Why it’s normal for lash extensions to eventually fall out – and why they need to.
We all want to get the most out of our lashes–that’s why we love taking proper care of them! Getting a good three to four weeks out of your lash extensions is a great feeling, and keeps you looking better for longer. However, very long-lasting lashes are not always a good thing.
If the lash gods were kind, we would all have months of glorious, fluffy, show-stopping eyelash extensions–unfortunately, our body’s quest for healthy lashes is working against us. Eyelashes, like all hair, work on a three-stage cycle before eventually falling out. They grow for 30-40 days in the anagen phase, transitioning from fine baby lashes to a fully grown lash (ready for an extension to be applied!). The second or catagen phase involves the hair follicle shrinking to reach the telogen or ‘resting’ phase. This is the final phase of a lash’s life, ending with a natural death and shed (tears!)
As each lash is in a different stage of growth cycle, our natural lashes are falling out and replacing themselves regularly. This why we normally need to infill our extensions every three weeks and have no lashes left after six weeks. On average, most people have 80-120 natural lashes per eye, with a natural shed rate of 2-5 lashes per day. So looking at the maths: in a normal week, 21 lashes are often shed, 42 lashes in two weeks and 63 lashes lost after three. Sometimes (seasonal and hormonal changes) more lashes are shed, and sometimes less.
If your lashes have hardly shed for six-plus weeks and are feeling uncomfortable or just too solid, this is most likely a result of poor application. Cluster or flare lashes are often the culprit in these situations; these cheaper options tend to fuse with your natural lashes like super glue–and they definitely do not end up looking or feeling super! Sadly, when clients come in under this circumstance their eyes and eyelids are often irritated and sore, with their lashes clumped together with glue, as can be seen below. All of these photos feature clients who have come into Lady Lash worried about their lash extensions, and a closer look makes it very easy to see the lash tragedy unfolding! Improper application is extremely damaging for the natural lashes as they are unable to grow properly, impacting the natural lashes underneath as well as that all-important hair follicle, the source of a lash’s future growth.
Properly isolating the natural lashes is crucial for correct lash application and the health of your natural lashes. This creates a more natural, professional look and is key in wearing extensions long-term, as the hair follicle remains healthy and the natural lash is able to regrow. If you have had a bad application, its best to wait a few weeks before trying out lashes again–this gives the hair cycle time to progress and ensures that your natural lashes won’t be too stressed out.
What do bad lash extensions look like?
Here are a couple of extreme examples, but definitely not limited to these! Lash extensions that are excessively long or too thick for your natural lashes will end up damaging them after a few months of application. If your lash technician does not consult you about your lashes, update you on their progress at all, or seems unsure about any of the materials they are using, don’t be afraid to ask more questions of them!
How do I know if my eyelash extensions were applied properly?
Your lashes should be almost weightless on your eyes, and you should have no issue with opening and closing them–extensions are meant to enhance your eyes and your lifestyle, not make it harder! Being able to gently brush a lash wand through your extensions is usually a good indication that they have been done well–each lash should fall back into its proper position. Lash extensions should not be painful, stick to the skin or fall out in large chunks. If you think that your lashes have been poorly applied, feel free to send a photo through to Lady Lash and we can assess them.
How long should eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions, as a general rule, should not still be in place after six weeks. After four to five weeks (depending on the set booked), we book for a new set of lashes because there are typically less than 10% of the lash extensions left on the eye–this means that we have to fill you up to at least 50 lashes per eye (for our most natural set) and sometimes up to 200-300 lashes!
If you’ve had lashes done elsewhere, and they are lasting much longer, and are still looking very black and solid and irritating your lash line, chances are you’ve come up against some poor application, excess glue use or flare/cluster lashes.
How often do natural lashes fall out?
You lose 2-5 lashes naturally every day. With only your natural lashes, it can be difficult to track your normal eyelash shedding cycle, but with extensions applied it will be easier to see the lash fall. This often stresses out newer clients, as they see a long, beautiful extension in the sink or on the pillow after the first day–but not to worry, that is completely normal. If you do experience a bigger shed than this after a few days, give us a call and we can troubleshoot everything!