How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take To Apply?

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So you’re getting eyelash extensions for the first time and don’t know how long it takes? 

Moreover, how long does it take for eyelash extensions to dry? How long do eyelash extensions last?

If it’s your first time doing this, you may have a lot of questions before booking an appointment, especially if you’re always on the go. 

Getting lash extensions is a great way to add volume and fullness to your lashes.

Lash extensions are semi-permanent and can last for several weeks with proper care.

The exact answer to this depends on the amount of lashes you’re getting.

We’ll be discussing this question + some of the things you need to know before going to the salon.

How Long Does It Take to Get Your Eyelashes Done

a young woman in a salon with one lashes done while the other is undone for comparison

Classic Eyelash Extensions

A full set of classic lashes takes from 90 to 120 minutes to apply depending on the experience of the stylist and the number of natural lashes you have. 

Each classic lash is attached to a natural lash, which means a classic lash extension set usually has 90 to 150 lashes applied.

Stylists recommend getting refills when at least 40% of your extensions have fallen out. A refill of classic eyelash extensions would take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to apply.

Volume Eyelash Extensions

With volume eyelash extensions, a fan type of lashes is applied to get the dramatic volume that clients want. 

A full set of volume lashes takes about 120 to 180 minutes. Meanwhile, a refill takes about 45 to 75 minutes. 

Instead of a 1:1 ratio like the classic extensions, you will be getting varying types, depending on how glammed up you prefer. So it could range from a 1:2 to a 1:5 ratio.

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Hybrid Lashes

How long do hybrid lashes take to apply? Hybrid lashes usually take about 120 to 180 minutes, and the refills are done in about an hour.

Stylists usually apply 30% classic lashes and 70% volume lashes to get this look.

If you’re still wondering what lash style you should get, here’s our guide on how to choose the right one for your eye shape.

Now that you know how long lash extensions take to apply, here are top tips we have for you before going to the salon.

Things You Need To Know Before Getting Lash Extensions

Arrive With a Bare Face

Avoid applying makeup or oily skin products before your appointment. This includes mascaras, eyeliners, eye creams, and any product that may disrupt the adherence of the lash glue.

Don’t Get a Lash Perm Beforehand

If you already have a lash lift and want to add extensions, there is not much space for the glue to adhere. This can cause the extensions to not last as long. 

Avoid Caffeine

Don’t drink any soda or coffee as much as possible because they may cause your eye to twitch. That could make your lashes take longer to apply.

Say No to Cluster Lashes

If you have sparse lashes, chances are, your artist would offer to put cluster lashes. Cluster lashes are sections of lash strands glued together for faster application.

The problem with this is since they’re going to be attached to your lashes for weeks, that will take a toll on your natural lashes because they are too heavy.

You Can Get Colored Lashes

The best part about getting lash extensions is that you can get any style you want, even colored lashes! 

To learn more about colored lashes, here’s our article on what they are and the best style inspo.

Aftercare for Your Lash Extensions

Avoid Contact With Water

You can’t let your lashes get wet for 24 to 48 hours because you need to let the glue settle. This is an estimate on how long it takes for the eyelash extensions to completely dry.

So if you have an event to go to where you need to put eye makeup on, you would need to schedule your eyelash extensions appointment earlier.

Avoid Traditional Lash Curlers

Regular lash curlers can and will damage your lash extensions due to the pinching, so using them is a huge no-no if you’ve done the procedure.

Instead, consider using a heated lash curler to make them look fluttery. Here are our top 5 electric lash curlers you should try.

Avoid Waterproof or Powdery Makeup

Waterproof mascaras are a huge no-no for your lash extensions since they can soften the glue adherence of your lashes. 

Meanwhile, waterproof eyeliners shouldn’t go near your lash line so you won’t need to worry about damaging your extensions when it’s time to remove them.

Instead, use liquid eyeliners and washable mascaras to avoid any fallouts.

Powdered eyeshadows or setting powders can also build up over time and could even cause an infection, but they’re fine to use as long as you clean them properly.

Avoid Oil-Based Products Around Your Eyes

This includes any oil-based skincare products, such as makeup removers or even lash growth serums. They will all affect the lash glue and make your lashes fall off quicker.

Avoid Picking, Touching, or Rubbing Your Lash Extensions

It may be uncomfortable or weird at first, but you must avoid touching your extensions as much as you can, because not only will they fall off faster, you could also damage your natural lashes.

Clean Your Lash Extensions

If you wear makeup every day, lash extensions should be washed daily. You can buy lash shampoos online, or your tech may have some available or may give you recommendations. 

Like your hair, you also need to always brush your extensions with a spoolie after a shower to extend the length of time it takes before you get your next application.

A woman is getting her eyelashes done with a magnifying glass.


Does the Lash Application Hurt?

No! The procedure is pretty much painless and most people feel relaxed. As long as you book with an experienced artist, you’re in safe hands!

When Should You Get Lash Refills?

Unlike a full set of eyelash extensions, it doesn’t take long to apply refills. You should get them every two to three weeks while you still have extensions left from the previous appointment.

Can You Remove the Lash Extensions?

If you want to take off your lash extensions, you’re in luck. We have a detailed guide on how to safely remove your lash extensions at home.

Ready for Your Lash Appointment?

Getting your lash done for the first time can be nerve-wracking at first, but if you work with an experienced and well-trusted lash artist, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything! 

If you’ve had your lashes done, let us know about your experience in the comments.

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    Stephanie Martin blends her beauty industry background with expertise in communications to lead in the fashion and beauty world. As a fashion and beauty editor, she is known for engaging and informative articles. Her lifelong passion for fashion, makeup, and hair shines through her work, earning her widespread respect among readers and clients. Stephanie's style, a mix of classic and contemporary, makes her a dynamic and influential figure in the industry, inspiring others with her knowledgeable and approachable insights.

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    A seasoned beauty expert and permanent makeup artist with a rich educational background from top international academies, including Yumi Lashes and PhiAcademy. Her career began in 2017 out of a passion for enhancing natural beauty, leading her to master various aesthetic treatments and PMU. Mary has learned from grand masters like Dovile Zilinskaite and Anastasia Gilmanova, ensuring her clients receive unparalleled service. Despite challenges, she continues to thrive as a home-based artist, committed to delivering excellence and innovation in beauty aesthetics.

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