Natural Lash 101

I have talked a lot about eyelashes and eyelash extensions. You probably feel confident from reading my blog that you know more than most when it comes to eyelash extensions. Today I want to just talk lash basics and give you some background on natural lashes. Natural lashes refer to the eyelashes you have without any extensions.

Natural eyelashes are made up of two things. Go ahead and guess… have your answer? Natural eyelashes are made up of 3% water and 97% keratin protein. Keratin is a word commonly used when talking about hair, skin and nails as well. Did you also know that eyelashes have a purpose? The purpose is to prevent any objects from getting into your eyes. The protect while enhancing beauty, a perfect combo. Eyelash hairs are actually sensory hairs so if anything touches your natural lashes you will reflexively blink. That means they are just doing their job because something touched them that could get into the eye.

You have upper and lower lashes. The upper lid will have 90-160 lashes while the bottom will have 60-80 lashes. These lashes typically grow out to about 10mm, which is 3/8 of an inch. After they get to this point, guess what happens? THEY SHED.

That’s right, your eyelashes are on a hair cycle just like the rest of the hair on your body. The lash cycle has 3 stages. Let’s go over those… The Anagen stage is the growth stage. Lashes actively grow for 30-45 days where the lashes grow to a certain length and then stop. 40% of your upper lashes will go through this stage at one time, while only 15% of your lower lashes will be at this stage. The Catagen  stage is the transition stage. The lash stops growing in the follicle and the follicle shrinks. This stage lasts 2-3 weeks. The Telogen stage is the last stage and is the resting stage. The lash falls out and restarts. This can take up to 100 days.

That means it takes your lashes 4-8 weeks to go through and fully replace a lash. Keep in mind that if you pull or rub a lash and it prematurely sheds, it will NOT restart your lash cycle. It continues until it is done with the cycle. That is why with eyelash extensions you want to make sure that you do not affect your lash cycle.

Now that you know about the lash cycle lets discussing shedding a little more. You lose 3-5 lashes daily. Sometimes you just don’t notice and that is perfectly fine. You don’t have to keep track. Some people lose more and some less. Let’s just say you lose 3 lashes a day though, hypothetically. That means in 1 week you will lose 21 lashes. Two weeks mean 42 lashes and three weeks puts you at 63 lashes. That is why you would get your infill at 3-4 weeks. If you lose more lashes and have a faster lash cycle, it is possible to need 2-3 week infills. This is not something you can work around, it’s your body’s chemistry and you cannot control it.

Knowing about eyelash extensions is important to know about if you are wanting the service but you also want to learn a little about your natural lashes as well to help understand how they work together.

While it is LASHoff awards week for Novalash, I will be only posting about lashes this week to celebrate! Coming up next will be all about the different curls your Lash Artist may apply on you. And we will look into diameters later in the week as well!


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