Do you know clearly about eyelash growth cycle?

Hello friends! Welcome to today’s article on the topic of eyelash growth cycle. As everyone knows, each individual has a unique eye shape. And each person’s eyelashes have different thickness, sparseness, or length. But in general, our upper eyelashes usually have about 150-200 natural eyelashes and our lower eyelashes have 75-100 eyelashes. Although each person has their own characteristics in terms of eyelash length, thickness and color, everyone goes through a lash growth cycle that includes three stages: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.

And in today’s blog, let’s look at each stage in detail to see what’s special about it and how a pair of natural eyelashes can develop to complete a lash cycle. To start, I will talk in detail about the three main lash cycle stages.

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A lash cycle include 3 phase: Anagen, catagen and telogen

Three main lash cycle stages

1. Anagen phase: The lashes grow actively

Anagen is the first stage of an eyelash growth cycle. During this stage, our eyelashes are attached to the dermal cells located under the skin. Relatively thick blood vessels surround these cells. During this stage, blood is continuously supplied to these dermal cells to provide nutrients to nourish the eyelashes. During the entire eyelash life cycle, the anagen phase lasts about 30-50 days. Approximately 40-45% of our lashes at any given time are anagen lashes. This explains why eyelashes never fall out all at once. Instead, it is always present, making our eyes more soulful.

2. Catagen phase: The mature stage of eyelashes

After a period of nurturing and growing, our eyelashes come to a point where they stop growing. That’s when it enters the catagen phase. This is the second stage in the eyelash growth cycle. At this stage, dermal cells begin to stop growing. There is less blood going to these cells to provide nutrients and the cells begin to shrink in preparation for another lash cycle. At this time, our eyelashes in both the upper and lower rows reach a level called “mature”. They achieve the most perfect appearance and last for 14- 21 days. Although not provided with as many additional nutrients as anagen lash, the eyelashes in stage 2 will not fall out on their own.

3. Telogen phase: Preparing for a new eyelash life cycle

Eyelashes will not fall out on their own until they enter the final phase called the telogen phase. Telogen lashes are lashes that have actually rested and are ready to fall off on their own. This natural eyelash loss is because the dermal cells are starting to become nourished again and form new eyelashes. New eyelashes will gradually grow from this follicle until large enough to protrude from the skin’s surface and push the old eyelashes away. This natural alternative is completely harmless. On the contrary, it also helps maintain a fresh and full look for your lashes. Therefore, we do not need to worry too much if eyelashes fall out during this cycle. Normally, this telogen phase will last 3-4 months before it returns to the lash growth cycle with anagen phase.

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At any given time, our eyes have all three types of eyelids in three stages

Why do my eyelashes fall out a lot and not according to the lash cycle time?

Although in theory the duration of an eyelash cycle is quite long, in reality, external impacts on the eyelashes can damage the eyelids and cause eyelashes to break more often. Here are some common causes of excessive eyelash loss.

1. Rub your eyes

Eyelashes are very delicate and soft. It is difficult for them to withstand frequent strong impacts. Therefore, bad habits such as rubbing your eyes with your hands or frequently putting your hands on your eyes can cause more eyelash breakage. To solve this problem, you need to correct your habits. That is the only way. Whenever you habitually rub your eyes, remember that it causes damage to your eyelashes.

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Rubbing your eyes is a main causes of falling eyelash extension out of the eyelash growth cycle

2. Inappropriate eyelash extensions 

Eyelash extensions are a way to enhance the dramatic appearance of your eyes. By attaching false eyelashes to your real eyelashes, eyelash extensions make your eyes look bigger, fuller, and more attractive. However, one thing that many people often overlook is choosing a reputable and professional eyelash extension salon. That determines the longevity of eyelash extensions and also determines whether your natural eyelashes will fall out or not. The reasons why eyelash extensions can cause natural eyelashes to break more easily are mainly 2. 

First, if they encounter a less professional and poorly skilled lash tech, they may skip basic operations to Determine which eyelash extensions are suitable for your eyes and your natural lashes. Do those extension types match your natural eyelashes in terms of length and weight? If you choose the wrong extension style, eyelash extensions will put a burden on your natural eyelashes, leading to them falling out randomly and not following the eyelash growth cycle anymore. 

Second, eyelash extensions require the recipient to take very careful care. If you don’t take the trouble to clean your eyelash extensions regularly, the connection point between the real eyelashes and the false eyelashes can be a place for dust and bacteria to accumulate. This causes eye infections and also causes eyelashes to fall out irregularly.

>> Learn more in our research about how eyelash extensions really affect your natural lashes: Do eyelash extensions ruin your eyelashes?

What to do to limit these cyclical shedding?

To limit non-cyclical eyelash loss as mentioned, you can try support products. 

  • Using lash serum

There are lash serum products that are quite good for eyelash care and eyelash maintenance. For natural eyelashes, lash serum can prolong the anagen phase. And certainly the more anagen lash fibers you have, the more vibrant your lashes will look. In addition, lash serum also helps nourish soft, strong lashes. The ultimate taboo for eyelashes in the telogen phase is brittleness and breakage, so lash serum is the key to solving this problem. It can increase moisture and keep eyelashes softer longer. Lash serum also has the same effect when used with eyelash extensions, but note that if you have eyelash extensions, choose oil-free serum.

>> Discover some of the best lash serums our editors recommended right here: Discover the Best Lash Serum for Growth Recommended by Experts

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Using lash serum is one way to limit the unwanted falling out of your lashes
  • Clean your eyelashes regularly

Another tip to limit eyelash loss that does not follow the eyelash growth cycle is to clean it regularly and properly. Many of you have told me that they think you only need to clean your eyelashes regularly when applying eyelash extensions, but in my opinion, you should clean your eyelashes regularly and especially after each makeup session. The reason is because whether you have eyelash extensions or not, the eyelash root area is very susceptible to excess oil accumulation. Dirt or makeup residue will stick more easily here. If you don’t remove makeup and clean it properly, this buildup can cause inflammation and allergies in your eyes. Inflammation will cause the anagen and telogen cycle to occur many times faster than normal. It even causes new eyelashes to grow more slowly. Therefore, if you want to have beautiful eyelashes, you must regularly clean them and keep them clean!

>> Read more: 07 Secret Tips – How To Make Eyelashes Grow Faster


In this article, I shared about eyelash growth cycle and issues related to it. There are many reasons why eyelashes do not fall out according to the cycle, including the main reasons I have mentioned. If you are having any problems with your eyelash loss cycle, carefully refer to the instructions to limit eyelash loss. You can find more articles about lash serum and how to make lash shampoo to clean eyelashes that I mentioned above. For now, goodbye and see you again!

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