Understanding Your Lash Growth Cycles
Most things in life move through cycles. Within a women's bodies we have a menstrual cycle, the moon moves through lunar cycles, there is the lifecycle of carbon and our lashes have a cycle too. Eyelashes grow in a three phase cycle. As a lash loving client, learning about these phases will help you to understand why you will need fills for your lash extensions and might also help you to understand how damage can be done to your natural lashes.
Phase 1: Anagen Phase (aka baby lash)
This first phase in the lash growth cycle lasts 1-2 months. During this phase the natural lash is actively growing and is attached to the "root". The correct term for the "root" is the dermal papilla and this is where the lash gets it's blood supply. The length of your natural lashes is determined during this phase. If your natural lash is only in this phase for a short time the natural lash only grows to a short length. About 35%-40% of the upper lashes and about 15% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time.
Phase 2: Catagen Phase
Think of this phases as the "young adult" phase or transitional phase. This phase lasts 2-3 weeks. The natural lash detaches from the dermal papilla during this phase and the follicle shrinks.
If you pull or pluck an eyelash in this phase it will take awhile to grow back. This is because the lash needs to finish completing the cycle before a new one can grow. This is also why it is so important that you do not pull, pluck, or play with your lash extensions. It is much better to let them fall out naturally.
Stage 3: Telogen
This phase is known as the resting phase. This is the longest phase in the lash growth cycle and can last up to 90 days before the eyelashes fall out, and a new lash begins to grow. The new lash begins to grow and helps to push the older lash out in the same way that an adult tooth can sometimes help push out a baby lash.
Fun #lashnerd fact: If you were to look at the base of a natural lash during this phase you would notice that it is very light in color. This is because it has been unattached from the dermal papilla for some time.
Everyone has a unique lash growth cycle and can be impacted by age and medications.
Do you have any questions about lash growth cycles? Let me know below in the comments and I'll be sure answer!