Updated: May 22
We all love and appreciate waking up, looking in the mirror, and having our own vision of loveliness thrown back at us. And what better way to achieve this than by getting your lashes done? The hair is the beauty of a woman.
Although they didn’t say which one, our money is on the lash. With lash extensions, you can finally kiss those catfish filters goodbye. But for how long?
The Lash and The Lash Extension
Eyelashes, like everything else, have a life span, operating within a cycle. Lashes have a three-stage cycle before they eventually shed. They grow for about 30 to 40 days in the anagen phase, going from ‘baby hairs’ to full-grown lashes.
At this stage, they’re ready for an extension to be installed. During the catagen phase, which is the second phase, the hair follicles shrink to the telogen phase, which is the final phase, where your lashes start to fall out to begin the cycle again.
Naturally, we shed about 2 to 5 lashes per day and have about 80 to 120 on each eye. Our natural lashes are regularly falling out and growing back out so you can’t pinpoint what stage they’re in collectively.
Now there are generally 3 types of lash extensions: mink, silk, and synthetic. They can last anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks, but the value you get from your extensions is very much dependent on your own lash cycle. This is because each extension is fixed individually to your natural eyelash and will fall out when your real lash sheds.
Why Too Long Isn’t Too Good?
Although the feeling of new, lush, fluttering lashes is intoxicating, you should be concerned when it does not shed as it should in over 4 to 6 weeks since the initial install.
If your lashes hardly shed, start to feel uncomfortable, or are weighing down on your eyes, chances are it’s probably because of poor application. It could also result from poor glue, cluster, or flare lashes, which are the cheaper options and tend to bond with your natural lashes.
Improper application can be severely damaging to your eyelashes and slow down their natural growth process.
If your eyes start getting irritated or sore and your lashes are clumped together, then it’s time to book an appointment with us to have it properly looked at and cared for. Badly installed extensions are not only damaging to your eyelashes but to your eyes as well.
On that note, avoid going for lashes that are too long and too thick for your natural lashes. It’s also advised to wait a few weeks before trying out extensions again. That way, your natural lashes would have enough time to heal and grow out.
How Long Should Lash Extensions Last?
Lash extensions should not be in place after 4 to 6 weeks as they shed naturally with your natural eyelashes. That’s why it’s advised to schedule regular fill-ins with your lash technician every 2 to 3 weeks.
Signs Your Lash Extensions Won’t Flake Out On You.
If your lash extensions seem weightless and the lashes do not clutter together, then give your lash technician their flowers. They did a good job. You should be able to flutter your eyes softly and dramatically because why not?
Being able to brush through them gently with a lash wand and have them fall back perfectly into their proper place is also a good sign that they would last as long as they should. If your lash extensions are causing you discomfort and pain, then you should have them taken out.
How To Care For Your Lash Extensions
Just because your extensions are going to shed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take proper care of them. So here are some pro tips to guide you on your lash journey.
1. Avoid applying oil-based products around your eyes. They could break down the adhesive used for the lashes and lead them to fall out faster.
2. Come to your lash technician as you are. That means no makeup, no curling your lashes, no mascara, no eye cream, or anything of the sort. They could interfere with the glue. Use lashes that are customized to fit you.
3. Lashes look different on different people and with so many types, you must find the one that would look best on you. This means putting into consideration your face shape, your eye shape, the desired volume you’d like, the length, and what type of lash extension to get. If this involves booking a consultation, then do it. You’d look and feel better afterward.
4. Water or oil mustn’t come into contact with your lashes 48 hours after installation, so learn new skills to washing your face early on.
5. Gently brush through your lashes with a lash conditioner and a brush. News on the block is it’ll help them grow faster and longer.
6. Try not to pick at your eyes or pull at them for any reason.
7. Last but not least, make sure you schedule regular fill-ins with your lash technician.
The Take Off!
If you no longer want to use your extensions and you decide to take them off altogether before/after the shed, then that’s okay. However, do not DIY this. Your eyes are not a project. Doing it yourself would only damage your natural lashes and lead to broken, uneven-looking lashes, and we don’t want that. Schedule an appointment with us and have it professionally done.
Why You Shouldn’t DIY?
We understand the urge to cut down those monthly costs, queen. But you should draw the line when the risk becomes greater than the reward. So here are the risks you’d face if you venture down this path.
Rubbing intensely or pulling can be very damaging to your natural lashes. If you’re not patient enough and think pulling out the extension would solve the problem, then think again. You’d be pulling out both your natural lashes and the extensions. The result is a sparse and uneven lash line. We don’t need to tell you it doesn’t look pretty.
It’s also time-consuming. If you decide to use natural oils, then be prepared to sit still for hours- and days- which is a lot longer than what you’d have to do if you’d seen a professional. Natural oils are not strong enough to remove the adhesive in one go. They’d only wear it off after some time. And we all know what excess oil does to the skin. You could clog your pores and hinder lash growth in the process. It can also lead to pimples, blackheads, and breakouts around your eye. That’s definitely not a pretty sight.
Booking a lash technician is a lot safer and wouldn’t render you bald at the end of the session. Also, it’s a prime time to relax and enjoy being taken care of.