How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take?

How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take?Lashify

Let’s make this simple. If you want to get salon lash extensions, you have two options: go to the salon or DIY them at home. One will take up about two to three hours of your day; the other will take between 10 and 30 minutes. 

Lash extensions, whether you have them professionally done by a lash artist or do them yourself, are tiny, tedious, and take a little practice. A professional application takes much longer than a DIY application, but if you aren’t well-practiced or if you aren’t working with a user-friendly kit (like Lashify®), you can end up devoting too much of your time to your lash styling. 

Together, we’ll talk about how salon lashes work, why they take so long, and how long they last. Then, we’ll compare them to the Lashify DIY Lash Extension™ System so you can confidently decide which works best for you. 

Spoiler alert: If you want to save time and money and still get salon-like lashes, it’s gotta be Lashify.

Salon Lashes 101

Salon lash extensions are a type of lash enhancement you have done in a professional salon setting by a trained professional. Salon lash extensions come in three different forms: classic, volume, and hybrid.

  • Classic lashes. These lashes are focused on creating length. They are applied to your natural lashes in a 1:1 ratio, so a false lash extension will be applied for every natural lash. 
  • Volume lashes. If you want length and volume, you’ll want volume lash extensions. Volume lash extensions are clusters of lash fibers bound together on one central spine, which is then applied to an individual lash. The ratio of application differs depending on how voluminous your extensions are. The ratio will be multiple lash fibers to one natural lash.
  • Hybrid lashes. Hybrid lashes provide a completely natural look by combining a mix of classic and volume lashes. This gives you more control over the end result of your lash style and is the most popular style of lash extension application available. Your lash artist will combine both classic lashes and volume lashes to create the perfect fringe that fits you best. 

The length of time it will take to have your lashes applied depends on the skill level of your lash tech, whether or not you have existing extensions that need to be removed, and the style of lashes you select. 

Most salons tell their clients to reserve about two to three hours for an initial application. Remember that you’ll also have to factor in travel time to and from the salon. 

How Long Will They Last?

Your salon lash extensions are designed to stay on your natural lashes until they naturally fall out. Your natural lashes are all on a dedicated growth cycle. Each lash is on a separate cycle, so they all fall out and get replaced with new lashes at different times. 

Depending on your own personal lash growth cycle, you may need fills (additional extensions) sooner than you expect. You can plan on having your lash extensions filled every few weeks. If your lash extensions break, which is fairly common, you may end up needing a fill sooner. 

Fills take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many additional lashes you need.

Lashify DIY Lashes

If spending hours in the salon chair (with your eyes closed the entire time) isn’t for you, there are options. The Lashify DIY Lash Extension System was created to give you salon-like lashes at home in a fraction of the time. 

They’re also hypoallergenic, safer for your natural lashes, and so easy to apply that a complete beginner can do it.

Our Gossamer® Lashes

Our 100% cruelty-free, mink-like lashes are made from Korean PBT silk. This lightweight fiber is comfortable and safe for your natural lashes and is available in plenty of different lengths, curls, and colors so you can fully customize your application. 

Gossamer lashes aren’t applied individually or in clusters. Instead, each Gossamer contains multiple lash extension fibers attached to a featherlight Spine that measures just a few millimeters in length. Gossamers are then applied to the underside of your natural lashes across several natural lash fibers. 

This helps keep application stress-free and helps your lashes wear more comfortably because the weight of the extension doesn’t rest on a single lash.

Our Bonds

At Lashify, we don’t use lash glue to adhere our Gossamer lashes to your natural lashes. Lash glue (including the kind used in salons) contains chemicals like formaldehyde and cyanoacrylates — the same ingredients as super glue. These chemicals can be harsh on your eyes and on the sensitive skin around your lash line. 

Instead of glue, we use Bonds. Bonds are formulated more like a nourishing lash serum, with biotin and lavender to help support and condition your natural lashes as they grow. While you’re wearing your Gossamer lashes, your Bond is at work keeping your natural lashes healthy. 

Our Bonds never fully cure and feature MicroFlex™ Technology. This allows your Gossamer lashes to bend and flex with your natural eyelashes to help you avoid breakage. 

Because our Bonds don’t harden, you don’t have to worry about them becoming brittle and making your lashes break off before their natural life cycle ends. 

How Long Does It Take To Apply Lashify Gossamer Lashes?

For beginners and first-time users, we recommend scheduling 30 to 45 minutes to apply your first set of Gossamers. This tutorial walks you through the step-by-step application process so you can get a great application the first time you use the Lashify system. 

It will probably take a few applications before you like a Lashify professional. Once you’re comfortable with application, you can easily apply a full set of Gossamer lashes in about 10 to 15 minutes. 

How Long Will Gossamer Lashes Last?

Your Gossamer lashes are designed to last up to 10 days with proper care. If you are just beginning with the Lashify system, we recommend you avoid sleeping in your Gossamer lashes until you’re completely comfortable with the Bonding and Fusing techniques that work best for you. 

Lashify Gossamer lashes can be worn and re-worn numerous times before you need to replace them. They’re also perfect for stacking and can be fully customized to make new looks using Lash Maps

Lash maps show you how to combine different sets of Gossamer lashes to create new lash looks. You can also learn to lash map on your own, which gives you full flexibility to truly Be Your Own Lash Tech™.

Getting Started With Lashify

Who wants to spend hours in the salon for the same lash looks you can get in your own home in a fraction of the time? Not us, and probably not you. 

Getting started with Lashify is easy. All you need is a little control. 

The Lashify Control Kit

The Lashify Control Kit™ has everything you need to get started with the Lashify system, and it all comes packaged in a protective case that keeps everything you need safe and ready when you need it.

Each kit contains:

  • Two sets of Gossamer lashes. Pick two from our Curl, Amplify, or Bold collections to build your new lash wardrobe. Shop Lash Maps to determine which sets you’ll need to create the looks you want. 
  • Fuse Control® Wand. The only application tool created specifically for Gossamer lash application is the Fuse Control Wand. It’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand and against your eye. The Petit Curve Wand is the best option for smaller hands and faces. The Birdie® is our travel-sized wand that makes on-the-go application possible. 
  • One set of Wandoms®. Wandoms protect the ends of the Fuse Control Wand so that your Gossamer lashes don’t stick to the ends during application. 
  • Whisper Light Bond™. Our most popular bond, this dual-sided adhesive has one black end and one clear end. This dual-sided bond is perfect for application and for touch-ups, and it never leaves behind a sticky residue. 
  • Glass Finishing Coat. The perfect sealer for getting long wear out of your lashes. You don’t have to seal your Gossamers, but if you do, Glass is a great solution. 
  • Samples. You’ll get a sample of Pre Cleanse and Melt Away in each Control Kit. If you love them, you can come back for full-size products. 

The best part? You’ll also save money by switching to Lashify and ditching your salon lash habit. That means more lattes, dinners with friends, or money toward your dream vacation, all while still having the amazing lashes you love. 

Save Time With Lashify

You’ve only got 24 hours today. Why waste three of them on something you can do at home in as little as 30 minutes? The Lashify system makes it easy and fast for you to get crave-worthy lashes fast. 


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