Volume lashes: how long do they last?

There is no doubt that having a set of volume lashes applied is definitely more expensive than the cheap fake sets you can find anywhere. But it is well worth it. Prices vary depending on locations and on the technician’s experience. For a full set in London for instance, you can pay between £100 and £200.

Although high prices do not always mean high quality, when it comes to eyelash extensions, it is important to choose a well-trained professional. Having your extensions applied correctly is obviously critical for your eyes and your lashes’ health.

But it will also help to determine how long you are able to keep them before needing retouches. The better they are applied, the better they adhere to your natural lashes. Supposedly, if you see a good technician, she will also give you good advice regarding aftercare for your lash extensions.

Yes, having eyelash extensions frees you from make-up but you have to take some precautions in order to keep them full and beautiful for as long as possible.

The first thing to know is that they will fall out eventually, no matter how careful you are. Since they are attached to your natural lashes, they have no other choice but follow their natural cycle, which is about 2 weeks – although it is different for every person.

After 2 to 3 weeks, most people need fill ins and an entire set is usually necessary after 3 to 4 weeks. So even if you’re really gentle with your volume lashes, you will have to get a full set after a month or so. It may sound obvious, but most of us never thought about our “natural lash growth cycle” before gaining an interest in eyelash extensions.

Now that we’ve gotten this fact out of the way, we can focus on some tips to make your volume lashes last longer.

  1. Avoid water as much as possible, especially during the first 48 hours. When washing your face, do not face the shower head. The same goes for steam – even more so. Avoid saunas or practicing Bikram yoga for example, as these will cause your lashes to fall out.
  2. Avoid oil. Note that most make-up is oil based so you might want to enjoy the fact that you don’t need it to look gorgeous with your new volume lashes! Think about checking your skincare products as well.
  3. Rubbing and/or touching your eyes. You might do it out of habit, you might even not be aware of it, but if you want to keep full lashes you will have to learn to let them be and avoid touching your eyes.

So to recap, your set of volume lashes will last for 3 to 4 weeks and you might need retouches after 2 to 3 weeks. It depends on your lashes growth cycle and on the way you care for them on a daily basis.

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