Eyebrows, which are also known as the frames of the face, have been a facial feature that has gone through significant transformation for millennia. Since the invention of grooming, beauty lovers have paid attention to these patches of hair, but in the 21st century, they're a bigger focus than ever before.
From specialized razors, waxes, tweezers and even thread for those who think they're "too bushy" to brow-specific pomades, makeup hacks and microblading for those who think they're "too sparse," there are countless ways to tame or highlight these small hairs. One celebrity black bride that seems to have seen all these iterations is none other than actress Meagan Good, who also took it a step further with a hair transplant for her eyebrows.
Meagan Good Shares Her Eyebrow Journey On The Wendy Williams Show
Before you click off this page thinking it's all just a bit of Hollywood madness, Good revealed her eyebrow journey during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.
Though she was there to promote her new suspense flick, The Intruder, Williams made it a point to compliment Good's spruced up brows. "Your hair looks excellent, by the way, and your eyebrows still speak to me," the daytime talk show host said.
And Williams wasn't wrong for her comment since Good is known for her bold high arches. However, Good openly admitted that it took some work to get them so perfect.
"Nineties brow was pluck everything out, and then eventually it was tattooing," said Good while she explained her personal brow history. She also told Williams that she gave microblading a try at age 30.
For someone who is known as a breathtaking beauty, it's hard to fathom eyebrows causing this level of distress. Nonetheless, this isn't the first time Good has spoken about this beauty challenge of hers. "It used to take me over an hour to do them because I was so particular about the shape and the symmetry. I would go on set, and the makeup artist would change my brows, and I would get frustrated and change them back in my room," Good told Allure in a 2013 interview. "So eventually, I went ahead and tattooed them. Problem solved."
Apparently, Good was not satisfied with the inked option that only mimicked hair, and eventually she decided, "You know what? I need real hair." Thus, entering her more permanent solution--a full-blown eyebrow transplant!
Good received her transplant in October 2017 and documented her experience on Instagram. At 35, Good was an ideal candidate for the procedure. According to her surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne, an eyebrow hair transplant is appropriate for patients in their 20s and older who have either experienced traumatic or non-medically caused hair loss or simply have naturally thin brows.
Good shared her eyebrow transplant results via Instagram on April 17, 2018:
"My eyebrows are finally coming along after my #EyebrowTransplant! This has been such an eyebrow evolution journey lol, but finally starting to come full circle. Eyebrows like a real little girl. No, but seriously after destroying my eyebrows at age 19, I'm over the moon with these results thus far. Special thanks to my guy, eyebrow specialist @DrJasonChampagne. And thank you to @DrJasonDiamond #Salute!"
Unlike organ transplants, you are your own donor, so you won't have to ask any of your brow-blessed friends for help. "I got a transplant back here," Good explained to Williams while indicating that hair was harvested from the nape of her neck--or in other AAVE words, #TheKitchen. However, that's not the only site where you can source transplantable follicles.
According to Dr. Sanusi Umar in a journal for the National Center for Biotechnology Information, donor sources are often derived from the torso, limbs, beard, pubis, armpits, and head while the nape and periauricular areas are least common.
Funny enough, Good admitted her transplanted hairs grow long like a kitchen when Williams prompted her for an answer, which may explain why this donor source is used less frequently. "I gotta trim," Good said, "I could have a braid," she later on joked.
Good's transparency about her procedure is commendable because it not only helps to remove the stigma black women face surrounding cosmetic enhancements, but it also provides an option for those who are concerned that their brows aren't wedding ready.
Just keep in mind that an eyebrow transplant is a multi-thousand-dollar investment that requires the experience and skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon.
5 Things You Should Know About Eyebrow Restoration
If you've never heard of an eyebrow hair transplant before or you simply want to know more about the procedure, here are five main takeaways you need to keep in mind before scheduling a consultation.
1. First and foremost, eyebrow restoration works in the same way regular hair transplants are applied to a scalp. This means the hair is taken from active follicles, which is often collected from different parts of the body. The follicle must remain intact to "sprout" according to True and Dorin Medical Group. In other words, no, it is not possible to use hairs from your daily trim since there are no follicles in these cut off hairs. Fingers crossed for further science advancements, though!
2. The transplanted hairs are trimmed down and sculpted to fit your pre-determined brow shape. This should be discussed with your surgeon before going under the knife. You don't want to wake up to any surprises, of course.
3. You can expect hairs to fall out at around two or three weeks according to Dr. Jeffrey Epstein. "These hairs should start to regrow at four months," he said. During the second and third week, the eyebrows actually look quite nice," he explained, "Over the next six months, the eyebrows will typically get more and more dense." If your donor source was your scalp, your eyebrows may require a trim every 10 to 14 days.
4. Though hair will continue to grow after your transplant, results can take several months or even take as long as a year according to Dr. Epstein. In the initial few days of healing, there can be a layer of crusting along with signs of redness and/or swelling. As with any cosmetic procedure, there is a chance of unwanted side effects and risks. Dr. Gary D. Breslow for Zwivel, LLC, noted that complications with local anesthesia and saline injections can occur, typically with allergic reactions. Infection is possible, but it's also highly unlikely. Dr. Breslow also pointed out that specialists attest no more than 15 percent of transplanted hairs will go rogue and grow in the wrong direction
5. Good may have remained mum about the costs of her procedure, but reader beware, eyebrow transplants are not cheap. As of Jan. 9, 2019, the national average cost is $4,175 according to RealSelf.com, which is a healthcare marketplace that calculates the cost based off of reported user reviews. Prices can vary from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on how much hair is transplanted, location of surgery doctor, and whether treatment plans call for any additional procedures. In cities with high costs of living, the price can be much steeper.
If you just want your eyebrows to be a teensy bit fuller, this is probably not the best option for you since it's expensive and requires downtime. There are many options in the beauty market now with products that can realistically fill out not-so-thick brows. This also isn't an option for people with serious hair loss conditions like alopecia. But if you are someone who did too much plucking your youth, find that your brows are thinning with age, have always had very thin brows, or have gone through a physical accident, you might benefit from an eyebrow transplant.
For black brides with sparse eyebrows, what do you think about Meagan Good's eyebrow transplant confession? Would you opt for this procedure or go another route? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to hear from you or share your story.