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letsFACEit: The Fall Lash Shed

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fall. The season loved by many for its colorful leaves, cool breezes, Pumpkin Spice everything and cozy wardrobe. These changes highlight the things we look forward to all year, but for lash lovers the season brings a slight annoyance known as the fall lash shed. While transitioning into this festive season, you may notice a change in your lashes & it’s totally normal. Seasonal hair loss usually affects people in the Spring & Fall months as a result of the weather change and our body’s internal reactions. This increased hair loss doesn’t just happen to our lashes, but the hairs on our head as well. The body will also increase its oil production to prepare for the seasonal change to keep the hair and skin hydrated.

So why does all of this happen?

Simply put, we have hair to protect us from the sun & as we transition into cooler weather we don’t need it as much so we shed. In order for our bodies to produce hair it must pump blood to those cells, but in the winter when our immunity is lower (due to lack of vitamin D) our bodies will send blood to our major organs instead of our hair which we no longer really need.

What can you do?

There’s not much that you can do to stop nature from taking its course. However, you can stay on top of cleaning your lashes & get fill ins sooner until your normal rate of shedding returns. Also, ask your lash tech about the lashes you are wearing and their weight. Ask her (or him) to lighten up on the weight to help with your retention (0.15 is good) if they haven’t already.

By the way, you should always be an informed consumer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to lash techs, nail techs, hair stylists, etc. In regards to lashes, you should know if your lashes are really mink (which 9 times out of 10 they’re not), the weight they’re using, are they certified & who they trained with (beware of YouTube techs), how long they’ve been lashing, etc. Lash extensions are an investment, so make sure you are getting quality work with quality product.

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