How well do you know your Lashes?

The average person has anywhere between 90 to 150 Lashes on their upper eyelid and between 70 to 80 on the lower lash line. This is why at Empire Lashes & Beauty we don’t count our lashes as we apply them to your natural lashes. The blanket approach of a set number of lashes for each set works well for some and not so well for others, this is why we allow an hour and a half for each full set, even though it may not take that long. The average eyelash length is around 10mm, here at Empire we use lashes that range from 8mm all the way up to 14mm in four different curls for a variety of different looks.

All the hair on our body goes through three stages of hair growth, here is a quick guide to what they each look like!

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Anagen

This is also known as the growth phase, this is where your new hairs are still attached to the dermal papilla (blood supply) and receiving the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy. This stage of hair growth typically lasts around 30 to 45 days for eyelashes and only approximately 40% of your upper lashes (and 15% of your lower lashes) are in this stage at any one time.

Catagen

This is also known as the transition phase, this is the phase where your hair stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. If a hair is plucked/removed during this phase a new hair will not grow immediately, our hair follicles need to go through each phase. This phase usually takes two to three weeks.

Telogen

This final phase of hair growth is also known as the resting phase. This phase can last more than 100 days! Because all the hairs on our body grow in its own cycle it is quite normal to lose a few lashes each day (two to three on each eye to be exact). In terms of lashes, it usually takes between four to eight weeks for one eyelash to complete a full hair growth cycle.

Why do I need to know this?

I guess you don’t really need to know this, but knowledge is power! The more you understand your own lashes and how they grow will help you to understand the importance of looking after them. You now know that if you pull your lashes out (cause it’s been four weeks since your last appointment and you can’t get them topped up in time and the few hanging on just look silly so you think “eh ill just pull these ones-off”… we’ve all been there, we ain’t judging.) then you’re not going to expect a new lash to start growing the next morning. It’s a two-way street though, it’s important that your lash artist also understands this cycle and how precious our lashes are! If the lash extensions are applied without proper isolation of the natural lashes this can cause damage to the lashes (as all our lashes are growing at different phases). Although lash extensions may seem like a fun thing to do to treat yourself (and it so is), both you and your lash artist need to respect your natural lashes and the hair growth cycles to ensure you (and your lashes) stay happy!

XOXO Empire Lashes & Beauty Team