Being an ‘ex’ hair and eyelash puller, I get this question a lot.

“I pull my hair or eyelashes out, will they ever grow back?”

The answer is, in my experience, ‘yes’, your hair will most likely grow back. I had pulled your eyelashes out for many years and they did grow back. Now, it is true that my eyelashes are probably slightly thinner than they would have been naturally (my entire family has gorgeous eyelashes – wouldn’t it figure!), but in all honesty, you can’t really tell the difference. I now have a full set of eyelashes and all of my hair. And after 40 years pulling, I’m more than happy with that. So if you are trying to cure your hair pulling condition, it’s important to know that the hair will grow back.

Here are some facts about hair regrowth that are good to know when you are going through your trichotillomania treatment.

  • Human hair grows approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month, or 6 inches per year.
  • Heat, as well as Vitamin D from the sun can stimulate growth, so getting sun on your hair will make your hair may grow back faster.
  • Your body is constantly shedding hair. Hair follicles go through three phases during their life cycle: the anagen phase for about three years, a transitional phase and the telogen phase for about three months, when hair rests. Once this phase ends, the hair is shed.
  • The scalp sheds about 100 hairs per day. Because each strand is in a different phase, normal hair loss is unnoticeable. At any given period, you have approximately 100,000 hairs on your head.
  • Eyelashes naturally grow, fall out, and grow back again. Eyelashes also go through the 3 phases of hair: growth, transition, and resting phases. The 1st phase is when eyelashes grow and lasts up to a maximum of 45 days. After which, they go through the 2nd phase which may last up to 3 weeks, when the eyelashes stop growing. In the 3rd phase, the lashes are not growing and stay for approximately 100 days before they then fall out.
  • It normally takes up to 8 weeks for an eyelash to grow back fully.


Amy Foxwell

Amy Foxwell

I am an author, a consultant and a mother of three young children. I was also a hair puller for over 35 years. But I am finally pull free and have been for over 4 years! I’d like to share with you my journey and why I developed the revolutionary Trich Stop Kit and Trich Stop Oil.


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  • brittney says:

    is there any think you can use at home to avoid pulling your eyelashes and to help them grow faster

  • Nicole Yung says:

    I pull my hair out I having pulling it out for years since I was a teenager. I am still pulling it out. But my hair is slowly growing back again. Will biotin help my hair growth
    Quickly. I can’t till it grows back to normal again I am wearing a wig at the moment.

    • Frances J Pressley says:

      I been pulling since I was 16 my Dr put me on Prozac a week ago I have not pulled in 5 days don’t have the urge too hope my hair grows back fully I had thick hair back then

  • Lori says:

    Thanks so much for this information!

    – 12 year puller

  • Ava says:

    I am so happy with this article. It’s positive and hopeful. I’ve had trichotillomania for a long time now and this is a huge boost for my. Thank you so much!

  • maria says:

    I been pulling since I was 11 idk when I’m going to stop hopefully soon but thanks for ur info

  • jonathan hill says:

    I’ve been picking my hair out since I was fourteen I’m 28 now,will it grow back back if I leave it alone.

  • Adam mughal says:

    Hi I’m a male 24 years old and I don’t have a problem with pulling out my hair or anything but over the past few months I’ve been tugging at my hair to sort of massage the scalp and make the hair healthier and it was working in fact the left side of my scalp is very thick and full but I remember the right side whenever I tugged at i could hear and feel the hair being pulled out I didn’t pay too much attention to it at first but I would feel it daily on the right side and now few months in and my left side is thick and dull while my right side has patches and it looks so bad I want to know how long would it take for it to come back and if it will come back please do help ..

  • Frances J Pressley says:

    Thanks for the info I’m a new non puller and feel amazing and I’m hoping to one day to have beautiful no hair again not this thing stuff.

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