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Can Eyelash Trimming Help The Lash Growth?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Eyelash trimming, if you haven’t heard of it, is trimming the hair on your lashes as you would the hair on your head. Eyelash trimming is a known practice; it allegedly makes your eyelashes longer in the long run. This process has the same idea of pruning in mind in which cutting or shaving any part of the body will resort in thicker and longer hair.

People trim their lashes for a number of reasons. It is common in men to trim long lashes since pretty lashes don’t scream masculinity. But for those that trim their lashes in order to make them thicker and longer, you may be in for a rather disappointing ride.

How to Trim Lashes?

Trimming your eyelash hair is pretty easy, it’s actually similar to cutting your own hair. Just get a cuticle scissor (those small ones that usually come in a pedicure set) and maybe a magnified mirror to make the job easier. If you’re pretty confident with your skills then you can do this on your own but if your hands are pretty shaky, then its best to just ask a friend to do it for you. You wouldn’t want to puncture yourself using your scissors. Try to make your lashes as even as possible and don’t cut them too short.

Side Effect and Risks

Listed below are a couple of negative side effects that could occur when you trim your lashes?

  • You may cut them too short and may run the risk of your lashes not being able to serve their purpose. Eyelashes serve a number of functions, most of them protective. These short hairs serve to protect* the eye from foreign matter, such as dirt, dust and other forms of debris that small enough to get into the eye. The curved shape of both rows of eyelashes helps to slip sweat and foreign particles out of the eyes. Although eyelashes cannot take the place of protective eye wear like sunglasses, they do help filter out the sunlight that shine into your eyes.
  • You may end up poking your eye with your scissors while trying to trim your lashes.
  • You can get uneven lashes or lashes that are too short.

Does it Work?

The consensus is that eyelash trimming is merely a myth. Regardless of whether you trimmed them or not, your lashes are bound to grow back since they have a natural cycle already figured out. Although lashes do naturally fall out, they also naturally grow back. This is all part of a 3 step process that will be discussed in this article. Eyelashes go through three stages of growth. Sadly, the average eyelash cannot make it until the last phase because of factors such as makeup or aging. When you are taking proper care of your lashes, they will grow to their potential thickness and length and length, and they can finish all 3 stages of their 3 phase cycle. To explain this further, below are the 3 stages involved in eyelash growth:

  • Anagen Phase or the Growth Phase: Lasts about 45 days, during this which the hair cells are dividing rapidly and adding to the hair shaft.
  • Catagen Phase or the Declination Phase: This phase lasts about three weeks and signals the end of the active growth of hair. The hair, in the case the eyelash, undergoes a process of being cut off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce* new hair.
  • Telogen Phase or the Sheading Phase: Is when the hair becomes fully keratinized and dead in a sense that no more new cells are added to it. This phase is characterized by the falling off of hair which begins the resting phase of the hair follicle.

According to Dr. Susan Blakeney, a clinical advisor to the College of Optometrists, “Much like other hair, eyelashes naturally fall out once they have finished their life cycle.” Most research will tell you that hair that has grown after being trimmed is merely your body doing its job.

Verdict

The myth of trimming lashes in order to make them longer is exactly that, a myth. It seems that there are more pros than cons to this practice. Although, if you really are in need of an eyelash trim then by all means, go ahead, but if you are trimming your eyelashes for the main reason of making them grow longer then you may just end up disappointed. It’s better* just to go for false eyelashes or eyelash extensions if you are desperate for longer and thicker lashes. But, if you are hell-bent on trimming your lashes, you can always think that they bound to grow back naturally, so there’s no need to fret.