Long, thick, and dark eyelashes have a way of enhancing beauty. They are the perfect addition to every look: the eyes look more beautiful in that dark frame, and the eye makeup is magnified. It is no wonder fake eyelashes are such a popular trend among women. But apart from being downright dangerous and uncomfortable, not everyone can afford to spend all that time every day in front of a mirror attaching and detaching them.

Luckily, you don’t have to. There are other ways to achieve the same, or even better, results. These procedures are very simple, and the only way to achieve the best results is through dedication. If you are after a quick fix, it would be best if you stuck to your magnetic strips.

This guide takes you through 10 effective ways on how to make your lashes grow faster.

From our list, you will notice that some of these hacks involve use of some sort of serum or oil. As with any other product, it would be best to check with your dermatologist or doctor before using new products in areas as sensitive as the eye to rule out any possible risks and allergens.

But before we delve into those, what could be causing your eyelashes to thin and/or shorten?

Causes of thinning eyelashes

  • Normal cycle - Eyelashes have undergone a normal cycle just like the hair on your head. Do not panic when an eyelash or two come off as you rub your eyes. They will be replaced with new growth.

  • Medical Condition - Thinning of eyelashes could also be caused by an underlying medical condition. If you experience sudden eyelash loss, consult your doctor immediately. There could be a number of diseases and conditions such as hyperthyroidism, leprosy, HIV/AIDS and psoriasis among others.

  • Drug interaction - If this is your case, chances are, you were already briefed by your doctor before treatment. For instance, chemotherapy patients experience hair loss during treatment, which extends to the eyelashes as well. They normally grow back to full length after treatment.

  • Age - Your hair follicles age with time. Even if you had the thickest fringe back in the day, as the hair on your head thins, so do the eyelashes.

  • Trauma or care - Thinning may be caused by improper care of lashes. Rubbing and scrubbing or failing to remove eye makeup products will weaken your lashes and cause the weakest to fall out.

  • Eyelash extensions - Tugging at the extensions to detach them from your lashes instead of using a cleanser damages your lashes. You should use a cleanser as per the instructions to soften the glue.

How to make your lashes grow faster

Whether you are affected by one of the above causes or just want to enhance your looks, the following ten ways will assist you.

1. Diet

The following foods are known to increase hair, and ultimately lash, growth and overall health.

  • Proteins and vitamins - The importance of proteins in growth cannot be overstated. You should focus on foods such as beans, fish, eggs, and soy protein. The two antioxidant vitamins, E and C also play a part in development and growth. Vitamin E increases circulation in the scalp. Without vitamin C, the hair becomes dry and breaks easy. These vitamins can be found in avocados, citrus fruits, and leafy green vegetables. You can also purchase a vitamin E supplement capsule, but you have to ask your doctor for the correct dosage. You don’t even have to take it internally; you just break two capsules and apply it to your lashes using a soft brush.

  • Green Tea - There are many benefits to using green tea, and one of them is faster and healthier hair growth. Brew it normally and wait for it to cool down. Using a cotton swab, apply it to your lashes and leave it on. You don’t have to rinse afterward. Drink the rest of the tea.

  • Garlic - Garlic is very powerful in increasing hair growth. The best way to use it is in the form of garlic pills as they are widely available in many pharmacies and health food stores. There are also garlic gels and creams but they may be harder to come across. Do not try to use actual garlic on your eyelashes. It is too irritating and you will spend the whole day stinking.

2. Oils

Did you know you can boost your lash health using kitchen cupboard staples such as coconut oil, olive oil, aloe vera, and castor oil? However, this demands lots and lots of patience,  but the results are worth it; simply unbelievable.

Castor oil promotes fuller, thicker lashes. Coconut oil works by preventing protein loss to boost overall hair health. You can use each of the oils separately or combine them together. The general procedure is outlined below.

How to apply oils to improve eyelash health

  • Step I: Dilute the oils - Some oils, such as olive and coconut can be applied directly. Essential oils such as jojoba oil and extra virgin oil have a strong scent that may irritate you if you don’t dilute them first.

  • Step II: Mix - There are a number of sample lash growth recipes. A popular one is to combine 2-4 drops of lavender with half a tablespoon of coconut oil. You can create more if you want, but you have to use the same ratio. Store the mixture away from light and air.

  • Step III: Wash your eye area - Make sure you remove all dirt/debris or makeup. Do not exert too much pressure on your lashes.

  • Step IV: Apply it to your lashes - You can use a cotton swab or your finger, starting from the roots and working towards the ends. If you are using an essential oil, make sure it doesn't get into your eyes. Leave it on overnight.

  • Step V :Clean it thoroughly in the morning

3. Use a lash serum

There are many advantages to using an eye serum as opposed to normal hacks. They include;

  • They come with the necessary instructions on use and when to expect results. This removes the need for guesswork.

  • They come with all the tools you need such as applicators.

  • They have been tried and tested. This varies with the brand.

So, where to start? A good lash serum is the first step, of course. Xlash eyelash serum harnesses an award-winning formula that focuses on the power of natural ingredients for longer, thicker and darker lashes in only 3-5 weeks.

4. Petroleum jelly

Despite there being no scientific evidence to support it, many people claim to have had actionable results using it to boost hair growth. The reason for this could be the protective barrier, it provides on the follicles, strengthening your lashes. Also, by keeping the hair moisturized and flexible, it prevents breakage.

Whatever the reasons for its growth-boosting properties, the general procedure is as follows

  • Step I: Purchase the necessary tools. Apart from the jelly, you should purchase a cotton swab or a mascara wand. A finger will suffice, but using a wand or swab is more recommendable.

  • Step II: Clean your eyes and lashes using a gentle, unscented cleanser. This is done to remove all makeup and debris. Do not exert too much pressure.

  • Step III: Apply using the swab or wand. To apply, run the swab along the lash line, then take a little amount, spread it between the thumb and index fingers, then run the two fingers over your lashes.

You can use it anytime you want, but it would be much better to wear it at night and take it off in the morning about three times a week. You can wear the petroleum jelly in place of mascara during the day, but remember to take it off during the night. Make sure that you give your eyes time to breathe by not using it continuously over a long period of time.

5. Massage

Simple as it sounds, massaging your eyelids and lash area play a great role in a thicker lash. As you massage, circulation and blood flow increases, encouraging your lashes to grow. You can use your bare hands or one of the oils discussed above.

The general procedure to follow is:

  • Step I: Clean your hands - Make sure your hands are clean and dry to prevent irritation and/or pimples to form.

  • Step II: Apply a warm compress - The warm compress should focus on the eyelids and lash area. A washcloth soaked in warm water can be used instead, but make sure the water is not so hot that it can burn your skin. This cleans your eyelids and lashes and opens up the clogged pores.

  • Step III: Massage - For the best results, slide your fingers from the outside going inside of the lower eyelid and from the inside going outside on the upper lid. I.e, clockwise movement of your right eye and anticlockwise movement of your left.

Maintain a constant level of pressure throughout. This pressure should not cause you any discomfort. If it does, you are using too much force. If you decide to use oil, I recommend using coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties and it also won't clog the opened pores. Make sure it doesn't get into your eyes. Keep on massaging them 5-10 times over 30 seconds. Although you can do it every day, the standard is usually 2-3 times a week.

6. Egg mask

Eggs have a high amount of proteins, vitamin B, and biotin, making them useful not only for breakfast anymore. These properties are very important in improving hair and lash health and length. The procedure for preparing them is quite simple. Beat one egg and mix it with one tablespoon of glycerin and you are done. You can also use petroleum jelly if you wish. Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to your lashes, starting from the roots going outwards. Rinse it with lukewarm water after 15 minutes. Do this three times a week for the best results. Since you cannot use a whole egg on your lashes, apply the remaining on your entire face for its benefits to the skin and wash them off at the same time. Make sure it doesn't get into your eyes.

7. Lash care

Simple routine lash care goes a long way in promoting their overall health and density. One such overlooked simple method combs them regularly using a brush. It stimulates hair growth by improving blood flow. There are many items that can be repurposed into a brush. Make sure the one you choose can apply products smoothly, and comb without weakening the lashes by tugging on them. You can also go for products meant for those specific functions such as over-the-counter lid scrubs. Caring for your lashes extends well into removing all your makeup before you sleep.

8. Makeup break

From time to time, say twice a week, you should take a break from makeup, especially mascara and eye products. There are components in mascaras, especially waterproof ones, that can make your lashes dry and fragile. If you have to wear makeup daily, make sure you stay away from it over the weekend and remove it immediately you get home.

9. Resist fake lashes

Between the medical-grade glue you use to hold them in place in the rough removal process, everything about fake lashes poses a danger to your natural bush. Since it is virtually impossible to stay away from them it is advisable to wear them only on special occasions.

10. Lemon peel oil

Lemon oil is known to assist in regrowing affected lashes. To prepare the solution, peel two lemons and place the peels in a small jar and add a few spoons of coconut or olive oil to the jar. Press the peels against the side of the jar using a spoon and let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning it will be ready to use. Avoid the eyes as you apply it to your lashes and leave it on for a couple of hours before washing it off. You can do this once a day.

Once you start noticing the results, you can maintain them by following the tips below.

  • Condition your lashes from time to time.

  • Use gentle makeup removers.

  • Avoid cheap, spinoff eye make-up.

  • Minimize using eyelash curlers

  • Limit using eyelash extensions

As you may have noticed from the above, these steps are very common and to some extent, you already knew some of them. That said, the only thing that separates short and sparse lashes from long and dense ones is a dedication to the routine. Although a combination works best, even a single procedure selected from the above will give you amazing results; you only have to be willing to put the time in.


Published by Charlesa Gibson