Natural Tips On How To Get Longer Lashes

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Batting one’s lashes has got to be one of the most subtle and flirtatious moves in the history of mankind. It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, and if that’s the case, then perhaps eyelids are like curtains and lashes are like adornments? Whatever you choose to call it, or however you choose to look at it, there is no denying that eyelashes hold a special place in the wide world of cosmetics and makeup. Many people are wondering how to get longer lashes, ideally in a natural way, and this is what this post is all about.

The ability to make one’s lashes longer is not something which we all share equally. Simply put, some of you will be genetically predisposed to longer lashes as is, and also possess the tendency to naturally obtain longer lashes than you have today. Also, the state of your body may change with age, hormones, and other variables. Much like every facet of cosmetics and care, this is not a one-size-fits-all kind of situation. You can obtain longer lashes using several methods, some more (or less) natural than others.

Dangers Of Using Chemicals On Eyelashes

Honestly, this one should be a no-brainer. Seeing as how the eyelashes are located next to such a sensitive area – the eyes themselves – you’d think it would be obvious that the use of any potentially-harmful chemicals should be avoided. But this is not really fair, since some substances are a lot more gentle than others, and it is probably not right to group them all together. Be that as it may, there are some dangers involved when using chemicals on or near eyelashes.

Chemicals are everywhere, and this is not to say that ALL chemicals are banned from making contact with the lashes. There are some which are significantly more natural than others, and which cause considerably less harm in general. Likewise, there are some substances or items (like different kinds of eyelash glue) which are best avoided because of the high-risk factor. To each their own, I know, but some things should be investigated deeper, since not all chemicals are altogether harmful, and some could be very useful.

Eyelash glues are tricky. They can end up providing you with long and luxurious eyelashes, just the way you wanted, but with a side of irritated and damaged eyes. It’s a risk because these glues can contain chemicals that are not ideal for use so close to the tear ducts and eyeballs themselves. This is not true across the board, but it may cause irritation and damage to the eye, and on top of that it could also cause your natural lashes to become weak and break off. Not exactly what you’d call a great plan, no matter what your cosmetologist says. 

Lash Extensions Explained

Eyelash extensions.

Woman getting eyelash extensions.

For many years now, lash extensions have been the go-to. It is a way to quickly and easily achieve that sought-after look of long, even, beautiful, sexy eyelashes. It is no wonder that so many people wear them and use them on a daily basis. But it’s not the best way to go about it – not in the long-term anyway. Ideally, you want to get those extensions in some other way, using a more natural method.

False eyelashes are made of synthetic or human materials. There are some factors to consider when using falsies: the shape of the eye in question, the natural state of the pre-existing eyelashes, the possibility of allergic reactions, and the time, energy, and cost involved in purchasing and maintaining them. 

Even if the lashes themselves are made from natural materials, the glue is often an issue. Again, not necessarily in the short term, but definitely in the long term. You don’t want those adhesive substances next to your eyes on a regular basis, because sometimes the most expedient way is also the least healthy. Growing out your eyelashes naturally takes time, patience, and dedication, which is why so many are reluctant to do so and immediately go for the ‘quickie’ method using false lashes and glue.

Extensions, when done professionally in a salon, can cost several hundreds of dollars (especially if you get it touched-up after a couple of weeks). They typically last for a month or so, but this varies significantly from one treatment and brand to the other. And then there is the natural method, which costs a lot less and requires no serious maintenance. Here are a few ways of getting longer lashes using the natural way.  

How To Naturally Grow Your Eyelashes

Natural oils on lashes.

Woman applying natural oil on eyelashes.

Diet and products are key here. As I said, some of you will find that your lashes have a tendency to grow, while others will struggle to add length to their existing eyelashes. Natural growth is brought on by stimulating the hair follicles. So, you want to use substances which help the lash line’s circulation and overall health.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin E, biotin (aka Vitamin H or B7), iron, zinc, and other minerals, healthy fatty acids,  and certain amino acids are a good place to start. These can be of great use when you are trying to grow out your hair naturally (lashes included). 

Here are a few items that can help your lash line become fuller and longer. Please note that these are yet to be clinically proven. That said, there are many who attained their dream lashes using these methods.

1. Vitamin E Oil

For stronger and more hydrated lashes, nothing quite beats Vitamin E. This vitamin is one that is essential for proper skin and hair growth, and it can even be applied topically. 

2. Castor Oil

You can find castor oil (along with coconut, our next substance) in a wide variety of eyelash and skin serums. It’s a natural moisturizer and can be used for many other things besides lash growth. You can use a Q-tip, a finger, or any other clean way of getting the oil on your lashes.

3. Coconut Oil

Three coconut halves held by hands.

Coconuts ready to be made into milk.

Another one which is safe for topical use, and can help your lashes become stronger and fuller. Coconut oil is so gentle that it can be applied topically, and it is safe for use all over. Using a mascara wand, a finger, or an eyelash comb, you can dip and spread it along your lash line.

As with anything you apply topically, make sure you have no allergies or history of negative reactions. It really is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, makeup-wise, so try to be careful and vigilant even with the most natural of substances.

Also, there is such a thing as getting too much of a good thing. Don’t overdo it, and make sure to listen to your body. That said, if everything is a go and there are no adverse effects, you should be consistent with it. This is the only way in which it will work. There are quicker methods, but I’ve found that the ones which require the most patience also yield the best and most lasting results.

Obviously, if you try and don’t succeed, it could be that your body is just not built for these natural ways. You might have to continue using synthetic, quick-fix, over-the-counter methods. If that is the case, do the research and find out what works best for you, what materials and glues are best for your specific eyes, and what the best price is.

Conclusion

Eyelashes make your eyes and your face pop. It can be one of the most attractive things on a human face, other than perhaps a smile. When the lashes are done right, and when they are looking full and long, there is nothing quite like them. Some people pay hundreds of dollars every month or two in order to maintain that look. It is nice to know that for many of us, that sexy, seductive appearance can be achieved naturally.

I don’t have anything against using synthetic methods when needed, but in this post, I am considering the long-term. Over the course of months and years, using synthetic lashes and glues could prove to be detrimental. This is why the natural way will always win at the end. The ability to change lashes quickly and easily with extensions does have its place, I agree, but the best way to do it is through proper dieting and use of natural ingredients.

Plus, after all is said and done, wouldn’t you rather have long eyelashes that don’t require salon touch-ups and application of glue to your lash line? For those of us who are in it for the long haul, getting longer lashes naturally should definitely be on the to-do list. And the best part is that with proper care and patience, these can last you a lifetime.

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