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Eyelash Growth: Do Eyelashes Grow Back

Updated on March 3, 2013

Eyelashes naturally fall out when their life cycle is over just like any other hair on your body. The normal life cycle of any lash on your eye is between 30 – 90 days and this is not including the resting phase, where the eyelash. In a full life cycle of your eyelashes there are three stages which are called: agagen, catagen, and telogen. These three phases of hair growth applies not only to your eyelashes but all hair on your body. Anagen phase is when the hair is actually growing which is about 30-45 days, catagen phase is when the hair is in a transitional phase and the lash will stop growing lasting between two to three weeks, and telogen phase is when the hair is resting and can last up to 100 days. Once the three phases are complete it will repeat itself and when a new hair is growing it will push the old hair out of the hair follicle.

So, the short answer to “do eyelashes grow back?” is yes, they do grow back. But if you are finding that your eyelashes are starting to thin too fast there can be other reasons that your eyelashes are falling out. Other factors that can cause eyelashes the fall out before they can grow out naturally include the mascara you are using, eyelash curler, false lashes, infections, allergies, rubbing of the eye, health/medical conditions, make up remover and make up. Habit can also be a reason that your eyelashes are falling out before their full life cycle is lived, what I mean by habit is physically pulling the eyelash out. If your eyelash falls out during the catagen phase, the eyelash will not grow back until after this phase is completed, if your eyelash falls out during the anagen or telogen phase then a new lash will grow back. If you are finding that your eyelashes are growing thin, or you just want to grow your eyelashes thicker and/or longer you do have a few options. You can use home remedies, eyelash growth products, or you can get eyelash transplant.

There are many home remedies including ones that have been used for centuries to grow eyelashes to be long and luxurious. One of the most common household items is petroleum jelly otherwise known as Vaseline; we use this for a lot of different reasons from chapped lips to restoring leather jackets now you can add another use to the list and that is to help thicken your eyelashes by applying a thin layer at night before you go to sleep to help keep it moisturized and growing strong. Essential oils like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, caster oil, and vitamin E has always been good for your skin, nails, and hair. Since your eyelashes are hair you can help promote the growth of them by applying a thin layer daily. Lemon juice is also said to help grow your eyelashes longer because it helps protect your eyelashes from bacteria and it contains vitamin A and C. Before you apply anything to your eyelashes the best thing you can do for your eyelashes is to make sure that they are clean and free from make up and debris at much as possible. Make up will weigh down your eyelashes and the chemicals can cause damage to your eyelashes if you leave it on for too long as well when wearing make-up for a long period of time it will provide a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Eyelid massages is something else that can help promote the growth of eyelashes because it causes blood flow to the area you are massaging causing stimulation for the growth of eyelashes. Brushing your eyelashes with an eyelash brush is also like massaging your eyelids. When we want our hair to grow longer and faster we often get it trimmed to stimulate growth, well you can do that for your eyelashes as well. But trimming the very tip of it with a pair of eyebrow trimmers you can stimulate the growth of your eyelashes.

If you want to try something else, like eyelash products, to help with your eyelash growth instead there are plenty of products on the market that is supposed to help your eyelashes grow longer, thicker, and darker. The most popular type of eyelash growth solution is serums and mascaras. Having mascara that has growth stimulating products in it already makes it very easy to apply; it’s a one step solution as part of your make up routine.

Examples of drug store brand mascara are: Revlon’s Growlucious Mascara ($9.99), Almay’s Get up and Grow ($7.99), Prestige’s My Longest Lashes Mascara ($9.99), Rimmel’s London Lash Accelerator Mascara ($8.99), L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara ($11.96), StudioMakeup’s Lengthen & Define ($19.99). These are just some examples, there are many other brands that carry mascaras that helps your lashes grow. There are also higher end brands of mascara that have grown serum built into the mascara like: Urban Decay Lush Lash System ($66.28), Sue Devitt Lash Intensifier Treatment and Lengthening mascara ($75.00), and Tarte MultiplEYE Natural Lash Enhancing Mascara ($73.00). Serums are usually stronger then mascaras, therefore they do have more and/or faster results. The top three brands are Idol Lash ($50.00), Latisse ($130.00), and Revitalash ($120.00). Some other brands that have been raved about are: Ardell Lash and Brow Growth Accelerator (10.00$) and Dermaglow Nevectin Lash Enhance Growth and Conditioning Treatment ($65.00).

Lastly if all else fails then you can always get eyelash transplant just like hair transplant. This procedure requires transferring hair follicles from donor to patient. You can also have eyelash implants done by using your own hair but you will need to trim these “lashes” because it grows the same as way the hair the part of the body it was taken from. Whether this is right for you, you will have to talk to a doctor as this is a surgical procedure.

Please remember to test a small patch first for all home remedies and store brought products before using it.


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