I contemplated trying something drastic like lash extensions, but I heard it was painful - not to mention that it's expensive and can actually cause lashes to fall-out. I thought about Latisse, but seeing as it can cause eye-color to change, I didn't think it was a totally safe option. I figured I was doomed to keep hoping for some miracle mascara.
Then I got sick - for three weeks. ( I know, I know it's a long time to be ill.) During that time I did not wear Mascara, I did not curl my lashes - and something happened...
My lashes grew. I mean they REALLY GREW. Longer, thicker, even my bottom lashes grew out. I noticed this, but what truly tipped me off that the growth was significant was that the hubby noticed it - and really he doesn't even notice big changes like when I dye my hair. Then Friends, and co-workers have noticed.
How could this be? Why was this happening? It couldn't be a coincidence that my lashes grew when I stopped using Mascara. So I did some research...and while not conclusive (and since I don't have a lab, nor willing subjects to really test my theory out)...here are some things I found that support my theory that my overuse of Mascara and eyelash curlers is what damaged my lashes and that having stopped using Mascara and my curler - allowed my lashes to grow.
* Overuse of mascara can cause eyelash dryness which in turn can lead to the possibility of lashes falling out.
* Some mascara formulations have ingredients that may cause allergic reactions, or clog the hair follicles, stopping growth.
* Removing mascara can damage the delicate skin under the eye because the process often requires rubbing or swiping to remove the product completely.
* If mascara is not completely and thoroughly removed along the lash line the remaining remnants can clog the hair follicles and prevent future lash growth.
* Repeated breakage caused by the use of mechanical curlers can actually permanently stunt the growth of lashes.
Kind of scary stuff here. I think that with the dramatic change I've seen in my lashes I may never wear Mascara or curl my lashes again. In fact, my lashes are long enough now that I do not need to. I realize that really we do not need to have long lashes, and that it is a societal beauty standard, but it is a look that I like - and somehow I've been able to attain it with out all of the products that are being sold to us to attain such a look - and that in fact I did so in spite of them. I wonder how many other innocent seeming 'beauty' products and practices out there are more damaging than helpful.