When it comes to Fall, we start to think of colorful leaves, pumpkin spices goodies, the crisp air in the mornings, and of course – the holiday season just creeping around the corner. Weather is not the only thing that changes throughout the year, so do our lashes.
Stages of lash growth
Like hair, there is a growth cycle with lashes too – the three stages are called: Anagen (active growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), and Telogen (resting phase). Typically, a full lash cycle averages to about 60-90 days. When your natural lashes shed, another one is already awaiting its place. Depending on your lash cycle, generally, about 1-5 lashes shed per day, which is normal. However, Fall shedding starts around mid-September to mid-October, but remember, each person is different, depending on the overall health and nutrition. These factors can also lead to more shedding during this seasonal change.
Why do lashes shed during this time of year?
Changes in weather conditions and overall health and nutrition are some key factors that can lead to shedding. During drier seasons, our lash follicles don’t get enough nourishment and moisture so the cycle gets disrupted causing lashes to shed prematurely and grow slower than usual. Also, allergies might be a factor for some people – with irritants and a lot of itchiness involved, we more often than not tend to rub our eyes as a reflex. So when you see extensions shed more than usual around this season, it just means your lashes are fighting against this change and typically only lasts for about 4 weeks into the season.
Things you can do
The reality is, this is a very normal occurrence that happens to many of us, some more than others. Hydration and a balanced diet are a good thing to keep in mind! It isn’t something you should necessarily be afraid of, but of course, be very mindful when it comes to asking about certain styling of lashes – your lash artist should be well aware of this seasonal change and will point you in the right direction when it comes to how much your lashes can support.