What! No more batting your eyelashes at the cute guy next door? Sparse eyelashes are no fun and most women use mascara or fake lashes to fill out that void. These products do more harm than good and further damage and weaken the natural lashes. Worry not, there is hope! There are many natural remedies to grow eyelashes faster. Here are the proven ones:
1. Castor oil
Castor oil is also called the ‘oil that heals’. In fact, in the early BCs, it was known as the Hand of Christ too, such were its healing powers. From acne, to liver burden, to constipation to skin rashes and hair loss, this was the go to oil for centuries for Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans as well.Many women have seen great results with castor oil for their sparse eyebrows and eyelashes. Apply a thick coating of the oil using a Q-tip, all over the lashes. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning. Do this diligently for a month to see results. To enhance the properties of Castor oil for eyelashes, add some Jojoba, Almond or Grapeseed oil to it.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the best remedies to grow eyelashes naturally, faster. To grow eyelashes with coconut oil, simply apply a thick layer of the oil to the eyelashes. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight. Reapply each night/morning for a period of 1 month at least to see results. Avoid getting the oil into the eyes.
3. Olive oil
Like coconut and castor oils, olive oil can also make your eyelashes grow thicker, stronger, darker and faster. Apply some each night to brows and lashes and see the difference!
4. Almond oil
If you use Mascara, apply it by mixing it with almond oil first. The oil protects your eyelashes from the harmful effects of the chemicals in the mascara as well as the environment.
This is an ancient remedy to strengthen the eyelashes. Mix a salve with 2 parts of lard and one part of ointment of nitric oxide of mercury. Anoint the lashes with the mixture morning and night. Also use milk and water each time to anoint the lashes after you have used the lard salve.
6. Green tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants, caffeine, flavonoids and catechins which prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Add this superfood to your diet. Additionally, you can use it as a lash cleanser or conditioner. Brew the tea and cool it. Apply it using clean Q-tip to the lashes. Let it dry naturally. Repeat daily or weekly to grow the lashes naturally, fast.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel is indeed nature’s gift to mankind. Apply Aloe Vera gel (source it directly from the plant) on the lashes with a mascara brush. Repeat this remedy at least once a week.
8. Commercial eyelash conditioners (Revitalash and Latisse)
Latisse™ is an eyelash grower that has been on the market since 2008. FDA approved, this medicine grows lashes in just 4 weeks but there are side effects such as darkening of the skin around the eyes reported by women using them.
9. DIY Homemade eyelash conditioning serum
Mix together equal parts of olive oil, almond oil castor oil and Vitamin E oil (vitamin E oil should at least be 70,000 IU in strength). Each night, before going to bed, apply this blend to the roots and tips of eyelashes. This can give a protective coverage to the lashes and keeps them moisturized. This serum strengthens the lashes and prevents breakage.
10. Use eyelash curlers with caution
Some women use eyelash curlers to fix unruly lashes. However, this tool can do more harm than good especially if you happen to tug on the lashes with force. Avoid this at all costs. Use it with extreme caution or not at all to prevent further weakening of the lashes.
11. Avoid false eyelashes at all costs
Fake eyelashes contain chemicals and glues that wreak havoc on your natural lashes. Use them sparingly or not at all. If sparse lashes are bothering you, you can use lash extensions. But never wear these at a stretch. Always take a break every now and then to prevent your natural eyelashes from weakening.
12. Take a look at your eye makeup and cleansers
If your lashes are falling out excessively, you may be allergic to some of the ingredients in your makeup or even your facial cleanser. Change the products to see if it makes a difference.
13. Watch what you eat
A healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins is necessary for thick beautiful lashes. So eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean proteins. This is an essential remedy to grow eyelashes back which you may have lost due to an illness.
14. Never sleep with the makeup on
This is the worst habit that can cost you your lashes. Always use a cleanser and toner or baby oil to remove the makeup completely.
15. Clean your lashes from time to time
Tiny microorganisms often use your eyelashes as their home. So wash and clean your lashes from time to time. You can use a brush to clean and dislodge the dirt. Use warm water and a mild cleanser to wash the eyebrows and lashes.
Stress can be one of the common causes of hair loss. So meditate, do yoga and exercise daily to eliminate stress and keep your lashes stronger naturally.
Try these 16 remedies to grow eyelashes back.