normal for eyebrow hair to fall out?

It is normal to lose a couple of strands. However, if you are losing eyebrow hair in patches, consult a doctor immediately.

Does an eyebrow pencil cause eyebrow hair loss?

No, using an eyebrow pencil does not cause eyebrow hair loss.

How many eyebrow hairs can you lose in a day?

You can lose an average of 10 eyebrow hair strands every day.

Why is my eyebrow hair falling out on one side?

If you are losing hair from the outer side, you may have thyroid issues. Consult a doctor immediately.


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Dr. Shruti Chavan

( MBBS Dermatologist)
Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee member of CDSI (Cosmetic dermatologist Society of India). She is highly skilled in non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation and face lift by the use of injection treatments and lasers. Dr. Chavan is well-versed with dermatological and aesthetic procedures. Her special interests... more