You saved up to have the ultimate lash-enhancing procedure, extensions, expecting to wake up with perfect lashes for at least a few weeks. But your extensions are falling out at an alarming rate, and you’re worried you won’t have any left soon. If you can find the cause, maybe you can stop the shedding.
So, you want an answer to your burning question: Why are my lash extensions falling out?
Lash extensions fall out with the natural lashes they are attached to at the end of the natural lashes’ life cycle. It’s normal to lose a few lashes and extensions almost daily. Poor extension application and lacking aftercare can cause excessive extension loss.
Lash extensions are supposed to slowly fall out (heartbreakingly, there’s no way to keep them forever), but something’s wrong if yours drop so fast that your lash line is noticeably skimpier by the day. Let’s go over what might be making your extensions fall out early, so you have a chance of holding on to what’s left for longer.
Quickly keep reading before another extension drops too soon!
Why Do Lash Extensions Fall Out (Naturally)?
Our natural lashes fall out all the time. It’s part of their life cycle. Baby lashes grow into long, strong lashes (if we’re lucky!). They then hang around for a while and eventually drop. If lashes have extension fibers attached to them, these will drop too.
Everyone’s lashes move through their life cycle at different speeds, but your extensions should stay looking amazing for at least 2 weeks. You can tell it’s time for a refill when about half of your extensions have fallen out.
Alert! Some medical conditions, like alopecia areata or blepharitis, trigger excessive lash loss. You shouldn’t get extensions if you have one of these conditions.
Why Do Lash Extensions Fall Out Too Quickly (Not Naturally)?
Suppose your extensions look like they could do with a refresh after a few days. Oh no, this isn’t right!
These are the 2 main reasons extensions fall out too soon (happily, they’re both within your control!):
- Reason #1: Extensions are poorly applied
- Reason #2: Extensions are mistreated
How extensions are applied and maintained plays a major role in their retention. I’ll break down the must-know info.
Reason #1: Extensions Are Poorly Applied
There’s much more to applying extensions than sticking synthetic or natural lash fibers to lashes.
A pro lash tech knows which extension fibers are right for which lashes, how much glue to use, and how to carefully attach the fibers where they need to be.
On the flip side, an untrained, inexperienced individual is likely to make one of these 3 extension-shedding mistakes:
- Mistake #1: Using extensions too thick, long, and heavy for the natural lashes. The result? The extensions weigh down on the lashes till they drop.
- Mistake #2: Gluing two or more natural lashes together (with or without extensions attached). What happens next? If one of the lashes in the sticky clump is still growing, it will pull on the lashes glued to it, potentially yanking them (and their extensions) out.
- Mistake #3: Applying cluster lashes. Beginners might use cluster lash extensions as an easier alternative to individual extensions. These are ready-made lash bunches you attach in one go instead of fixing one lash at a time. The problem is that cluster lashes can be too heavy. Plus, they need tons of glue to get them to stick, making them even heavier and more likely to trigger lash loss.
You can protect your future extensions (and natural lashes) by checking up on a lash tech before making an appointment with them. Ask for their qualifications, experience, and portfolio of previous work.
Reason #2: Extensions Are Mistreated
Here’s a shocker: you might be making your extensions fall out.
Perhaps you jumped into the shower as you arrived home from the lash salon, dolloped oily cream around your eyes before bed every night, squashed your face into your pillow as you slept, or roughly rubbed your eyes with a cotton pad trying to remove waterproof makeup.
All these behaviors loosen extensions, increasing their shedding risk.
Although a professional-grade lash adhesive is super-strong (it works like cement to bond the extensions to your natural lashes), it’s not invincible.
Many things can break down the bond between the extension and lash. The bond is especially vulnerable during the 4 hours after extensions are applied, while the glue is curing. The biggest mistake you can make is getting water, sweat, tears, steam, or extreme heat near your lashes during the first 4 hours.
Warning! You must keep some extensions away from water and moisture for up to 36 hours after application. Confirm your specific waiting period with your tech.
Here’s a glance at other things you might unknowingly be doing to make your extensions fall out early:
- Using makeup or products containing oil, salt, or glycols on your eye area.
- Wearing long-wear makeup.
- Sleeping on your stomach (or using a pillowcase made of abrasive fabric).
- Spending too much time in the heat (in the sun, sauna, or hot yoga class). Plus, going into hot, steamy environments within 48 hours of your procedure.
- Allowing hot water to spray directly on your extensions when you shower.
- Cleaning your lashes too aggressively (or not cleaning them at all).
- Splashing about in the sea or chlorine pools on the reg (without your goggles).
- Using a lash curler.
- Having a lash lift.
- Wearing falsies.
- Blow-drying your extensions at full blast on the hot setting.
- Rubbing your eyes.
How to Improve Lash Extension Retention (Video)
In this video, Danielle Mount shares her best tips on how to improve your extensions’ retention.
It’s normal for extensions to slowly fall out with your natural lashes as they move through their life cycle. If your extensions need a refill within 2 weeks of being applied, they’re falling out too fast! The biggest reason extensions fall out too soon is that they weren’t expertly applied or cared for.
Get extra days with full, fluttery lashes by having your extensions applied by a reputable lash pro and taking special care of them – they’re worth it!