By this stage of the course you should be familiar with the anatomy of the eyelid and the eyelash (your new canvas!). Now, let’s take a close look at the lifecycle of the eyelash hair, otherwise known as the lash cycle. As a professional lash technician, it is critical that you understand and retain the contents of this lesson. Aside from the practical aspects of lash extension application that are influenced by the eyelash growth cycle, being able to properly educate your clients on this topic is an important aspect of managing your clients’ expectations and retaining them for life.
If you own a dog that is lucky enough to spend time inside your home, you will no doubt be aware of its tendency to shed its coat, especially in spring and autumn in preparation in for the cooler and warmer months. Many people will be surprised to discover that humans shed their hair in an almost identical fashion.
As with the hair on your scalp and body, eyelash hairs grow and shed (or fall out) in an ever-repeating cycle. The only difference when compared with the hair on other parts of the body is the length of the various stages of this cycle. The lash cycle consists of three phases:
As touched on, much like your furry canine friend and his or her coat, a greater number of our eyelashes will reach the end of their telogen phase and shed in spring and autumn. There is nothing you can do as a lash technician to prevent this natural occurrence, however, educating and informing your clients of this phenomenon will prevent them from assuming this avalanche of lash loss was your fault and either making contact with a complaint or, worse still, never making contact again!
We will discuss client retention and maintenance towards the end of the course, including recommended appointment intervals and rebooking schedules. However, it is worth mentioning now that it is wise to recommend more frequent infills during the spring and autumn to keep your clients’ lashes looking lush and full (and them happy!).