Every now and then you may find a natural lash on your cheek. And if you do, some say you’re supposed to make a wish. At least that’s what I hear. Well, some of us who where lash extensions may notice that we start losing quite a bit of lashes right around the time it’s time for the next lash appointment. Although I don’t mind the extra wishes it’s also a sign it’s time to schedule your lash maintenance appointment. Today I want to break down the lash cycle so we can understand why the extra wishes.
So, where do all these lashes go?
The simple answer is that the lash cycle goes through 3 phases:
1) Growth phase- this is when the lash is growing and is at its strongest
2) Resting phase- this is when the lash is not growing and is at its weakest
3) Shedding phase- this is when the lash falls out and is replaced by a new lash
The average lifespan of an eyelash is around 5-6 months. However, this number can vary depending on a person’s individual lash growth cycle. Just like our hair, our lashes go through three stages of growth: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. The Anagen phase is the growth phase where the lash is actively growing. The Catagen phase is the transitional phase where the lash stops growing and is about to shed. The Telogen phase is the resting/shedding phase where the lash falls out and a new lash begins to grow in its place.
Knowing this information, I suggest you maintain your lash extensions every 2-3 weeks. That way, you are ensuring that your extensions fall during the Anagen phase and not during the Telogen or Catagen phases. This also gives your natural lashes a chance to grow without being overshadowed by your extensions.
In conclusion, the next time you are wondering where your lashes went, just remember that it is probably time for a new and improved set! Book your next appointment today.
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