Little girls like to make a wish on a fallen eyelash but broken and fallen eyelashes are no laughing matter. Every hair on your body follows a specific growth cycle and will grow to a specific length and then fall out; this is normal and nothing to worry about. All body hair, including eyelashes, completely replaces itself every few years. However, if the cycle is disrupted or accelerated because of harsh treatment, and more hairs than normal fall out, then you can be left with gaping gaps between your eyelashes. The life span of a typical eyelash is roughly 3 months. The length of the eyelash may be dependent upon how many times a person blinks. But have no fear, sparse and stumpy lashes can be helped with a clinically tested eyelash conditioner.
Here is how the normal cycle works:
- The growth phase is called the anagen phase –when lashes are actively growing. This phase lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only approximately 40 percent of upper lashes and 15 percent of lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. The lashes will grow to a specific length and then stop.
- The transition phase is called the catagen phase. The lash stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. The crux here is that if an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won't grow back right away because the follicle itself needs to complete this phase before it can transfer on to the next one. The catagen phase lasts between 2 and 3 weeks.
- The resting phase is called the telogen phase. This phase can last more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. It’s normal for several lashes to fall out each day. It usually takes between 4 and 8 weeks to fully replace a missing eyelash.
Not just pretty:
Eyelashes actually serve an important function. They are designed to keep foreign objects from getting into the eyes. Think of eyelashes as sensory hairs that reflexively shut the eyelid whenever it is touched by dirt, dust or other tiny objects that could possibly get in the eye.
The upper lash line may typically have double the number of lashes than the bottom. Here is how your lashes stack up:
Upper lash line - 90 to 150 lashes
Lower lash line - 70 to 80 lashes
Lash length - about 10 mm long (just over 3/8 inch)
The importance of Conditioning:
Like the hair on your head, eyelash hairs can become brittle when exposed to the elements or harsh detergents and products. Brittle hairs are more likely to break and fall out. An eyelash conditioner product will have a positive impact on the health of your eyelashes almost immediately, within 2 or more weeks. Using it every evening will impact the appearance of lash length, thickness, fullness and general health of your eyelashes.
Ingredients in eyelash conditioners vary depending on the manufacturer. Be sure to select an eyelash conditioner that contains ingredients designed to nourish lashes so they stay well conditioned and strengthened against premature breakage. Look for ProVitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, Pumpkin Seed and Allantoin.