How Many Eyelash Extensions Fall Out A Day?

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It may be hard to believe, but eyelash extensions have been around in fashion for over a century. Even before the invention came about in 1902, there were numerous fashion books and advice columns about lengthening your eyelashes!

Eyelash extensions attach to your natural lashes. As your natural lashes fall out, your extensions fall out too. So how many eyelash extensions fall out a day? 

Typically you shed 2-5 lashes each day, and renew all your lashes every six weeks. So you should shed 2-5 lash extensions per day if everything is going as planned.

This blog will go over the reasons you may be losing eyelash extensions unnaturally and what you can do to prevent it.


Losing Lash Extensions Daily is Natural

The first thing you need to understand, if you’re concerned about how many extensions you’re losing, is that losing your natural lashes is entirely natural. The loss of extensions should not be surprising.

Lash loss is simply a part of the growth cycle. 

As humans, we shed hairs. You’ve probably heard of hair and fiber samples being found at crime scenes from one of the countless primetime TV cop dramas.

This is no different, and unfortunately, there’s little that can be done to prevent it. 

How Many Eyelash Extensions Fall Out A Day?

On average, you lose between two and five natural lashes a day. Due to how the extensions are applied, this means you’ll be losing in the realm of two to five lash extensions per day

Just because it’s natural to lose a few lashes doesn’t mean you should be shedding all your extensions within a 24 hours period! On average, you should be getting new extensions every five or six weeks.

As your natural lashes shed, the eyelash extensions attached to them will fall off. Your natural lashes renew every six weeks or so. So you’ll need to get new extensions roughly every six weeks.

How many eyelash extensions fall out per day can depend on a number of factors. First, it’s important to look at how they were put in. 

Problems At The Salon

Should you notice you’re losing your lashes in an inordinate number, there may be something wrong with how they are being applied. It’s incredibly crucial to isolate the lash before applying the extension.

This will let the shedding occur naturally. 

If you have other lashes that are getting in the way, using lash tape to properly isolate the lash you want is an easy way to make the process smoother. 

It’s also important that your beauty technician doesn’t overapply the lash adhesive. This is a bit complicated and can take some trial by error. You want to use just the right amount of lash glue. Too much and it will weigh down the rest of the lashes, making them more susceptible to falling out. 

Too little and you run the risk of the extension not being anchored properly to the lash. If you’re finding that you’re losing more lashes than you should, it may be time to speak with your salon about their process or perhaps change to another salon entirely. 

Problems At Home

There are times when the lashes are applied perfectly, but the client’s aftercare regimen is not strongly adhered to. This will no doubt result in lashes falling out. Fortunately, there’s some tried and true advice to maintain an extension aftercare plan that will ensure they last as long as they’re meant. 

First, avoid applying any oils to your lashes after having extensions put in.

Oil-based products are sure to weaken the adhesive, causing the lashes to fall. It’s also wise to keep your hands away from them as much as possible, as friction is one of the leading causes of extension fallout.

And when you shower, especially in the beginning, you want to use shower goggles to protect your extensions.

Can I Wear Mascara On Eyelash Extensions?

Mascara can be worn on bottom eyelash extensions. However, it’s important to make sure the mascara you’re using is not waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara is hard to remove (it’s waterproof…) and you run the risk of damaging your extensions using waterproof mascara.

Try to use mascara that is water-based or specifically formulated to work with extensions.

It may be possible to use water-resistant mascara, but be sure to ask your lash tech. 

Do Lash Extensions Damage Real Lashes?

There’s no evidence to support the myth that extensions cause any damage to your natural eyelashes. If you apply them correctly and avoid oil-based products or rubbing your eyes a lot, they should not cause any problems. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).