Lash shedding is where your eyelashes fall out on a regular basis. Everyone's lash cycle is naturally different, but there are also many things that can affect your cycle or increase lash shedding.
The average lash cycle lasts around 60 days. This is the time from a lash falling out to the new lash falling out. We have roughly between 80-120 eyelashes per eye and each lash will be at a different point in the cycle. We lose an average of 2-5 lashes every day, so if you see a little lash or two in the sink (even the day after you've had them done) don't worry this is normal!
You may notice at certain times of the year you lose more lashes than usual, this is known as shedding season. It happens around spring and autumn as the season changes and our bodies get ready for different weather conditions. (A bit like how animals get a winter coat).
Hormones and other medical conditions
Our hormones have a lot to answer for as changes in hormones can affect our lashes. They can speed up or slow down our lash cycle. This is one of the reasons why we ask about medical conditions and medications on your consultation form, as certain medications can affect how long they last. Ladies your menstrual cycle, pregnancy and postpartum can also affect your lash cycle... sometimes for the better!
Have you noticed you're losing the outer corner lashes quicker than the rest? Or just on one side? This could be from the way you are sleeping. Try and avoid snuggling your face into the pillow as your lashes will rub against it and could be pulled out. If you like sleeping with a mask on, visit our shop to find a specially designed sleep mask for lash extensions.
This comes back to hormones again. Sadly as we know as you get older things don't work the way they used to when we were younger. But this can have its benefits. Postmenopause your lash cycle may slow down meaning your extensions will last you longer. Unfortunately, this does also mean that it takes longer for new lashes to grow resulting in them looking not quite as full as they once were.
For younger clients, you may find you have quite a quick cycle, if you notice your hair and nails grow quite quickly, then your lashes will grow quickly too. Just make sure you come in for a top-up more frequently to keep your extensions looking lovely and full.
Other reasons for lash loss
It is really important to follow the aftercare instructions. Above are all reasons why your natural lashes fall out. However, not caring for them properly can also make the extension come away from the lash itself. If extensions fall off with no natural lash attached to them there could be a number of reasons why this has happened.
Those pesky hormones again (as well as other medications)... can affect how well the extensions adhere to the lash.
Using oily products breaks down the glue bonds.
Moisture before the glue is cured, especially during the pandemic. Face masks have caused problems with the lashes. Those who wear glasses will be fully aware of how steamy they can make the area around your eyes.
Rubbing your eyes. Not only can it ping off the extensions but could also pull your natural lashes out before they are ready.