FALL SHED BLOG
Posted on January 03 2020
Have you noticed that your client’s lashes just don’t seem to stay put as well as they used to? Maybe you’re used to going 3-4 weeks in between fills, but your girls are barely making it 2 right now? Trust us, we know it’s frustrating! But don’t worry, there’s a simple explanation for this annoying phenomenon: welcome to ‘fall shed’.
As the weather gets cooler in the fall and winter months, women shed hair more quickly than they do in the spring and summer. This is partially due to changes in humidity. As the air becomes less humid and more dry, your skin is bound to suffer. Though you may be most concerned with the dry skin on your face and scalp, dry eyelids can cause just as many issues. Your eyelash follicles are located just underneath the skin, and lack the nourishment they need to grow when skin becomes too dry. This results in lashes that fall out quickly, and become more brittle than what you may be normally used to.
Another (more complicated) explanation for fall shed comes from the ‘life cycle’ of your eyelashes. The average, typical cycle for a single lash in ideal conditions is anywhere from 60-90 days. A lash cycle can be broken down into three phases:
- Anagen: The active growth phase. This typically lasts for 15-20 days.
- Catagen: The transitional phase. This typically lasts for 14-21 days.
- Telogen: The resting phase. This typically lasts for 30-45 days.
At the completion of the cycle, lashes shed then return to the anagen phase and resume growth. During summer months, intense heat and humidity can cause lashes to stay in the resting phase for longer periods, halting growth and delaying shed time. This is why it may seem like your lashes just won’t stay put in the fall and winter.
Although we unfortunately can’t change the growth cycle of your clients’ lashes, we can give you some helpful tips and tricks to maximize the life of your lash extensions!
Avoid makeup that isn’t “extension-friendly”. Your clients may be used to wearing liquid eyeliner or mascara, but many brands actually make lashes fall out even faster. Oil-based products weaken the lash adhesive and many cream or gel liners can leave a sticky residue on lashes that is difficult to get off. If your client wants to wear eye makeup, make sure they are cleaning it off completely before bed and recommend lash extension friendly products like these:
Start with products that promote retention. Your clients’ lashes are bound to last longer if you’re starting with a strong foundation! Our adhesives offer a strong, flexible bond with formulated elasticity. We’ve created a variety of different products with varying levels of viscosity so that you can determine which adhesive is best for your client’s needs. Shop our adhesives here: https://blushrockbeauty.com/collections/adhesives
Keep your body healthy! Taking daily vitamins will improve MANY aspects of your life, even the longevity of your lash extensions! To keep your lashes healthy and strong, make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 (Fish Oil), Zinc, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Iron, and Vitamin D.