How long do eyelashes take to grow back?

Natural eyelashes play a crucial role in enhancing our appearance and boosting our self-confidence. Apart from shielding our eyes from foreign objects and chemicals, they frame our eyes and contribute to our overall facial aesthetics. With the growing popularity of lash lifts and extensions, many women invest their time, effort, and resources into achieving flawless lashes. However, if you're new to the world of lashes or struggling with lash loss, you may wonder how long do eyelashes grow back.

We'll delve into this pressing question and provide comprehensive insights into the regrowth process of eyelashes. So, whether you're looking to get lash extensions or improve your eyelash health and care, read on to discover the timeline for regrowing your lashes after experiencing lash loss.

Natural eyelash

How long does it take for eyelashes to grow back?

Once you stop wearing your eyelash extensions, it takes 9 to 12 weeks for new natural lashes to grow in and replace the extensions. This is because the natural lash growth cycle occurs in three stages: the anagen (growth) phase, the catagen (transitional) phase, and the telogen (resting) phase.

The anagen phase typically lasts for around 30-45 days, after which the lashes enter the catagen phase and begin to shed. The shedding phase can last for up to two weeks before new lashes start to grow in their place. During this process, it's essential to care for your natural lashes and keep them healthy to ensure optimal growth.


Eyelashes generally spend around 30 to 45 days in the Anagen/growth phase of the cycle, and for that entire time they are growing. Interestingly, only 15% of lower eyelashes and 40% of upper eyelashes are in the Anagen phase at the same time.


The next phase, the transition phase starts at the point when natural lashes have stopped growing but have not begun resting yet. During this time the follicle of the hair has just started to shrink. The Catagen phase of the hair growth cycle is by far the shortest and lasts between 2 to 3 weeks. This is also the phase when your lashes are most vulnerable and therefore, if they have been forcefully removed or plucked out during this time, it will set you back even more and will take a lot longer for your eyelashes to fully grow back.


Once the Catagen stage has finished completely, the Telogen or resting phase begins. This is the point in the growth cycle of your lashes when they are full size, and the follicle has completely shrunk. It's normal to lose up to 5 natural lashes per day during this phase.

One thing that’s important to keep in mind though, is that as your lashes all grow at different times and are, in fact, at different points in the growth cycle, it is not unusual for a small number to fall out around the same time. 

If you are regularly getting eyelash extension treatments, it is important for your lash artist to be aware of the weight of the extensions they are applying to your natural lashes. Overloading your natural lashes with too much weight can cause them to become weak and brittle, leading to lash damage and loss.

If you or your lash artist notice that you are losing more than 5 natural lashes per day, and it is not due to the weight of the extensions, it is important to seek advice from a extensions educators. This could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, early alopecia, or other medical conditions that could be affecting your lash growth.

How long lashes grow back after being pulled out?

In general, it can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks for lashes to grow back fully. However, this can be affected by factors such as age, genetics, and overall health. It's essential to keep the area clean and avoid rubbing or pulling at the lashes to encourage healthy growth. Additionally, using lash serums or other growth-promoting products may help speed up the regrowth process. If you're concerned about your lashes not growing back or notice any unusual changes in their growth, it's always best to consult with a medical professional.

How long for eyelashes to grow back after chemo?

The regrowth of eyelashes usually begins a few weeks after the end of chemotherapy treatment, and it may take up to 2-4 months for the lashes to grow back fully. However, the new lashes may look and feel different from the previous ones, and it may take some time for them to regain their original length and thickness. It's important to be gentle with the eyelashes during this time and to avoid using harsh products or treatments that could damage the new growth.

Why do lashes fall out?

It is completely natural to experience the shedding of eyelashes. As our body adapts to changes in temperature, it triggers faster hair and eyelash loss. Just like animals shedding their winter coats for a lighter summer coat, we experience seasonal hair and lash loss.

Several factors can contribute to faster eyelash loss, including moisture and hormone levels. Seasonal changes can cause a lack of moisture, which can lead to natural lash loss.

Typically, a single lash cycle lasts between 60 and 90 days. During this time, the active growth phase (anagen) can last up to 30 days, followed by a transitional phase (catagen) lasting 14-21 days. The final resting phase (telogen) can last 30-45 days but may extend up to 90 days.

How to regrow lashes faster?

Regrowing eyelashes can be a slow and gradual process, but there are a few tips that may help speed up the process. Firstly, it's important to ensure that your lashes are healthy and strong by avoiding harsh makeup removers and opting for nourishing lash serums or oils. Additionally, incorporating vitamins and nutrients like biotin, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet can promote lash growth.

One effective lash serum to try is the Lash Wizard Eyelash Serum from Flawless Lashes, which is designed to promote thicker and stronger lashes. Along with proper nutrition and lash care, you can also try gentle eyelash massage or using an eyelash curler to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and promote growth. It's important to avoid rubbing or pulling on your lashes, which can cause damage and stunt growth. In some cases, medical treatments such as prescription lash growth serums may be necessary to see significant regrowth.

How should you take care of your eyelashes?

Although you can’t stop the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes, there are a few things you can do to ensure your lashes have the chance of having as long a life as possible.

  • Make sure makeup accessories are kept clean: All kinds of toxic bacteria can live on your makeup sponges and brushes, that can eventually lead to irritating your eyes and cause blepharitis which can lead to eyelash  loss. You should try to thoroughly clean the accessories you use around the area of your eyes at least at least once a week, if you are having regular lash extensions infills. Lash technicians should brush your lashes with the new Mascara brush
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes: All of our mums at some point have told us to not rub our eyes, haven’t they? This is perfectly sound advice, as constant eye rubbing can pull your lashes out.
  • Eyelash curlers: Avoid them. We’d suggest seeing a lash lift professional to have a safe lash lift treatment or consider using our lash serum which can strengthen the eyelash hair.
  • Make it a habit to remove eye makeup at night: It can be so easy to forget. Let’s face it, we’ve all done it. However, leaving that eye makeup on overnight can dry your beautiful lashes out. Dehydrated hair is brittle hair and brittle hair will eventually break. So, don’t skip this part of your routine.


  • Morgan

    Thank you for such an informative and concise article.
    Chemotherapy medication, steroids and illness are causing hair loss and I clicked on and off many different articles before I came across yours.
    It has put my mind at ease knowing about the hair growth phases (I do know my hair growth may be out of whack during this time) so again, thank you.

  • Sue Etherington

    I’ve just had eye surgery during which they cut my eye lashes. How long will it take to have them how back.

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