Eyelash extensions are a game changer for those looking for bombshell lashes every day without mascara or falsies. With proper care, lash extensions can last up to 4 weeks, and even as your natural lashes shed (which they do in a natural cycle of 6 -10 weeks), they'll continue to look fluffy and full.
However, some who try this treatment feel like their extensions fall out faster than expected, and are disappointed that they need to come in for fills more frequently than they hoped. Usually, there are simple fixes we can recommend that can help you retain lash extensions longer. Here are a few reasons you might be experiencing lash loss faster than expected after a lash extension treatment:
1. Your lashes have simply reached the end of their natural cycle
It's normal to wake up the morning after your lash extensions are applied and notice a few falling out! As we previously mentioned, your natural lashes have a lifespan of 6-10 weeks. There's a very good chance a few of your lashes are reaching the end of their cycle and will shed.
2. You're sleeping face down
Side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or back sleeper - which are you? Maybe you're some combination of the three. The simply physics of friction means that rubbing your eyelashes against a pillow is going to weaken the adhesive bond that holds your lash extensions to your natural lash. So whenever possible, sleep on your back -- or consider trying a sleeping eye mask that protects your lash extensions, like this one.
3. You're not brushing them, or are brushing them incorrectly
Brushing your lashes can help them from getting tangled and unruly and makes them less likely to shed prematurely. However, you want to be sure you're brushing them when they'e completely dry, as wet lashes are heaver and more prone to being pulled out.
4. They're getting too much contact with oily products
Your skin naturally produces oil -- it's part of life! But too much oil contacting your lash extensions can weaken the adhesive bond. You can use a gentle brush to keep your lashes oil-free, and should avoid oily products as much as possible -- like makeup remover, for example! With eyelash extensions, you shouldn't need to wear mascara, which should mean you can avoid the eye area entirely when using makeup remover. You may choose to use an oil-free cleanser entirely to be safe.
5. You're touching or tugging at your lashes
We get it - they're gorgeous and fluffy and soft... but you should avoid touching or tugging at your lash extensions as much as possible. Not only do the oils from your hands affect the adhesion of your lashes, but you can accidentally pull out lashes entirely.
When applied by an experienced and meticulous lash technician (like those at Eye Candy Studio!) and proper care, your lash extensions should look full and phenomenal for 2-3 weeks, which is when we recommend you consider scheduling a fill. If you've had bad luck with past eyelash extensions, and are wondering "why are my lash extensions falling out?" don't hesitate to reach out so we can show you how quality application can make a difference.
Book your appointment today and follow these tips for gorgeous lashes that last -- without mascara, curling, or applying falsies!