Should You Give Your Lashes a Break from Eyelash Extensions?

When it comes to eyelash extensions, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. While some people may be able to wear them for months on end without any issues, others may need to give their lashes a break from time to time. To ensure that your natural lashes stay healthy and strong, it's important to understand the risks associated with long-term use of synthetic eyelashes and to know when it's time to take a break. We recommend taking a minimum two-month break with eyelash extensions to allow your lashes to recover naturally and grow back fully.

This gives your eyelash cycle time to restart on its own, and those baby lashes will grow nicely and strongly. Long-term use of synthetic eyelashes entails risks, especially when it comes to the condition of natural eyelashes, since they suffer trauma to the eyelashes as they shorten, thin and weaken and, in some cases, the total loss of natural eyelashes may occur. There is also the threat of eye health problems, such as conjunctivitis, and the long-term problem of blepharitis, which could mean that the future use of eyelash extensions is no longer being considered. To ensure that your eyelashes recover naturally after the constant use of eyelash extensions, they should be removed every six to eight months to allow the eyelid line to be thoroughly cleaned after months of makeup and bacteria build-up, and also to allow natural lashes to grow and thicken.

If you're not prepared to treat your eyelash extensions with care, your lashes won't last as long or as well. Now, there is something to that theory, obviously, since there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that some people who use eyelashes experience more loss of eyelashes when they use extensions month after month. They're fine to use for one or two eyelash cycles, but they're too much for the lashes to handle without a rest period between those cycles. There are many eyelash growth serums on the market and can be purchased online or at stores such as Boots and some department stores.

However, remember to read the label, as some eyelash serums are not suitable for eye health (see the blog on eyelash serums). For those who subscribe to the idea that their eyelashes need a break from time to time, the reasoning is simple. Including them in your daily routine is the kind of simple change that will ensure you don't damage your natural lashes. When a customer asks me if they should take a break from their eyelash extensions, I keep two things in mind: firstly, make sure the time is right - there's no strict rule about how long you should go without extensions but we recommend at least one month; secondly, keep in mind that following the correct aftercare, especially by avoiding pulling out the extensions, can help maintain the health of your natural lashes. A love that continues to shine today and is the reason why I started an eyelash company; I wanted to share that love with the world. One of my clients arrived at the hairdresser a couple of days before she booked to remove her eyelash extensions, worried that she wasn't doing the right thing by taking them off and wanted a second opinion.

So when I looked in the mirror after my girl with the eyelashes removed what looked like an appendix, I was shocked, horrified and sad all at the same time. This lifestyle lasted about two weeks, and then I started to notice my lashes getting a little longer with the serum and that excited me. When a customer is new and I don't know the condition of their natural lashes before starting to work on them, I usually ask them if they notice an increase in itching or redness.

Marlene Manwaring
Marlene Manwaring

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