Eyelashes in history:
In ancient Egypt, do you know who wore make up on their eyelashes? Men? Women? Slaves? Well, it was men because they thought painting their eyelashes will make them look like their god Ra and that made-up eyelashes would drive away evil spirits.
What about women? How did they make up their eyelashes? They applied a carbon and olive oil-based paste. They also burned cork to darken the colour of their lashes while curling them. Wearing make up on eyelashes became a priority for women, who became aware of the advantage mesmerising eyes could offer them.
As you know, beautiful long eyelashes offer deep and captivating eyes, but what about the animal world? Which animal sports the longest eyelashes? Monkeys? Felines? What about the giraffe? Yes, it is the giraffe, with eyelashes over 1.5cm long that takes the crown with not only the longest, but the thickest lashes of the animal world.
What about us, humans? Who sports the longest eyelashes: men or women? Believe it or not, men have on average longer eyelashes than women even though the popular feeling is the opposite. It is only because men do not resort to make up and curlers to make their eyelashes appear longer. Women’s eyelashes are between 8 and 12mm long on average, but there are exceptions. Did you know that a 49-year-old Chinese woman, You Jianxia, holds the world record of the longest eyelashes? At 12.4cm, they reach her lower lip. No need for mascara here!
What is the purpose of eyelashes?
Their primary function is to protect your eyes. Located on both the upper and the lower eyelids, they help keep foreign objects and dust from entering your eyes. They are also very sensitive to touch and detect something approaching and trigger the blinking process. They form a curtain preventing your eyes from sweat and offer some shadow from the sun.
When do eyelashes start growing?
Eyelashes start growing during the seventh week of pregnancy. Some babies are born bald headed, but eyelashes are always present at birth.
What are eyelashes made of?
Eyelashes are 3% water and 97% protein: keratin, melanin, pigments. More reasons to take good care of them and nourish them regularly.
What are the different colours of eyelashes?
Just like head hair, eyelashes come in different colours. In general, the lighter the hair the lighter the lashes and vice versa. Redheads and blondes tend to have very light coloured natural eyelashes, which can become a make up nightmare.
How many eyelashes do we have?
The top eyelid bears between 150 and 200 eyelashes, and the bottom one only 50 to 150. The lower lashes are shorter than the top ones.
How deep do they go?
Well, the eyelid being so thin, eyelashes are only rooted 2mm deep. This is one of the reasons why they are very fragile and brittle, and that a daily treatment with an appropriate treatment such as 4xMore Eyelash Serum is vital to their health.
What is the life cycle of an eyelash?
Eyelashes have the same growth process as head hair, but the phases are slightly different. An eyelash lives through three phases over 3 to 4 months:
Phase 1: The anagen phase. It is the growth phase of the eyelash and lasts between 30 and 45 days. 60 to 80% of the total of lashes are in this phase at any one time. This phase is shorter than the corresponding phase for head hair.
Phase 2: The catagen phase. This is when the eyelashes weaken and age.
Phase 3: The telogen phase, during which the eyelashes die and fall. As explained above, between 60 and 80% of eyelashes are in the growth phase at any one time, which explains why they always seem full. However, they need to be properly maintained on a daily basis using creams and treatments suitable for your own needs, and that you stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is also extremely important to choose your eye makeup remover very carefully, watch your diet and fight stress and fatigue. All these factors contribute to your eyelashes health as well as the rest of your body.
What damages eyelashes?
Lash extensions are a wonderful way to get the long and full lashes you always wanted, especially when they are short and light. But be careful not to use extensions that are too heavy. Your therapist will be able to advise you on the type of extensions suitable for your natural lashes. Not everyone wil be a good candidate for volume extensions.
If you wear extensions, give your natural lashes a break 2-3 times a year for a few weeks. During this “downtime”, treat them with a suitable nourishing product and let them breathe. They will eventually recover and become stronger, able to support a new set.
If you resort to tinting your eyelashes, always have it professionally done. A “home tint” job might damage your natural lashes. Always a professional using good quality product. The advantage of tinting is that your own lashes are still exposed and receptive to treatment.