Eyelash extensions are a great way to get your desired lash length for longer than just one night out but how long do eyelash extensions last? On average, eyelash extensions can last up to six weeks if taken care of properly. Many factors can determine the lifespan of your eyelash extensions.
I have been part of the beauty community since I could hold an eyeshadow brush. I am fortunate to continue learning about beauty services from my mother-in-law. She is a licensed esthetician and owns a cosmetic studio and day spa. She taught me about how to make your eyelash extensions last.
I have a few tips of the trade that I’m excited to share with you to keep your eyelashes looking fresh and full for as long as possible!
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions have an average lifespan of four to six weeks.
Many factors affect the longevity of your extensions:
- Type of eyelash extensions, classic, hybrid, or volume
- Your natural lash shedding
- Eyelash extension shedding
- Proper aftercare
Some of these factors you can’t control, but the ones you can are extremely helpful in keeping your lashes looking great.
Types of eyelashes
There are two classes of eyelash extensions that most specialists use: Fur and synthetic. The one you choose can have a different effect on the life of your extensions.
These lashes are made of real fur, allowing for a very natural look around your eyes. Typically they are made from mink fur, but there are other variations such as sable and fox.
This material is light and leads to a longer wear time than synthetic material.
But fur lashes can be on the pricey side, and there are beauty gurus out there who do not use animal-made products. Synthetic or faux fur lash sets are better in these situations. I’d recommend seeking out cruelty-free mink lashes.
Most of these lashes are either faux-fur or “silk” lashes. It’s important to know that although some lashes are marketed as “silk”, they are typically made from a synthetic-based silk fiber and not natural silk.
Synthetic lashes are becoming more advanced and are starting to take on a very similar look to natural fur lashes, which is a good choice for those allergic to animal fur or who do not want to use real fur.
Natural lash shedding
Our natural lashes go through a continuous growth cycle, meaning our lashes are shedding over time.
Each synthetic or fur lash is placed on a natural lash when eyelash extensions are applied. When the natural lash runs its course, the extension will fall as well.
There is not much we can do to alter our lash growth cycle. Most specialists recommend going back to your technician every two to three weeks for filler appointments to keep your set looking lush.
Eyelash extension shedding
Just as our natural eyelashes shed, the extensions themselves can shed as well. If you’re like me and have a tendency to rub your eyes when you’re stressed (or tired, or frustrated, you get the idea), you run the risk of stripping the extensions from your natural eyelashes.
Oil-based cleansers and moisturizers can also break down the adhesive used to apply your extensions – avoid those as best you can. There are plenty of cleansers out there you can use that will keep your lashes clean without tearing them out.
How long does it take for eyelash extensions to fall out?
Your eyelash extensions will fall out as your natural lashes do. The average natural lash cycle can last anywhere between two to eight weeks, so this can vary based on your personal experience.
If you are seeing gaps in your eyelash extensions after three weeks, you can assume that your eyelash cycle lasts this long and can plan future appointments with this in mind.
Can you shower with eyelash extensions?
Technicians and specialists highly recommend keeping your eyelash extensions out of water for the first 48 hours after application.
If the adhesive is exposed to water so soon after being applied, it can break down the connection much quicker than you’d like. Once the two days have passed, you should be safe to shower to your heart’s content! Though regular swimming with lash extensions is best avoided.
How to make eyelash extensions last longer
The following are a few tips to help make your eyelash extensions last longer, getting the most benefits from them for longer.
Again, be sure to use facial cleansers that are safe for your eyelash extensions. Avoid anything oil-based. For a full step-by-step instructional on cleaning your lashes be sure to read our post on how to properly clean your eyelash extensions.
Your technician should have plenty of options for you to choose from and should be recommending products like the best eyelash extension cleaners that will keep your lashes from falling before they need to.
Use a clean mascara brush to comb through and fluff up your extensions every morning. The important word here is “clean!” Oils can build up on the bristles and help break down the adhesive, so make sure you aren’t using the same brush every day.
Eyelash extension sealer
Sealer is a great way to keep your extensions from falling out due to outside factors.
If you enjoy working out, swimming, or anything else that includes extra moisture around your face, a sealer will help keep that water from breaking down the lashes further.
Anyone with oily skin or who lives in places with high humidity should consider keeping a sealer on hand.
To avoid losing lashes after stuffing your face into your pillow (guilty), you are better off sleeping on your back. If you can make the change, it will help keep your lashes intact while you sleep.
There are eye masks that are designed specifically for extensions and of course, avoiding a morning eye rub is a good idea too!
Check out our post on how to sleep with eyelash extensions without ruining them.
Key takeaways on how long eyelash extensions last
My mother-in-law puts it like this – “Good lashes aren’t cheap. Cheap lashes aren’t good!”.
To ensure a well-spent investment in your lashes, it’s necessary to take the extra steps to take care of them on your own. Eyelash extensions after 2 weeks may start to fade, but they shouldn’t look like spider legs.
If you’re looking to invest in eyelash extensions, be sure to find a licensed technician in your area! Currently, there are no restrictions on who can or can’t provide lash extensions, and you want to make sure you’re getting the best products to achieve the best results.
Finding a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist assures all hygiene standards are met, and the best lashes, glue, and sealant are used.
Laura is a beauty expert with 5 years prior experience working in cosmetics and lash salons. When not writing you can find her experimenting with the trending makeup looks, or reading a good book snuggled up with her French Bulldog Max. Laura is currently a contributing writer and Beauty Editor at BeatyStack.