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Just got a new set of fake lashes and wondering why they're falling out way too soon? Whether you’re sporting salon-applied extensions or mastering the DIY route with strip lashes, making them last for more than just a week can seem like a tall order. 

The thing is, your fake lashes should last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, so if you’re finding they’re falling out within a week, something’s going wrong. Here are some reasons why your lashes may only last a week (plus some tips on how to make them last longer). 

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6 Reasons Your Eyelash Extensions Lashes Don’t Last

1. You’re Using the Wrong Cleanser 

The key to long-lasting lash extensions begins with the right cleanser. A product that's too harsh can weaken the glue bond, leading to premature lash loss. Opt for gentle, lash-friendly cleansers specifically designed for eyelash extensions. These formulations help maintain the integrity of your extensions while keeping your natural lashes and eyelids clean and healthy.

2. You’re Using Oil-Based Products

Oil and lash glue are archenemies. Oil-based products, including certain makeup removers, eyeliners, and facial oils, can dissolve the adhesive that keeps your lashes in place. To ensure your lashes stay put, switch to oil-free alternatives that are kind to your extensions and won't compromise their longevity.

3. You’re Sleeping on Your Stomach 

Your favourite sleeping position might be the culprit behind your lash extensions' shortened lifespan. Sleeping face-down or on your side can cause friction and pressure on your lashes, leading to bending, breaking, or falling out. Try training yourself to sleep on your back, or invest in a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and protect those delicate extensions.

4. You’re Not Brushing Them 

Regularly brushing your lashes with a clean spoolie brush can do wonders for their appearance and lifespan. This simple habit helps detangle lashes, prevent crisscrossing, and distribute natural oils along the lashes. Gentle brushing every morning and as needed throughout the day keeps them looking neat, tidy, and in place.

5. You’re Wearing Mascara 

While mascara can give your natural lashes a dramatic boost, it's often unnecessary and potentially harmful to your extensions. If you absolutely must wear mascara, opt for a water-based formula and apply it only to the tips of your extensions. Better yet, choose volume or hybrid lash extensions that give you the fullness and length you desire without the need for mascara.

6. You’re Touching Them Too Much 

We get it—your new lashes feel amazing, and it's tempting to touch them. However, frequent handling can transfer oils from your fingers to your lashes, weaken the adhesive, and lead to fallout. Plus, pulling or tugging at your lash extensions when cleaning or adjusting them can cause damage not only to the extensions but to your natural lashes as well.

Read more: How to Make Your Lashes Last Longer

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Want to know more about choosing the right lashes, applying them like a pro, or even becoming a lash technician? 

Online lash courses are a fantastic way to gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience from the comfort of your home. 

These courses cover everything from basic application techniques to advanced styling and care tips to make your fake lashes last even longer. 

Find out more about Online Courses Australia’s popular Eyelash Extension Course Bundle and start your journey to become a lash pro. 

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Fake Lash FAQs

What type of fake lashes lasts the longest?

Semi-permanent eyelash extensions typically last the longest. When professionally applied, they can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your natural lash growth cycle and how well you take care of them. Among the types, synthetic lashes tend to hold their curl and shape longer than silk or mink options.

How long should my lashes last?

The lifespan of your lashes depends on the type you're using. Strip lashes can last for several uses with proper care, generally up to a week if worn continuously with careful maintenance. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions, on the other hand, should last for the duration of your natural lash cycle, typically 4 to 6 weeks, with touch-ups needed every 2 to 4 weeks to maintain fullness.

Why do my eyelash extensions fall out so quickly?

Several factors can cause eyelash extensions to fall out prematurely. Improper application or aftercare, using oil-based products near the eyes, excessive touching or pulling, and natural shedding can all contribute. It's also important to make sure the extensions are applied by a professional who can tailor the size and weight of the extensions to your natural lashes, preventing unnecessary strain on them.

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