If you are thinking about getting eyelash extensions for the first time, or you’ve only just had your first application, you may be wondering how long they will last and how you can get the most for your money in between infills. (And if you’re looking for your first set or infills in Sydney – we’ve got your back).
Well, don’t worry – simply read on to learn everything you need to keep your eyelashes looking as long and beautiful for as long as possible.
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First, how long do lash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions last a full cycle of your natural eyelashes. The lifespan of a natural lash can last from just two weeks to as long as eight weeks. Because each lash extension is attached to a separate natural lash, it falls off when the natural lash falls.
However, if you want to keep your eyelashes in tip-top shape for the full duration, you’ll have to make a trip back to the salon every two to four weeks, depending on how well you are able to maintain them in between. Actual retention time depends on the growth rate and lifespan of the natural lashes.
How do I make my eyelash extensions last longer?
Be extra careful for the first 24 hours
Your technician should give you advice on what not to do for the first 24 hours after application, but it’s worth repeating here if you really want your lashes to last.
Don’t let them get wet or be around steam for the first 24 hours. Avoid the obvious, like showering in a hot, closed off space or going to the sauna.
But also make sure you don’t spend too much time in front of a boiling pot or kettle, and anywhere else you might come across water and steam.
Avoid oil-based products
At all costs – these oily products break down your makeup and the glue that binds the extensions to your lashes, meaning you will throw all the time and money you spent on your lashes right down the drain.
Instead, stick to water-based cleansers, or better yet, use products that are made for lash extensions.
Brush your lashes instead of perms, tints, and curling
Each morning, brush your lashes to make sure they aren’t all getting bunched up or stuck together.
Try to do it gently using a wand with brush teeth, rather than rubber teeth, because it is easier to do it more gently and prevent tugging on the lashes, which may cause premature fall-out.
Don’t sleep with your face pressed to the pillow
If you’re the kind of person who wakes up with red lines on your face from the pillow, you’ll have to find a way to change the way you sleep if you want your eyelash extensions to last.
Try using a thick pillow or small duvet to prop you up, so you can’t sleep on your stomach.
Don’t rub your eyes
This goes for when you remove your makeup as well as throughout the day.
Most of the time, you probably won’t have cause to rub your eyes with vigour, but you should be aware of the effects.
Don’t play with them
This may be harder not to do than you would think when you first get your lashes – it is super tempting to touch them and feel them more than you should, just because you’re so pleased with the results.
Try your best not to do this, as the fiddling may cause the glue to break down more quickly and the natural oils on your fingers won’t help either.
The hardest: avoid mascara and liquid eyeliner
Yes – this one is incredibly hard, if not impossible to live by, but if you wear eyeliner and mascara daily, it’s time to ditch the habit. It’s incredibly difficult to remove eye makeup without rubbing at your eyes and eyelashes (causing extension breakages).
Didn’t you get eyelash extensions so you could wear less makeup?
Avoid mascara now you have beautiful long thick lashes. And if you do decide to wear eyeliner for a night out, be careful about applying it a little above the lash line and remove it with water-based remover.
Looking for more tips on how eyelash extensions improve your life and your confidence?
Read our article on the 5 Reasons Eyelash Extensions eyelash extensions will make your life easier or a great PopSugar article on how hot yoga sessions might be the reason your extensions aren’t lasting.