LASH HAIR ANATOMY
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Why is it important to understand
the lash growth cycle?
Want to be a successful lash lift artist? Be a great communicator! You will need to be able to clearly explain to a client why their lash lift will only last 6-12 weeks and it takes understanding the lash growth cycle.
As their permed/lifted lashes fall out, new straight lashes will grow back in their place. Lash lifts/perms don't tend to "fall out". What actually happens; lash hairs fall out at different times and the client will have some new straight lashes living alongside their older permed lashes until all permed lashes fall out.
Due to this lash cycle, DO NOT PERFORM another lash lift service on a client before 6 weeks. Doing so will over process too many of their lashes, causing a very undesirable look that is hard, if impossible, to correct.
This is important so let me repeat, always wait at least 6 weeks between lash lifts and communicate this to your clients.
LASH GROWTH CYCLE
First, the anagen phase is the growth phase of hair follicles. Often called “baby lashes”. This lasts about 30 days.
The second, catagen phase, is a transitional phase following the anagen phase. It concludes the active growth phase of the eyelash and releases it from the hair root. This phase lasts between approximately 2-4 weeks.
The third, telogen phase is the resting phase of the hair follicle. This ends the growth cycle the eyelash is pushed out by the new eyelash growth.
LASH HAIR ANATOMY
Lash hairs start growth down in the subcutaneous fat layer where they have a blood supply. There are multiple layers, like an onion, of a hair. Check out the illustrations below to understand the anatomy of a hair.