July 25, 2024

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Will Eyelash Extensions Make Your Real Lashes Fall Out?

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Anyone who’s seen lash extensions before-and-after photos understands just how transformative they can be. The treatment isn’t perfect. Lash extensions are a way to get the lashes you’ve always wanted, but they come with a price — and not just the actual cost of the treatment. Lash extensions are high maintenance and can potentially damage your real lashes.

If you notice that your natural lashes look thinner and more sparse as your lash extensions start to fall out, the treatment could be to blame. Sometimes, extensions can disrupt your lashes’ natural growth cycle. Over time, hairs may grow back stubbier and finer than before. Plus, the glue used to adhere to the lashes can be irritating — especially if you have sensitive skin. According to dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, some symptoms can include redness, flaky skin, severe itching, and even blisters.

However, there are a few ways to minimize the trauma. We turned to Dr. Palm and lash expert Jaimineey Patel to find out more.

Meet the expert

  • Dr. Melanie Palm, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, and founder of Art of Skin MD in San Diego.
  • Jaimineey Patel is head of training at Blink Brow Bar.

Keep scrolling for seven tips to follow if you want to keep lash extensions from ruining your real lashes.

Find an Experienced Technician

When it comes to getting lash extensions, it’s important to do your research beforehand. Finding a professionally licensed lash technician and a salon that uses high-quality products is non-negotiable. An experienced lash artist can improperly apply extensions, which can do serious damage to your natural eyelashes.

Remove Eye Makeup Carefully

Dr. Palm said to be gentle when applying and removing eye makeup and to avoid rubbing the area to keep your lashes from falling out prematurely. 

“Most eyelashes have a relatively short growth cycle of hair – this is why our lashes are about one-fourth of an inch long rather than inches or feet like hair on our scalp,” she explained. “However, eyelash hairs have a long pause cycle before they move to the shedding cycle, called telogen. Stress on the hair follicle may shift follicles prematurely into the shedding cycle.”

Wash Your Eyelids Daily

Even if you’re not wearing any eye makeup, you’ll still want to wash your eyelids daily. Use an eyelid cleanser, such as Ocusoft Lid Scrub ($10), or micellar water to remove any oil and buildup that can lead to inflammation.

Don’t Overfill Lashes

As much as you may be tempted to request long, heavy lash extensions, don’t overdo it. Make sure your technician doesn’t overfill the lashes when they’re applying them. 

“Overfilling lashes by placing multiple extensions on one eyelash is more likely to allow lashes to shed, because of the additional weight that’s added on to it,” Dr. Palm told us.

VIDEO: 4 Ways to Apply At-Home Eyelash Extensions

Applying a Nourishing Treatment

Conditioning your lashes is also important to keep your natural hairs strong. For post-removal care, Patel recommended using a lash oil like the one from BBB’s in-house line, Luscious Lash Oil ($26).

Consider a Hair Growth Product

Hair growth products and ingredients are popular among those looking for longer, stronger lashes. 

“Similar to maintaining lashes while you have extensions, I recommend patients try applying a lash-stimulating product nightly on the upper lash line,” said Dr. Palm. “Some may even consider taking a well-formulated hair supplement that provides the right environment and building blocks to hair growth.” Her product pick? Nutrafol.

Give Your Lashes a Rest

It’s important to take breaks between extensions to give your natural lashes time to replenish. 

“Depending on the type of lashes you choose to wear, you should give yourself a month’s break in between, if possible,” said Patel.

“Semi-permanent lashes can be addictive, but a trained technician should advise you to have a full removal after a few in-fill sessions to ensure your lashes remain healthy and strong,” added Patel. 

Dr. Palm agreed, telling us, “Healthy lashes can take up to a year to snap back into their old routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do lash extensions last?

    With the proper aftercare, your lash extensions should last four to six weeks. However, keep in mind that follow-up visits for refills are needed every two to three weeks.

  • How much do lash extensions cost?

    Prices will vary, but lash extensions can run anywhere between $200 to $500. The technician and lash style will affect how much you’re charged for the service. You’ll also need to account for refills, which are not factored into the original cost.

  • Are certain types of lash extensions less damaging than others?

    One material and style of lash extensions isn’t necessarily more or less damaging than others. In general, lashes that are too long or thick for your natural lashes, as well as improper application, can ruin your lashes.


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