The last few years haven't been easy for any of us due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thankfully, things are looking better now, as the world had to reinvent itself and adapt to a new reality. Many businesses are still trying to adapt to the "post-pandemic" era, including the lash world. There has been a newfound concern among eyelash extension clients about severe hair loss after recovering from COVID-19.
If you have always had lash extensions or are considering getting them done now, here are some things to consider before making your decision. Here is your checklist:
The Safety of Lash Extensions
Before we dive into the topic of lash shedding, we would like to talk to you about the safety of eyelash extensions which has been a point of contention for many. Eyelash extensions are a non-invasive beauty treatment that makes your lashes look long, fluffy, and naturally beautiful. There are many reasons for lash fall, but to get yourself off to a good start, you need to go to an experienced and well-reviewed lash artist. It is also worth having a consultation before your appointment, so you can get to know their products and sanitation practices to assuage any potential allergies or accidents. Washing your lashes with an effective lash cleanser will ensure your eyelash extensions stay fresh for longer.
Causes of Lash Shedding
Lash shedding is a natural process that cycles across approximately 90 days. However, if you have had Covid 19, you may have noticed that you are losing hair more often than ever. Our bodies are forced to lose more hair during a fever or illness, including our eyelashes and eyebrows. Telogen Effluvium causes hair loss two to three months after the stress period begins. Stress shedding is not preceded by symptoms like burning, itching, or a rash; it normalizes as your body gradually adapts to the situation, which may last up to over six months.
Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease that causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles, which can also cause hair loss. It has been reported that Covid 19 can be a possible trigger for the body's immune system to attack the hair follicles, confusing it with the virus and attacking it. Additionally, this can be aggravated by any underlying deficiency, such as anemia.
Sometimes you have to get worse before getting better. Similarly, recovering from Covid means you may be subjected to a high level of inflammation in your body that can disrupt the growth of hair follicles. It can also impact the strength of your immune system and nutritional deficiencies that may trigger your hair fall or weaken hairs, including your lashes and brows.
Importance of Self-Care
The Oxford dictionary defines self-care as "The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress." Going by this definition, it is essential to thoroughly consider how you care for yourself when healing from an illness. While eyelash extensions can help boost your self-confidence manifolds, you need to focus on your recovery. Start with adding supplementary vitamins to advance your hair re-growth. Eye serums are also a great way to boost the health of your brittle lashes. For your delicate eye area, choose an eye serum that contains natural vitamins, peptides, and extracts.
Ensure your diet contains a good balance of carbs, fats, and protein that is converted into biotin, boosting your hair growth. Vitamin C, D, E, Zinc, and Iron supplements are great ways to keep hair follicles active and hydrated. Meditation and mindfulness, like yoga, can be great ways to beat stress levels. Meeting friends and family also helps reinvigorate your energy levels and help you relax.
The Right Time to Get Lash Extensions
If you have noticed that your lash line has been compromised post sickness, to gain the most from your lash extensions, it is worth waiting for your hair follicles to return to their normal state. It may take up to 6 months post-recovery before your lashes are in optimal condition to get extensions done. If you have noticed that your lashes are starting to thicken up and are not shedding as regularly, you may be ready to get your new set of eyelash extensions. It would be helpful to have a consultation session with your lash artist to be confident that you are making the right decision.
If the Pandemic has taught us anything, it is to be more resilient and confident in bouncing back. Getting your lashes will help you enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. However, regaining your strength and feeling both mentally and physically fit is more important.
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