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How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take to Apply (And Why)

Many people want to know how long eyelash extensions take to apply before booking an appointment. It only makes sense to find out what to expect so you have time to plan your appointment and get ready.


Of course, an experienced stylist will most likely be able to apply lashes faster than a more junior stylist. For instance, because I have been a lash stylist for so many years now, my speed and the quality of my work is lightyears of what it was at the beginning of my career. But today, I wanted to give you a general idea of how much time to put aside when booking an appointment. So, how long do eyelash extensions take to apply?


A full set of classic eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes to apply. On the other hand, a periodic refill takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Refills require less time because some extensions will still be left on your lashes when you come back for your appointment.


This article aims to give people a guide about what appointments look like and how long they take. It will also help you understand why your stylist requires time to complete this delicate procedure.


How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take

I prepared the table below to give you a general idea of what to expect in terms of appointment length. From my experience, there are two main variables that will influence how long your lash appointment will take:

  • Technique (classic vs volume)

  • Type of appointment (full set vs refills)

Classic Lashes Full Set: 90 to 120 minutes Volume LashesFull Set: 120 to 180 minutes Refills: classic 30 to 60 minutes / volume 45 to 75 minutes


The above numbers are roughly what it takes for lashes, but we always recommend asking your artist.

  • A full set of classic eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes to apply.

  • A full set of volume eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 120 to 180 minutes to apply.

  • A refill of classic eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to apply.

  • A refill of volume eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes to apply.

Other factors such as experience and health of your natural lashes will have an impact on how long your appointment will take. The more healthy your lashes are, the faster your stylist can work. The stylist will also need to spend more time on your lashes if they are relatively new to the field of eyelash extensions.


Why Volume Lashes Take Longer to Apply

Volume eyelash extensions are applied by adding a fan of extensions to one natural eyelash (one-to-many). This gives the illusion of having thicker eyelashes and helps to hide gaps between natural lashes.


On the other hand, classic eyelash extensions are applied by adding extensions to each natural eyelash individually (one-to-one). This gives the illusion of longer lashes.


The main difference between these two techniques is the number of extensions used to cover your natural lashes.

Because volume lashes require the stylist to carefully create a fan with extensions before applying it to the natural lash, the application process takes longer than with classic lashes. Volume lashes is an advanced technique and requires a lot of skill and attention to detail.

So, how long do volume lashes take to apply?

A full set of volume eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 120 to 180 minutes to put on. On the other hand, a refill takes between 45 to 75 minutes. Refills require less time because some extensions from your prior appointment will still be intact.

Why Full Sets Take Longer to Apply

A full set of eyelash extensions consists of 60 to 80 extensions per eye. This means that your stylist will need to repeat the exact same steps 60 to 80 times per eye!

  1. Isolate the natural lash with one hand.

  2. Select the extension with the other hand.

  3. Dip the extension in the lash glue.

  4. Carefully apply the extension to your natural lash

The above steps are a little simplified and in reality it’s much more complicated. For example, People can have gaps between their natural lashes, weak natural lashes or even lash mites.

As a rule of thumb, I generally assume a retention rate of at least 50% when my client comes back for a refill.


For example, If we applied 80 extensions per eye during a full set and the client comes back in 3 weeks for a refill, at least 40 extensions per eye will still be there.


Less time is needed for the refill since we only need to apply 40 extensions per eye to reach the initial fullness the client had with the full set 3 weeks ago.


So, how long does a lash fill take?

A lash fill of classic eyelash extensions takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to put on. For volume eyelash extensions, a lash fill takes between 45 to 75 minutes.

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