Longer, thicker, darker eyelashes have been a beauty goal for centuries. Making the eyes appear bigger with tinted, permed, and false lashes and mascara has been the past-time of many a female since the days of Ancient Egypt. But with everything we put them through in the pursuit of lash perfection, we should also take the time to understand a little more about lash health. With the lash cycle explained, we can begin to understand things like the lifecycle of an eyelash and how this can affect the results of an eyelash treatment, so we can make the most of our natural lashes at the right time.
Why do we have eyelashes?
The human eye has two rows of eyelashes or ‘cilia’. One lining the upper and the other lining the lower eye. Eyelashes help to protect the eyes, preventing dust, moisture, and debris from entering and irritating them.
Eyelashes also serve another purpose in evolutionary terms, by making us more attractive to the opposite sex. Longer looking lashes can represent a sign of good health, but they also create an illusion of a wider, more open eye which is deemed an appealing trait. So, from a psychological perspective, having thicker looking longer lashes should, in theory, have more people swiping right on your dating profile.
The Lash Cycle Explained
Unlike other hair on the body that is usually banished with waxing or shaving, most people are keen to enhance their eyelashes, and will go to great lengths to get, well, great lengths.
Each eyelash hair will grow at a different time to the next. Eyelash hairs will grow, fall out, and be replaced during the natural lash cycle. Timing your eyelash treatment around this growth pattern could leave you with better and longer lasting results, but can also help to explain why you find stray lashes after a treatment.
Let’s take a look at the stages of the lash cycle:
Lasting between 30 and 45 days, the anagen phase is the most active stage of the lash life cycle. The hair follicle is connected to the bloody supply which nurtures the eyelash to grow until it reaches its full length. Naturally our eyelashes are all growing at different rates, but around 40% are in the anagen phase at any one time.
The hair follicle disconnects from the blood supply and enters the ‘transition’ phase. In the process of disconnecting, the hair shrinks and is pushed upwards, creating the illusion of further growth. The catagen stage can take up to three weeks, and around 20% of eyelashes are simultaneously in this phase of the cycle.
With no connection to an active blood supply, the follicle is dormant, which is why the final stage of the cycle is referred to as the ‘resting’ phase. Approximately 40% of eyelashes are in the telogen stage at any one time, however each lash can take up to 14 weeks to fall out, and a new hair follicle to start growing in its place.
How long is the lash cycle?
The lash cycle can take between four to eight weeks to replace an individual eyelash, with the average person losing around 20% of their lashes every two weeks.
Will an LVL Lash Lift affect Lash Health?
Nouveau lashes premium LVL enhance treatment are specially formulated to promote lash health and be generally kinder to lashes than other lash lift treatments. Because an LVL lash lift is gentler and actually includes a special moisturising step, you’ll be left with conditioned and collagen nourished lashes. You’ll not only avoid dried out and over processed eyelashes, but will have stronger and healthier lashes in the long run.
It’s important to take good care of your lashes, and our guide ‘How Can I Naturally Lengthen My Lashes?’ is packed with top tips on how to care for and protect your eyelashes.
If you’ve had an LVL Enhance Lash Lift treatment at Sofia Rose Beauty, you can expect your results to last between six to eight weeks before requiring a follow-up treatment. You can help to prolong the effects of your eyelash treatment and improve lash health with good aftercare. You can learn how to look after your LVL Enhance Lashes here.