Make Your Extensions Last – Tips To Promote Healthy Eyelash Growth

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Eyelash extensions are a fantastic way to achieve a natural, long-lasting, beautiful effect on your overall appearance. Unlike mascara and false lashes, extensions are durable and can be worn during every conceivable activity, from swimming to working out and having a crazy night out with friends. Thanks to their versatility, extensions are a very popular choice among women who want to enjoy their long-lasting effects. When considering extensions, one of the most common questions many women have is, “How long do eyelash extensions last?” and in order to answer this question, one needs to first understand their own natural eyelash growth process.

The Lifespan of an Eyelash
The hair on your body, including your eyelashes, grows constantly. Each hair also grows at a different rate than those around it. This is why lashes fall out one at a time rather than all at once. At any given time, about 40 percent of your lashes are actively growing. This growth phase is called the anagen phase and it lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 days from beginning to end.

Once the lash has reached the end of its growth phase, the follicle shrinks. This phase, sometimes called the transition phase, is necessary to prepare the area for new lash growth. Once the transition phase is complete, a new hair will push through the follicle, and the old lash will fall out.

How Long Do Extensions Last?

Once the extension is applied to the eyelash, it will stay attached for the duration of that lash’s lifespan. This means that the extension will only need to be replaced once the eyelash falls out. New lashes are growing in all the time, pushing out the old ones to make room. Eyelash extensions should generally last up  four to six weeks. To ensure your extensions last up to their full potential, keep these tips in mind to promote and increase your own natural eyelash growth cycle:

  • Gentle Treatment –  The more you tug and rub on your lashes, the more quickly they’ll fall out. Mascara removal and eyelash curling can both wreak havoc on your lash’s natural lifespan.
  • Antioxidant Use – A healthy diet will have beneficial effects on the rest of your body as well. If you want even more benefits, consider applying green tea directly to the base of your lashes, which will stimulate the follicles and encourage growth.
  • Moisturizing – Dry skin can inhibit hair growth. Ensure that your lashes stay as healthy as possible by remaining properly hydrated. You can further protect your follicles with a little petroleum jelly, which will seal in the moisture and strengthen the follicle during hot, dry weather.

By following these tips, you can maximize the health and longevity of your lashes, which in turn will maximize the life of your eyelash extensions.

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