Eyelashes are vitally important to how we look and feel. As well as helping to protect our eyes from all manner of debris and chemicals, they also help to complete the intriguing and pretty picture that is our face. Providing a beautiful border for the eyes that complements the eyebrows and rest of that area.
It’s not surprising then that many women put a lot of time, effort and even money into ensuring that their eyelash game is on point, always. Lash extensions have never been more popular than they are right now. If you are new to the world of eyelash extensions or eyelash health and care, perhaps you’ve yet to take that trip to the salon or have recently been experiencing difficulties with lash loss, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. One of the main questions you have though, is quite possibly, ‘how long do eyelashes take to grow back?’.
That is a very justified question to have and as such, one we are going to address as fully as we can in the following post.
Why Do Lashes Fall Out?
This seems as good a place to start. There are various reasons why lashes fall out, whether its beauty treatments that have gone wrong, stress, illness, injuries or something else. However, the most common reasons why eyelashes fall out is because it is all part of the natural growth cycle.
They do it more often than you may have realised and it’s only now that you are starting to pay attention to it because you have started looking into using lash extensions.
Many people associate lash extensions with eyelashes falling out, when the truth is, unless you are pulling out your eyelashes in an inexperienced and foolhardy sort of way, those lashes were going to fall out at some point anyway. Just like your other hairs.
How Long Do They Take to Grow Back?
So, the big question now is how long they will take to grow back in. In order to understand how long it takes, you need to understand the natural life or growth cycle of your lashes. This consists of three main stages:
- Anagen – The Growth Phase
- Catagen – The Transition Phase
- Telogen – The Resting Phase
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 lashes have stopped growing but have not begun resting yet. During this time the follicle of the hair has just started to reduce. 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. From this point forward, it’s business as usual for your lashes and, if you are healthy in yourself and your lashes are taken care of properly, the resting phase can last for as much as 30 days before they start falling out.
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. A sign that something might be wrong, though, is if a lot or all of them fall out at the same time. You really need to go to your dermatologist or general practitioner, because it may be the sign of an as-yet undiagnosed condition or disease.
So…now you understand the growth cycle, that brings us back to the question of when they will grow back.
This depends, again, on various factors. On average, if there’s no extenuating circumstances, it can be around 1 to 2 months before eyelashes start growing back. If though, they have been plucked or forcibly removed, it takes a lot longer for them to grow back as the cycle has been forced to start again earlier than the body is prepared to.
So, it could take between 1 to 6 months for all your lashes to grow back fully, depending if they naturally fell out or came out prematurely. Regrowth takes around 6 weeks.
Tips to Prevent Lashes from Falling Out Prematurely
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 even the loss of those pretty lashes. You should try to thoroughly clean the accessories you use around the area of your eyes at least a couple of times a month
- 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 or consider using our lash serum which can strengthen the 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.
So, they do grow back, but it takes time, and you need patience.