The natural lash cycle
Our lashes, the same as our hair cycle have three stages of growth Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Each eye naturally sheds 2-5 lashes a day. On average each eye has 90-120 natural lashes. Your natural lashes go through a shedding process on a regular basis. And it’s vital you understand this so that you can understand why infills are needed.
The Anagen phase is also known as the growth phase. It’s during this phase that lashes grow to their full length. This phase usually lasts from 4-6 weeks.
The Catagen phase is sometimes called the transition phase. In this phase, the eyelash has stopped growing, but it’s not yet ready to shed and start the lash cycle anew. If an eyelash is pulled out in this stage, the lash cycle is disrupted and the follicle will take even longer to grow back. This phase lasts around 2-3 weeks.
The Telogen phase, also known as the resting phase, is the final stage of the eyelash life cycle. At this point, the hair has stopped growing and it’s preparing to shed, starting the growth cycle again. This phase can last up to 3 months.
As eyelash extensions are bonded to the natural lashes, as a natural lash falls out the extension will fall out with it.
How Long Lash Extensions Last?
Eyelash extensions will last around 6 to 8 weeks, this all depends on the individuals natural lash cycle. It is also important to understand that this does not mean you will have a perfect lash set for up to 8 weeks, this is how long roughly it will take for them to naturally fall out. However it is not recommended to let your eyelash extensions fall out this way. It is advised to either get infills or when they start to look grown out you would get them professionally removed by your lash tech. This is to avoid any chance of strain on your natural lashes.
By 2/3 weeks you can expect to notice some gaps. This is the time period you are recommended to book in for a lash infill.
Why Should I Get Eyelash Infills?
As mentioned before, eyelash extensions are bonded to the natural lashes and therefore when the natural lash falls out it will take the extension with it. A new lash will grow back in its place. This is all part of the natural lash cycle and you should expect this to happen. Over time you will start to notice gaps or new lashes without an extension on them. This is why you come in for infill, your lash tech will apply extensions on these new natural lashes to fill any gaps and remove any grown out lashes & replace them.
You should book your lash infill for around 2/3 weeks after your full set. Any longer will normally result in too many grown out lashes too replace and too many gaps to infill, therefore it creates the same amount of work as for a full set of lashes.