As you get ready in the morning, you might reach out for your curler and mascara to make your eyelashes come back to life. However, it is a bit time-consuming. And that’s why eyelash extensions come in handy. But how long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions can last for six to eight weeks if properly cared for. When they start to fall out, though, you can return to your lash stylist and have the missing pieces filled in. As a result, you can theoretically make your extensions last eternally, as long as you continuously visit your lash tech for upkeep.
When it comes to lashes, the beauty industry has seen it all—magnifying mascaras, “miracle” growth serums, heated curlers—you name it. No trend, however, is as divisive as eyelash extensions.
How Long Can You Keep Wearing Eyelash Extensions?
You can keep your lash extensions for about two to four weeks. It depends on how you take care of it and the experience of the eyelash technician.
The adhesive used during your treatment and the life cycle of your natural lashes also affects the life of lash extensions. More importantly, but mostly forgettable, it’s how you care for your new eyelash extensions.
It takes around two hours to apply a complete set of lashes, and you can keep it all year with touch-ups every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes can be used as filler to thicken natural lashes or to create a specific look by applying them outward from the eye.
Everyone’s lashes are different, and lash experts can only go a particular length or thickness based on the state of your natural lashes to keep your lashes healthy. For example, if your natural lashes are short and thin, you won’t be able to achieve Kim Kardashian’s insane, dramatic appearance since it won’t endure. If you’re unsure for the first time, start with a half set at 50 to 60 percent of your top lashes. It’s far easier to add lashes than it is to remove them!
Can You Have Lash Extensions For Years?
There’s no reason you can’t keep wearing extensions if the extensions were the right length and thickness for your natural lashes. And if you’ve been carefully washing them with an oil-free cleanser and lash shampoo, you’ll be good to go.
Plenty of men and women have been wearing lashes for 5-10 years with no issues. In addition, if you start washing off eye makeup, which can clog hair follicles and inhibit hair growth, you’ll undoubtedly notice that your lashes are getting healthier.
You can also experiment with different types of extensions to make your eyelash extensions more fascinating.
Mink Eyelash Extensions
Mink eyelash extensions are made from the animal’s fur. Although eyelash companies claim to brush these minks while still alive, we have no idea how these animals are kept in these farms.
Fake (Faux) Mink Eyelash Extension
Plenty of professionals are now opting for something called faux mink eyelash. It is made from synthetic material, renowned for being soft, replacing the actual mink fur, giving your lashes a natural appearance.
For two reasons, there is no reason to utilize real mink fur. To begin with, many producers do not adhere to the cruelty-free rules, and we do not know to what extent they are complied with. Second, fake mink lashes are known for their high quality, which means that they will seem very natural on you.
In the end, synthetic fur will produce even greater outcomes than real mink fur. For example, fake mink eyelashes are lighter and have a more glossy appearance compared to other eyelashes.
Silk Eyelash Extensions
Silk eyelashes extensions are semi-matte, unlike glossy Mink ones. Rest assured that you will get dramatic with this option. These are thicker extensions, which means that there isn’t that much space between lashes. It is perfect for you if you are a discreet essential person but still want some boldness on the eyes. Use this type of eyelash extension.
Because this type of eyelash is also composed of synthetic material, you won’t have to worry about using an animal lash on your eyes. The material is a polyester-based synthetic fiber that is highly durable and has a natural appearance. In addition, this material is mild on your eyes and will not irritate or create redness, so you can relax and enjoy your time with it.
Sable eyelashes, made of sable fur and found in Russia and Siberia, are another option. It is the softest and thinnest of all the lashes, and it resembles mink lashes in appearance. On the other hand, this one isn’t cruelty-free, and to be honest, we don’t need any more of those. Many synthetic eyelashes are beautiful and will give you an even better look.
Are Lash Extensions Safe Long Term?
In a nutshell, wearing lash extensions for the long term shouldn’t harm users as long as they take necessary precautions. Having eyelash extensions for a long time will give you the chance to mix and match various designs to figure out what style looks best on you.
However, there are still certain things to consider before getting one. For example, wearing lashes that are overly long or thick might cause damage in the long term since they weigh more and put stress on the hair follicle.
Stress can cause your natural lashes to fall out early, and if this happens frequently enough, it can lead to irreparable damage. Therefore, it’s advisable to keep your lashes at length no more than 2mm longer than your natural lashes.
Tips On Taking Care Of Your Eyelash Extensions To Last Long
How can you take care of your eyelash extensions? Here are tips to help you and make it last longer.
Don’t Wet Them For The First 48 Hours
Within the first 48 hours after having your extensions put, avoid all contact with water and steam. Within the first 48 hours, you should avoid getting your new lashes wet. The eyelash extension adhesive will react with the water and generate a flash cure. It is similar to cooking a chicken from the outside, with the outside cooked and the inside frozen. The lash bond will grow brittle and shatter as a result of exposure to water. You can shower again when the 48-hour time has passed.
Skip Oil-Based Products
Avoid oil cleansers and makeup removers because they can break down the adhesive that binds the lashes in place. Instead, you can use a gel-based remover to remove the makeup on your eyes without affecting the eyelash adhesive. For example, micellar water is a good alternative for maintaining the adherence of your extensions and removing debris.
Avoid Waterproof Eye Products
Waterproof makeup won’t wash off with regular face wash, despite the name. Removal usually necessitates using an oil-based cleanser, which we’ve found is a big no-no when it comes to extensions. When you have lash extensions, you don’t even need mascara or liner. The extensions provide a similar look to traditional eye-enhancing makeup. If you still want to go for a conventional eye appearance, try a non-waterproof one, so your eye makeup is easier to remove.
Sleep on Your Side
If you’re a stomach sleeper, your eyelashes are likely being pressed into (and rubbed against) your pillowcase. Thus, it may expedite fallout and breakage.
Don’t Rub Your Eyes
The more you touch, tug, and massage your extensions, the weaker they grow and the more likely they will fall out or break off ahead of time (taking the natural lash they were attached to with them).
Avoid Using Eyelash Curlers
Never use a mechanical eyelash curler on your lashes. If your extensions are starting to lose their curl, gently raise them with a warm eyelash curler.
Ease Up on the Eye Cream
The same reason we love ultra-rich eye creams is why we don’t recommend wearing them with lash extensions. These creams will have the same impact on the lash glue as the oil cleansers, reducing the lifespan of your false flutter. While you’re wearing extensions, look into gel alternatives to eye cream.
If it appears that all of your friends have sprouted a set of movie-star lashes, it’s because they haven’t. It’s nothing more than lash extensions. If all of the fantastic mascara formulas on the market, lash lifts, and fake lash choices aren’t giving you enough of a push, extensions might be the answer.
Doing your homework before arranging your treatment is vital, just like you would for any other aesthetic treatment.