So listen, y’all, something CRAZY just happened to me and I have to share. I will preface this by saying that I am one of those girls who was NOT blessed with long, luxurious, thick eyelashes. In fact, I have been known to apply THREE different kinds of mascara on a daily basis, (thickening, lengthening, conditioning), just to make it look like I even have eyelashes. So, imagine my surprise when, during my morning makeup routine, I suddenly noticed that I HAVE EYELASHES. Long eyelashes, you guys, gigantic, even, (my daughter says they look like “spider legs”, please see the drawing above for her interpretation). They only required one coat of one kind of mascara. WTF, right?
So my mind immediately starts running through the possibilities: is my water radioactive or something? Am I going to start growing hair in all sorts of weird places (please, God, no), have my actual prayers from 10th grade been answered, (not soon enough for prom, but still), did I eat something weird? WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? I went through a list in my head of anything new that I may have added or subtracted from my beauty routine and guess what? I wear approximately 97 layers of mascara and sometimes my regular oil cleansing method doesn’t take it all off. Several weeks ago, I noticed that my already short eyelashes seemed to be breaking off or something, so I started using my eye cream to remove my eye makeup. I thought the combination of shea butter and coconut oil would work together to break down the makeup and then I would be able to gently wipe it off, (and get some bonus moisturizing at the same time). It totally worked! The coconut oil basically liquefied the mascara and made it very easy to remove, and it didn’t irritate my allergy-prone eyes at all. Hey…wait…WAS IT THE COCONUT OIL??? At first, I was skeptical. I mean I LOVE coconut oil. I have touted its benefits here many times, but was it making my eyelashes grow? So, I took to the interwebs to find out and here is what I learned:
There are a billion Pinterest pages devoted to “coconut oil eyelash growth” (why didn’t I know about this?!?!?!) Apparently, castor oil has the same (and possibly even better) effect. In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven’t been able to find any research that definitively says “Coconut oil makes your eyelashes grow longer because science”…but there are pages and pages and pages of testimonials that say it’s so. It has supposedly been used for centuries in India and Egypt, (thank you, ancient goddesses) to promote hair and lash growth. So what I’m saying is, I don’t know why it works, but (at least for me), it appears that it does, (if my new tarantula lashes are any indication). And let’s consider the western medicine alternative, Latisse, a prescription medication for glaucoma that also makes your lashes grow longer. Know what else it can do? Make hair grow anywhere it touches, (OMG, y’all, I seriously spend half my life landscaping, I don’t need to add to that. I know you guys feel me on this). It can also cause red, itchy eyes, darkened skin on the eyelid and in extreme cases, can even alter the color of the iris. Ugh, no thanks. I’ll stick with my all natural, non-science-based, I-have-no-idea-why-this-works-but-it-does, remedy, thank you.
Want to try to make your own Eyelashes Grow?
If you are super lazy, like me, you can just remove your eye makeup with some Sweet Georgia Sugar Eye Cream, and see what happens, (Rose-Vanilla worked best for me, but Lavender and Unscented also contain coconut oil, if that’s more your jam. Our Rosemary Mint does not contain coconut oil, but it is amazing for de-puffing the eye area).
If you want to go the DIY route, that’s great too. We love Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
If you want to make your own eyelash serum, here’s a recipe that I found that looks pretty good: http://campwander.com/2013/07/diy-eyelash-thickening-serum-with/. Keep in mind with this one that it includes a couple of essential oils, which can irritate the eyes. Here is another one that does not contain any essential oils:
http://www.beautyandtips.com/beauty-2/diy-hair-growth-serum-how-to-grow-your-eyelashes-and-eyebrows/. I’d love it if y’all reached out and let me know how it works for you! Incidentally, coconut oil is also supposed to help the hair on your head grow. I am trying to grow out a pixie cut, and, consequently, want to shave my whole head approximately 37 times per day. Maybe this will help. I’ll report back! XO