All of the hair on our bodies goes through a growth cycle, and our luscious eyelashes are no exception. While different areas of hair will go through these phases at different speeds, the phases do remain the same.
The eyelash growth cycle is abbreviated as opposed to the hair growth cycle for what grows on the top of your head. This is because eyelashes are, of course, much shorter than other hair, meaning that the whole process can be somewhat abbreviated.
There are three main phases to the eyelash growth cycle, and each is necessary to maintain a healthy and lush lash line. The speed at which your lashes grow back can also depend on what stage the majority of your eyelashes are in once the root cause is addressed, and they can begin to grow again. Not all of your eyelash hairs will be in the same phase at the same time. This is done naturally by your lashes to minimize the risk of all of your eyelashes falling out at once, but this can still occur in certain situations like the ones mentioned above.
The Growth Phase (Anagen)
This is the first phase of the eyelash growth cycle, and it is by far the most important when it comes to the active regrowth of your eyelash hairs. It is called the “growth” phase for a reason, after all. The anagen phase begins as soon as the old hair falls out and the new one grows in to take its place on your lash line.
This phase typically lasts for between four and ten weeks. During this time, your eyelashes will grow consistently each day until they reach their final length. Your specific eyelash length and how quickly your lashes grow can depend on your genetics as well as whether you take certain measures to promote healthy hair growth.
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The Degradation Phase (Catagen)
The degradation or “catagen” phase of the eyelash growth cycle is where the rapid growth of the first phase lessens and stops. Instead, this is a relatively quick phase where your follicles will shrink to accommodate the freshly grown-in hairs. This gives them their best chance of staying on your lash line for a long time without falling off.
The degradation phase generally lasts for around two and three weeks. The catagen phase is by far the briefest section of all three phases of the eyelash growth cycle.
The Resting Phase (Telogen)
All good things must come to an end, and so too must the eyelash growth cycle. We complete our journey on the third section, the resting or “telogen” phase. This is a long phase of the cycle where your eyelashes can stay strong and look gorgeous. Underneath this lash, there is a baby hair forming and waiting to grow in its place when the time is right.
This assures that new hair will always be ready to grow sturdy and beautiful once the resting phase is completed. If a hair falls out during the catagen phase, however, it will have to wait until the growth phase to see a new hair take its place. The resting phase lasts for between three and four months, making it the longest stage of the whole cycle.