Updated: Mar 20
Ever woken up to the sight of your lash and your extensions spread out before you on the pillow like a group of fallen angels? The sight surely wasn’t pleasant and I’m certain you weren’t prepared to see that so early into the day. We understand this would be a shocker and you’d have a lot of questions so we’ve put together the best way to ease you into it.
WHAT IS SPRING LASH SHEDDING?
Every human being sheds an average of five lashes per day. So it’s perfectly normal to see your lashes fall out before your very eyes. Your natural lashes like everything else have a cycle. It starts at the initial stage, which is the anagen stage with baby hairs.
It’s not advised to have extensions on the baby hairs solely because they’re still growing out and you don’t want to stunt the growth. At the catagen stage, your lashes are almost adults. This is the best time for installing extensions because they last as long as they can before the final stage.
The telogen stage is where your lashes are fully grown and start to fall out. That’s not the best time to fix your lash extensions. They are guaranteed to fall out a lot quicker than they should.
If you notice your lashes falling out, chances are the lash cycle has come to an end and you’re having rather natural fallouts. However, if you’re noticing larger clusters of lashes falling out, then it might be because of the lash shedding season.
IS LASH SHEDDING REAL?
Yes, it is. Think about every furry animal you know. They all shed a lot of hair at certain times of the year, the same as humans. We do this in preparation for the warmer months, like summer and fall. Lash shedding also lasts about 6 to 12 weeks in the year.
MYTHS ABOUT LASH SHEDDING.
Most people believe natural lashes do not shed and so there is no reason for extensions to do so too. This is not true. We oftentimes don’t notice our natural lashes shedding but with extensions, it becomes much more noticeable.
It’s also a widely spread myth that lash extensions keep your natural lashes from shedding. That would be impossible as they are individually attached to your natural lashes that actually shed, so they follow the natural life cycle of your lashes and will shed when the natural lashes shed.
Most people believe lash extensions only shed once, during the first week of getting extensions. However, lash shedding is a natural process that occurs with or without extensions installed. And no, getting volume lash extensions will not help your lashes regain their normal length and thickness.
ALL ABOUT LASH SHEDDING SEASON.
Although the real reason for seasonal lash shedding isn’t as clear-cut as we’d like, research shows that there are a few factors behind it. For example, intense heat in the summer can slow down your lash growth keeping it in the final stage for quite some time causing them to fall out more in fall.
Also, during the hotter months, we tend to sweat more and our hair follicles collect the sweat, dust, and dirt that proceed to block our pores and stunt the growth of the lashes. When summer’s over, the lash’s lifecycle speeds up and falls a lot faster in fall.
That’s not to say that the winter months are entirely safe. Some people may experience a high level of shedding in the winter months as the cold makes them fragile, and the lash falls easily.
OTHER CAUSES OF LASH SHED
When you notice your lash extensions falling out more often than they should without the natural lashes, then it’s probably due to improper application or the wrong aftercare. Using the wrong adhesive on lash extensions can cause them to fall out a lot faster. Similarly, not adhering to the aftercare instructions given to you can cause it to fall out as well.
If you have a lot of lash extensions and natural lashes falling out, you’re probably on a certain medication that’s affecting your lash life cycle, making you shed a lot more and a lot faster. The most common of these are thyroid medications so you may want to check if you’re on any of those. Your lashes will naturally start to grow back after the imbalance has been fixed.
Other causes can be certain hair conditions, like alopecia. Make sure to see a doctor to get diagnosed. If you happen to have alopecia, it has no cure, but medications can help dull the effect along the way.
LOOK GOOD REGARDLESS
Whether or not it’s lash shedding season, you deserve to look good all year round so here are some carefully curated tips to guide you along the way.
· Schedule Fill-Ins Around Your Lash Cycle: Losing your lash extensions is inevitable so be sure to get regular fill-ins to make sure you still have good-looking lashes all season. Your lash technician
· Take Your Aftercare Instructions very seriously: If you weren’t aware, they are certain rules to adhere to after you have extensions installed. You’re entitled to know all this before and after you go in for an install.
Taking proper care of your extensions and your lashes helps them last longer. You may want to forego certain oil-based products that can clog your pores and weaken the adhesive. Mascaras are also a big no when you have extensions on as well. Be sure to brush through them carefully to make sure they’re properly arranged.
· See A Professional: Going through lash shedding on your own can be quite a hassle and can leave you feeling down. So it’s advised that you go see a lash expert to walk you through it and to schedule regular fill-ins.
Your lash technician should walk you through all about lash shedding and the shedding season before and after your appointment. They should be able to walk you through all your need to know and all the steps required to care for your lash and extensions.
If you feel your lash technician isn’t giving you all the information you need or caring properly for your lash, then it’s time to make a clean switch.