As the Spring season gets underway, we thought it would be the perfect time to discuss cyclical lash shedding. Did you know that all hair on our body goes through a cycle of growth and shedding — and each part of our body has its own distinct growth and shedding cycle? Eyelashes are no different, with the average person naturally losing between one and five lashes each day. Many people experience more rapid lash shedding during the spring and fall, but don't worry; it's completely natural! In this blog post, we're discussing all things related to seasonal lash shedding, so you know what to expect!
What Is Lash Shedding?
Lash shedding refers to the increased lash loss that some people experience during the change of seasons. For instance, the warm summer weather can cause people to sweat and produce more oil, affecting lash retention. Similarly, the low humidity levels of winter weather can dry out the skin and cause lashes to fall out easier. In a typical cycle, eyelashes grow, shed and replace themselves every six to 10 weeks. However, during the Spring and Fall, this can increase dramatically in response to temperature changes.
For most people — especially those who don't have eyelash extensions — the lash shedding season goes unnoticed. This is because natural lashes are often much finer than lash extensions, so we're less likely to notice them laying around when they shed. Lash extensions tend to be easier to spot when they shed, which can be alarming for people who are not familiar with their natural lash cycle.
How Does Lash Shedding Season Affect Lash Extensions?
Unfortunately for us, the lash shedding cycle does not pay any mind to our lash appointment schedule. When our natural lashes are shed, any extensions attached to them fall out too. How many lashes are shed varies from person to person, with each individual eyelash following a different growth and fallout cycle. Put simply, eyelash extensions are along for the seasonal ride.
Although lash fallout can be annoying, you can mitigate its effect on your lash game. Keeping regular lash refill appointments — preferably every two to three weeks — can help keep your lashes looking full and fluttery! If you're noticing increased lash shedding, be sure to let your lash tech know so that they can determine the reason. Although season lash shedding is an entirely natural process, other factors can also lead to an increased lash loss.
Can You Stop Seasonal Lash Shedding?
As discussed above, lash shedding season is normal, and there is no known product on the market right now that stops the natural growth and loss cycle. One way you can help improve the retention of your lash extensions is to keep track of your growth cycle and schedule your lash appointments to correlate. For example, if you notice that your lash line starts looking less full around three weeks after your appointment, be sure to book your refill just before this. It’s also important to remember that if your lash loss is more than 50%, an infill appointment will not be sufficient to get your lashes back to their glory. Infill appointments should be booked in before your lashes begin to look sparse, otherwise you’ll need a full set to replace the lash fallout. During lash shedding season, you may need to have more frequent infills than usual, but don't worry; this shouldn't last long.
If you're very concerned about seasonal lash shedding, discuss your available options with your lash tech. We recommend Revitalash Eyelash Growing Serum for clients who want to give their lashes a helping hand. This award-winning lash growth serum features a proprietary blend of peptides, lipids, biotin, and green tea extract, to defend lashes from breakage, brittleness and environmental damage — so you can get through your seasonal lash shed with confidence!
Seasonal Lash Shedding: The Bottom Line
Eyelash shedding season is a completely normal occurrence that typically happens during the Spring and Fall season. Although there's nothing you can do to stop nature, you can make some tweaks to your lash extension schedule that can help to get through this period. If your lashes are shedding more quickly than usual (and it's not lash shedding season), make sure you're following your lash tech's aftercare advice and not using any products that can hasten lash fall (such as oils). For more advice and useful tips on keeping your lashes gorgeously full, check out our Ultimate Guide to Lash Extension Aftercare.