How to Take Care of Your Eyelash Extensions

Josie Marks
February 25, 2019

Let’s say you want stunning, lengthy, sexy lashes just like all the celebs are wearing, and after a lot of thinking and contemplating, you’ve settled on a decision. If you have weighed all your options and ended up deciding to go with semi-permanent eyelash extensions, then you will want to understand some of the more detailed information about how to ensure your lashes stay looking fresh and newly applied for the entire duration before your next appointment. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions absolutely carry their pros and cons, with many women opting for this eyelash enhancing solution nevertheless. In this article, we will walk you through the particulars of how to care for eyelash extensions, by explaining eyelash care tips and all the dos and don’ts. Taking care of eyelash extensions does not need to be challenging, and once you are familiar with what to do and what not to do, the process becomes intuitive and habitual.

What Are Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions?

If you have not yet received a semi-permanent eyelash application, then you might not be completely familiar with the treatment. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are individual lash hairs laid upon your natural lash hairs, usually in clusters of one, two, three, or even four hairs per lash. These fake eyelashes should be adhered by a qualified professional lash technician; someone that is well trained and knows exactly what they’re doing, and who can customize your lash look to meet your exact needs and desires. The procedure within itself takes about 1.5-2 hours of time, and it is completely painless. In all reality, the process feels like a long nap or meditation and you can just lay there peacefully and relax with your eyes closed while your lash technician does all the detailed, tedious work. These eyelash extensions last for around 2-3 weeks, depending upon the individual because everyone’s natural eyelashes grow at varying speeds. After this period of time, usually around 3 weeks, you will want to go back to a lash technician and receive an extension fill if you decide to continue with your semi-permanent eyelash journey. The better care you take of your extensions, the better they’ll look and the less work that will need to be done when you go in for a fill. Saving time and money is one of the main reasons why proper eyelash extension care is vital, but there are also other incentives.

Three Main Reasons You Should Care for Your Eyelash Extensions the Right Way:

  1. Your lash health improves.

Poorly cared for eyelash extensions can cause your natural eyelashes along with the extension to fall out quicker. This can lead to an overall thinning of your lashes, and your natural hairs can take a while to grow back to their full thickness. Caring for your semi-permanent eyelash extensions also means you are caring for your lash health, because your natural hairs won’t be damaged and you can continue to have extension fills that look flawless and voluminous. Taking care of your eyelash extensions also keeps the area around your eyes cleaner, which prevents the possibility of getting an eye infection or another unpleasant occurrence.

  1. They will look better for longer.

The more you follow along with the dos and don’ts of eyelash extensions, the longer they’ll look good. Properly maintained falsies appear stunning, even up to the day of your fill-in, and this is because the wearer has delicately handled them and followed all of the recommendations provided by their qualified lash technician. If you have opted to wear semi-permanent false eyelashes, we’re certain you’ll want them to look better for longer, otherwise what’s the point in spending your time and money on this procedure?

  1. Infill cost and financial/time factors improve.

Because semi-permanent eyelash extensions require a fill every 2-3 weeks, there is already some time and money involved in the upkeep of these eyelash extensions. With proper care and handling of your lashes, you can avoid having to go back to your salon every week, because your extensions will stay put the entire during in between appointments. If you have waited too long for a fill or if you have lost too many eyelashes in between lash sessions, your salon might ask you to pay the same price as for a full set due to the amount of work they’ll need to put into making your eyelashes look fabulous. Not only does paying the usual, lowered fill price save you money, it also saves you a ton of time, because fill appointments normally only take about an hour, while full set appointments can take 2 hours. The time you spend monitoring the way you treat your eyelashes and maintaining them will pay off in the long run, especially if you intend to wear semi-permanent eyelashes indefinitely or long term.

The Dos and Don’ts of Eyelash Extension Care

Here are the main things you should and shouldn’t do if you have semi-permanent eyelash extensions. It is important to take all the things mentioned deeply into consideration.


  • Eyelash extensions care is most important the first day after your appointment. Avoid water, oil, saunas, jacuzzis, steam baths, or anything else that can get your eyelashes wet or damp for the first 24 hours after application (this means you’ll have to skip washing your face for the first 24 hours, unfortunately).
  • Part of taking care of lash extensions is remembering to schedule regular fill-in appointments every 2-3 weeks for maintaining eyelash extensions, especially if you intend to wear your eyelash extensions long term or indefinitely.
  • Gently brush your eyelash extensions with a cosmetic spoolie and delicately adjust any hairs that may be laying slightly out of place (be extremely careful!).
  • Eyelash care also involves washing your face and removing your makeup, but only with oil-free products (oil breaks down the lash adhesive, leading to a shorter lash life).
  • Listen to your lash professional after your appointment when they go through the lash extension care instructions with you. This information is important in the long run!
  • Be sure to wash your eyelash extensions every 1-2 days to prevent infections and irritations.
  • Take lash extension care seriously. It should become an important part of your daily cosmetics/beauty product routine.


  • Care for lash extensions is not too challenging, and the biggest thing you can avoid is using oil-based products on or around your eyes. Do not use oil-based mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, makeup remover, facial cleanser, or any other oil-based product.
  • In order to keep up with your eyelash extension care, avoid heating, curling, perming, or tinting your eyelashes at all costs. These actions can destroy your fragile lashes.
  • Try not to rub or touch your eyes. Keep your hands away from your eye area and only fix lashes using a soft spoolie.
  • No matter how tempting it might be, do not pull or pick at your lash extensions – this will cause them to fall out fast.

How to Care for False Lashes

Caring for false eyelashes doesn’t have to be a complicated matter, and part of the process is knowing what to look out for before and after your appointment to ensure that your lashes are in good health.

What Is Normal:

  • Your eyelash technician should consult with you about the look you’re going for, as well as walk you through the process and make you feel as comfortable as possible. A good eyelash technician does act professional and you will truly feel that they know what they’re doing.
  • No matter how much fake eyelash care you put into action, some of your lashes will fall out before your next fill. This is completely normal and is a natural part of the process.
  • You should feel happy and satisfied with your final look after your technician is done applying your lashes. If you are not fully content, talk to your eyelash professional about this.
  • You should expect to pay anywhere between $75-$500 USD for the first set of eyelashes. These high prices are normal for first-time lash-goers so choosing semi-permanent eyelashes is a bit of a financial commitment.

What’s Not Normal:

  • You shouldn’t be paying the same high price for your follow-up fill in appointments unless you waited longer than the recommended period. Most salons offer a discounted price for timely fill-ins because they require less time and materials needed.
  • While it is normal for some eyelashes to fall out, your eyelashes shouldn’t be falling out extensively. This could be a sign of improper application or poor quality adhesive, especially if you are following proper false eyelash care techniques.
  • You should not be experiencing any type of pain, discomfort, redness, or swelling after your eyelash extension application or at any point afterward. This could be a sign of an infection caused by contaminated tools during the application, or due to an infection in or near the eyelash follicle itself. If you are experiencing any discomfort, go consult with a doctor right away.

Our Final Thoughts on How to Take Care of Your Eyelash Extensions

Before you go into your semi-permanent eyelash extension appointment, keep these tips in mind. By knowing all the right information up front, you’ll be on track to have the best eyelash extension experience possible, and you’ll know exactly what to do in order to make sure your lashes last as long as they possibly can, all while keeping your natural lashes 100% healthy. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions can be a beautiful option for thick, voluminous, real looking lashes that always look elegant and ready-to-go. For this reason and many others, people all over the world opt for this celebrity-secret procedure, but you have to be willing to sacrifice some money and time for the upkeep and maintenance of these eye-enhancing accessories. If you have any trouble at all with your eyelash extensions, always consult with your doctor and get an expert’s opinion.