It is a widely debated topic, but the seasonal lash shed is basic human biology. You may associate the lash shed with spring - it does get spoken about more in the spring - but lash sheds are also prevalent in the autumn too!
Think about a cat or dog, and how in the spring or autumn they start shedding all of their fur to make way for a thinner, cooler coat, or a thicker, warmer one. Humans do the same, it just tends to be less noticeable (that is, until we start adding eyelash extensions!)
As you probably know from having studied the hair growth cycle during your lash training, our lashes generally have around a 60-90 day cycle, of course, each hair is on a different cycle, which is why we need infills every three weeks to keep things looking nice and full!
In the spring and the autumn, this process is sped up to make way for our summer or winter ‘coat’ - don’t forget, humans used to be covered in lots more, much thicker hair to protect us from the elements! It’s only really in more recent years that we’ve taken to removing as much body hair as we can - generally speaking - so to that end, you may not have noticed that your arm and leg hairs become thicker in the winter.
But wait! How come the hair on our head doesn’t do the same?! In short, it does. But the growth cycle on your head is far longer than your lashes and brows, it grows far more gradually and for longer than our lashes and brows. We do shed our hair, but we do it for longer, and it takes longer for the hair to actually grow back. There are also THOUSANDS more hairs on your head that are on your lash line and your brows, so it’s more difficult to notice. You may spot little fly-away baby hairs from time to time, and you’ve probably seen more hair in the brush or shower in certain seasons - this is your hair shed!
In short, our hair is fickle. It sticks around when it wants to and when it’s had enough, it’s gone. Unfortunately, there is nothing any of us can do to slow down a fast growth cycle or prevent our own biology from doing its thing - what we can do is explain this to our clients to manage their expectations, and maybe book them in for more frequent infills at this time of year!
Once the shed is over, you’ll likely notice much longer retention times, which is a bonus ;)
Until next time, Lash Kittens
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