What Causes Eyebrow Hair Loss? And How Do You Treat it?

Eyebrows are funny things aren't they? They’re like two hairy little caterpillars sitting above your eyes!

But, without them, the face can look very odd indeed...

So that's why eyebrow hair loss can be a real concern if it becomes severe and permanent.

The most severe it can get is through the autoimmune diseases alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis (both of which are more extreme versions of the related condition alopecia areata).

Alopecia Totalis and Universalis

As the names suggest, totalis and universalis can cause total eyebrow alopecia - i.e., complete loss of all eyebrow hair.

And, given that these two conditions can be permanent, anyone affected by them, might just have to learn to live without their eyebrows, or deal with it in some other way…


First of all, a hair transplant won't help. That’s because, in these autoimmune diseases, the body attacks its own hair follicles. This means that any remaining hair you might* have somewhere on the rest of your body can't be transplanted because it would still be attacked by the immune system.

* Chances are you wouldn't have any available donor hair that’s suitable anyway.

For permanent hair loss, you  may need to use an eyebrow pencil or getting an eyebrow tatoo.

Also, eyebrow hair is different from hair elsewhere on the body. Eyebrow growth produces short hairs. That's because, the eyebrow growth cycle is much shorter and slower than it is on, say, your scalp.

This means that your scalp hair can grow long but your eyebrows always stay short. There’s only a few other types of hair with similar characteristics as your eyebrows (perhaps hair from the back of the neck), and therein, suitable for use in a transplant.

So, getting a tattoo, or using an eyebrow pencil, might be the best way to get your eyebrows back.

More information about alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis, as well as all the treatment options, can be found here.

Thyroid Conditions

Less severe forms of eyebrow hair loss can slowly develop from thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism. A common symptom of hypothyroidism is thinning or loss of hair from the outer third of both eyebrows. Women are much more prone to thyroid disorders than men, which means it’s also more likely that women will suffer hair loss from their eyebrows too.


It’s important not to simply try and treat the symptom you can see - i.e., hair loss at the eyebrows. You’ve got to deal with the underlying problem that caused it in the first place. And, in the case of hypothyroidism, there are several possible causes.

You can find out what these are, and learn about other thyroid conditions, by reading this page.

I’ve suffered eyebrow hair loss myself.

For me, it was quite a gradual process, so I didn’t really notice it developing. Then, one day, I just happened to realise that the outer third of my eyebrows had almost completely disappeared, with just a few hairs remaining (as you can see from the photos below).

As you might already know, I developed and used my own natural methods to save my own scalp hair. But, my methods won’t help eyebrow hair loss.

So, instead, I decided to try a topically applied copper peptide product called Folligen. And you can see how I got on by reading this page.

You can see how my own eyebrow hair loss developed from these photos (taken from 1988 and 2012).

Is Complete Eyebrow Regrowth Possible?

If you’re young, there’s a good chance you can get your eyebrows growing properly again.

The problem is though, that thyroid conditions are slow to develop, making them difficult to detect. So, it’s quite possible that you could develop slow progressive eyebrow hair loss for several years before you finally realise that a thyroid condition is behind it.

Hounding your doctor to get it checked out thoroughly is clearly what you’d need to do.

And if you don’t even have eyebrow hair loss right now, but are keen to avoid it, getting regular blood tests to check your thyroid hormone levels is a good precaution to take.

A nutritional deficiency can often play a role in hair loss conditions too.

So, any blood tests you have could also expose a deficiency (such as iron or iodine). In which case, taking a simple dietary supplement might help.

If you’re quite elderly, your body’s metabolism is likely to be naturally slowing down. So, since hypothyroidism also slows down the metabolism, it might be very difficult to get both your rate of metabolism and eyebrows back.

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Note: Always consult with a doctor to identify which type of hair loss you have and how best to treat it.

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