We at shopspaViolet are obsessed with our eyelashes. We have heard a question come up at our spa on why eyelashes and eyebrows hairs all fall out at the same time. It is important to understand that eyelashes, like every other hair on your body is perpetually undergoing a natural growth cycle. Eyelashes are not just a coveted facial feature, they serve a purpose : preventing objects from getting in the eyes. Each lash is a sensory hair that automatically shuts the eyelid whenever a foreign object is sensed. We have 90-150 eyelashes on the top lid and 70-80 on the bottom. The most common lash length is 3/8 of an inch , unless one is a LiLash devotee.
The Life Cycle of your Hair
Every hair on your body follows a three phase cycle : Anagen (growth) , Catagen ( transition ) and Telegen ( resting ). The Anagen phase is when lashes are actively growing and will last between 30 and 45 days. Only 40% of the upper lashes and 15% of the lower lashes are in the Anagen phase at any given time. Without lash growth stimulant (Lilash) each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop. The transition or Catagen phase is when the lash stops growing and therefore the hair follicle shrinks. This phase will last between 2 and 3 weeks and if the lash is pulled out or falls out during this stage it will not grow back. The hair follicle needs to complete the Catagen phase before it can transition to the next. Hint, this is why removing eye makeup should be performed gently and over rubbing tired or allergy eyes is a no-no. The Telogen or resting phase may last up to 100 days , before an eyelash falls out and a new one begins to sprout. Typically it takes 4-8 weeks to fully reestablish an eyelash and because individual eyelashes are always in different stages it is normal for a few lashes to fall out most days.
Be Patient, Lilash is Your Real Lashes!
Possibly expectations and patience from LiLash newcomers are not simpatico, who doesn't hanker for instant gratification. Lilash needs to be applied nightly for 30-35 days before results are visible. Do not saturate the lash brush with product and if application at night irritates eyes apply in the A.M. Keep your LiLash wand next to your tooth brush so you remember to apply the serum. Irritation and therefore rubbing of one's eyes while sleeping may be the loss of lashes culprit. I have been using LiLash for 4 years and my pals and clients believe I have lash extensions. I do not, but when lashes are this long and more predominantly in the growth or tail end of the resting phase I may have several days where my eyelashes will appear more sparse. There is an obvious discrepancy between the length of the lashes that are growing and the ones that are resting. At this phase I often apply LiLash nightly for a few days then return to every other night, which is maintenance. Maybe at this stage we need to get outta the mirror. Just a thought.
Cheers, Miss Violet