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Eyelash Extensions 101: Everything You Need to Know

Short answer: A full set of volume eyelash extensions generally takes between 120 and 180 minutes to apply. A refill usually takes between 45 and 75 minutes, since some of the extensions from the previous appointment will still be in place.


  • Applying a full set of classic eyelash extensions takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes.
  • Applying a full set of volume eyelash extensions can take from 120 to 180 minute.
  • A new set of classic eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to apply.
  • A new set of volume eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes to apply.

Why Full Sets Take Longer to Apply

If you’re getting a full set of eyelash extensions, your stylist will need to apply 60 to 80 individual lashes to each eye.

  1. Hold your natural lash down with one finger.
  2. Pick up the false lash with your other hand.
  3. Put glue on the end of the false lash.
  4. Gently place the false lash on your natural lash.

The steps mentioned above are only a brief overview of the process and in reality, it is much more complicated. For example, individuals can have gaps between their natural lashes, weak natural lashes, or even lash mites.

When my client returns for a refill, I often make the assumption that at least 50% of them will remain customers.

For instance, at least 40 extensions per eye will still be present if I put 80 extensions per eye during a full set and the client returned in 3 weeks for a refill.

Since I just need to apply 40 extensions per eye to achieve the initial fullness the client had with the entire set three weeks ago, the refill takes less time.

Show up to your appointment completely bare-faced.

Do not curl your lashes before getting lash extensions as it will make it difficult for the lash artist to apply the extensions smoothly. Other things to avoid before getting lash extensions are mascara, waterproof eye makeup, oily skin care, and eye cream as they can interfere with the glue. If you need to work out, do so before your appointment and take a shower in advance. appointment.

You can’t get your lashes wet for 24 hours after your appointment because the adhesive has to dry completely. Tirzah Shirai from L.A.’s Blinkbar even recommends avoiding waterproof eye makeup for up to a week before your appointment.

Is there any way to make eyelash extensions last longer?

Lash extensions are applied to your natural lashes and will eventually shed, but there are some steps you can take to avoid premature breakage. Upon application, stay away from steam and wetting your lashes for the first 48 hours. You can wash your face and take a shower, but make sure no water touches your lashes.

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