How Long Can Eyelash Extensions Last For?

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How Long Does Eyelash Extensions Last For?

Are you contemplating on whether to get eyelash extensions but worried about how soon it’ll drop off? How long eyelash extensions can last on a person varies, due to several reasons such as the products used, the skills of the therapists, and the aftercare given. If everything is done right, it then all boils down to just one factor, the growth cycle of your own natural lashes.

Just like the hair on your head, your natural lashes go through 3 stages of growth, so seeing some lash loss is all part of the normal growth cycle.

Eyelash Growth Cycle

Anagen (Growth) Phase

Also known as the growth phase, the anagen phase is the period when your eyelashes are actively growing, and lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.

Catagen (Transition) Phase

The catagen phase is also known as the transition phase. During this phase, the lash stops growing and the shrinking of the hair follicle happens. If an eyelash falls out or is plucked out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two to three weeks.

Telogen (Resting) Phase

Known as the resting phase, the telogen phase can last more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.

It’s therefore important to understand that it’s perfectly normal for your eyelashes to drop. However, proper cleansing of your lashes is also imperative to the shelf life of eyelash extensions. Proper care will help to keep them clean and remove excess oils from make-up or surrounding skin areas.  Facial oils can also break down the bonds and integrity of the extension and can cause early extension separation.

Speak to our lash experts today at DR. LASH for more information!