I know, I know. So brave.

It started as a joke. The facial hair-enthusiasts in the Jet offices decided to join forces and grow their moustaches big and lustrous for Movember. For anyone not familiar, Movember (or, No Shave November), is a charity effort to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. Hating to be left out of anything, I loudly declared “I AM GROWING OUT MY EYEBROWS FOR MOVEMBER.” Then I laughed about it to myself, then I wrote a Facebook status about it. Then I was like wait. Why can’t it actually happen? So I corralled a few ladies on the social team to do it with me, and we each chose a different product to use every day and keep track of the efforts. One of us gave up after a few days, and fair. It’s a tough, painful process. The results? We raised a little money for men’s health and the rest well, the rest is a slightly hairier story.

Uniquely J Coconut Oil

Ali, Senior Manager of Brand Social

What is your relationship to your eyebrows now?

I know they’re there, but I almost always forget to pluck them at an appropriate time.

Who is your eyebrow celebrity goal?

Priyanka Chopra – I mean, c’monnnn.

What do you do to your eyebrows now?

Pluck ‘em to give them some shape with a Tweezerman – I’ve never not used one. (Although, not always in pink.) 

What will you be using for the month of November?

Uniquely J Coconut Oil. Because I use it every dish I cook, so…why not?

What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

Remembering to do it at all. Is it weird if I set an alarm on my phone to lather my eyebrows in coconut oil?

What do you hope to get out of this challenge?

Fuller looking brows. Right now, they’re a bit unsure of how to grow in so they’re not on their A-game.

Week 1:

The brows are looking healthy – but not overgrown. The tough part here is remembering not to touch my eyebrows when I go to bed and smush it all over my face.

Week 2:

Again – lookin’ healthy, but not a noticeable change. I should mention here that I am already in the habit of putting a teensy bit of coconut oil under my eyes at bed (take that, expensive anti-aging creme), so maybe my eyebrows are just used to it? Your guess is as good as mine.

Week 3:

Okay, seeing the difference now. I should note that it’s more noticeable of a change in that the area of my brows that I need to pluck frequently – it’s growing back way quicker. Usually, I average about 1 pluck sesh per week. Now, I’m at about 2 with some touch-ups sprinkled in.

Week 4:

I’m at the point where I’ve specifically asked my boyfriend to tell me when my eyebrows need to be plucked. Every time I’m in a new bathroom with different light, I’m seeing stray hairs gone awry. This is an SOS.

How do you feel?

A little frustrated with the pace of how quickly the areas of my brow that I did NOT need to grow actually grew.

What do your eyebrows look like now?

The shaped part is the same as far as full-ness goes – but the surrounding-the-shape parts look a little unkempt.

Do you regret doing this whole thing entirely?

Kind of? Which really hurts me to admit, because I’d take a bath in Uniquely J Coconut Oil if I could.

How did you feel about the product you used?

See above. I’m a coco-oil nut. But this was maybe not the best play for someone who doesn’t have patience to tweeze all the time.

What now?

Debating getting my brows waxed – something I probably haven’t done since 2010.

Castor oil

Sophia, Social Media Strategist 

What is your relationship to your eyebrows now?

WELL, after a good plucking about a year ago they have never really been the same. I think they’re pretty P.O’d about our incident, but I’ve just been trying to make up for it.

Who is your eyebrow celebrity goal?

Is Cara Delevingne too much? I’ll take Emma Watson or Kendall Jenner.

What do you do to your eyebrows now?

Recently I have been trying to give them love and only pluck when needed. I would typically get them waxed to clean them up a bit. I also use a lovely eyebrow pencil to darken them for a bit more oomph.

What will you be using for the month of November?

Castor oil.

What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

I have a routine before I go to bed, but I typically forget to apply little side projects such as this one. I am also nervous that the oil won’t be great for the surrounding skin on my face.

What do you hope to get out of this challenge?

EMMA WATSON OR KENDALL JENNER BROWS. Also, I want to make sure that my eyebrows feel the love. Ideally, without messing around with them for a month, they will grow out a bit for a fuller and darker look.

Week 1:

Not horrible, not yet. The tips of hairs are starting to peek through, so I know what’s coming and it’s not going to be pretty.

Week 2:

Well, there is a stray above my eye that honestly couldn’t be darker. I have begun using some highlighter under my eyebrows to cover up the little hairs that are beginning to make their way onto my face. The castor oil has shown to make my eyebrows a bit thicker looking? Not sure if that much is true, but fingers crossed.

Week 3:

They are really looking fuzzy, just in time for Thanksgiving. Not sure my boyfriend’s family recognized me behind these things. I may have broke the vow and plucked ONE really thick strand that became its own independent being on my eye. I’m having a lot of trouble staying away from my eyebrow lady right now, but I WILL NOT BREAK. Cara Delevingne I am coming for you!

Week 4:

FINALLY. By the end of this week, my eyebrows began to look preeettttyyyy messy. There were a whole lot of outliers, so I couldn’t wait to pluck them. My eyebrows definitely look a bit fuller, there was an area I had overplucked a few months ago and it looks like hair finally began growing back in. My eyebrows look a bit more fuller and easier to shape.

How do you feel?

I feel pretty good about my eyebrow growth! I do think that my eyebrows had some good growth through the month, not sure if I’m the only one who notices it. Shaping will be a lot easier now that my brows are at their fullest potential. 

What do you eyebrows look like now?

Fuller and a bit more grown in. Not Kendall Jenner-worthy, but maybe on the road there?

Do you regret doing this whole thing entirely?

NO RAGRATS. No. I’m glad I did this grown out, even though I felt like a hot mess for most of the month.

How did you feel about the product you used?

I do think that the castor oil helped thicken and grow my eyebrows a bit. I had also put the oil on my eyelashes, and I do think my eyelashes grew out a bit more. All of this may be in my head, but I did like the castor oil. It was easy and pain-free.

What now?

I will most definitely make a date with my eyebrow lady. I may continue to use the castor oil on my brows and lashes, because why not? If it’ll help me get those Kendall brows, I am willing to try anything.

ELF Eyebrow pencil

Lyz, Senior Editor 

What is your relationship to your eyebrows now?

When I was in high school, I took a Bic pink daisy razor and just fully shaved down the middle of my eyebrows. What resulted was an uneven left brow that never fully grew out. They have been kind of patchy ever since and I am forever confused with what to do with them. 

Who is your eyebrow celebrity goal?

Lily Collins has pretty fierce brows. Expressive, dark, and a real statement. 

What do you do to your eyebrows now?

Oh man. Every two weeks I get them threaded by a lovely Indian woman who always tells me how patchy they are, and how I need to grow them out and I’ve never listened to her until now. Sometimes I have her tint them, but daily I use this e.l.f pencil that I really love.

What will you be using for the month of November?

I will be doing absolutely nothing, besides the above e.l.f pencil, and probably some concealer to attempt to hide any stragglers. 

What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

NOT PLUCKING THE MIDDLE GUYS. 

What do you hope to get out of this challenge?

A freaking eyebrow shape, or something resembling lush eyebrows. Also a sense of accomplishment.

Week 1:

So the first week actually didn’t bother me at all. It had been maybe two weeks since I had them threaded last, and I was noticing a few random strays. I was using the pencil, and got a little confident, overdrawing them a little more than usual. My beauty-obsessed friend had made me a personalized Youtube tutorial about how to pencil in your brows (shoutout to Hae Sol), so I rewatched that for some support and inspo.

Week 2:

Okay, starting to bug me. I looked in the work bathroom mirror this morning and things started to…bother me. There were hair between my brows now, and even though they were lightly-colored and not SO noticeable, it’s making me wonder if maybe I do have a unibrow lurking under the surface. My bf and I had a late housewarming party on Saturday (we moved 7 months ago), and two of my friends came over early so we could all get ready together. One of them looked at me and said “your brows look GREAT.” So maybe I’m rocking a unibrow. Maybe that’s my life now.

Week 3:

Going home this week for Thanksgiving and I just KNOW my sisters are going to give me shit for this. They always notice when anyone has unruly brows. To be honest though, they are growing like wild bushes and I am kind of loving it. I have learned that I have a few tiny hairs in the Frida Kahlo territory, but I am leaving them be for now. Sophia (above) came up to me and said “wow, they are REALLY growing out,” without saying if that was good or not. Hers looked good though.

Week 4:

Okay, Week 4. WEEK FOUR. I had to read a lot of articles on growing out your brows, so I could hear professionals tell me that what I am doing was going to be worth it. Why? Because my face looks crazy right now. I don’t think as many people notice as much as I notice, but still, I have eyebrow hair places that are way outside my comfort zone. BUT, I am committed. And I have decided to keep going.

How do you feel?

Scared. Brave. Hairy.

What do you eyebrows look like now?

Like a caterpillar that is lost and doesn’t have access to GPS. 

Do you regret doing this whole thing entirely?

Ask me when I’m actually done. Which ahem…will be mid February. But if I had to guess, I think this is the long game to serious brow game. 

How did you feel about the product you used?

Since I used nothing, I can’t tell what made them grow, or if just leaving them alone made them grow at the pace of an Olympic runner. 

What now?

Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down. I am going to keep doing this until Valentine’s Day, then book a big fancy appointment with the best brow shaper in the city. I have read all the brow science, and 14 weeks is supposedly when your hair starts growing back towards the brow bone and only then can you start tweezing strays. Some even say that it takes a full year for your brows to reach their full brow-tential. So? We shall see, my friends. We shall see.

 

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