How Long Should You Keep Lash Extensions On?

If you're considering getting eyelash extensions, you may be wondering how long they will last. The answer depends on the type of extensions you get, the care you take of them, and your own natural eyelash cycle. Most eyelash extensions that are applied in the salon usually last between two and four weeks, but with proper care, they can last up to eight weeks. When it comes to eyelash extensions, there are three main types: classic, volume, and hybrid.

Each of these options has a typical lifespan of approximately six to eight weeks, but the lifespan of your extensions depends mainly on your own eyelash cycle (which can be as short as two weeks and as long as eight weeks). If the extensions applied are the right length and thickness for your natural eyelashes, you've cleaned them gently with an oil-free cleanser and an eyelash shampoo, there's no reason why you can't keep using extensions. In fact, a large proportion of our customers here have been using eyelashes continuously for 5 to 10 years without any problems. Most eyelash extensions look great between 2 and 4 weeks.

During that time, the extensions will continue to look and feel full and fluffy. When your eyelashes stop looking and feeling good, you'll need to go back to your eyelash artist for a retouch. Touchups are generally cheaper than the original set of eyelashes. If you don't want touch-ups and want to remove your extensions naturally, you'll have to wait almost 8 weeks for the last piece to fall off.

However, if you rarely wear makeup or can't maintain your set of extensions regularly, you may want to skip this beauty treatment. Natural eyelashes fall out every 45 to 60 days, which means that some extensions can last up to 2 months. It's important to take special care when cleaning eye makeup (which can block hair follicles and hinder hair growth). If the eyelashes tightened at any point, this can cause changes, but during the course of the natural eyelash cycle, the eyelashes will continue to grow. Unlike strappy eyelashes, eyelash extensions are individually glued to natural hair, so they are highly customizable and look real. For people with oily skin and oily eyelids, Phillips recommends using eye shadow bases to absorb excess oil and prevent it from seeping into the eyelash line.

A certified and licensed eyelash expert will customize each set of eyelash extensions for each individual client, using between three and five different lengths and up to two different curvatures. Just be gentle with them: if you rub the area, the extensions may fall out or pull out the hair they're attached to. However, there is a very small risk of developing traction alopecia, where natural eyelashes can fall out as a result of the consistent weight of repeated eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions are expensive and require maintenance, but they give the eyes a natural volume that makes mascara unnecessary. The last thing you want is to tear off your natural eyelashes prematurely while trying to remove your eyelash extensions. Some states require that eyelash technicians be licensed, so make sure that the person you're seeing ticks all the required boxes. Usually, simple or classic eyelashes mean that there is a single extension attached to a single natural lash.

Marlene Manwaring
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