If you’re contemplating your first set of eyelash extensions, there are a few things you might want to know before you go. Like how long do they last? Some of it will depend on you and the way that you care for your lash extensions, but it all starts with the lash application. Make sure that you go to a reputable salon and lash technician. High-quality lash glue and a good application are the foundation for long-lasting eyelash extensions. On average, salon-applied extensions last from 2-4 weeks. Some people say they can get 5 weeks or longer out of their extensions. Want them to last as long as possible? Here’s what you need to know.
The First 48 Hours
Getting lash extensions is an investment of time and money. They’ll need some extra special love and attention for the first couple of days. What does that mean? The lash glue is not fully dry when you get home from your appointment. It takes a day or so to fully adhere. No showering for at least 24 hours (some salons even suggest 48 hours) after the extensions are applied. Really. You don’t want to get any water near those beauties.
I Hope You’re Not a Stomach Sleeper
Lash extensions don’t love being smashed into a pillow at night. Particularly when they’re drying. They will last longer if you sleep on your back. Not a back sleeper? You’ll extend your investment if you can become one Avoid for a little while! Keep your face away from that pillow: It will prevent breakage, tangling, and extensions full of lint.
Considering New Lashes? Avoid These Activities and Products:
- Steer clear of oil-based cosmetics, cleansers and makeup removers. They weaken the glue on your eyelash extensions. All BeautyGARDE products are strictly oil-free.
- Keep your hands away from your extensions as much as possible. You’ll be given a spoolie at your lash appointment. The spoolie is a lash comb to keep your extensions free of lint, or to straighten them if they get tangled. Use it in the morning after you wake up, and before you apply any makeup. If your extensions get tangled, use the spoolie to straighten them – not your fingers.
- Don’t try to curl your eyelash extensions. They come with a fabulous curl already.
- Save the facials and saunas for another time. Excess heat and moisture can weaken the lash glue.
- Swim laps? Not so much. Putting your face in chlorinated water is not ideal for your falsies.
The Life Cycle of Your Eyelashes
Each extension is attached to one of your own eyelashes and will ideally last until that lash reaches the end of its life cycle and falls out naturally. Your natural lashes each have a different life cycle, so they’re not all shedding at once. That means that your extensions will shed in a natural pattern as well. Lash technicians will suggest infill treatments after a couple of weeks, to add a few more extensions once the initial period of shedding occurs. If you choose to do an infill, you can extend the life of your falsies a bit longer.
Interested in learning more? Don't miss reading our article titled, Which Type of Mascara Should I Use with Eyelash Extensions which details the safest cosmetics for your extensions.
Keeping Your Falsies Clean
Your cleansing routine is the final key to extending the life of your lash extensions and getting the maximum wear time from them. You should clean your lashes every night. Like your cosmetics, your cleanser must be oil-free to preserve and protect the lash glue. BeautyGARDE lash & brow shampoo features an anti-microbial charcoal brush head that locks securely into place. This totally unique tool cleans between lashes without tugging, and you can use it to shampoo your brows, too! Yes, even eyebrows need cleaning. Don’t forget: While you’re wearing extensions, make sure that the cleanser you use on the rest of your face is oil-free as well.
Additional articles about eyelash extension aftercare can be found here:
- Eyelash Extension Care and Maintenance - What You Need to Know
- Why Oil-Free Eye Makeup Is Best For Eyelash Extensions
Lastly, still interested in learning more about eyelash extensions and the different types and styles that might be right for you? Then don't miss reading the following articles, Ultimate Guide to Eyelash Extensions & How Much Do Eyelash Extensions Cost?. We created these guides to provide you with all that you need to know in order to make an informed buying decision.