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.