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The Eyelash Cycle

Updated: Jul 29, 2020


The eyelash life cycle consists of 3 stages. Each individual lash is in its own phase of the eyelash cycle, so it’s very normal for a few lashes to fall out a day. It typically takes 4-8 weeks to fully replace a lash.

  1. Anagen (The growth stage): This phase is where your eyelashes are growing to their fullest potential. They will only grow to a certain length. This process can last anywhere from 30- 45 days.

  2. Catagen ( The transition phase): This phase is where the eyelash stops growing and the follicle shrinks. This stage lasts between 2-3 weeks. If an eyelash is plucked or falls out, it won’t start growing back until the phase has run it’s the course.

  3. Telogen (The resting phase): This is the final phase of the cycle. This is the longest phase, this can last up to 3 months. At this point, it has stopped growing and is waiting to shed.

The average person loses up to 20% of there lashes every 2 weeks, and the new hair growth is constant. Lash cycles happen every 2-3 months therefore if you visit your lash technician often by the 3-4 infill you will notice you have returned with a lot fewer lashes. This means you are nearing the end of your cycle.


You may have heard of ‘Spring lash shed’ or ‘Autumn lash shed’ This is because our hair follicles go through seasonal shedding. You may notice more lash loss when we enter a new season. This is due to temperature changes. This is completely normal.

Please remember that lashes are like any other hair you have replacing themselves as they go through the natural growth cycle. How you take care and nourish your eyelashes with determining how strong or weak your lashes will be.

There are many reasons you could shed lashes faster than usual. This can be down to:

  • Poor aftercare

  • Medication

  • Hormone changes

  • Medical condition

However, there are many different ways to manage this. Your lash technician will provide you with suitable aftercare.

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