Understanding Lash Growth Cycles: A Guide For Lash Artists

As a lash artist, understanding the eyelash growth cycle is essential in providing the best care for your clients. The lifecycle of eyelashes can be fascinating, but more importantly, this knowledge allows you to customize treatments and offer advice on maintenance. 

understanding lash growth cycles a guide for lash artists

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So, what are these growth cycles all about?

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The Eyelash Growth Cycle Explained

The lash growth cycle is a continuous process that includes three main phases. Let's explore each of them:

Eyelash Growth Cycle Explained


Anagen (Growth) Phase

During this phase, lashes are growing actively. It lasts for about 30 to 45 days. Think of this as the "budding" stage of an eyelash, where it's full of potential and growing every day.


Catagen (Transition) Phase

Once the lashes have reached their full length, they enter the Catagen phase. This is a kind of transitional period where the lashes stop growing, and the follicle shrinks. It's a preparation stage for the next phase, lasting around 2 to 3 weeks.


Telogen (Resting) Phase:

Finally, the old lash falls out, and a new lash starts to grow from the follicle. This is the natural way the body makes room for new growth. This resting phase typically lasts 3 to 4 weeks before the cycle starts again.


The complete cycle usually takes between 6 to 8 weeks, but it can vary among clients.


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As a lash artist, understanding the different stages of the lash growth cycle is essential in providing tailored and effective treatments. But how can you identify whether a client's lashes are in the Anagen, Catagen, or Telogen phase? Here's a handy guide.

Natural lash growth

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Anagen (Growth) Phase

  • Appearance: Lashes in this phase are typically new, thinner, and shorter.
  • Length: Considerably shorter than fully grown lashes.
  • Feel: Soft and flexible to touch.
  • Tip: Observing the beginning stages of growth at the base of the lash line can often indicate the Anagen phase.


Catagen (Transition) Phase

  • Appearance: Lashes in this phase have reached their full length but may look thinner as the follicle begins to shrink.
  • Length: Fully grown but not as robust or thick.
  • Feel: It may feel a little stiffer compared to the Anagen phase.
  • Tip: An isolated lash that appears full-length but weaker may signal the Catagen phase.

Telogen (Resting) Phase

  • Appearance: Old lashes ready to shed.
  • Length: Typically full length but may appear dull and lifeless.
  • Feel: Stiffer and more rigid compared to the other phases.
  • Tip: If the lash seems fully grown but appears to be detached or ready to fall out, it's likely in the Telogen phase.


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Understanding the lash growth cycle helps you, as a lash artist, to:

  • Tailor treatments according to the growth cycles of your client's lashes.
  • Provide guidance on how to care for lashes at home, especially during different phases.
  • Help clients understand why regular maintenance appointments are necessary.
  • Offer services like lash extensions or lash lifts with full knowledge of how it affects natural lashes.

Lash growth

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Tips for Lash Artists:

  1. Gentle Handling: Always handle anagen lashes with care, using lighter and shorter extensions on them.

  2. Educate Clients: Take a few moments to explain the growth cycle to your clients. It fosters trust and showcases your expertise.

  3. Promote Regular Maintenance: Encourage clients to keep regular refill appointments, as this will help maintain a full, lush look despite the natural shedding process.


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The eyelash growth cycle is a fascinating and essential aspect of a lash artist's work. Recognizing the stages of growth and how they interact allows for a personalized approach to treatments and ensures the best possible care for your clients.


So, next time you work on a client's lashes, you'll know exactly what stage they are in and how to provide the care and creativity that captures the natural beauty of the eyes. After all, lashes aren't just about aesthetics; they tell a story of growth, transformation, and renewal.



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