Application is pricey (the most basic full set at Envious Lashes costs $105) and does take some time—anywhere from one to two hours depending on the desired volume—but, with proper care, lash extensions should last for up to six weeks, says Richardson.
“Extensions will shed with your natural hair growth cycle, which is typically every six to eight weeks,” says Richardson. “Refills are a great way to extend the life of your lashes and are recommended every two to three weeks.”
Is there any way to make eyelash extensions last longer?
Because lash extensions are applied to your natural lashes and follow your natural hair growth cycle, they will eventually shed—no matter what you do. But there are some steps you can take to avoid premature breakage.
Upon application, stay away from steam and wetting your lashes for the first 48 hours. “You can, of course, wash your face and take a shower—just make sure that no water touches your lashes,” says Richardson.
Skip oil-based products and heavy creams around the eyes while you have eyelash extensions. And ditch the mascara—especially waterproof mascara—since it’s hard to remove and can cause breakage, says Richardson.
But it’s not all about things you can’t do. To keep eyelash extensions in tip-top shape, you should gently brush them with a spoolie every so often, then apply a conditioning serum. You should also sleep on your side and use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent drying or snagging, says Richardson.