There are many reasons eyelashes thin or fall out… they can fall off due to medical treatments, hair problems or excessive use of eye makeup. Sometimes only a few lashes will fall off, while in other instances it’s possible to notice a gap in the lash line.
While losing your lashes can be frustrating and even embarrassing, there is good news. Eyelashes can and usually do grow back. Still, you will have to wait some time for your lashes to return to their normal, beautiful appearance.
Losing A Few Lashes Is Natural
Apart from making your eyes more beautiful, eyelashes play an important role in protecting the eye from dust and small particles. All types of hair on the human body will naturally fall off, but this process is going to be unnoticeable in most cases.
The active stage of hair is the one during which you experience growth. During this stage, hair cannot fall off. The active growth stage of eyelashes continues for 30 to 45 days. The telogen, or the resting stage, is the phase during which hair will fall off.
This resting stage can continue for up to 100 days, during which hairs will eventually fall out. This is the natural process of hair growth and loss, but sometimes diseases and external processes will interfere with the phases, causing the lashes to fall off and leave noticeable gaps. Most often, women experience such problems due to excessive mascara usage or frequent utilization of eyelash curlers.
Eyelashes have the power to grow again, but you’ll first need to determine why the loss occurred in the first place. Sometimes it’s necessary to consult with a medical professional to get to the bottom of the issue. Lashes that have suffered extensive damage will have to be strengthened. Otherwise you’ll risk losing them again.
How Long Will Re-Growth Take?
As mentioned previously, the growth phase of eyelashes continues for 30 to 45 days. During this time period, you will experience a gradual increase in length until your lashes return to what they used to look like.
An eyelash that is lost during the active stage will take longer to re-grow. Eventually you will get a new lash replacing it, but the waiting period could reach up to a couple of months. According to researchers, eyelashes will go back to their normal appearance in a period ranging anywhere between one and six months.
Can I Do Something To Speed Up The Process?
To speed up the process and to make your lashes grow longer and stronger, it’s a good idea to refrain from using eye makeup until the growth phase ends. If you can’t stand the idea of going without mascara, consider using one based on natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals. Also refrain from rubbing your lashes because you could cause additional loss.
All hairs need to be conditioned and moisturized. Both olive oil and almond oil are natural conditioners that you can use to stimulate the growth of healthy eyelashes. Some women like to boost their results with a natural conditioner or enhancer. There are many eyelash serums available on the market including several well-known brands. Aim for natural products that deliver nutrients and moisture that hairs need to be healthy.
If you have to use makeup while your lashes are growing, remember to clean your face thoroughly before going to bed. Chunks of mascara stuck to your eyelashes could cause extensive damage.
If these suggestions aren’t enough to make you feel comfortable while your lashes are growing back and it’s hurting your self-confidence, there are a couple of temporary fixes you can try. Fake lashes or extensions can help fill in gaps and get you through an otherwise rough period of time. They will make you feel more feminine and less troubled by the problem. Just remember to use extreme caution… putting them on and removing them properly is essential for eyelash health and growth. If done incorrectly you could make the problem worse.
Just like all other hairs, eyelashes will grow back eventually. They will need some time to appear and you can use this period to nourish and protect your lashes, making them stronger and more beautiful than they were before.