How long do eyelash extensions last, how do you remove the falsies and do they damage your real lashes?

Here's everything you need to know about eyelash extensions…

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions aren't the same as your standard false eyelashes.

Glue-on strip lashes are a quick and easy version of eyelash extensions, and allow you to have fluttery lashes for the day before taking them off before you go to bed.

Extensions however, take a little while longer.

Browhaus, a 'brow and lash grooming salon' based in London state that their individual eyelash extension procedure can take "anywhere between one to two and a half hours".

The process involves tiny individual synthetic hairs being applied near the root of the natural lashes one by one, but can sometimes be applied in 'clusters'.

It is an intricate procedure but the finished result is much better than a standard strip eyelash.

You can go as natural or as dramatic as you wish with eyelash extensions, depending on how many individual strands are used and their length.

Most of the time the procedure will involve you laying down during the treatment, and is a very relaxing experience, which can sometimes even result in you falling asleep.

How long do they last?

It depends entirely on what kind of extensions you want to go for – as if it wasn't complicated enough for newbies already, there are multiple different kinds of eyelash extension procedures you can have done.

Browhaus offer 'cluster extensions' which last for up to ten days and take less than an hour to apply.

They also have the 'strand by strand extensions' which take longer but can last up to three weeks before needing a 'top up'.

Different terms for procedures inlcude 'express lashes', 'russian volume' and 'weekend lashes', which all vary massively in price and how long they last you.

The experts at Browhaus have given their tips on how to make the lashes last longer: "For the first 24 hours avoid getting them wet. So, no hot showers, excessive exercise, steam rooms or saunas.

"From then on just be refrain from getting them too wet and keep your lashes nice and clean.

"Keeping them clean will ensure that the health of your natural lashes is in tact and also that your extensions last as long as possible.

"Infills are usually required every 2-3 weeks to keep your lashes looking nice and full."

How can you safely remove your lash extensions?

When the lashes start coming to the end of their lifespan they'll begin to fall off as the glue holding them dissolves, and it can be tempting to pull off any you have left, but this is VERY damaging to your natural lashes and should be avoided at all costs.

The best way to remove yourself is by loosening the glue, which can be done by steaming the face followed by using some olive oil on cotton pads and gently wiping it over the eyes whilst being very careful.

Another (slightly safer) option is to get them professionally removed in a salon, which typically costs no more than around £10.

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