Women ask “Do Eyelashes Grow Back” but they need to know that eyelash growth is more complex than meets the common eye! Most people do not compare eyelashes with human hair even though lashes are indeed the same. Eyelashes like hair have their own growth cycle that consists of three important phases.
3-Phases of Eyelash Growth
- Anagen – is an active, growth phase which lasts 30 to 45 days for eyelashes. When eyelashes are in this phase, the eyelash keeps growing and they do not fall out unless pulled, plucked or otherwise forced out.
- Catagen – a transitional phase where the growing is no longer happening. The follicle at this time is not making hair, therefore if the eyelash falls out during this 2 to 3 weeks, it will not grow back until the follicle’s catagen phase is over.
- Telogen – is a phase where hair and eyelashes fall out (a phase we do not like but must put up with). This phase is the hair’s resting period that lasts for about 100 days before it will fall out on its own. Losing eyelashes in this phase means that a new eyelashes will grow in faster because the natural hair growth cycle was not interrupted.
Eye lashes just like your eyelids are important for protecting your eyes from foreign debris such as air born dust. Keeping dust and debris out of your eye will avoid irritation and infections. It is important to have healthy and stronger eyelashes for these reasons, lashes are not just for appearance and looks. Eyelashes are also very sensitive and acts as an early warning system. When items such as water, insects or dust come close to contacting your eyelashes, they sense these items and alert you to close your eye lids before the items has a chance to contact your bare eye.
Do eyelashes grow back, as you can see if you pluck out your eyelash yourself or they fall out on their own, they will definitely grow back. Remember, eyelashes take about four to eight weeks for one to get fully replenished. Everyone has different types of eyelashes, some have long thick and full lashes while others have short, thin and light lashes. It seems a lot of women have had a desire to increase their lash length, thickness and fuller, the good news is that it is possible to stimulate eyelash growth. We do not mean to go ahead and cut the ends of your eyelashes to activate growth, this is a false theory.
There are many eyelash growth enhancers on the market, they are made up with ingredients similar to those found in human hair growth products. Usually these products are applied to the base of the eyelash before you go to bed and works while you sleep. This is great because it does not affect the use of mascara during the day. When you are dealing close proximity to your eyes, try to find products that use natural ingredients, have been clinical trialed and contain no side effects. Always use the product following the manufacturers instructions for the best and safest results. You may see positive growth in as little as two weeks giving you a head start to the full, longer and and thicker eyelashes.