The 411 on Lash Shedding
You finally took the plunge and treated yourself to lash extensions and things were GREAT but now you're starting to lose your extensions and you have been noticing that there is a natural lash attached to the extension. Should you be freaking out!? Are you going to lose all your natural lashes forever!? Keep reading to learn all you need to know about lash shedding.
Let's first start with a little lash anatomy lesson. The human eye has approximately 90-120 lashes per eye and we naturally shed about 2-5 lashes everyday. With that being true we will shed approximately 63 lashes over 3 weeks. If your natural lash line has 120 lashes and its been about 3 weeks since your full set it definitely time for a lash fill because you have probably shed close to half of your extensions. Your lashes are not all going to shed at the same time because they are going to grow at different paces and move through the lash growth cycle differently.
LASH GROWTH CYCLE
Now that we have some of the base knowledge covered I want to remind you that lash shedding is natural and normal. It happened to your lashes before you even had extensions. You are probably only noticing it more now because you can tell your lashes extensions aren't as full as they were right after your lash appointment. You are also probably noticing them more easily on your pillow or your cheeks because there is a dark extension attached.
WHEN TO WORRY
Lash shedding should not be alarming EXCEPT if you are noticing multiple natural lashes attached to a single extensions or multiple naturals and multiple extensions clumped together. This is a huge red flag that you need to find a new lash artist ASAP. Don't swear off extensions forever because this is not the norm and is definitely not acceptable lash work!
I want to break down why this is such a concern because I think sometimes clients believe that lashes will just grow back and its no big deal... but it is a big deal. It's a HUGE deal. I think there is lack of education being given to clients to empower you to find and expect quality lash work so I'm going to hopefully change that for you!
If a natural lash is forcefully being shed before its natural timing there can be serious damage. Let me try to break that down a little more. If natural lash A is a baby lash and it has been glued together with natural lash B and C, who are adult lashes that are ready to shed, B and C are going to pull A from its root before it is ready to move to the teenage and adult lash growth phases. Again, natural lash A is going to be yanked from its root early and that causes trauma to the root and follicle so the lash wont regrow meaning your natural lash line will become thinner and weaker and you could end up with zero natural lashes. Every natural lash has to be correctly isolated or the person doing your lashes is causing irreversible damage to you natural lash health.
What about shedding lashes and not noticing a natural lash attached? In a perfect world every lash extension would shed with a natural lash attached but sometimes this doesn't happen. To speak for myself, I know that I am always a student of lashing and I am always working at giving my clients better retention so this can be even more of a reality BUT sometimes there may be a few lashes that just don't hold as well.
If you notice a few here or there let your lash artist know but don't be overly alarmed. The red flag for you as a lash client would be if MANY of your extensions are shedding without natural lashes. This would mean that there could be some issues with your aftercare or there are technical errors being made such as the angle that the extension is being applied, not using enough adhesive, incorrect adhesive for the lash artists skill set, or not controlling the studio environment and not using an adhesive that is suitable for their lash studio. Its important that you review your aftercare with your lash artists to be sure that there isn't something you could be doing differently to help with retention.
I hope this cleared up a few of your questions about lash shedding! If you have any more questions or additional topics you would like to learn about please drop a comment below or shoot me an email at email@example.com.