This is How Long It Takes For Your Eyelashes To Grow Back

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This is How Long It Takes For Your Eyelashes To Grow Back

Between excessive rubbing, keeping debris out of your eyes and being coated with thick, waxy product day in and out, your lashes take a beating. So, if they’re looking a little sparse every now and then, it’s probably not impossible to pinpoint why.

However, when it comes to restoring your lashes to their full, wispy glory it’s easy to get a little impatient.

The truth is, it’s perfectly normal for your eyelashes to fall out. Similarly to the hair on our heads, eyelashes follow a growth lifecycle and will typically shed every six to 10 weeks. It’s important to note that this does not mean every six weeks you will have no lashes and immediately need to cancel all upcoming dinner plans. As they rotate continuously, we can actually lose as many as five lashes per day.

What causes eyelashes to shed?

Outside of their natural cycle, there are several factors that can cause eyelashes to shed. These include excessive rubbing, dryness, diet, stress and also your beauty routine. Take waterproof mascara for example; while praised for its staying power, it’s notoriously difficult to remove and if not handled with care can cause trauma to the delicate lash follicles. 

How long does it take for your eyelashes to grow back?

For lashes that have fallen out at the root, recovery time is typically two months. In the case of lashes that have been broken but not pulled out of the root, with proper care, you may begin to see results in as little as three weeks.

Top tips for growing your lashes…

#1 Completely (and gently) remove your mascara and eye makeup

When lashes are coated in mascara, it makes them more stiff and prone to breakage. As with eyeliner and eyeshadow, if they are left on overnight, oil can enter pores, clogging them and preventing hair growth. If you’re using waterproof mascara, make sure you remove it gently with a micellar water or an oil cleanser. 

bh recommends: La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra for Reactive Skin, $32.95 at Adore Beauty

#2 Introduce a lash growth serum

Whether they’re over the counter or prescription, lash serums use amino acids to stimulate growth, strengthen and nourish lashes at every phase of the growth cycle.

bh recommends: freezeframe® LASH PRESCRIPTION, ($69, Priceline) and 1000 Hour Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum ($29.99, Chemist Warehouse)

#3 Eat a balanced diet

Following a diet rich in protein, fibre and iron as well as all essential nutrients and vitamins will promote consistent healthy hair growth. If you’re deficient in any of these essential nutrients, try incorporating a supplement into your routine.

bh recommends: Swisse Ultiboost Iron ($11.95 at Chemist Warehouse).

Main image credit: @jastookes

Do you have tips for promoting lash growth? If so, what are they?

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  1. I try to be careful with my lashes but I do tend to rub my eyes way too much. I avoid waterproof mascara these days as it takes too much effort to remove it. Plus, I also kind of like the smudged chic look 🙂

  2. My daughter had a horrific experience. After she had her eyelashes dyed, they literally fell out within minutes and took over a year to grow back. At first, we thought they never would. I felt so sorry for her.

  3. Interesting article. Unfortunately for me, 8months of Chemo and ongoing radiation treatment has left me with no eyelashes. At first I was mortified, however I have adapted my makeup around this as fake lashes don’t agree with my eyes at the moment.

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