The other day I found an old picture where I looked somewhat….different. I had almost no eyebrows (literally half of the eyebrows I have now). I remember I thought by plucking my eyebrows that much I would give myself a more open and fresh glance. It was also trendy to have thin eyebrows back then and thank goodness that trend has passed a long time ago. My eyebrows did not immediately follow the new ”Brooke Shields trend” though. And then my lashes. I believed that lash extensions would not damage my own lashes. I found it difficult to cope with the fact that removing the lash extensions, meant half of my lashes disapeared too. Fast forward many years later and I actually don’t care that much anymore about how long my lashes are or how thick my eyebrows are. However, I adopted an all natural habit ever since and I believe this is the reason my eyelashes and eyebrows grew back thicker and longer (and stay that way).
How I Naturally Grew Longer Eyelashes and Thicker Eyebrows
After my eyebrows didn’t grew back that easily (and beautifully) and my lashes were half gone I knew I had to reach out for oils. Back then I had no clue which one would work best for me. I’m now using three types of oils that I alternate.
1. Jojoba Oil
I have two favorite oils and jojobo oil is one of them. It was also the first oil I used to grow my lashes back before I switched to another oil. Jojoba oil is a moisturizing oil with amazing regenerative properties. Jojobo oil is also probably the most populair oil for eyelash enhancers because not only does it moisturize the lashes it also protects the hair follicles which allows the eyelashes to grow longer and thicker before they can fall out.
How to use?
Wash your eye area so it’s clean of any makeup and/or products. Apply a bit of pure jojoba oil on a cotton swab and dap into the roots of your lashes. Do the same with your eyebrows.
I use NOW Organic Jojoba Oil.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil has worked amazing to grow back my lashes and eyebrows and it’s my number one favorite. The reason I started with jojoba oil is that I was not aware that castor oil would give better results. Castor oil is a popular oil that is often used to promote the growth of not only lashes and eyebrows, but (scalp) hair too.
This thick oil contains beneficial anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It’s a rich oil with not only a moisturizing effect, but castor oil also contains minerals and is high in unique fatty acids that nourishes and strengthen the eyelashes and eyebrows. Castor oil also increases circulation – which is critical for promoting any hair growth.
There are two types of castor oils that are great for longer eyelashes and thicker eyebrows. The most common type is regular cold pressed castor oil that has a pale color and a mild aroma. The other type of castor oil that is very popular for eyebrow and eyelash growth is the much darker Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). I use this one the most, but alternate between the two. I think it comes down to personal preferences which one you use. It’s important though to buy castor oil that is 100% pure and that is hexane-free.
How to use?
Wash your eye area so it’s clean of any makeup and/or other products. With a cotton swab or clean mascara brush lightly apply the castor oil from the roots of the eyelashes to the ends of the lashes. You only need a drop or two per eye (lashes). Repeat this process at least a few times a week.
I use this hexane- free castor oil
3. Lavender Oil and/or Coconut Oil
Lavender oil is the oil I use when I want to maintain the results that I got after using the previous described methods. Lavander oil however is known to significantly increase hair growth too. I like to use my DIY serum which is an easy to apply eyelash- and brow serum. It’s a simple recipe that contains lavender oil and coconut oil.
A study found that in 86 patients who use lavender to treat hair loss, over 44% saw significant hair growth as determined by photographic assessment. The degree of improvement was significant.
Coconut oil is a perfect carrier oil to mix lavender oil with because it’s nutrient rich, plus it’s antibacterial. When I’m lazy I only use coconut oil.
How to use?
Mix 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil with 2-4 drops lavender essential oil and use a cotton swab to apply it along your eyelash roots down to the ends of your eyelashes and on the eyebrows.
As you might have noticed the most important part about any hair growth methode is to help increase the blood flow and circulation. Oils are a great way to do so, but massages also help a lot. Massaging the eyelid area and the area near the lashes will do just that. Increase blood flow and circulation equals a better hair/eyebrow/lash growth. This doesn’t need a lot of explanation and as you might have read here I also do this for my hair when I need it to grow quickly. It’s also so relaxing!
How to do so?
With your clean fingers gently massage the eyelid area along the lashes.
Before & after (other differences are weight, health and an Instagram filter 😉 )
Just like with any other natural beauty method, you can’t expect miracles overnight. It takes time (and patience) and in my case it took 2-3 months to see a noticible difference. It became a habit now that is part of my nighttime routine. I sometimes forget about it and also I have stopped several times for a few months, but each time I noticed that especially my lashes are less thick and long.