On average, a person can lose up to 20% of their natural lashes every two weeks. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles, which occurs every 60 to 90 days. Depending on their individual lash growth cycles, a person can typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes every day from baby lashes just appearing, to mature lashes ready to shed. A single lash normally takes months to complete its growth cycle, but in fall that cycle can shift, and lashes may shed more frequently. Lash shed season is totally normal and is to be expected. Lashes shed more frequently than normal when seasons change. The growth cycle of one individual eyelash lasts anywhere between 60 to 90 days, depending on the person. On top of that, lash shedding, just like all hair shedding, is seasonal. Generally, we lose most hair in the fall, and this is referred to as “the shedding season”.
WHAT CAN I DO AS A LASH TECH TO PREPARE FOR THE FALL SHED?
1) Know the climate of your space. Fluctuating temperatures & humidity can effect the performance of your adhesives.
2) Educate your clients. To avoid the the panicked phone calls, tell your clients what to expect. Let them know at their next appointment that some people experience heavier lash shedding in the fall, and it’s completely normal.
3) Check for signs of overloading lashes. Make sure that if your clients lashes are shedding it’s due to the fall shed, overloading the lashes. A result of overweight lashes can cause shedding and damage.
4) Book your clients in earlier. Fall shedding means more frequent fills. If you notice your clients are experiencing more lash loss than usual, encourage them to book a 2 week fill instead of a 3-4 week, to keep their lash sets looking amazing all season long!
5) Use products that promote retention! Although your clients lashes will shed, promoting retention will ensure that all falling lashes have a natural lash attached, and your extensions aren't just popping off.