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Why Won’t My Eyelashes Curl Anymore?

by Gabbi

Curled lashes make your eyes look more open, awake, and ready for the day. They also your lashes appear longer, thicker, and healthier!

They act like a perfect frame for your beautiful eyes. But not everyone is simply born with perky curled lashes.

In fact, most of us have to use some tools and tricks to get our eyelashes to curl. Everyone has probably tried using an eyelash curler, curling mascara, or going to a salon for an eyelash perm.

Sometimes these things start helping. If you used to get perfectly curled lashes after a quick squeeze of an eyelash curler, but suddenly your lashes refuse to curl following the same routine, you’re probably feeling stumped. 

So, why won’t your eyelashes curl anymore? There are several possible reasons why your eyelashes may not be curling the way they were before, including your eyelash curler being worn out, changing your mascara, changes in humidity, or thinning lashes.

In this article, we will go over all the reasons why your eyelashes might not be curling anymore, what you can do to fix it, and some additional tips to help you keep your lashes curled longer.

Soon enough, you’ll be able to curl your lashes like you used to!

Reasons Your Lashes Won’t Curl Anymore

There are a few different possible reasons why your lashes suddenly don’t want to curl anymore. They can be divided into two categories: the tools you’re using and your lash health. Luckily, both issues can be solved with a little bit of effort.

Here are the most likely culprits and how to fix them:

Your Lash Curler

Have you been using the same lash curler for a while, but all of a sudden it stopped curling your lashes? 

You might be wondering how that’s possible if it used to work perfectly before. What changed? Turns out, this is one of the most common reasons your lashes stop curling. Your lash curler requires maintenance and upkeep.

If you fall behind on this maintenance, your lash curler can stop performing. So what kind of maintenance should you be doing?

First of all, your lash curler needs to be cleaned often. Especially if you have a tendency to curl your lashes after you’ve applied your mascara. All the mascara and other gunk can build up on your curler, making it far less effective at curling your lashes.

Secondly, you’re supposed to replace the rubber cushion in your curler every three months. Many of us are guilty of not doing this as regularly as we should! 

A good way to remember to at least do this every time you change oil in your car. That is, if you change your oil as regularly as you should!

If you can’t remember the last time you’ve changed the cushion in your lash curler, chances are, it’s time to replace it! You can get replacements on Amazon or your local beauty store.

While you’re at it, give your curler a good clean with some gentle soap and warm water. This might solve the problem for you and your lashes will start holding a curl like they used to!

Change Of Mascara

Another reason your lashes might not be holding their curl anymore is that you changed up your mascara. This is an often-overlooked factor that has an easy fix.

Think back to what mascara you were using back when your lashes curled easily. Is it different from the one you use today?

Waterproof mascaras tend to hold a curl better because they have a drier texture and oils that help your lashes keep their shape.

There are also some non-waterproof mascaras that are designed to hold a curl thanks to their thick formulas. We love this Too Cool For School mascara for adding an extra hold to your lashes.

Try to think back to what products you were using when your lashes curled better and see if perhaps a change in mascara is the reason they’re not curling as well anymore.


This may surprise you but an increase in humidity can seriously impact the way your lashes curl. The more humid or wet your lashes are when you curl them, the less likely they are to hold the curl. 

So if there has been a recent increase in humidity in your home or if your eyes have been watery (and therefore, your lashes are wet when you curl them) this might be the reason your lashes don’t curl anymore.

Even curling your lashes immediately after showering can affect how well they hold their shape.

One way to find out is to try curling your lashes in a dry environment, several hours after you’ve showered. You can even dab a tissue over your eyelids to make sure there is no wetness or humidity on them.

You might be surprised to learn that they’re curling as well as they used to once you do it in a drier environment.

Thinning Lashes

Sometimes a lack of vitamins or simply aging can cause your lashes to get thinner. Thin lashes don’t hold a curl as well as healthy thick lashes.

There are a lot of reasons that your lashes might start thinning and becoming weaker:

  • Hormone changes
  • Lack of nutrition
  • Exposure to sun
  • Menopause
  • Aging
  • Some medical conditions
  • Certain medications like chemotherapy
  • Excessive stress

Regardless of the reason, if you’ve noticed that your lashes are looking lackluster lately, this could be the reason they’re not curling as well as they used to.

If this is the reason your eyelashes stopped curling, you can take some steps to address these issues, although it’s obviously not as easy of a fix as some of the other culprits we talked about.

Depending on the root cause, here are some things you can do to improve the health and thickness of your eyelashes:

  • Eat a nutritious diet full of fruits, veggies, multigrain, and healthy fats
  • Take a multivitamin and supplement with biotin and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Use an eyelash serum – we love this one by Grande Cosmetics to condition your lashes
  • Try stress-reducing techniques
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep

These lifestyle changes can take a while to bring back your lashes, but it’ll be worth it. Not only will your lashes be healthier but your body and soul will thank you.

Do Lashes Lose Their Curl With Age?

Unfortunately, your lashes may simply lose their curl as you age. This isn’t something you can change.

Aging affects your hair, skin, nails, and lashes. Even your lips can become less plump with age. There isn’t much you can do to combat these things other than staying healthy and active to keep your body feeling younger.

The better shape you are in overall, the better your lashes will hold up. That being said, don’t be discouraged if your lashes are starting to show signs of aging. There are many things you can do to enhance their lift!

Tips For Curling Your Lashes

Implementing some of the ideas above can help you get your lashes back to where they used to be. But there are also a few other things you can try to make them curlier and more luscious.

Here are some tips we love for curling your lashes:

  • Invest in a good eyelash curler for your eye shape – lean about your eye shape and find a lash curler that best fits the curve of your eyelid. Look into Asian lash curlers because they have a lot of variety, but keep in mind they can get pricey!
  • Wear a lash primer on your lashes to help hold the curl – some primers even come with conditioning oils to enhance your lash health while helping them hold shape.
  • Heat up your lash curler before using it by blowing hot air on it from a hair dryer – be careful with this and don’t overheat your curler (just like your hair, your lashes can get damaged by high heat) 
  • Hold the lash curler as close to the base of your lashes as you can for the best curl – this will lift your lashes at the base and make them look really open.
  • Apply waterproof mascara before curling, then secure the curl with regular mascara layer after curling – this weird combo acts like a hairspray for your lashes!
  • Try a lash perm – you can get your eyelashes permanently curled! They will lose the curl over time (just like a regular perm relaxes over time), but you will have stunningly lifted lashes for a while. This solution isn’t for everyone due to budget constraints and lash health.

If you’d like to see a visual tutorial, take a look at this helpful video from NikkieTutorials on YouTube.

Final Thoughts

There are a few possible reasons why your lashes don’t curl like they used to. We suggest starting with the easiest solutions and figuring out the reason through trial and error.

Hopefully, one of the quick fixes – like cleaning your curler or getting a different mascara – will do the trick for you. 

If not, you can focus on supporting your lash health through a healthier lifestyle and try out some lash curling hacks we outlined above.

We hope you found this blog post helpful in fixing your lash curl and bringing life back into your lashes!

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