Do Eyelashes Grow Back After Lash Extensions? [Explained]

Josie Marks
May 2, 2020

If you’re asking yourself, “Do eyelashes grow back after lash extensions?” You may be worried or hesitant about getting eyelash extensions. Your concerns aren’t unfounded. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t sport luscious, full extensions. Read on for the full answer about whether our eyelashes grow back after extensions.

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How Long Does It Take for Eyelashes to Grow Back?

Eyelashes are not only a great beauty accessory; they are also critical to our eye health. Eyelashes are our first line of defense against many different elements that threaten our vision. Things like dirt, dust, and debris can get into our eyes and cause many ailments, from discomfort to infection.

For this reason, false lash wearers may be leery of getting extensions. However, while some of these fears are justified, our lashes can prove to be much more hardy than we give them credit for. You may have recently taken the plunge and gotten a pair of extensions and noticed a significant loss of lashes.

This could be disconcerting if you’re worried about the health of your eyes. However, there’s some good news. While damage isn’t something we intend on, it can happen to the best of us. Lash loss from extensions isn’t something you have to live with. Instead, our lashes have a formidable quality: They can grow back.

When you grow eyelashes, the time it takes depends on a host of factors. The first is the extent of the damage rendered and the overall health of the hair follicles. Hair follicles are the places on the eyelid that house our lashes; they sit on the edges of each eyelid. Each follicle features glands that secrete oils, and pockets that hold the lash in place, as well as blood vessels beneath the surface.

A litany of things may harm a follicle, including infection and inflammation. However, barring this event, if follicles are healthy and the damage is minimal, some experts agree that full, natural eyelash growth may take up to six weeks.

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Eyelash Growth Cycle

The length of time it takes for lashes to grow also depends upon the growth cycle of our lashes. The lash growth cycle occurs in several phases. These include three distinct time frames: The anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. Each eyelash cycle describes an area of specific growth, rest, or other activity.

For example, the anagen phase details the growth of natural lashes. The catagen phase is the time where the structure of the lash changes, and there is a noticeable bulb at the root. This bulb is a protein called keratin. Once this occurs to the lash, it is known as a “club hair.” Club hairs receive less blood from surrounding vessels. This activity occurs for about two weeks.

After the catagen phase ends, the resting phase or the telogen phase begins. In the resting period, the hairs take a bit of a breather. They no longer grow or change and may start to shed (a few hairs a day is typical). The telogen phase is the final stage before growth begins once more. When lashes commence growth, they are naturally curved. This curvature appears in all humans, regardless of ethnicity.

How to Regrow Eyelashes

Damage to follicles from extensions may cause a host of symptoms, including loss of lashes and itchy, burning red eyes. Although this is serious, eyelashes can grow back with some proper care and maintenance.

First, you must begin from the inside out. Lash growth may occur with a bit of gentle self-care. Proper sleep and hydration will allow the body to recover from damage. Also, a diet rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins will assist in growing back lashes.

In addition to proper nutrition, rest and hydration, taking a short hiatus from lash extensions can help. Giving your eyes a break will encourage the growth of healthy lashes. Note that you won’t have to do this indefinitely. Once you’ve successfully recovered your lashes, you can once again wear eyelash extensions.

Another tip includes a rich and fortifying lash serum. Lash serums are available in a variety of stores, boutiques, and online shops. Serums typically contain ingredients such as biotin, vitamin E, and critical minerals. These components encourage growth while nourishing the hair follicle.

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Grow Eyelashes Faster

When it comes to growing eyelashes faster, there are a few things you can do. First, to get lashes to grow quickly, try to maximize your quality of sleep. Silk or satin pillowcases will be kinder on your eyes and discourage lash loss.

Not only should lash serums become part of your beauty repertoire, but you should add lash conditioners and moisturizers as well. This will hydrate the lash bed and assist in speedy growth. Clean your lashes after using makeup thoroughly.

When cleaning around the eyes, gently use a clean spoolie to separate the hairs and brush away dirt and debris. This will result in fewer germs and a better environment for your lashes. Also, essential oils can make a big difference. Coconut, castor, almond, and olive oils may be brushed onto the lash line with cotton balls before bed for best results.

Finally, good hygiene can also support growing eyelashes faster. Before touching your lashes or eyes, thoroughly wash your hands. Refrain from rubbing them throughout the day. Rubbing and tugging your eyelashes increases lash loss and irritates your eyes.

Final Thoughts on Growing Back Your Eyelashes

If you’ve experienced damage to your lashes or lash loss, don’t get frustrated. There are a few techniques you can observe to encourage lash growth. These methods will not only help your lashes to grow, but they will also increase the health of your lash and the surrounding area.

Also, be aware that lashes aren’t static. They are continually changing, growing, and falling out. The average person loses between 1 and 4 lashes per day. However, our lashes grow back, and the few lashes we lose give way to a fuller, thicker lash line.