Table of Contents
- 1 Do Eyelashes Grow Back?
- 2 How to grow your eyelashes fast
- 3 Final words
- 4 What to do next
- 5 FAQ
Are you experiencing a sudden loss of eyelashes?
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing it such as iron-deficiency, harsh mascara removal or chemotherapy treatment.
The average adult has around 120 upper eyelashes and 70 lower lashes on each lid, and anywhere from 1 to 5 eyelashes will fall out daily.
Fortunately, growing back your eyelashes is possible.
Several natural remedies and hair supplements such as serums can stimulate the follicles and speed up the hair growth cycle. It may take a few months to achieve visible results, but with patience, you will eventually get there.
Do Eyelashes Grow Back?
Growing back your eyelashes is actually quite simple but it takes time and patience. Research suggests that the normal eyelash cycle is estimated to last from 5 to 11 months. Compared to scalp hair, lashes are slow-growing hairs, growing at a rate of approximately 0.15 mm/day.
To get familiar with how the eyelash’s cycle work and why it takes time to see any results, take a look at the three hair-growth phases:
- Anagen phase: this is the first and longest phase. Your hair follicles push out hairs that will continue to grow until they reach the end of their lifespan
- Catagen phase: starts when the anagen phase ends. Your hair follicles start to shrink and the hair growth slows down
- Telogen phase: you won’t experience any hair growth or loss during this phase. Also, new hairs start to form
- Exogen phase: this is an extension of the previous phase in which hair is shed, usually due to washing, styling or brushing.
Furthermore, this cycle varies from hair to hair: some stay in one phase longer than the others, that’s why your head’s hair grows much longer than your eyebrows or lashes.
Although hair length depends of how long the anagen phase is, genetics and health affect in great measure as well.
How to grow your eyelashes fast
Unless you suffer from a medical condition, growing back your eyelashes is possible. However, hair growth takes time and there’s really no quick-fix, but there are some remedies that may help accelerating the process.
Whether you’ve experienced eyelash loss from chemotherapy, a plucking incident or simply want to achieve a fuller eyelash look, these ideas will help you boost your lashes’ growth cycle:
Castor oil is one of the most effective natural remedies to regrow hair, but it can also be used for your eyebrows or lashes. 90% of castor oil is made up of fatty acids that nourish and the follicles and strengthens the hair.
How to use:
Apply a few drops into your eyelashes and massage using your fingertips. Leave in for about 30 minutes and wipe with makeup remover.
A great conditioner and moisturizer, coconut oil is also an effective ingredient for improving blood circulation. Just like castor oil, it contains fatty acids and proteins that strengthens the hair.
How to use:
Apply a few drops into your fingertips and massage the eyelashes. Leave in for about 30 minutes and wipe with makeup remover.
Include iron and biotin rich foods
Including this mineral and vitamin will help you maintain a healthy hair and prevent shedding. Iron-deficiency will enhance your hair loss, so make sure to include foods high in iron such as red meat, beans, nuts, fortified breakfast cereals, dried fruit…
Biotin, on the other hand, is a vitamin that boosts hair growth, and it’s found on foods such as eggs, avocados, peanuts and salmon.
Applying eyelash serums is another effective way to stimulate hair growth.
The best serums contain active ingredients that penetrate the hair’s follicle and extends its growth phase, and some may help you achieve really good results.
Bimatoprost (or Latisse)
Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03% is the only FDA-approved product to safely and effectively stimulate eyelash growth. Studies show that eyelash growth was noted in 42.6% of patients treated with this medication once daily for a whole year.
What to avoid when growing your lashes
Just as there are ways to stimulate hair growth, there are also some things that will only prevent you from achieving results:
- Fake eyelashes: they look amazing but they will most probably cause your lashes to fall out when you remove them
- Eyelash curler: use this tool with caution and only when necessary. These curlers have been proven to cause your lashes to break or fall out
- Aggressive mascara removal: be as gentle as possible when removing your mascara, and use it only if necessary, as it can irritate the lashes and cause them to grown in thinner or fall out
If you avoid the above don’ts and still experience eyelash loss, you may be suffering from an underlying health problem such as:
- Stress and anxiety
- Bacterial or fungal infections
Pregnancy and aging are also two factors that interfere in the hair growth cycle.
Why do eyelashes fall out during chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy disrupts the hair growth cycle, causing hair loss and thinning. This is usually temporary and your hair, eyebrows and/or eyelashes will normally regrow once the treatment is complete. However, the effects of chemotherapy will vary from patient to patient: depending on the drugs and doses some will only experience a subtle thinning and others may go completely bald.
If you experience eyelash loss from chemotherapy, you can still follow the suggested methods above to boost their growth once you’re finished with the treatment.
Eyelashes usually do grow back, but the speed depends in great measure on your lifestyle habits, health and age. If you avoid fake eyelashes and aggressive mascara removal, following some of the remedies mentioned along with a healthy diet will help improving your eyelash growth.
However, if your notice a sudden eyelash loss for a prolonged period of time, you may need to speak to a doctor to determinate if you have an underlying medical condition.
What to do next
Do eyelashes grow back if you pull them out?
The answer is yes. Just like the eyelashes that are lost during the normal cycle, eyelashes that are plucked or pulled out do grow back. And as long as the hair follicle has not been seriously damaged or destroyed, your eyelashes will continue to grow.
However, keep in mind that constant pulling of eyelashes can lead to the damage of the follicle, which in turn could prevent further hair growth.
So, if you’re suffering from trichotillomania, an impulse-control disorder, that involves irresistible urges to pull hair on the head and other parts of the body, you should seek professional help. Your doctor can come up with the best treatment plan for your condition.
How long does it take for eyelashes to grow back after plucking?
Eyelashes that have been pulled out usually takes from a few weeks to a few months for them to be regenerated as full lash growth cycle is different for each person.
This also depends on the extent of damage to the follicle. If you’re pulling out your eyelashes repeatedly, or if any damage to your hair follicle exists, then the process of regrowing your lashes may take longer.
If constant pulling in your eyelashes results in extreme follicle damage, then your eyelashes may not be able to grow back again.
Will eyelashes grow back if pulled out from the root?
Yes. Eyelash lost during the normal growth cycle, as well as those that have been pulled out will grow back again. However, it may take a while for them to be regenerated, usually a few weeks to months, especially when they are forcibly pulled out.
Do eyelashes grow back if cut?
Yes. There’s no need to worry if you accidentally cut a small length of your eyelashes as just what mentioned, they will absolutely grow back.
Do eyelashes grow back if burnt?
The answer maybe yes or no. Of course this depends on the extent of the burn. If only the eyelashes have been affected by the burn and the hair follicle remains unharmed, your eyelashes will absolutely regenerate. However, if the burn damages your hair follicles, then there’s a possibility that your eyelashes will not grow back.
Do eyelashes grow back after lash extensions?
Whether you use lash extensions or not, your eyelashes will continue to shed off like normal, and will eventually grow back again.
However, excessive use of poor quality adhesives and lash materials can result in long-term and permanent eyelash loss.
Some eyelash extensions also contain harmful chemicals that damage the natural lashes as well as the follicles. These substances can also plug pores and follicles, as well as attract bacteria, which then lead to infection and hair loss.
We recommend to only use eyelash extension during special occasions or holiday. Or if you really need to use them on a regular basis, make sure to use last treatment at night to restore the natural health of your eyelashes. It’s also best to have them applied by a professionally-trained eye technician.
And don’t go for cheap products. The same is true for all other beauty products, including mascaras, creams, and lash treatments.