How Long do Eyelash Extensions Last?

How are Eyelash Extensions Applied?

Eyelash extensions are applied directly to the natural lash with a semi-permanent bonding adhesive, close to (1-2 mm), but not touching, the lash line. A single extension is applied to a single lash, leaving the eyelashes and eyelids to move freely. They are applied carefully, one at the time. If lashes are incorrectly applied it will affect the growth of the lashes, potentially damaging them for a long time.

How Long do Eyelash Extensions Last?

Eyelash extensions can last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes. However, each person’s lash growth is dependent on genetics. Here at Mila Lashes we recommend that client’s should touch-up every three to four weeks – either the lashes being filled in or taken off entirely. To find out more about infills click here.

The lash lifecycle is about four to ten weeks. An eyelash undergoes a three-part growth cycle:

  1. Anagen (the growth phase): The anagen phase, commonly known as the growth phase is the first stage of the eyelash cycle which lasts between 30 and 45 days. If all of our eyelashes were in the anagen phase at the same time, they would all be on track to fall out at the same time! Approximately 40 % of our upper lashes and 15 % of our lower lashes are in the anagen stage at any given time.


  1. Catagen (the transition phase): Once the lashes are in the anagen phase, they reach their designated length, stop growing and the hair follicle shrinks. This phase lasts for 14 and 21 days (2 – 3 weeks). If an eyelash falls out during the catagen phase, it will most likely not grow back until the next catagen phase has completed.


  1. Telogen (the resting phase): The telogen phase is a hundred-day resting cycle before the eyelash falls out and a new lash begins to grow. Since our lashes are in different phases of the growth cycle, it is natural for a few to fall out each day.

How can I Extend the Longevity of my Eyelash Extensions?

Correct aftercare can help protect eyelash extensions and improve their longevity. The following tips can be used as a useful guide for clients:

  • Avoid wetting eyelash extension for 24 hours after application/infills so that the adhesive cures properly.
  • Use oil free cleansing products.
  • Do not rub them or pull at them.
  • To prevent wonky-looking lashes use a spoolie wand to brush the lashes.
  • Avoid using mascara as this can cause lashes to clump and mascara may contain oils that weaken the adhesive bond on your eyelash extensions.
  • Cleanse properly at least once a day with a special lash shampoo to prevent build-up of bacteria.
  • Book lash infills every 2-3 weeks in order to maintain a full look.

Difference Between Classic Lashes and Russian Volume Lashes

What is the difference between Classic lashes and Russian Volume lashes? This is a common question. Both lash styles enhance the  length, curliness, fullness and thickness of natural eyelashes. However, the main factor which differentiates Russian Volume lashes from Classic lashes is the intensity in the style of lashes and the application process.

Classic Lashes VS Russian Volume Lashes – Characteristics

Classic lashes are extensions applied individually, a ratio of one to one depending on the amount of lashes the client has thus,


helping to achieve a natural look – great for everyday wear. In contrast, Russian Volume lashes, is a style which aims to create more volume. This is a new technique which has been introduced into the lash industry. Russian volume lashes are very light, and include hand-made fans (2D-7D) which are applied to your natural lashes to create an intense look. The ratio of extensions to natural lashes can vary from three-seven extensions per lash.


Classic Lashes VS Russian Volume Lashes – Application 

The main factor which differentiates Russian Volume lashes from Classic lashes is the application process.

Classic lashes involve lashes with a thickness of 0.10 – 0.15 mm. They are applied one by one meaning that the lashes should not clump together and instead should be separated. Classic lashes give a soft natural looking mascara effect. In contrast, Russian Volume lashes involve the lash

technician creating fans out of the lash extensions. This can vary from two – ten lashes on

each fan. This is how lash artist adjust their look from natural to dramatic. Here at Mila Lashes, all Russian Volume lashes are made by hand in order to cater for clients lash needs. This allows me more freedom to create different styles, mixing different curls and lengths together. Find out more about Russian Volume lashes click here and to find more information about Classic lashes click here.