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All About the Fall Shed

You may have recently noticed that you are losing more eyelashes than usual. While this can be a bit disheartening, it is completely normal and nothing to panic about. Furthermore, it is only temporary--soon your lashes will be back to their normal, thicker selves.

Why do lashes shed?

The start of this change usually happens mid-summer. On average, the cycle of a single lash lasts between 60 and 90 days, with the active growth phase lasting 15-20 days, the transitional phase lasting 14-21 days, and the resting phase lasting 30-45 days.

Normally, people lose between 1 and 5 lashes every day. This is because, at any given point, you have lashes in every stage of growth--baby lashes just appearing and mature lashes ready to shed. A single lash usually takes months to complete its growth cycle, but in the fall and winter that cycle may alter, causing your lashes to shed more frequently.

Blame it on the Weather

Intense heat in the summer may trigger more lash hairs to go into the resting phase, which can halt growth and cause them to fall out over the next few months.

Also, changes in humidity that occur in the autumn months can play a role in your lashes’ growth cycle. If your skin is very dry, your hair follicles don’t get the nourishment they need for your lashes to grow. This causes brittle lashes that are more likely to fall out before their time is up.

What Can I Do?

The best thing you can do to combat this hair loss cycle is to get filled more frequently. We recommend scheduling your fills one week earlier than normal. Once the cycle slows down again, you may return to your usual schedule.


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