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Old 12-03-2019, 11:28 PM
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I just saw another "fashion don't" for older women that said to stop over plucking your eyebrows. What eyebrows? Mine are disappearing! I thought that was common? Everytime someone new cuts my hair they ask me if I "do my own" eyebrows. Again, what eyebrows? I haven't plucked my eyebrows since I was in my 20's and my thyroid function tests are normal.

Don't even get me started about other places on my face that ARE growing hair, but do you still have eyebrows?


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Old 12-03-2019, 11:37 PM
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I am almost 60 and have about the same amount. There ate e or r on each side that come in gray.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:12 AM
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My eyebrows are thinning as well. If only I could stop getting hair on my upper lip.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:52 AM
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Turning 56 this month and some thinning and getting white/ grey hairs lately. I have always worn glasses since 5 years old and have bangs, so they aren't as obvious to me.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:05 AM
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I have always had thin eyebrows and never plucked them. They disappeared at some point but I donít know when. They are barely coming back in with a mixture of gray. I am in my early fifties. I have no thyroid issues but am borderline according to my doctor.


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Old 12-04-2019, 04:11 AM
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Mine are also disappearing. I'm naturally blonde, so they never were that noticeable to begin with!
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:11 AM
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I have thick, unruly eyebrows and have always had them since I was a kid. I still pluck to give them shape, but not to make them too thin.

I also still get them waxed every time I'm at the salon.

*And yes, I have more hair than ever on my upper lip, but I also always had hair there too.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:25 AM
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Well...I get mine threaded about every other month. A dear friend who is Indian does this for me. She is awesome. Cannot wax as my skin is too sensitive and I get blisters from waxing. Being Irish and French, I do not have any other facial hair. Never had hair on my lip or anywhere. But I am pretty pale!!
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:03 AM
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I am 56. My brows are thinning, but I still get them waxed about every month.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:23 AM
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Last time I had mine waxed 5 years ago. The lady told me to stop plucking them. I also stopped waxing them. My hair dresser dyes them with my coloring.


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Old 12-04-2019, 09:53 AM
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I'm 60 with thinning, never ever plucked eyebrows. There is a spot on each side that's almost bald. Eyebrow powder is a godsend for me.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:10 AM
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I asked my hair stylist about this very problem. She said thinning eyebrows is the female equivalent of male patterned balding. Men lose hair on top of their heads, women lose eyebrows.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:13 AM
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Mine used to be Brooke Shields bushy and I plucked them just to keep them in shape, but in my 50s they thinned out. I occasionally take a tweezer to them for an unruly stray hair.

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Don't even get me started about other places on my face that ARE growing hair,
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:13 AM
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Interesting that it is a problem for some, but not always. Comparing to male pattern balding makes sense.

Now if I could get everyone to understand this. People don't accuse men of purposely over-grooming their heads! I wish people wouldn't advise me to stop plucking!
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:19 PM
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Same situation here. I haven't plucked my eyebrows in many many years, and honestly I don't miss it! I noticed they're either thinning or graying or both.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:26 PM
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Oh, no, something new to worry about! I don't think mine are thinning (yet) aside from one small area (but that was due to over-waxing that spot).

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Old 12-04-2019, 05:26 PM
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There are probably several reasons for thinning eyebrows. I've got decent eyebrows at age 60 but did have quite a bit more to deal with when I was younger. I haven't plucked much at all for many years and they have a nice shape still. No gray there yet.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:51 PM
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At 61, mine aren't thinning but I do have grays that tend to be more unruly than the rest of my eyebrows. Those I do still have to either pluck or trim but otherwise I pretty much leave them alone.

And I totally hear you about hair in other places on your face. I spend a ridiculous amount of time plucking, trimming, bleaching facial hair.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:58 PM
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I shave all facial hair off and have no problems with that practice. It's a weekly ritual.
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:16 PM
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I shave all facial hair off and have no problems with that practice. It's a weekly ritual.
I lasered off the dark hair and shave the peach fuzz (face, arms, thighs). Freaks my husband out to see me shaving my face!
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:08 AM
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Disappearing eyebrows is a classic hypothyroid symptom. Most doctors only test TSH and say youíre Ďnormalí.
Go to stopthethyroidmadness.com and see which tests need to be run for thyroid function. (TSH isnít a thyroid test!) Youíll have to advocate for yourself. Might even need to get your own blood work.
The Facebook group Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Care can help you know what to check and how to find a doctor who will listen.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:33 AM
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It's a lot easier to just see an endocrinologist.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:15 PM
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I'm 61. Need to trim the eyebrows occasionally, but can't see the eyebrows clearly enough without wearing glasses, and the glasses are in the way of the trimming!
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