At Winks Boutique, one of the main questions we’re asked is “How long do eyelash extensions last?” and the answer lies in three key areas – mother nature, the application and the aftercare.
As with all hair, eyelashes will naturally shed as part of a cycle. The life cycle for eyelashes is around 90 days, so it’s completely normal to shed upwards of 5 lashes a day. Your eyelash extensions will fall out with your naturally shedding lashes, so the life of your eyelash extensions will greatly depend on how many extensions were applied – Re-fills are suggested every two to 3 weeks to replace shed as a means to keep your set of lashes looking their best.
Eyelash extensions must be securely attached to the natural lash if it is to stand the test of time. incorrectly applied extensions, can lift off and separate from the natural lash and shed. This type of shedding is clearly due to the application technique. How the lash is applied brings us to our next point below….the adhesive
The bonding life of the adhesive used, plays a very important role in how long eyelash extensions last. There are several eyelash glues on the market to meet the myriad needs of clients and preferences of technicians. Some sensitive adhesives only have a bonding life of 2 weeks, while some glues with a strong hold lasting 8 weeks could not be tolerated for a client with sensitive eyes. When the extension is applied correctly, it can last as long as the adhesive maintains the ability to stay bonded to the natural lash.
Caring for your lashes after the application can make all the difference in how long eyelash extensions last. And showing your lashes some tender loving can can help their longevity. Products that contain oils need to be kept away from you lashes. Oils are an enemy of eyelash extensions. Oils weaken the bond of the eyelash extensions to the natural lash, resulting with premature lifting and shedding
Although we can’t control what we do when we sleep, we can try to take steps to not harm our lashes while we slumber. Sleeping on you back so as to not crush your lashes seems like a good idea, in theory, but most of us turn and change positions while sleeping. A way to lessen the harm that can result from moving in your sleep is to use a silk satin pillowcase. The slippery fabric will provide your lashes with a smooth surface for contact and will minimize friction and tugging that can occur with other materials such as cotton. An added bonus to silk/satin pillowcases is how great they are for your skin. Say goodbye to sleep creases in skin and hello to hydrated soothness
Try your best to keep your hands off your lashes and don’t rub your eyes or tug at your lashes. Not only can you irritate your eyes, but excessive touching including improper brushing can result in the pulling out of your natural eyelashes.
So, how long do eyelash extensions last if you follow our tips and instructions? Keeping natural shedding in mind and with proper application and care, they should last as long as the adhesive keeps its bonding power.
You’ve just gotten your lashes done and you’re absolutely thrilled at the results. It looks like you were born with perfectly long and styled lashes and you want them to look like this forever. So here are a few tips to keep lashes looking their best for as long as possible…simply follow these 5 steps:
- Stay away from oil: Why keep oils away from your lashes? When oils get into contact with the eyelash adhesive, it breaks down is staying power and lifts the extensions off the natural lash.
- Brush Lashes: Brushing lashes is a must to keep your set looking its best. Brushing daily with a clean mascara wand, separates the lashes and allows them to fall into place especially after a shower or any time you get them wet. Brushing also helps rid you lashes of lint, dust and some powdered makeup
- Cleanse lashes: You were probably advised to be gentle with your extensions, but please don’t neglect them. Cleaning your lashes is REALLY important and is rarely spoken about. If your lashes are not cleaned regularly, you run the risk of dirt and debris sitting on the lashes which can compromise the bond as well as the overall health of your natural lashes and the eye area. Cleansing, also removes oils from clogging pores. Use a gentle cleanser and delicately wash your lashes, follow with a thorough rinse.
- Use a Coating Sealant: A coating sealant that is applied to the extensions a couple of times a week is another step you can take to add some longevity to your set. Coating Sealants contain coating ingredients link Polyvinyl alcohol and Acrylates Copolymer, that create a protective barrier around the extensions and natural lash. This barrier, repels moisture, dirt and oil…some of the ‘bad’ things for your lashes. A quick application note, we don’t recommend using the sealant directly following an application. Wait a few days and apply sparingly every 2 to 3 days.
- Use contoured sleep mask: Although some of us may lay like sleeping beauty when sleeping, I think it’s safe to say that most of us move around, tummy sleep and rub our face into the pillow and sometimes even rub our eyes while in slumber. Contoured sleep masks can help protect your lashes. The contour won’t crush your lashes or restrict eye movement.
So there you have it. Show your lashes some love and they will love you back ;)