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"How long do eyelash extensions last?" A Complete Guide by an Award-Winning Lash Artist👩‍🏫

Updated: Apr 17


 

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Introduction

Comparison of classic, volume, and hybrid lash extension types

Beautiful eyelash extensions have the power to instantly brighten up our appearance, becoming an integral part of our daily beauty routine. For many clients, eyelash extensions enhance the allure of the eyes and provide confidence, proving indispensable for both special events and everyday wear.


However, to fully enjoy their beauty, one might wonder,

"How long do eyelash extensions last?"

An active lash artist from Australia, who has won international competitions, is here to answer your questions!


The lifespan of eyelash extensions is influenced by the type of extensions chosen, its aftercare, and one’s individual lifestyle habits.


This blog delves into how long eyelash extensions can last and the key elements to enjoy your lash extensions in their best state for as long as possible. Please read below to be in the know.💁‍♀️


 

"How long do eyelash extensions last?" General Lifespan of Eyelash Extensions

Close-up of well-maintained eyelash extensions with excellent retention

While individual experiences may vary, eyelash extensions typically last between 3 to 6 weeks on average. During this time, extensions will naturally fall out along with the natural lash cycle. However, proper care and maintenance can extend their lifespan.

 

For more details on the natural lash growth cycle, click here⬇

 

Differences in Retention Based on Extension Types

different between classic hybrid russian volume lashes

Firstly, there are three main categories of eyelash extensions differing by their application method. Each method affects how long the extensions will last, so let's introduce the types and the benefits regarding their longevity.


Classic Lash:

Classic Lashes Mai Lashes brisbane

With this technique, one extension is attached to one natural eyelash. The attachment is only between the natural lashes and the extension, therefore depending on the condition of the natural lashes, the technique of the Lash Artist and the product compatibility, the extensions may easily come off.


Volume Lash (Handmade Russian Volume)

Volume lashes done by Mai Takei

👆Russian Volume Lashes by Mai


handmade volume lashes wrapping

👆Lapping technique!

Tap the image above to watch a very clear video of how lash artists actually improve the lash extensions' retention by applying wrapping!🧐


3 week retentions volume lashes

📸Left: A client returning for an infill at 3 weeks with very good extensions retentions.

📸Right: after infill


A technique that applies lighter and thinner extensions is Fanned on to a single natural lash.


Despite misconceptions, Volume Lash is particularly recommended for people who do not have a large volume of lashes.

The retention can be significantly better with the wrapping technique, where multiple extensions are wrapped around a single natural lash, increasing the bonding area by more than three times compared to classic lashes, and ensuring a firm hold with less glue. 


This technique allows for lighter, fluffier extensions.


Hybrid Lash

Hybrid lashes

Hybrid Lash is a combination of the classic and volume lash techniques and alternates between a single extension and a bundle of multiple extensions for each of your own lashes. The adhesion of Hybrid Lash is related to the technique of each application, so it is somewhere between classic and volume.


Typically, any style of extensions should last about 4 to 6 weeks. However, based on my experience as a lash artist, classic extensions usually retain 40-50% by the 4th week, whereas volume extensions often have about 70% retention.



Aftercare for Better Eyelash Extension Longevity (Retention)

Lash extension aftercare card Brisbane

It is important to choose the type of eyelash extensions mentioned above according to the condition of your individual eyelashes and the design you want.

But no matter which menu you choose, regular maintenance and correct aftercare are the keys to maintaining the retention of the extensions.


Even if a highly skilled artist has done their best to fit them, if home care is not undertaken at all, not only will the retention of the extensions be poor, but it will also be difficult to keep the eye area clean, which could lead to unexpected irritation, etc. Please read through to the end.


Avoid Moisture

For the first 8 hours (preferably 24 hours) after application, avoid all contact with water, including showers, saunas, pools, and sweating from intense exercise. Moisture can weaken the adhesive's bond, so it's crucial to adhere to this period.


Use of Eyelash Brush

Gently comb your lashes daily with a dedicated eyelash brush to align and prevent tangling. This helps maintain a neat lash flow and a beautiful, natural look.

Remember to brush your eyelashes especially when you wake up and after washing your face.


Avoid Pressure During Sleep

To avoid pressure on your eyelash extensions during sleep, it is recommended to sleep on your back. Pressing your face against the pillow can put odd pressure on the extensions and cause them to come off easily.


The Importance and Use of Lash Shampoo

Incorporating lash shampoo into your routine is vital for maintaining the extensions' retention and keeping the eye area clean.


This special shampoo is designed to gently remove buildup, oil, and makeup residue from the lashes and lash line. 

 Especially for those with volume lashes, dirt tends to accumulate around the roots, so if you have not tried this shampoo yet, please include it in your home care routine. 


▼Here's how to use lash shampoo at home:

  • Prepare: Lash shampoo is usually available at your salon, so purchase the shampoo and a dedicated brush.

  • Cleanse: Gently apply the lash shampoo on your eyelids and lightly cleanse with the brush. Focus on gently washing from the base to the tips of the lashes, especially along the lash line.

  • Rinse: Gently rinse your lashes with lukewarm water. Be careful not to rub harshly or apply strong water pressure.

  • Dry: You can gently pat the lashes with a clean towel but avoid rubbing them. Alternatively, you can use a lash-specific blower or fan with a gentle airflow to dry them.

While daily care may seem daunting, incorporating lash shampoo into your routine every 2 or 3 days can significantly extend the retention of your extensions and keep your eye area clean, reducing the risk of inflammation or infection.



⬇Check out how to do the Lash Shampoo in this video✨

Check out how to Lash shampoo


Be Mindful of Heat

Lash extension melt by fire

📸:How extensions melted on a fire at a campsite


When wearing eyelash extensions, it's crucial to be cautious around high heat sources, such as cooking in the kitchen or sitting around a fire pit. The synthetic fibres (PBT) used in most extensions can melt or deform when exposed to high temperatures. Indeed, I've had clients who, after getting too close to a fire while camping, had to have their extensions removed because they melted. So, always maintain a safe distance from direct heat.



Nourish Your Natural Lashes

Lash&Brow serum

Lash serum review

The health of your natural lashes significantly affects the longevity of your eyelash extensions.


For those who feel their lashes are thin, I recommend using an eyelash serum.


These serums aim to make lashes thicker, longer, and stronger by providing nutrients that promote lash health and support growth.


Regular use of an eyelash serum can thicken and strengthen your natural lashes, thus widening the bonding surface for extensions. A larger bonding area means extensions can adhere more securely to the natural lashes, leading to a longer lifespan.


Therefore, using an eyelash serum is an effective method to improve the longevity of your extensions.



【Conclusion】: How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last? A Comprehensive Guide by an Award-Winning Active Lash Artist

conclusion

The beauty of eyelash extensions is prolonged through the skill of the practitioner and the client's proper care. This blog has shared practical information on the lifespan of eyelash extensions and how to maximise it.

On average, eyelash extensions can last between 3 to 6 weeks, but the secret to extending this period lies in meticulous aftercare.

Depending on the type of lash extension application - classic, volume, or hybrid - the durability varies, and each technique has its unique advantages. Let this guide assist you in choosing your future lash extensions.

By following the aftercare tips outlined in the "Aftercare to Improve the Lifespan of Eyelash Extensions" section, you can enhance the duration of your extensions. Proper care and maintenance allow you to enjoy the beauty of your lash extensions for longer, so be sure to use these tips to your advantage.


What if the eyelash extensions applied in our salon come off in a few days?

What if the eyelash extensions applied in our salon come off in a few days?

Please check which type of lash has come off:

  1. If the lash that has come off is attached to your own natural eyelash, it’s likely due to the natural shedding cycle of your lashes. There’s no need to worry; this is a normal occurrence.

  2. If it’s the lash extensions themselves that are falling out, and a significant number do so within the first five days, this is not normal! Please contact us!

 

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