14 Cool Facts about Brows and Lashes

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Hey, pretty friends! We’ve been blogging a lot lately about microblading and lash lifts and tints, but what about your actual brows and lashes?! Wanna know some cool stuff about them and their functions on your face?!

Yeah, we thought that sounded cool, too, so here you go:

7 Cool Lash Facts

They Protect Your Eyes

Those tiny hairs on our eyelids keep dirt, sweat, water, and other unwanted debris out of the way. Having one of them fall into your eye periodically is a small price to pay for the usual protection they offer!

They Fall Out, Daily

Actually, one to five lashes will drop out each and every day. A lash’s growth cycle is only three months, which is much shorter than the hair on your head.

This is why they don’t grow very long!

Lashes Grow in 3 Phases

There’s the anagen phase (active growth period), the catagen phase (transitional period), and the telogen phase (resting period).

At any given time, 90% of your lashes are in the active growth stage where they grow about .16 millimeters a day. So, if you cut your lashes they will grow back—but it will take about five months.

Your Upper and Lower Lashes are Different

The hairs on your top lid are much fuller than the ones on your lower lashline. In fact, they’re almost twice as full, with between 200 and 300 lashes.

Your lower lid has about half that amount.

They Vary in Length

The middle lashes are generally much longer than the sides, which is nice, because if the side lashes were longer, they would pull your lids down and create a totally different look.

The Longest Eyelash on Record? Almost 3 Inches.

To be exact, it was 6.99 centimeters. And—this shouldn’t be a shocker—a guy holds this record. (Of course, right?!)

In comparison, the average lash length is about 10 millimeters.

We’ve Been Obsessed with Them for about 6000 Years

Early lash tools have been found in Ancient Egypt, but the modern mascara as we know it was created in 1913 in France by Rimmel. However, mascara didn’t become popular in America until Maybelline debuted their first formula, which was a mixture of coal and Vaseline.

Yes, really.

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Now ‘Bout Those Brows…7 Facts

They Protect our Eyes, Too

Throughout human history, much of our body hair has disappeared, except for one notable feature — our brows.

And there’s a good reason.

Like our lashes, our brows wick away sweat and dirt so they don’t cloud our vision. They also deflect rain, and force drops to run down the side of our face instead of straight into our eyes.

Yay, eyebrows!

They’re Crucial for Facial Recognition

Researchers at MIT found that faces without eyebrows are like land without landmarks: it’s almost impossible to recognize them.

In their study, participants were asked to identify photos of celebrities with one catch: their eyebrows were removed. Interestingly, participants only recognized about 46% of the faces. (And they even had trouble with really famous ones.)

They’re Critical for Nonverbal Communication, Too

Along with the lips, brows are the most expressive part of our faces.

Think about it: you can tell exactly how someone is feeling based on their facial movements. If they have furrowed brows, then they’re probably angry. If one is raised, it could mean they are feeling inquisitive or confused. If they’re feeling shocked, both might be raised.

This is why people who get Botox injections might be a little confusing to read!

The Average Person Has about 250 Hairs Per Brow

They vary in length, thickness, and direction.

You might have noticed that the hair closest to our noses point upward while they start to point outward once they reach the arch. That’s by design!

They Fall Out, Regularly

Brow hairs have a lifespan of about four months, meaning that the eyebrows you were last summer aren’t the ones you have on your face now. Weird, right?

(For comparison purposes, the hairs on your head have a much longer cycle of three to seven years.)

The Shape of Your Brows May Predict Your Personality

According to Amazing Face Reading by Marc Fuller, if you have straight eyebrows you might be more fact-oriented and direct. If they are slightly curved, you’re likely to be more people-oriented.

We don’t know about this, though…hmmm…

They Go Gray, Too

Boooo…

But thankfully, it takes years after your head goes gray for them to follow suit. (Yay!)

If the above info makes you interested in getting fuller, darker brows or darker, longer lashes, contact us! We can help create amazing lashes and brows that you can boast for a long time.

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