You may think eyelashes are just another feature to draw attention and beauty to your eyes. But actually, they serve to protect our eyes from dust, sweat, and other foreign materials. If your eyelashes are thinning or you've had an accident or medical issue keep reading to learn how to grow eyelashes naturally.
The 3 Life Cycles of Eyelashes
Eyelashes, just like all the other hair on your body, have their own unique life stages. They will grow, fall off and more will be regrown. They do shed and break off between the growth cycles. But, if you maintain good hygiene, you can keep that to a minimum.
There is a name for each unique phase: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
The anagen phase is when your eyelashes grow. This phase will last almost two months, about 7 weeks. At any given time you'll have about 1/3 of your eyelashes in this growing phase.
The catagen phase is the phase when the growth is on hold for about 3 weeks. And last, but not least, the telogen phase. This is the phase when your lashes will fall out.
Of course, if you have suffered some sort of trauma or damage to your face or you are under enormous stress or other conditions that threaten your health, this normal growth stage can slow down or even stop. Eyelashes are hair and just like the hair on your head if you apply harsh chemicals too often that can have a negative impact on the growth. This can usually be reversed with a little time and TLC.
If you find you are not regrowing your eyelashes you may want to speak to your doc. This lack of growth could be a sign of some underlying health issue. That doesn't necessarily have to be serious, but it should be taken care of, and not just for the sake of your eyelashes.
Do Eyelashes Grow Back?
So, do eyelashes grow back? Yes, they do, but only if your body is healthy enough to do its job properly. And don't forget, just like the hair on your head gets damaged with too much styling, the same can hold true for your eyelashes. If you're good to your eyelashes, your eyelashes will be good to you.
Abracadabra, eyelash grow! Ok, so it might not be that easy or quick but did you know you can have your very own thick, luxurious eyelashes in 8-12 weeks? Yes, you can!
If your eyelashes have gotten thin, brittle, and too short you may need some help to get them back to the way they used to be or maybe they never were the greatest in the first place and you want better-looking eyelashes for the first time in your life.
So, what causes your eyelashes to fall out anyway?
Let's talk for a minute about hair growth in general. Every hair on your body goes through three stages of growth. The last of which really isn't growth because that is when the hair actually falls out due to the hair follicle dying and not being able to hold the hair in it anymore. Every hair and follicle goes through this.
The fact that we are not all hairless every 12 weeks is because this eyelash grow cycle is staggered several times over and new ones are growing when the old ones are falling out. It is a continuous process that may even slow down over time and as we age.
So, what can you do to keep your eyelashes healthy?
Here is when you get all the standard answers first:
- Eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise
- Drink lots of water to keep toxins from building up in your system
- Keep your hands away from your eyes
- Treat your eyes as if they were the only two you will ever have
Oh. Yeah. Right, sorry. I just got caught up in a Mom moment. But, you know what I mean. Just be gentle.
If you wear a lot of makeup be sure to remove it every night before you go to bed. Leaving makeup on at night is not healthy for your eyes or eyelashes. Besides, if the make up remover has a conditioner in it, your eyelashes need that conditioner to stay strong and healthy. Leaving your makeup on at night can cause your eyelashes to become brittle and break off. Not to mention you would look like the Bride of Frankenstein in the morning.
Does Petroleum Jelly Help Grow Eyelashes Naturally?
Believe it or not, petroleum jelly may help you grow back eyelashes. But the drawback to using petroleum jelly is the potential side effects of using a product that is a derivative of oil refining.
All on their own, eyelashes take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to grow to an acceptable length and some of the serums you can use encourage thicker, longer eyelashes in just about that length of time also.
If you want to grow longer eyelashes you'll be pleased to know that there are better all-natural options you can use to grow eyelashes naturally.
Grow Eyelashes Naturally
- It's important to remember that everything that is on the outside originates on the inside. If you provide your body with the proper level of nutrients and hydration that one simple thing can help your whole body perform even better, and that includes all types of hair growth, including eyelashes.
- Getting plenty of sleep is another way to ensure that your body functions to its full potential. Your body is very much like a machine, think sports car, and when it's in tune and receiving everything it needs to run it's best, it will run it's best. Sleep and proper diet and nutrition are extraordinarily important.
- Take a multivitamin. Again, few people eat enough of the healthy things that their body needs. Helping things along by taking a daily vitamin will help your body stay strong and do the things it's supposed to, like grow hair.
- Natural lubricants can also help to grow your eyelashes more quickly. A few of the most common for this purpose are ghee, olive oil, and castor oil. All you have to do is put one or the other on your eyelashes overnight. Wash it off gently, the next day before you leave the house and you're good to go.
- Vitamin E has long been known to help. Use a brand new eyelash brush to apply the oil directly to your eyelashes.
- Brushing your lashes on a regular basis can also help with growth. Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you to brush your hair 100 times every night to make it grow? Well, the same principle applies to growing your eyelashes. Just make sure that your eyelash brush gets cleaned on a regular basis.
Here is What You Do:
Clean the area around your eye thoroughly, but be gentle about it, and dab it dry. Do not rub too hard or wipe too hard or you will defeat the purpose of this treatment. You will end up pulling out more eyelashes.
Now that the area around your eyes is clean and dry all you have to do is dab the lubricant of your choice (preferably something natural) on your forefinger. Rub your forefinger and thumb together so you are only working with a thin coating of petroleum jelly and not a big glob of it.
Close one eye, do not close both eyes because then you will not be able to see what you are doing. Anyway, close one eye and from root end to tip end coat your lashes with the lubricant.
Replenish the supply of lubricant on your forefinger and thumb as you need it until each lash is coated. Do this at night so it will not interfere with your normal morning routine.
Again, be very careful to lightly coat your lashes and not to pull on them too tightly. Repeat with the other eye and then go to bed. The lubricant will condition your eyelashes overnight which will make them stronger and less likely to fall out prematurely. Full results may take up to two weeks.
When you wake up in the morning, gently wash your eyes to remove any excess oil and allow the eye areas to dry completely before applying any makeup. The lubricant will not work well with your mascara and may prevent it from adhering to your eyelashes. Continue using the lubricant every night at bedtime until you get the eyelashes you have always wanted.
You don't have to resort to using uncomfortable fake eyelashes or buying expensive pharmaceutical remedies to get thicker more luxurious eyelashes. Women have been using these remedies to grow eyelashes naturally for centuries.
The natural methods discussed here won't harm you and most of them are just plain good for your whole body, so it's a win/ win.