How to Grow Back Your Natural Eyelashes After Extensions

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

Hello everyone!

So it’s no surprise that just like thousands of other girls, I’ve always really wanted longer and thicker eyelashes. Mine were pretty good before, but I still wanted MORE (haha). So, I decided to get eyelash extensions. I did my research and found the best girl to do them for me.

Fast forward to three years later, and I still had them! (Insert screaming emoji here, haha). I was extremely happy with them, because even when I was not wearing makeup on my face, having the lashes still made me look presentable. So, I didn’t even question if my natural eyelashes were being damaged, I just thought that shedding was normal and that as soon as I wanted to take a break, my normal lashes would just be there waiting for me. Boy, was I was wrong!

After having Diego and literally not even having time to brush my teeth, I let my eyelash extensions go. I simply didn’t have the time to be going every three weeks to get them done! And guess what? To my horrified surprise, the majority of my natural eyelashes were gone! Yes, gone! The ones that I did have left were super short–my eyelashes did not look at all like they used to before I added the extensions.

How to Grow Back Your Natural Eyelashes After Extensions

After crying for like 10 minutes (I blame hormones), I made the decision to not go back for extensions and just try to focus on growing my natural eyelashes. I am not going to lie, I didn’t like what I saw on the mirror for some time. I wanted my Minnie Mouse eyes again, but with patience and the right products, my lashes came back!

Stages of The Eyelash Growth Cycle

Before we jump in and talk about ways to grow your eyelashes back, it’s important to understand why they fall out in the first place and the stages of the eyelash growth cycle. Eyelashes can fall out for multiple reasons aside from extensions, such as harsh rubbing to remove waterproof mascara, using a product that irritates your eye area, or even stress. However, in most cases your eyelashes will grow back, and they go through several stages:

  • Anagen phase – This stage usually lasts 2 weeks and is the growth period for each individual eyelash.
  • Catagen phase – This is known as the transition phase, where the lash stops growing. If the lash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the phase, which lasts 2-3 weeks.
  • Telogen phase – This phase lasts between 4-9 months. It’s the resting stage before the last falls out and a new one grows in its place.

Your lashes are constantly going through these 3 phases, and it’s very normal to lose a few lashes day to day, even if you don’t notice!

What I Did to Speed Up Lash Regrowth

  • I purchased a natural mascara- After doing some research, I found that natural mascara is way better for your lashes! If I was going to use something natural, eyes are a great place to start, right? So now, I basically use two! For the first coat, I use a mascara from Per-fékt--it’s natural and also it has lash enhancing ingredients that have really made my lashes long. I don’t use it alone, because I end up with raccoon eyes by the end of the day! For the second coat, I apply mascara from Kjaer Weis (I can never pronounce the name), it’s 99% organic and it really helps my lashes set! It never leaves clumps behind and even if I’m running around all day, it never makes a mess.
  • I started using the right eyeliner– I purchased a new eyeliner from Trish McEvoy, it’s literally the one product I will not go without. Besides staying hydrated and nourishing your lashes it’s the only black eyeliner that I have used that works with my oily skin and does not get messy by lunch time.
  • I bought a lash enhancing serum– I have tried two lash enhancing serums that I really like. I started with one from Peter Thomas Roth, which I loved, and now I am trying a new, more natural version from Plume. This one is 100% made from natural ingredients. Both work great, so it just depends on your preference.

If you want to boost your lash growth even more, here are a few additional things you can do:

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamins A and C, niacin, and iron. Some foods with these ingredients include nuts, whole grains, berries, avocados, fish, and dark, leafy greens such as spinach.
  • Always remove your makeup at night and clean your eyelashes thoroughly. I love to use Vapour’s makeup remover.
  • Don’t get eyelash extensions for a long period of time! Lesson learned. I still love them and would get them again, but I would definitely give my lashes a break from time to time.
  • Use my DIY eyelash growth serum

I have added all my favorite products on the slider below the pictures. Hope this helps some of you!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I’ll see you in my next post!

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

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46 Comments

  1. Beti
    April 7, 2017 / 5:09 am

    I used Rodin and fields lash boost after having lashes on for two months my lashes were ruined. I debated trying the serum , but it works and my lashes have grown back thicker and longer.

    • April 24, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I have heard so much about that one aswell!!! I am gonna try it next.

    • Matty
      March 22, 2018 / 4:33 am

      How long did it take? Because I got lash extensions and my lashes are completely gone.

      • March 22, 2018 / 5:46 pm

        It took a good three months but dont worry they will come back! Just take good care of them!

  2. Kate
    June 23, 2017 / 5:32 am

    How long did it take for your lashes to return to pre extension length? It’s so frustrating to keep reading on sites that extensions don’t damage when I am sure they damaged my natural lashes 🙁

    • June 23, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Hi!! I know I was super disappointed. I went to the best eyelash girl I could find and they still were very damaged. It probably took like 3 months for them to be at a decent length. I used to get so frustrated because people would just tell me that I thought they were shorter because I was used to the extensions, but that is not true I barely had lashes left. the same thing happened to you?

  3. Betsy
    June 26, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Thank you for your informative post! I had been wearing eyelash extensions for 6 months when I unfortunately developed a skin allergy on my upper lids to the lashes – it progressively got worse with each fill, so I let my extensions fall out (ironically I healed the allergy with my own PRP after a PRP microneedling session). My lashes were full and beautiful before my extensions and now I’m shocked at how short and straight and very thin they are now ☹️. I have just started using latisse in hopes that I can have my natural lashes back again. What a bummer! I too went to the best girl I could find – I think if it hadn’t been for the rash on my upper lids, I would have kept them on indefinitely.

    • June 26, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      Hey Betsy!!! I tried Latisee and I actually got better results from the natural version called Plum. I like that you can use it twice a day and you can also use it on your brows! Hope it helps and thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

  4. maria amista
    August 16, 2017 / 4:37 am

    How long would you recommend leaving the extensions on for?

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Hello!!! Thank you for coming to my blog. I think it is very personal. After doing a lot of research I would not recommend leaving them on for more than 6 months without a break. I hope that helps!

      Lorena

      • Gina
        June 7, 2018 / 5:32 pm

        Hello. I have read through your entire post and found it very informative! I have let mine completely come off (not by choice), and plan to get them all put them back on tomorrow but was feverishly trying to educate myself last minute on why my lashes are sooooo short now! Even though you explained in depth, I just don’t understand where the normal length ones went?!? My other question is, why do you suggest a break after about 6 months of extension usage? It is such a pain to watch them all completely fall out. Mascara looks awful on the short/long ones left over. And now mascara looks so ridiculous on my short ones that remain. I’ve been wearing glue on false lashes for the last three days and a) that’s an annoying extra step in my morning routine and b) I so much prefer waking up with lashes!!

  5. Robyn Taylor
    August 22, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Hey Lorena
    Thank goodness it’s not just my lashes it’s happened to. Your problem sounds EXACTLY what happened to me. Decided to give extensions a break after about 8 months thinking my natural, quite long lashes would be there, but no, they were so short and hardly noticeable.
    Just looking for good serums/conditioners to help them grow back.
    **So glad I read your blog. X

    • August 22, 2017 / 3:38 am

      Hey Robyn!!!
      Thanks for reading my blog! I was traumatized after I saw how my lashes looked after the extension. The Plume serum has really helped and I love its natural.
      Let me know if your lashes grow back to how they were before!

      Lorena

  6. August 23, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Glad I found your website. Mine was just for a month and I removed it and my eyes look horrible now.

    I was told applying oils before removing helps but am not trying it out again.

  7. Michèle
    August 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Hi everyone! I have the same story to share. I had very long eyelashes, but almost straight and not dark, so the only reason why I got eyelash extensions was because I was sick of curling them every morning and putting on mascara. I just wanted to let you know, that I only got them for 3 months and my natural eyelashes were destroyed too. Very short and only very few lashes. So the only safe way is to have them only once. Redoing them will always destroy your lashes.
    I’m now trying the lash growth serum from M2.

  8. Florina
    August 24, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I had the same problem, after two months of feeling sexy with my eyelash extensions, when I took them off, I was Completly devestated. My natural lashes are short,straight and doesn’t look like I have any lashes! Even when I curl them, they are still soo short, they look terrible. Don’t believe what people say, that they won’t damage your own lashes!!! They DO !!!!!!!!

    • Gina
      June 7, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      I am so upset that this happened to me as well!! I just don’t understand why they’re all there but so short!! I have belief that they will grow back, but am wondering if since they have all fallen off, I should just go for the serum or even Castor Oil. Amazon sells many 100 organic lash growth serums…..

  9. Resh
    August 26, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I have just taken my lashes off after a month… I was naive to believe that my natural lashes wouldn’t be ruined… but how wrong was I.
    I was actually very proud of of natural lashes, they were very full, I only had the extensions done, for a special occasion. I also loved the extensions as you feel you don’t have to wear much makeup and still look fab!

    Anyway my natural lashes are ruined and sparse… really upset me. But, I will be trying out some of your suggested products, to activate growth.

  10. Ashley Z
    September 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I’m currently going through the same issue… 🙁 After having my lash extensions for only 2 months – I decided to have them grow out – plus they were falling out left and right the week after they were refilled… As of yesterday, I’m left with basically no eyelashes. The couple that are still miraculously hanging on are so much shorter and brittle. I used to have long thick lashes but of course, wanted them thicker and more dramatic so I didn’t have to apply mascara and eyeliner. I’m left feeling like I shouldn’t have tried the extensions….If I would have only known – but like everywhere said “they don’t damage the natural lash” pft, so not true. Here’s to hoping they grow back soon and won’t be ugly….

  11. Blaine
    September 6, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    OMG! I have totally had the same issue with eyelash extensions and losing some of mine. I was afraid it was permanent. I have been using Latisse to grow lashes for a couple months now, and it has definitely done the trick. I also apply castor oil every single night to keep them super moisturizing and nourished. Thanks for the great informative article! That eyeliner looks divine. 🙂

  12. Ashleigh
    September 9, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Same!!! I had extensions for 2+ years and decided to take a break! To my surprise I’m left with short, thin, bald looking lashes.

    I just bought Idol Lash. I’ve heard really good things. I’m scared of the serums hat potentially darken eye color and I wanted something with lots of long term clinical trials. Hoping this is a good choice.

  13. Elizabeth
    September 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Thanks to the author for an interesting review… Oh my condolences to you, I had absolutely the same story!.. After using extensions, my own eyelashes were damaged and then I lost them. I was shocked!.. I knew my lashes were sensitive, but losing them was a bit too much!.. I tried all the natural remedies you listed, but a friend suggested to me Cherish Lash serum, which appeared to be very effective. In just 3 weeks, I started to get my lashes back!.. Oh girls be careful with extensions and falsies))

  14. Lori Lyons
    September 23, 2017 / 2:28 am

    Hi! Late to the party, but I am so happy found your blog!
    Ive been using latisse for years and had long( yet thin eyelashes, but week take right mascara, they looked amazing.
    Fast forward to present, when u was tired of mascara and read extensions were safe . ( ha)!
    1 month in and my natural lashes are junk.
    Do you recommend plume over latisse?

  15. Lori Lyons
    September 23, 2017 / 2:29 am

    Sorry about the typos, voice to text !

  16. October 5, 2017 / 3:12 am

    Thought Id include my experience as a warning to other eyelash extension lovers! I just had my full set removed today and I only had them 20 days and my lashes doesn’t look as healthy/thicker/longer than before. (in those 20 days i had a 2 week touch up refill) My lashes were already long but totally straight. when I curled them my lashes looked great and with mascara definitely looked fab. I wanted to try glamorous eyelash extensions for a wedding and because I wanted to see how it looked 10 years after my first extensions during my own wedding (for that one i think i used natural not as long extensions and i wasn’t too impressed) Now in the back of mind i knew about possibly eyelash breakage/damage etc. and that was why i had mine taken out 4 days after the wedding I attended. (the lady who was taking it out was flabbergasted that i was taking it out because it still looked plush and cool.) anyhoo, i have eyelashes but DEFINITELY doesn’t isn’t the way my lashes look before the extensions. So now Im going to an organics store and buying some lash serum or castor oil, etc. Will I do lash extensions again? Thats a big fat NO. I don’t think its worth it. It was a total pain to take a shower/wash my face and when my eye was itchy? rubbing gently kind of sucked LOL! anyhoo, it also sucked my wallet dry! i truly hope my lashes will go back to normal again

  17. patti
    October 6, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I can’t believe this. I have the same story and thought I was insane. I read over and over again how safe these lash extensions were and after three months of wear mine are totally broken and ruined also. Thank you for the honesty and for the tips on growing them back.

  18. Taylor
    October 19, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I have them and now I’m afraid to take them off because of this!

    • October 19, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Don’t be afraid! why don’t you start using a lash serum now get your lashes a little stronger and then take them off? Hope that helps!

  19. November 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Thank you so so much for this post! I’ve had extensions for 2 years and want to take a break but am terrified for the transition. I’ve ordered all your recommended products & am going to bite the bullet.

    Xo,

    Catherine

    • November 6, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! I was so disappointed when this happened to me 🙁 Since I wrote this post I have continues to use my eyelash serum and also incorporated collagen from Vital Proteins in my diet and my lashes are back to normal!

      • Christine
        March 26, 2018 / 3:01 am

        Thank you for sharing all of this. I’ve been wearing extensions over a year. My lash expert made me take a break. I was kicking and screaming. She has always recommended using a lash serum. I used Latisse for a long time. It worked great for a long time. Is discolored my lid a little, but didn’t bother me, however my eyes were always bloodshot. I’m going to try the Plume while I still have my extensions. I know I am about to be forced to take another break. Which collagen do you use by Vital Protein. There are many products. Again thank you Lore. God Bless You.

      • March 26, 2018 / 1:37 pm

        Hey! I like the collagen peptides from Vital Proteins the one I use if the Blue one from pasture raised grass fed cows. If you don’t like powders I also love the collagen pills by HUM nutrition they work great and also help your skin and hair. I hope that helps!

  20. Jai
    November 4, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I had extensions for 5 months and had removed last night due to developing allergen to glue. I am stund at how short my lashes are. The only reason I had extensions put in was because my lashes are blond and having extensions saved me time w/my morning routine. My lashes have always been thick and a good length; as a matter of fact at my first visit the anestisis commented on how think and lunch my lashes were. I’m so disappointed that I did this to myself. I’m thinking of trying something to help promote growth but would like advice from someone who had a simular experience (I’m a little hesitant to refer to on line profit reviews). Also how long did you allow your lashes to rest before using any makeup or boosting products? Lastly for those of you had developed an allergy; any suggestion to aide with inching? Thanks all

    • November 6, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Hello Jai! Thank you for stopping by! As I mentioned in the post my lashes were completely destroyed and it took a good 3 months to get them to a somehow better state! I really do think teh products I have used worked especially the serum. If you have sensitive eyes I would recommend you use PLUME it’s a natural alternative. Also, since I wrote this post I have incorporated collagen from Vital Proteins in my diet and my lashes and hair are better than ever!

  21. Melinda
    January 10, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Hi Lorena,

    I’m happy I found your site! Thanks for all the info. I have my eyelashes for about 6 months now. I’m horrified at the thought of removing them after reading the stories on your site. Would you suggest I let them fall on there own and start treating them immediately? OR, remove them and treat with the product you suggested called Plume?

    • March 22, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Hey Melinda!! Thank you so so much for reading my post I know the feeling of loving your extensions and not wanting to get rid of them. Honestly I would let them fall out on their own but if I were to do it all over again what I would do is start using the serum while you still have your extensions on.
      I hope that helps! Thank you so so much!

  22. March 24, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Hi Loren… My goodness…thank you for all the info! I still have my lash extensions..and am scared to death to remove them after reading all of this. It’s a shame the salon girls don’t tell the truth about the damage. I have asked repeatedly and they all claim no damage. That the shedding is a natural process…and there will be lashes left for sure. Now I see they have not been truthful at all…since you have all experienced sad results after removal. My question is this…will the serum interfere with the actual adhesive with the extensions? I like that you or someone recommended using it before the removal. I had fabulous lashes always…and got hooked on them after my son’s wedding! I guess I should have just used the falsies instead. Another quick question…someone told me that while they grow out I could use a few of the fake eyelashes called KISS to just add a little where the lashes are worst. Any thoughts on that? I understand that those lashes do not touch your real ones but lay close above the lash line. Thanks so much for your time! have a great day… ML

    • March 26, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Hi!!! I know, I was so disappointed no one told me about the damage and kept being reassured that the moment I would remove the extensions my lashes would be unharmed but It certainly did not work out that way. From my experience, not being a professional, the serum does not interfere with the glue and actually helps you get started with some lashes vs almost none. For falsies I like Battington lashes you can find them citrinenaturalskin.com Thank you so much for stopping by!

  23. Robin
    April 19, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I’m in the same boat as so many! I’ve had extensions for 2 plus years but have no developed an allergy AND the fills just aren’t lasting much more than a week (before looking crazy!). I’ve started Nulash and have also heard good things about the rodan and fields one. Just so terrified to take them off. Gonna wait another month then bit the bullet. Have ppl been able to grow their lashes back to longer than before. My pre extension lashes were medium and blond (hence wanting extensions) but I’m hoping in a few months I can get a better result on my own. How soon did you see improvement from your serum and which is your fave (if you answered that already, so sorry:).

    • April 20, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Hi! Thank you for your comment, I was able to grow my lashes back but it took a while. Mine were super damaged and short when the extensions came off. I think it´s great that you are using a serum before taking them off I think that helps a lot!
      My favorite serum of all the ones I tried was the one from Plume, it is effective and did not bother my eyes at all. I used it morning and night.
      Hope that helps!

  24. Taryn
    April 22, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Hi Lorena!
    I only had my lash extensions on for 5 months (maybe less than that). I took them off (they lasted 4-6 weeks before I refilled because I didn’t shed often) and I have super short, straight lashes with many bald gaps in between. I have been so upset about them. I just started taking biotin in hopes of regrowth, but they are definitely damaged. I honestly think having lash extensions for even a short amount of time will damage them. 😫

  25. Anna
    May 9, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Happy someone is talking about food, – it’s very important for the health of eyelashes )) I noticed a big result when I started to eat nutritional food!! But also a good serum is important – for me it was Cherish Lash serum and I am totally happy with it. I wish you girls to find nice ways to grow your eyelashes))

  26. Roxane Lush
    June 1, 2018 / 4:37 am

    Ive had the lashes applied 3x
    Im astonished that my natural eyelashes are almost unrecognizable short and hardly there! I guess Im done too..wow..onto recovery..good to know Im not alone🙈😢

    • June 3, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      You are not alone!Your lashes will grow 🙂 be patient and take care of them!

  27. Annie
    June 27, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’ve had extensions for about a year and a half, and I would have kept them, but my lash tech is going on maternity leave. I had her remove them yesterday, and I am still in shock! My natural lashes still seem fairly thick, but they are so short and stubby. I would never have gotten the extensions if I had known this would happen. I am literally embarrassed to leave my house! Thank you for your helpful tips; I’m going to follow your advice to the letter. I am hopeful my lashes will grow quickly, but I think I may have to accept that I will look horrible until this winter. Thak goodness for sunglasses

    • July 4, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you for reading the post. I was shocked too! But I promise they will grow back you just need to take extra good care of them. HUM Nutrition has a hair supplement that also makes your lashes grow I believe its called red carpet in case you want to try that too!

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