Do you remember the time when thin eyebrows were a big trend? Or what about eyelash extensions? I have joined both trends and not without consequences. Nowadays, quite frankly, I don’t really care how long my eyelashes are and whether my eyebrows are full. However, I am occasionally following an oil ritual and I believe that this is the reason that my eyelashes and eyebrows have grown back thicker and longer. These oils and the technique is how I naturally grew longer eyelashes and thicker eyebrows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
With your clean fingers gently massage the eyelid area along the lashes.
Before & after (other differences are weight 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.
If you are struggling with finding a natural and effective way to grow thicker eyebrows and longer lashes, I hope this article might help you. If you have any tips, let me know in the comment section below!
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