Each natural lash grows and sheds naturally just like the hair on your head in a complete cycle. The cycles last anywhere from 3-5 months – each hair grows at its own rate and every hair is at a different point in its cycle. When the natural lash sheds due to the growth cycle the eyelash extension will shed with it.
- Anagen Stage: Called the growth stage which can last 30-45 days. 40% of your upper lashes are in this stage at any current time. (Short hairs)
- Catagen Stage: Transition stage which lasts 14-21 days. (Medium Hairs)
- Talagen Stage: Resting phase can last up to 100 days. The hair will shed when a new one replaces it and the cycle repeats. (Longest Hairs)
When applying lash extensions avoid the “baby” lashes which are the shortest ones clearly in the Anagen stage. They are too weak and immature to hold up an extension. Apply to the longest/thickest lashes these are the ones in the Talagen stage as they are mature and strong enough to hold an extension.