As you may remember, I am a proud user of dandruff shampoo.
My scalp flakes, it always has, and I will wash my hair with dandruff shampoo forever and ever because it works. No shame. Unfortunately, when I comb my brows up or do any part of my eyebrow makeup routine, my eyebrows get all flaky. Annoying, right?
Well, until recently, I figured this was a result of my skin not being moisturized properly before applying makeup. However, leading up to my wedding, I decided I needed to take care of my flaky brow problem once and for all. So I did some Googling to find out what causes flaky skin on eyebrows.
Getting Rid of Eyebrow Dandruff
Guess what? Seborrheic dermatitis, the condition that contributes to a flaky scalp, is also the cause of flaky eyebrows. And the solution, not unlike the solution for dandruff on your noggin, is to shampoo your eyebrows with dandruff shampoo. Getting rid of eyebrow dandruff ain't no thang, pretty lady!
How to Treat Flaky Eyebrows
Treating flaky eyebrows doesn't really require any instructions. In fact, you could probably figure out how to do it if you stopped reading right here. Despite the easy-peasy process of shampooing your eyebrows with dandruff shampoo, here a few of my best tips:
1. Shampoo your eyebrows in the shower.
This may seem obvious, and I guess you could wash your brows at the sink, but I find that shampooing my eyebrows in the shower is the easiest. For one, the shampoo is already in there, duh. And also, if I shampoo my eyebrows at the same time as my hair, I usually won't forget to do it. I shower every other day, and this seems to be a good frequency for keeping my brows flake-free.
2. Avoid your eyes!
K, so if you don't regularly lather up with the anti-dandruff stuff, you may not know this, but dandruff shampoo will sting the shit out of your eyes if you're not careful. And the stronger the formula, the stronger the burn. Obviously, your eyebrows sit just above your eyeballs, so it's important to be extra careful when applying the 'poo. Just use like, a tiny, pea-sized amount, divide it between your pointer fingers, scrub for a minute or so, and rinse thoroughly with your eyes closed.
3. Find a dandruff shampoo you like.
I usually go with the really chemically kinds of anti-dandruff shampoo, like Selsun Blue or Neutrogena T/Gel, but I've been getting into tea tree oil shampoos lately. At first, I was a little skeptical about the ability of something so natural doing the trick, but the tea tree stuff totally gets rid of flakes and makes my eyebrows and head hair feel really nice.
Oh, and BONUS: Washing your eyebrows with anti-dandruff shampoo will make your brows grow faster! Seriously—if you're a recovering plucker who is trying to grow some thick 90s brows, this is good news for you!