How to whiten your eyebrows at home, according to a hairdresser
Goodbye fluffy eyebrows.
Move over wolf cuts and slicked Jenner buns, bleached eyebrows are the latest trend that has stifled my social feeds. The clean eyebrow has been a mainstay of editorial photoshoots and international catwalks for years, but more recently it has been spotted on famous faces like Kim K, Lizzo and Bella Hadid. It looks like the white-blonde eyebrow style has well and truly gone beyond ‘out there’ status.
It’s almost become a rite of passage in the beauty industry, and it looks like everyone on TikTok and Instagram is trying out sheer eyebrows for the waistline. With the bleached blonde hair myself, I thought every now and then about bleaching my eyebrows as well, but still wasn’t sure if I could do it.
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But after watching another beauty lover and friend of mine creator online Bianca Hill, blonding his eyebrows, I was totally convinced. A little less intimidating than a full white bleach, a blonde eyebrow could be a great way to dip my toe into the trend.
To learn a bit more about the process and minimize the chance of burning my face to oblivion, I asked hairstylist Madison Finn, owner of a boutique hair salon based in Naarm., how I could (safely) do it myself.
Let’s start small, tell me a bit about what you do and your living room.
I am Madison! I am a hairdresser and I own a hairdressing salon in Fitzroy, Melbourne. From loose haircuts to bright colors, we’ve got you covered!
What do you think of the current trend for bleached eyebrows? Do you have discolored eyebrows?
Personally, I love the look. it’s been running for years [it] looks great on brown brass and blondes! I used to have a black bob with bleached eyebrows, then a year or two ago I had full blonde on blonde. It’s very hot alien! And to be honest my mom hates it when I do.
Would you like or fade the eyebrows in your living room?
Yes! I have done and still offer eyebrow whitening in the salon.
Hypothetically, how would you whiten your own eyebrows at home?
It’s pretty simple – mix a little bleach and 20 vol and apply it and comb it out.
Safety precautions to take into account?
Vaseline for the skin around your eyebrows and I always put Glad wrap on top! Glad packaging helps for two reasons. Firstly, it is to prevent it from running or going somewhere else like your eyelashes. Second, it keeps the bleach moist – when the bleach dries, it doesn’t treat as much.
I’m afraid they’ll grow weird or frown on my eyebrows. How can I prevent this from happening?
Essentially, they don’t grow back. The eyebrows fall and new ones grow. You just need to make sure that you have enough new growth before resurfacing, otherwise you could further damage the already bleached hair.
If I decide to bleach my eyebrows, what do you think the maintenance looks like?
Every two (or even three to be on the safe side) months you will need to redo them.
Any general advice for people who bleach their eyebrows (and hair) at home?
I would not recommend bleaching your hair at home. But the eyebrows are much easier! Here are some general tips.
- Make sure the mixture is thick enough that it does not run and the thicker the mixture, the stronger the bleach.
- Set a timer and take a peek, wipe off a few and see if they aren’t blonde enough, reapply and re-apply the merry wrap at 10 minute intervals.
- You can (and should) revitalize them purple.
- Make sure to let your skin rest afterwards, lather it with vitamin E cream and let it sit.
- It will be red, but it will settle in over the next hour!
- Oh, last but not least! Try the Fluffy Candy Eyebrows filter on Instagram before committing to give yourself an idea.
If you are a visual learner follow Maddison’s Home Bleached Eyebrow Tutorial here. Or reserve to make your own in the lounge at @ madisonbymadison22.