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Eyelash Growth Rate

Updated on March 21, 2010

How Does An Eyelash Grow?

Eyelash Growth Rate Explained

Eyelashes ordinarily take a really long time to grow, normally a few months. Eyelash growth undoubtedly requires a lot of patience as it is hardly noticeable. The amount of time that eyelashes take to grow on top of that depends on what triggered the initial loss of the eyelashes, like your diet and lifestyle, your age, your genes, or your hormonal state. Eyelash growth is divided into three cycles:

Anagen Eyelash Growth Cycle: This phase can also be referred to as the active growth phase. This is due to the fact that at this phase over 30 percent of the eyelashes are actively growing. This cycle can last nearly 7 weeks.

Catagen Eyelash Growth Phase: This phase can additionally be referred to as the lag phase due to the fact that the growth stops and the follicle will shrink. This cycle can last close to 3 weeks.

Telogen Eyelash Growth Phase: This is the final phase just before the eyelashes begin to fall out. Every eyelash is in its own phase so there are many eyelashes in every phase at all times. As a result there will be no period of time when all the eyelashes will fall off concurrently.

Having described the growth stage let us now discuss the factors that affect the length of time that eyelash growth takes. People who generally lack well-balanced diets or people who eat unhealthy food have a tendency to have slower growing eyelashes.

This is due to the fact that they lack the essential nutrients that are needed for efficient hair growth. On the other hand people who feed on healthy foods tend to grow eyelashes faster.

People who don’t consume a lot of alcohol grow eyelashes faster than individuals who are heavy drinkers and smokers. Generally speaking people who live a healthier lifestyle will grow eyelashes more quickly than people who don't.

Depending on what brought on the loss, eyelash growth may take a short amount of time or it could take a very long amount of time.

If you lost your hair as a result of a burn, it could take forever in order to grow back. Then again it may not ever grow back. If the burns were minor, then the eyelashes may grow back after two or three weeks.

Age also determines the length of time it will demand to grow the eyelashes. The older you get the greater the hair loss. Likewise the longer it can take to grow - if at all. Consequently older people take longer to grow body hairs. Conversely the younger generation takes a shorter amount of time to grow eyelashes and other types of body hairs.

Genetic characteristics also has effects on the rate of hair growth. Individuals who come from families whose relatives are known to have thick hair tend to re-grow eyelashes faster.

The last aspect is hormonal state. If your body doesn't have the essential hormones to stimulate eyelash growth, then it'll take quite a long time to grow.

Lastly, the highest possible period of time that eyelashes should take to re-grow is usually 12 weeks. If it exceeds that, it is very unlikely that it will grow at all. Because of the short time frame, it's best to maximize the growth.

Many people have successfully used good eyelash conditioner to boost eyelash growth. Others prefer products like Lash Allure MD which are shown to produce substantial eyelash growth.


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      6 years ago

      a coconut oil/castor oil mixture applied to both uper and inner

      eyelid is said to increase eyelash length. said mixture can also

      be applied to eyelashes as a conditioner...try to avoid getting the

      mixture in the eye, if so; rinse out immediately...good luck and



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