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How Long Do Lash Extensions Last?

Introduction to Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are fake hairs put on real eyelashes with glue. They make lashes look longer, thicker, and curlier, giving a fuller and fancier look. Knowing how long they stay on is important to have the right expectations. Extensions usually stay for a few weeks. This depends on things like the glue used, how you take care of them, and how your lashes naturally grow. Taking good care of them can make them last longer. But if you don't look after them well, they might fall out early, and you might need to fix them more often.

Factors Affecting Lash Extension Longevity

Natural Lash Growth Cycle

Lash extensions stick to your regular lashes, which grow and shed over time. As your natural lashes fall out, the extensions might come off too with your natural lashes.

Adhesive Quality and Type

The kind and quality of glue used for extensions are important. Good glue can make the extensions stick better and last longer. Since glue includes a chemical ingredient, some people are hyper allergic to those glue. Lash salons use dedicated high quality lash glues to avoid allergic reaction but if you are hyper allergic to glue, you should let the technician know you are hyper allergic to glye and ask them to use allergic-free glue.

Aftercare Routines

Taking care of your lash extensions is really important. Be gentle when cleaning them, don't use oily products, and try not to rub your eyes. This will help them last longer.

Environmental Factors

Humidity and water can make the glue weaker. If it's very humid, the glue might dry too fast. Too much water can also make the lashes fall out too soon.

Individual Lifestyle

Things like putting on makeup, especially ones with oil, and often touching or rubbing your eyes can make lash extensions come off quicker.

Knowing about and dealing with these things can help you choose what to do with your lash extensions. This can make them last longer.

Average Lifespan of Lash Extensions

Lash extensions usually stay good for about 4 to 6 weeks, depending on you and how you take care of them. You might need a touch-up after 2 to 3 weeks.

Factors that can lead to a shorter lifespan

Natural Lash Shedding: When your regular lashes grow and change, the extensions connected to them will come off.

Poor Aftercare: If you don't clean well, use oily stuff, or rub your eyes, the extensions might fall off too soon because the glue gets weaker.

Environmental Factors: Lots of humidity and too much water can make lash extensions not last as long.

Factors that can lead to a longer lifespan

Gentle Care: If you take good care, like being gentle when cleaning and avoiding rough things, your extensions can stay on longer.

High-Quality Adhesive: Using good adhesive can make the extensions stick better and last longer.

Professional Application: When a trained person applies them carefully, the extensions can stay on for a longer time.

Indications for refills

Visible Gaps: When you see empty spaces in your lashes because some extensions fell out, it means you should get a refill.

Sparse Appearance: When the extensions come off, your lashes might not look as full. This shows it's time for a touch-up.

Shorter Length: When some extensions fall off, your lash line might become shorter. This tells you it's time to get a refill.

Getting refills regularly helps keep your lash extensions looking how you want. It adds back the lashes you've lost and keeps them looking full and even.

Extending the Lifespan of Lash Extensions

Proper Aftercare Routine

Be gentle when cleaning your lashes with a lash cleanser and soft brush. Don't get them too wet or rub your eyes. After cleaning, pat your lashes dry.

Using Oil-Free Products

Makeup removers and makeup with oil can make the glue weaker, so the extensions fall off faster. Use products without oil to keep the glue strong.

Avoiding Excessive Heat and Humidity

Lots of heat and humidity can make the glue weaken, so the extensions fall out too soon. Keep your lashes safe from being in these conditions for a long time.

Gentle Cleansing Techniques

When you clean your lashes, be soft so you don't stress them. Clean them by moving gently downward.

Regular Maintenance Appointments

Make sure to see your lash technician regularly for touch-ups. They'll add back any lost lashes and keep your look consistent.

If you do these things, your lash extensions will stay nice for a long time. You'll enjoy your enhanced lashes for longer.

Signs of Lash Extension Wear

Gradual Shedding vs. Sudden Loss

It's normal for lashes to slowly fall out as they grow. But if your extensions suddenly fall out a lot, there might be a problem with the glue or how you're taking care of them.

Changes in Appearance and Comfort

When you see empty spots or your lash line isn't full, some extensions might have come off. If your lashes feel uncomfortable, itchy, or irritated, there could be problems with the extensions or glue.

Addressing Potential Issues

Consult Your Technician: If you see a lot of lashes falling out suddenly, feel uncomfortable, or see changes in how they look, talk to your lash technician. They can check and fix things if needed.

Adhere to Aftercare Guidelines: Remember to do the right care to avoid problems like the glue getting weak or irritation.

Avoid Self-Removal: If you lose a lot of lashes, don't try to take off the rest on your own. Get help from a pro to avoid hurting your real lashes.

Consider Allergies: If your eyes keep feeling uncomfortable, red, or itchy, you could be allergic to the glue. Talk to your lash person or a doctor about it.

Keep an eye on how your lash extensions look and feel. If anything changes, fix it quickly. This will help keep them nice and make you happy.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How long do lash extensions typically last?

The lifespan of each type of extension is about six to eight weeks. However, the actual retention time depends on the growth rate and lifespan of your natural lashes. Because each lash extension is attached to a separate natural lash, it falls off when the natural lash falls.

What factors can affect the longevity of lash extensions?

There are a few factors that can affect how long lash extensions last, such as how well you take care of them, your natural lash growth cycle, and the quality of the extensions used.

Can I still wear mascara with lash extensions?

Yes, but you can only wear water based-mascara with eyelash extensions, but we recommend only doing so with classic eyelash extensions as opposed to volume lashes.

How often should I get lash extensions filled?

It is typically recommended to get lash fills done every two-to-three weeks. Since everyone's eyelashes and eyelash goals are different and therefore require different levels and kinds of regular maintenance, having a strong and open sense of communication with your lash technician is key.

Will my natural lashes be damaged after wearing extensions for a long time?

The truth is that no, you don't need to worry about whether or not lash extensions ruin your eyelashes themselves. But you do need to worry about who you see to have your lash extensions done. Lash extensions in and of themselves won't ruin your natural lashes.

Can I swim or shower with lash extensions?

Yes, you can go swimming in the pool with eyelash extensions unless you got your lash extensions done less than 24 hours ago. That being said, soaking in the swimming pool for hours on end isn't recommended if you want the false lashes to last a long time.

Are there any special care instructions to prolong the lifespan of lash extensions?

To prolong the lifespan of your lash extensions, it's important to avoid getting them wet for the first 24 hours after application, avoid rubbing or pulling on them, and use oil-free products around the eye area. Regularly brushing them with a clean spoolie can also help maintain their shape.

Can I wear makeup while having lash extensions?

You are free to wear makeup that is safe for your new Lashes after the 24-hour waiting period has passed! 

Do I need to avoid certain activities or products to maintain the lifespan of my lash extensions?

To maintain the lifespan of your lash extensions, it's best to avoid activities that involve excessive heat, steam, or moisture, as well as oil-based products or makeup removers. It's also recommended to avoid rubbing or pulling on the lashes to prevent damage.

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