I started wearing glasses when I was 9. I wore contacts for a couple of years in high school and then went back to glasses when hard lenses got to be too much. At the tail end of my senior year, I got soft lenses and have happily been a contact lens wearer since.
I can’t begin to describe how much it hurts to get a piece of dust or an eyelash in your eye when you wear contact lenses. It’s kind of weird how our eyes adjust to wearing contacts when just a piece of dust or hair will drive you crazy.
Apparently, all the hair on your body has its own relatively unique way of growing. The hair on your head grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. The hair on your arms and legs grows only so much and then stop growing. Eyebrows grow in about 60 days, and eyelashes generally replenish themselves in about 6 months.
Chemotherapy is a gift that just keeps giving. Or taking, depending on how you want to look at it. Chemo attacks fast growing cells. Both types of chemo that I’m getting cause hair loss, which includes eyebrows and eyelashes. The hair on your head is fast growing. The hair elsewhere is a little slower. So… it makes some sense that chemo leaves us cancer patients pretty bald after 3 or so treatments.
I wasn’t exactly prepared to lose my eyebrows and eyelashes while the hair on my head, arms and legs is trying to grow back. For the most part, the hair on my head is staying about 3/4 inch long. My head gets cold more easily now, even sitting at home, because I can feel the breeze on the back of my head with the peach fuzz growing back there.
I have a couple of rows of hair that are pretending to be eyebrows. When I go out, I usually put some Gimme Brow volumizing gel on to cover the few grey ones in there and make them look fuller. Now that I’m down to just a couple of rows of brow hair, it’s harder to put the gel on because it’s got nothing to stick to anymore.
I’ve never had ultra long or ultra thick lashes. As long as I’ve worn contacts, I’ve stayed away from wearing false lashes. I figured getting the glue in my eyes or painting it directly onto my contacts would be a bad thing, so I never bothered. That and I have sensitive enough skin that I’m probably allergic to the glue, or I’d pull part of my eyelid or a bunch of my natural lashes off every time I wore them. Thanks, but no.
Lashes function to keep dust and hair and the like out of your eyes, and in my case, off my contact lenses. So along with carrying face masks, a tube of lidocaine, hand lotion, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer bottles, my
purse portable pharmacy now also contains a bottle of saline. I remember when I used to just carry a wallet, some change and a couple of pens. Ah, those were the days! Despite all the good things lashes do, it’s not worth the effort or expense to put false lashes on every day. For anyone who wants to tell me that I need to look pretty for me, I think I look just fine the way I am. Even if I do look like Wooly Willy.