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Use Natural Methods to Grow Thicker Eyelashes

Long, full, thick eyelashes are a trait most women want, and are often considered a sign of outward beauty in our society. Although the use of volumizing mascara and other commercial lash thickeners can give the illusion of thicker eyelashes, the real deal can be harder to achieve – especially if you have light-colored hair, as blonde lashes tend to seem much thinner and finer than dark lashes. Some tools, such as eyelash curlers and eyelash combs, can also help when used correctly. However, if you're searching for a natural method to get thicker eyelashes without using expensive products, there are a few options available, primarily in the form of natural oils.

Let's take a look at some of the most effective natural methods for increasing the thickness of your eyelashes.

Olive Oil

Ordinary olive oil (the kind you can buy in the baking aisle of your local supermarket) nourishes and stimulates the growth of longer, thicker eyelashes. To use this remedy, simply place about three or four drops of pure olive oil onto a cotton swab and apply directly to your eyelashes each night before bed. Dab the oil on gently and leave it on overnight. Be careful not to over-do it, which might make sleeping uncomfortable. In the morning, rinse the oil from your lashes, even if it seems none remains, with warm water. Repeat this treatment each night for at least 30 days to see results.

Castor Oil

An old folk-remedy for growing thicker eyelashes naturally, castor oil has been used for this purpose for decades. Although there's no scientific evidence of its efficacy, many women report seeing results after as little as a few weeks of using the treatment. In addition, castor oil is said to darken the lashes and stimulate their growth. Use similarly to olive oil by placing a few drops onto a cotton ball, and then dabbing directly onto your lashes. For the best results, focus on the roots of your lashes, as this is where the oil has the greatest effect. Leave the oil on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. You can repeat this treatment daily for as long as you like, although it may take several weeks of consistent use before you notice results.

Almond Oil

Another natural oil often used by women who want to grow thicker eyelashes, almond oil can have a dramatic effect on their appearance. Almond oil is perhaps the gentlest of the oils mentioned in this article, and is suitable for use by individuals with even the most sensitive skin. To use, apply the oil to lashes with a cotton swab or clean mascara wand, wait 20 minutes or so, and then rinse with warm water. Almond oil is also gentle enough to be left on overnight, if desired. Just make sure to rinse it away in the morning.

Tips for Growing Thicker Eyelashes

In addition to the application of oils, there are other things you can do to promote natural eyelash growth and increase thickness. Follow these tips for the best results:

  • Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, including lots of fresh veggies and fruits. Poor diet can cause a decrease in hair growth, as the body doesn't have all of the nutrients it needs to support proper lash growth. Getting plenty of exercise and drinking lots of pure water is also a good idea.

  • Remove your eye makeup each night with a gentle eye makeup remover. Leaving your eye makeup on, especially mascara, may cause your lashes to become brittle and break off, which makes them appear thinner. Be careful not to pull or rub on your lashes as you remove your makeup.

  • Avoid false eyelashes. Although they may give the appearance of full, thick eyelashes temporarily, they can also cause your lashes to fall out and become even thinner over time. Unless you want to keep using them, avoid the temptation of false lashes.