How long do Eyelash Extensions Last? When properly applied, Eyelash Extensions will remain in place until the natural lash on which it rests falls out. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles (approx. every 60-90 days). When a natural lash falls out, a new lash has already been growing to seamlessly replace it. This process is constant and at any given moment our natural lashes are at different stages of maturity. People typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes each day. When eyelashes are extended with Eyelash Extensions, it will be more noticeable when these lashes shed because they are longer and darker than natural lashes. Lash Stylists will apply Eyelash Extensions primarily to those lashes that are in the middle of their maturation cycle to maximize the amount of time they will last, without jeopardizing the health of ‘baby lashes’. The Eyelash Extensions will fall out with the natural lash it is attached to when it reaches the end of its growth cycle. However, because of the natural wear and tear on lashes this can vary for each client’s application and at home care. With proper care and maintenance, Fills are typically only needed once every 2 weeks to replace the lashes that have shed. Your Lash Stylist will add extensions to the newest mature natural lashes to maintain a full, lush appearance as well as remove any lashes that have grown out. How long does the procedure take? The initial set will take 2 hours to apply, after that the fills can be done in increments of 30 or 60 minutes. How often should I get touch-ups? A natural lash typically sheds every 60 to 90 days and is replaced with the growth of a new eyelash. Since Eyelash Extensions are applied one by one to each individual lash hair, approximately 1/3 of the lashes will have cycled out. At this point, touch ups are required to replace the lashes that have completed their life cycle. What is the application process like? You will be comfortably reclined with your eyes closed while Eyelash Extensions are applied one at a time to your own natural eyelashes. There is no discomfort or pain involved in the procedure. In fact, most clients find it is so relaxing and comfortable that they fall asleep and wake up to beautiful long, dark, thick lashes! Can I apply Eyelash Extensions to my own eyelashes? No. These are very different than the strip style daily wear lashes. Only a trained professional will be able to safely apply Eyelash Extensions. Unprofessional application or self-application may cause eye injury, lash damage or unnatural looking lashes. Eyelash Extensions are applied one lash at a time to your individual natural eyelashes to achieve long, thick looking eyelashes. The procedure involves bonding the synthetic extension to your own natural eyelashes after properly separating each lash. This can be dangerous and painful if it is not performed by professionally trained Lash Stylists using the approved products and tools safe for the eyes. Can someone undergoing Chemo Therapy get Eyelash Extensions? No, it is not possible to have Eyelash Extensions unless you have a natural eyelash to adhere them to. However, we understand that every woman wants to feel beautiful so we would be more than happy to apply a strip lash and teach you how to apply them yourself. It is an inexpensive alternative to Eyelash Extensions What is the difference between Eyelash Extensions and Cluster/Flare lashes? Not to be confused with Lash Extensions; Cluster lashes, or Flares, typically consist of 5-8 blunt-end false lashes knotted together in a bunch. They can add instant fullness because of the multi-lash flare. Flares tend to be smaller and shorter than false strip lashes. The bases of these types of lash enhancements are often thick and very noticeable. Natural lashes and Lash Extensions are taped at the ends and can be combed from base to tip. Flare, cluster, and strip lashes are blunt on the tip giving them an unnatural appearance. The adhesive used for these is only temporary and will come loose with heat, water, makeup, or perspiration. It is very obvious when one flare come off because it contains about 8 lashes. Our natural lashes grow and shed at different rates; therefore the flares that are glued to your eyelid, other flares, and natural lashes become heavy and can prematurely pull out your natural lashes. Ouch! And if done repeatedly, they can cause permanent damage and baldness. So flare and strip lashes are great for a one time wear for a special occasion but they should be removed before they begin to come off and cause any pain or lash loss. Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash Extensions? You can enjoy these lashes with little need to adjust your lifestyle. After the 24-48 hour curing time for the lash adhesive, you can swim, shower and spa as usual so long as these activities are not engaged in excessively. Lash Sealant is available to protect your lashes from excessive heat, moisture, oils and natural pollutants. Do I need to use any special products on my Eyelash Extensions? There are no products that are required to be applied to the lashes. Optionally, consumers can use Eyelash Extensions Protective Coating which acts as a sealer on the adhesive creating an even stronger bond to the natural lash. It can be applied several times per week on the lashes to extend the lasting power of Eyelash Extensions. We especially recommend this product to those clients with oily skin or those who do not carefully maintain their lashes. If you choose to wear mascara we recommend using one of the Eyelash Extensions water-based Mascaras and Eye Makeup Remover, specially formulated for eyelash extensions. However, most clients enjoy the freedom from no longer needing mascara. Waterproof mascara along with any type of oil based mascara will dissolve the adhesive and cause your Eyelash Extensions to fall off. What do I do if I want them removed? We recommend having the extensions removed rather than letting them naturally fall of. As they grow out with your lash, they become heavy and can weigh down the lash and cause them to break your natural lashes. The removal process normally takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes for a full set. Never try to remove eyelash extensions on your own. Damage can be caused by pulling the extensions off with the natural lash. One note of caution: We hear countless stories of individuals who go to an untrained lash technician because the cost is low. They receive a substandard set of lashes that is clumpy, painful and often damaging to their real lashes. A proper application of extensions is not painful during OR after the procedure. Eyelash extension application is an exacting process that requires skill and time. If the cost is very cheap, you should certainly question the training of the technician as well as the quality of the product. Often, once a client has received a poor application they face additional costs, infection, pain, and loss of natural lashes. Ultimately, most have realized from experience that the old adage “you get what you pay for” is often true.