What is Spring Lash Shed?

It’s that time of the year again! Just like animals shed their winter coat in the spring to get their summer coat ready, humans shed their hair more than usual around this time. This means that you’ll experience more hair and lash shedding than usual. The Spring lash shed lasts about 6 weeks (so about 2 fills!); during this time you’ll have more new growth (aka anagen lashes, or baby lashes). Over the next few weeks you’ll probably find yourself needing a lash fill sooner than expected. Give me a call to book your eyelash extension appointment!

The spring lash shed is caused by a change in your hormones, which impacts the hair growth cycle.

Decreased melatonin production There has been research done that shows melatonin increases the rate of hair growth. Your body produces more melatonin in the winter to make up for the lack of light. In the spring you’re starting to be more exposed to light (helllooooo longer days!), so your body releases less melatonin. With less melatonin being created, your lashes won’t grow as fast so when your “adult” lashes fall with their regular cycle, your “baby” lashes won’t be as fast to catch up.

Testosterone levels You actually have 3 types of testosterone in your body (the more you know!). The one that matters here is called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and is used by the body in the skin, prostate, and hair follicles. It’s not actually the amount of DHT that causes baldness, it’s actually the sensitivity of your hair follicles to DHT; that in itself is determined by genetics. That being said, the levels or your sensitivity to them change in the spring and falls so that can trigger hair loss or slowed growth.

Here’s what your Vancouver lash artist should be doing in the spring and fall:

  • Educate you on what the lash shed means and how to care for your lashes
  • Decrease thickness (use lighter lashes), or go shorter if you really want to keep the same thickness
  • If using volume, make smaller fans

Here’s what you should do:

  • Schedule your fills sooner than you normally would
  • Take extra care of your lashes to prevent early shedding: sleep on your back, wash them regularly, avoid makeup, etc. You can also read my other blog post on that topic
  • Contact me to book your eyelash extension fill as soon as possible

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