Will My Eyelashes Regrow after Extensions?
The answer is, yes, eventually. There has been an increasing trend of women seeking lash extensions in the past few years. Sometimes the expense and upkeep of lash extensions cause women to want a break from wearing them. Women may also choose to stop having eyelash extensions because they cannot rub their eyes, use their favorite facial oils, or waterproof makeup products. Many women will choose to return to their natural eyelashes. Even for women who wish to continue with lash extensions, most lash technicians recommend you break from them every few months.
So will your eyelashes regrow after eyelash extensions? Yes, eventually.
Having sparse eyelashes or having no eyelashes at all after lash extensions can be prevented. Visiting a trained eyelash technician to have your lash extensions done in the first place is essential. As well, the amount of time it takes to have thick natural eyelashes that appear as they did before your lash extensions, can be shortened.
Use Single Eyelash Extensions Applied with the Right Glue
One of the best things to do when having eyelashes extensions first applied is to find a reliable and trained technician who ensures your extensions are “properly isolated” so that as they are growing out, they feel comfortable to wear (Kozicka). In Kozicka’s article, the lash technician notes that some women can handle over “120 extensions” while for others “40 eyelash extensions” or less are enough (Kozicka).
Before having your eyelash extensions done, ensure you are not allergic to a particular type of glue. Place a little of the glue your technician wants to use on the back of your hand or near your eye area before having your extensions applied. If your skin reacts in anyway choose a different type of glue.
Avoid Clusters or Knotted Extensions
A second method to avoid sparse eyelashes after extensions is to avoid wearing cluster or semi extensions that are “tied together with a base at the knot” (Kozicka). The knot is glued on your natural eyelashes and does not allow them to “shed” which causes “tugging” and “pulling” on your eyelashes (Kozicka). The lash technician in Kozicka’s article commented that women who wear these cluster extensions for months on end may experience “semi-permanent” eyelash follicle loss or places their eyelashes are bald (Kozicka).
Have a Trained Technician Remove Your Extensions
In general, eyelash extensions appear uneven after two or more weeks, and most women have them replaced at this time. It is vital to have your extensions removed by your lash technician. When you first have eyelash extensions applied, the glue the eyelash technician uses is a stronger lash glue than what can be found in drugstores or makeup stores.
Professional eyelash glue is created to remain attached to your natural lashes until they grow out. Removing extensions before your natural lashes have shed requires a special glue remover and a lash technician with training.There is no safe at home remedy to remove your extensions without damage. You should never try to pull off remnants of your extensions. This does serious damage to your natural eyelashes.
Fantastic Mascara and Lash Primer: Your Best Friends
Moreover, it is important to care for your lashes while they regrow. Appearance wise, increasing the volume and length of your natural lashes can be obtained by using a Mascara primer such as Clinique’s Lash Building Primer to thicken sparse lashes along with Benefits: They’re Real Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara. These are two of my favorite products to make natural lashes that are growing out, appear healthier. Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer is also a wonderful option for a mascara as it both primes and tints your lashes so you don’t have to wear mascara and primer separately (Coveteur). As well, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara contains collagen for resilient and breakage free natural eyelashes. You can wear this Too Faced mascara with or without a primer (Coveteur).
Just as facial serums restore and brighten your skin, Lash Serums can decrease the time it takes your lashes to regenerate. Coveteur recommends Latisse as an FDA approved lash serum that promises healthier and stronger lashes. However, you’ll need to see your Family Doctor to receive a prescription for this product (Coveteur). A second serum to try is Grande Cosmetics GrandeLASH™ – MD Lash Enhancing Serum that has ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. The serum claims to promote longer and thicker lashes in only a few weeks, with full results in three months. Shiseido’s Full Lash and Brow Serum also promises to be a hydrating serum that prevents lashes and brows from looking sparse, stubby, and thin. It promotes lash and brow growth for a cheaper price point.
Vitamins for Lash Growth
Another recommendation to enhance lash growth after having eyelash extensions removed is to take vitamins. Vitamin B3 is essential in promoting lash growth. It nourishes the body by helping it to “metabolize keratin” which promotes hair growth, prevents eyelashes from falling out, and prevents eyelashes from being “dry” and “brittle” (Coveteur). As well you can consider taking Vitamin H which is found in “Biotin or Vitamin B7” that encourages and thickens lash regeneration (Coveteur). Lastly, if you’re not already taking Vitamin C for other health benefits, Vitamin C helps with eyelash growth as it’s full of antioxidants and is a natural antibiotic (Coveteur)
Homeopathic Care for Eyelashes
Additionally, if you do not have trouble with your mascara running, it is best to avoid waterproof mascaras as they can dry out your eyelashes. Since waterproof mascaras are difficult to remove, choose gentle makeup removers. Also, try to give your lashes a break from all eye products when possible.
Another way to lengthen lashes is to apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) each night with a mascara wand and wash off the jelly in the morning. This should be repeated three times a week. You can also see the article How to Make Your Eyelashes Longer with Vaseline for more information. Brushing your lashes as you would your hair to distribute “natural oils” along the length of your lashes is also a way to promote lash regrowth. As well, massaging your eyelids can aid natural lash regeneration. Using the pads of your fingers, you can massage your eyelids to aid blood circulation and eyelash growth.
What you eat does matter. Eating more fruits and vegetables helps eyelashes regrow by naturally providing vitamins to your body. Significant foods to eat include foods such as fish, beans, yogurt and soy proteins. You can also try soaking a cotton ball in green tea as the ‘flavonoids’ in green tea generate eyelash growth and clean out the follicles of your eyelashes.
As well, lemon essential oil or soaking lemon peels in olive oil for a couple of days and placing the mixture on your lashes is said to be antibacterial. It eliminates toxins encouraging natural eyelash regeneration. As with the Petroleum Jelly, this can be applied to your lashes before bed and washed off in the morning. One last natural method to regrow your natural eyelashes is to create your own serum using Coconut Oil that’s fractionated and a drop of Lavender and lemon juice. This serum cleanses eyelash follicles stimulating lash regrowth.
There are a variety of ways to stimulate your natural eyelashes into growing thicker, fuller, and longer after eyelash extensions. Your eyelashes ‘will’ regrow after lash extensions are removed. But it is up to you which method you prefer to use to help your eyelashes grow faster. My opinion is that first, having individual lashes applied instead of knotted extensions is better; second, having the right glue for your eyelashes and skin is important; and third, having your extensions first applied by an experienced lash technician is the best way to prevent losing natural eyelashes later.
Most importantly, having your extensions removed by your lash technician is critical to regrowing your eyelashes. You will still have to do maintenance, so your eyelashes become more like your natural lashes before your extensions. However, within a few weeks to three months, your eyelashes will be voluminous and thick again. You can also check out the article 6 Amazing All Natural Trick for Longer Eyelashes for further information.