How to Grow Back Your Natural Eyelashes After Extensions

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

Hello everyone!

So it’s no surprise that just like thousands of other girls, I’ve always really wanted longer and thicker eyelashes. Mine were pretty good before, but I still wanted MORE (haha). So, I decided to get eyelash extensions. I did my research and found the best girl to do them for me.

Fast forward to three years later, and I still had them! (Insert screaming emoji here, haha). I was extremely happy with them, because even when I was not wearing makeup on my face, having the lashes still made me look presentable. So, I didn’t even question if my natural eyelashes were being damaged, I just thought that shedding was normal and that as soon as I wanted to take a break, my normal lashes would just be there waiting for me. Boy, was I was wrong!

After having Diego and literally not even having time to brush my teeth, I let my eyelash extensions go. I simply didn’t have the time to be going every three weeks to get them done! And guess what? To my horrified surprise, the majority of my natural eyelashes were gone! Yes, gone! The ones that I did have left were super short–my eyelashes did not look at all like they used to before I added the extensions.

How to Grow Back Your Natural Eyelashes After Extensions

After crying for like 10 minutes (I blame hormones), I made the decision to not go back for extensions and just try to focus on growing my natural eyelashes. I am not going to lie, I didn’t like what I saw on the mirror for some time. I wanted my Minnie Mouse eyes again, but with patience and the right products, my lashes came back!

Stages of The Eyelash Growth Cycle

Before we jump in and talk about ways to grow your eyelashes back, it’s important to understand why they fall out in the first place and the stages of the eyelash growth cycle. Eyelashes can fall out for multiple reasons aside from extensions, such as harsh rubbing to remove waterproof mascara, using a product that irritates your eye area, or even stress. However, in most cases your eyelashes will grow back, and they go through several stages:

  • Anagen phase – This stage usually lasts 2 weeks and is the growth period for each individual eyelash.
  • Catagen phase – This is known as the transition phase, where the lash stops growing. If the lash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the phase, which lasts 2-3 weeks.
  • Telogen phase – This phase lasts between 4-9 months. It’s the resting stage before the last falls out and a new one grows in its place.

Your lashes are constantly going through these 3 phases, and it’s very normal to lose a few lashes day to day, even if you don’t notice!

What I Did to Speed Up Lash Regrowth

  • I purchased a natural mascara- After doing some research, I found that natural mascara is way better for your lashes! If I was going to use something natural, eyes are a great place to start, right? So now, I basically use two! For the first coat, I use a mascara from Per-fékt-it’s natural and also it has lash enhancing ingredients that have really made my lashes long. I don’t use it alone, because I end up with raccoon eyes by the end of the day! For the second coat, I apply mascara from Kjaer Weis (I can never pronounce the name), it’s 99% organic and it really helps my lashes set! It never leaves clumps behind and even if I’m running around all day, it never makes a mess.
  • I started using the right eyeliner– I purchased a new eyeliner from Trish McEvoy, it’s literally the one product I will not go without. Besides staying hydrated and nourishing your lashes it’s the only black eyeliner that I have used that works with my oily skin and does not get messy by lunchtime.
  • I bought a lash enhancing serum– I have tried three lash enhancing serums that I really like. I started with one from Peter Thomas Roth, which I loved. I’ve also tried a more natural version from Plume, made from 100% natural ingredients. Now, I’m currently using the Lash Transformation Kit from LashFood. The ingredients are clean and it comes in a set of four with the Collagen Lash Primer to use in the morning, Drama Mascara for the day, Chamomile Makeup Remover, and the Phyto-Medic Natural Eyelash Enhancer for the night. They all work great, so it just depends on your preference.

If you want to boost your lash growth even more, here are a few additional things you can do:

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamins A and C, niacin, and iron. Some foods with these ingredients include nuts, whole grains, berries, avocados, fish, and dark, leafy greens such as spinach.
  • Take a supplement. I like Nutrafol for not only a hair supplement but for lash growth too.
  • Always remove your makeup at night and clean your eyelashes thoroughly. I love to use Vapour’s makeup remover.
  • Don’t get eyelash extensions for a long period of time! Lesson learned. I still love them and would get them again, but I would definitely give my lashes a break from time to time.
  • Use my DIY eyelash growth serum

I have added all my favorite products on the slider below the pictures. Hope this helps some of you!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I’ll see you in my next post!

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions

Call me Lore's tips on how to grow back Your natural eyelashes after extensions


  1. Beti
    April 7, 2017 / 5:09 am

    I used Rodin and fields lash boost after having lashes on for two months my lashes were ruined. I debated trying the serum , but it works and my lashes have grown back thicker and longer.

    • April 24, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I have heard so much about that one aswell!!! I am gonna try it next.

    • Matty
      March 22, 2018 / 4:33 am

      How long did it take? Because I got lash extensions and my lashes are completely gone.

      • March 22, 2018 / 5:46 pm

        It took a good three months but dont worry they will come back! Just take good care of them!

      • EileenD
        February 4, 2019 / 8:01 pm

        Hello, I have read a lot of good reviews on Bimatoprost (Latisse lumigan). So I’ve been using the generic version for a couple of months now and the difference is amazing. This stuff is amazing. I use it on my brows too and my brows look fantastic. I over – plucked compulsively and ruined them and now they are better than ever.
        Got a generic version to save $. So happy my friend told me to find it online. She said just search in Google for keyword “GET24BIMA”.

    • Elsa
      October 12, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      How long did it take to notice a difference? I had lash extensions for almost 3 weeks and they made all my lashes fall out. It’s really bad

    • Amie
      July 19, 2019 / 7:35 am

      I’ve had my lash extensions removed after having them for a year. My natural lashes are rather short but still thick and not sparse. They look a bit silly being so short but I’m not worried. I had the party lashes a few times before getting Russian lash extensions and when the party lashes came off they looked like this and they grew back. As long as the follicles don’t get pulled out, and they are removed properly there shouldn’t be any lasting damage.

  2. Kate
    June 23, 2017 / 5:32 am

    How long did it take for your lashes to return to pre extension length? It’s so frustrating to keep reading on sites that extensions don’t damage when I am sure they damaged my natural lashes 🙁

    • June 23, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Hi!! I know I was super disappointed. I went to the best eyelash girl I could find and they still were very damaged. It probably took like 3 months for them to be at a decent length. I used to get so frustrated because people would just tell me that I thought they were shorter because I was used to the extensions, but that is not true I barely had lashes left. the same thing happened to you?

      • sam
        October 30, 2018 / 4:25 am

        I don’t think it matters if you have the best technician in the world.. extensions will still damage your natural lashes. I figured this going in but was willing to pay the price.

  3. Betsy
    June 26, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Thank you for your informative post! I had been wearing eyelash extensions for 6 months when I unfortunately developed a skin allergy on my upper lids to the lashes – it progressively got worse with each fill, so I let my extensions fall out (ironically I healed the allergy with my own PRP after a PRP microneedling session). My lashes were full and beautiful before my extensions and now I’m shocked at how short and straight and very thin they are now ☹️. I have just started using latisse in hopes that I can have my natural lashes back again. What a bummer! I too went to the best girl I could find – I think if it hadn’t been for the rash on my upper lids, I would have kept them on indefinitely.

    • June 26, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      Hey Betsy!!! I tried Latisee and I actually got better results from the natural version called Plum. I like that you can use it twice a day and you can also use it on your brows! Hope it helps and thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

  4. maria amista
    August 16, 2017 / 4:37 am

    How long would you recommend leaving the extensions on for?

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Hello!!! Thank you for coming to my blog. I think it is very personal. After doing a lot of research I would not recommend leaving them on for more than 6 months without a break. I hope that helps!


      • Gina
        June 7, 2018 / 5:32 pm

        Hello. I have read through your entire post and found it very informative! I have let mine completely come off (not by choice), and plan to get them all put them back on tomorrow but was feverishly trying to educate myself last minute on why my lashes are sooooo short now! Even though you explained in depth, I just don’t understand where the normal length ones went?!? My other question is, why do you suggest a break after about 6 months of extension usage? It is such a pain to watch them all completely fall out. Mascara looks awful on the short/long ones left over. And now mascara looks so ridiculous on my short ones that remain. I’ve been wearing glue on false lashes for the last three days and a) that’s an annoying extra step in my morning routine and b) I so much prefer waking up with lashes!!

  5. Robyn Taylor
    August 22, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Hey Lorena
    Thank goodness it’s not just my lashes it’s happened to. Your problem sounds EXACTLY what happened to me. Decided to give extensions a break after about 8 months thinking my natural, quite long lashes would be there, but no, they were so short and hardly noticeable.
    Just looking for good serums/conditioners to help them grow back.
    **So glad I read your blog. X

    • August 22, 2017 / 3:38 am

      Hey Robyn!!!
      Thanks for reading my blog! I was traumatized after I saw how my lashes looked after the extension. The Plume serum has really helped and I love its natural.
      Let me know if your lashes grow back to how they were before!


  6. August 23, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Glad I found your website. Mine was just for a month and I removed it and my eyes look horrible now.

    I was told applying oils before removing helps but am not trying it out again.

  7. Michèle
    August 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Hi everyone! I have the same story to share. I had very long eyelashes, but almost straight and not dark, so the only reason why I got eyelash extensions was because I was sick of curling them every morning and putting on mascara. I just wanted to let you know, that I only got them for 3 months and my natural eyelashes were destroyed too. Very short and only very few lashes. So the only safe way is to have them only once. Redoing them will always destroy your lashes.
    I’m now trying the lash growth serum from M2.

  8. Florina
    August 24, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I had the same problem, after two months of feeling sexy with my eyelash extensions, when I took them off, I was Completly devestated. My natural lashes are short,straight and doesn’t look like I have any lashes! Even when I curl them, they are still soo short, they look terrible. Don’t believe what people say, that they won’t damage your own lashes!!! They DO !!!!!!!!

    • Gina
      June 7, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      I am so upset that this happened to me as well!! I just don’t understand why they’re all there but so short!! I have belief that they will grow back, but am wondering if since they have all fallen off, I should just go for the serum or even Castor Oil. Amazon sells many 100 organic lash growth serums…..

  9. Resh
    August 26, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I have just taken my lashes off after a month… I was naive to believe that my natural lashes wouldn’t be ruined… but how wrong was I.
    I was actually very proud of of natural lashes, they were very full, I only had the extensions done, for a special occasion. I also loved the extensions as you feel you don’t have to wear much makeup and still look fab!

    Anyway my natural lashes are ruined and sparse… really upset me. But, I will be trying out some of your suggested products, to activate growth.

  10. Ashley Z
    September 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I’m currently going through the same issue… 🙁 After having my lash extensions for only 2 months – I decided to have them grow out – plus they were falling out left and right the week after they were refilled… As of yesterday, I’m left with basically no eyelashes. The couple that are still miraculously hanging on are so much shorter and brittle. I used to have long thick lashes but of course, wanted them thicker and more dramatic so I didn’t have to apply mascara and eyeliner. I’m left feeling like I shouldn’t have tried the extensions….If I would have only known – but like everywhere said “they don’t damage the natural lash” pft, so not true. Here’s to hoping they grow back soon and won’t be ugly….

  11. Blaine
    September 6, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    OMG! I have totally had the same issue with eyelash extensions and losing some of mine. I was afraid it was permanent. I have been using Latisse to grow lashes for a couple months now, and it has definitely done the trick. I also apply castor oil every single night to keep them super moisturizing and nourished. Thanks for the great informative article! That eyeliner looks divine. 🙂

  12. Ashleigh
    September 9, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Same!!! I had extensions for 2+ years and decided to take a break! To my surprise I’m left with short, thin, bald looking lashes.

    I just bought Idol Lash. I’ve heard really good things. I’m scared of the serums hat potentially darken eye color and I wanted something with lots of long term clinical trials. Hoping this is a good choice.

  13. Elizabeth
    September 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Thanks to the author for an interesting review… Oh my condolences to you, I had absolutely the same story!.. After using extensions, my own eyelashes were damaged and then I lost them. I was shocked!.. I knew my lashes were sensitive, but losing them was a bit too much!.. I tried all the natural remedies you listed, but a friend suggested to me Cherish Lash serum, which appeared to be very effective. In just 3 weeks, I started to get my lashes back!.. Oh girls be careful with extensions and falsies))

    • Jane
      February 4, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      I agree with you, that also helped me a lot. Cherish Lash growth conditioner is very powerful and healing. Bought it to my mother too. And no side effects noticed. I never knew such remedies exist aside of the castor oil and stuff like that, I don’t really like oils.

  14. Lori Lyons
    September 23, 2017 / 2:28 am

    Hi! Late to the party, but I am so happy found your blog!
    Ive been using latisse for years and had long( yet thin eyelashes, but week take right mascara, they looked amazing.
    Fast forward to present, when u was tired of mascara and read extensions were safe . ( ha)!
    1 month in and my natural lashes are junk.
    Do you recommend plume over latisse?

  15. Lori Lyons
    September 23, 2017 / 2:29 am

    Sorry about the typos, voice to text !

  16. October 5, 2017 / 3:12 am

    Thought Id include my experience as a warning to other eyelash extension lovers! I just had my full set removed today and I only had them 20 days and my lashes doesn’t look as healthy/thicker/longer than before. (in those 20 days i had a 2 week touch up refill) My lashes were already long but totally straight. when I curled them my lashes looked great and with mascara definitely looked fab. I wanted to try glamorous eyelash extensions for a wedding and because I wanted to see how it looked 10 years after my first extensions during my own wedding (for that one i think i used natural not as long extensions and i wasn’t too impressed) Now in the back of mind i knew about possibly eyelash breakage/damage etc. and that was why i had mine taken out 4 days after the wedding I attended. (the lady who was taking it out was flabbergasted that i was taking it out because it still looked plush and cool.) anyhoo, i have eyelashes but DEFINITELY doesn’t isn’t the way my lashes look before the extensions. So now Im going to an organics store and buying some lash serum or castor oil, etc. Will I do lash extensions again? Thats a big fat NO. I don’t think its worth it. It was a total pain to take a shower/wash my face and when my eye was itchy? rubbing gently kind of sucked LOL! anyhoo, it also sucked my wallet dry! i truly hope my lashes will go back to normal again

  17. patti
    October 6, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I can’t believe this. I have the same story and thought I was insane. I read over and over again how safe these lash extensions were and after three months of wear mine are totally broken and ruined also. Thank you for the honesty and for the tips on growing them back.

    • Tara
      May 22, 2019 / 12:25 am

      Does anyone have any advice on mascara or a magnetic lash maybe to help during this bad time of waiting for them to heal and grow . I can’t imagine me walking around like this ! I’m devastated and just got them off today . Please help !

  18. Taylor
    October 19, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I have them and now I’m afraid to take them off because of this!

    • October 19, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Don’t be afraid! why don’t you start using a lash serum now get your lashes a little stronger and then take them off? Hope that helps!

  19. November 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Thank you so so much for this post! I’ve had extensions for 2 years and want to take a break but am terrified for the transition. I’ve ordered all your recommended products & am going to bite the bullet.



    • November 6, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! I was so disappointed when this happened to me 🙁 Since I wrote this post I have continues to use my eyelash serum and also incorporated collagen from Vital Proteins in my diet and my lashes are back to normal!

      • Christine
        March 26, 2018 / 3:01 am

        Thank you for sharing all of this. I’ve been wearing extensions over a year. My lash expert made me take a break. I was kicking and screaming. She has always recommended using a lash serum. I used Latisse for a long time. It worked great for a long time. Is discolored my lid a little, but didn’t bother me, however my eyes were always bloodshot. I’m going to try the Plume while I still have my extensions. I know I am about to be forced to take another break. Which collagen do you use by Vital Protein. There are many products. Again thank you Lore. God Bless You.

      • March 26, 2018 / 1:37 pm

        Hey! I like the collagen peptides from Vital Proteins the one I use if the Blue one from pasture raised grass fed cows. If you don’t like powders I also love the collagen pills by HUM nutrition they work great and also help your skin and hair. I hope that helps!

  20. Jai
    November 4, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I had extensions for 5 months and had removed last night due to developing allergen to glue. I am stund at how short my lashes are. The only reason I had extensions put in was because my lashes are blond and having extensions saved me time w/my morning routine. My lashes have always been thick and a good length; as a matter of fact at my first visit the anestisis commented on how think and lunch my lashes were. I’m so disappointed that I did this to myself. I’m thinking of trying something to help promote growth but would like advice from someone who had a simular experience (I’m a little hesitant to refer to on line profit reviews). Also how long did you allow your lashes to rest before using any makeup or boosting products? Lastly for those of you had developed an allergy; any suggestion to aide with inching? Thanks all

    • November 6, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Hello Jai! Thank you for stopping by! As I mentioned in the post my lashes were completely destroyed and it took a good 3 months to get them to a somehow better state! I really do think teh products I have used worked especially the serum. If you have sensitive eyes I would recommend you use PLUME it’s a natural alternative. Also, since I wrote this post I have incorporated collagen from Vital Proteins in my diet and my lashes and hair are better than ever!

  21. Melinda
    January 10, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Hi Lorena,

    I’m happy I found your site! Thanks for all the info. I have my eyelashes for about 6 months now. I’m horrified at the thought of removing them after reading the stories on your site. Would you suggest I let them fall on there own and start treating them immediately? OR, remove them and treat with the product you suggested called Plume?

    • March 22, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Hey Melinda!! Thank you so so much for reading my post I know the feeling of loving your extensions and not wanting to get rid of them. Honestly I would let them fall out on their own but if I were to do it all over again what I would do is start using the serum while you still have your extensions on.
      I hope that helps! Thank you so so much!

  22. March 24, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Hi Loren… My goodness…thank you for all the info! I still have my lash extensions..and am scared to death to remove them after reading all of this. It’s a shame the salon girls don’t tell the truth about the damage. I have asked repeatedly and they all claim no damage. That the shedding is a natural process…and there will be lashes left for sure. Now I see they have not been truthful at all…since you have all experienced sad results after removal. My question is this…will the serum interfere with the actual adhesive with the extensions? I like that you or someone recommended using it before the removal. I had fabulous lashes always…and got hooked on them after my son’s wedding! I guess I should have just used the falsies instead. Another quick question…someone told me that while they grow out I could use a few of the fake eyelashes called KISS to just add a little where the lashes are worst. Any thoughts on that? I understand that those lashes do not touch your real ones but lay close above the lash line. Thanks so much for your time! have a great day… ML

    • March 26, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Hi!!! I know, I was so disappointed no one told me about the damage and kept being reassured that the moment I would remove the extensions my lashes would be unharmed but It certainly did not work out that way. From my experience, not being a professional, the serum does not interfere with the glue and actually helps you get started with some lashes vs almost none. For falsies I like Battington lashes you can find them Thank you so much for stopping by!

    • Ashia Huckins
      January 27, 2019 / 6:36 am

      This is my problem! I just got mine off today, and I have maybe 1/4 of the lashes I had, they’re basically gone! Not even enough to put mascara on them. I have been depressed and self conscious all day. I’m very upset because i repeatedly asked every time I went in, how my lashes are, and they always said they’re still there and fine. I had mine for 6 months, i will never do this to myself again 🙁 I just hope they grow back, especially since my wedding is in 5 months. :'(

  23. Robin
    April 19, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I’m in the same boat as so many! I’ve had extensions for 2 plus years but have no developed an allergy AND the fills just aren’t lasting much more than a week (before looking crazy!). I’ve started Nulash and have also heard good things about the rodan and fields one. Just so terrified to take them off. Gonna wait another month then bit the bullet. Have ppl been able to grow their lashes back to longer than before. My pre extension lashes were medium and blond (hence wanting extensions) but I’m hoping in a few months I can get a better result on my own. How soon did you see improvement from your serum and which is your fave (if you answered that already, so sorry:).

    • April 20, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Hi! Thank you for your comment, I was able to grow my lashes back but it took a while. Mine were super damaged and short when the extensions came off. I think it´s great that you are using a serum before taking them off I think that helps a lot!
      My favorite serum of all the ones I tried was the one from Plume, it is effective and did not bother my eyes at all. I used it morning and night.
      Hope that helps!

  24. Taryn
    April 22, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Hi Lorena!
    I only had my lash extensions on for 5 months (maybe less than that). I took them off (they lasted 4-6 weeks before I refilled because I didn’t shed often) and I have super short, straight lashes with many bald gaps in between. I have been so upset about them. I just started taking biotin in hopes of regrowth, but they are definitely damaged. I honestly think having lash extensions for even a short amount of time will damage them. 😫

  25. Anna
    May 9, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Happy someone is talking about food, – it’s very important for the health of eyelashes )) I noticed a big result when I started to eat nutritional food!! But also a good serum is important – for me it was Cherish Lash serum and I am totally happy with it. I wish you girls to find nice ways to grow your eyelashes))

  26. Fallon
    May 10, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Had my eyelash extensions removed today after 2 straight years of constant fills. I am in shock! What kills me the most is that I was reassured time and time again that extensions did not damage my natural lashes because they were being “properly done.” I am sure I was seeing the best lash technician in my area, yet the damage is UNREAL. I am almost certain that all extensions must do damage. My natural lashes are down to tiny nubs and it’s very sad. However, I purchased cold-pressed castor oil as well as the Plume serum after reading your post and am excited to start the process of getting my natural lashes back to normal! Thank you for these suggestions!

  27. May 11, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Hi! So I just took my eyelash extensions off last night my myself after having them on for about 6 weeks, I took them off with coconut oil and now my lashes are really short 🙁 I hate it my lashes are my life they were so perfect the way they were but I just wanted to try fake ones out and now I got hardly any and they aren’t long anymore 🙁 what can I do to start making them better and longer real quick !? Xo

  28. Roxane Lush
    June 1, 2018 / 4:37 am

    Ive had the lashes applied 3x
    Im astonished that my natural eyelashes are almost unrecognizable short and hardly there! I guess Im done recovery..good to know Im not alone🙈😢

    • June 3, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      You are not alone!Your lashes will grow 🙂 be patient and take care of them!

  29. Jools
    June 15, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Hi, really great article and responses. Please help!
    I have a wedding coming up and would like opinions on whether falsies do as much damage? I really hate the thought of naked eye lashes after having extensions and I can’t wear mascara due to allergies. Also as I have ultra sensitive skin, which serum would you recommend while the last of my extensions are hanging on!?

  30. Annie
    June 27, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’ve had extensions for about a year and a half, and I would have kept them, but my lash tech is going on maternity leave. I had her remove them yesterday, and I am still in shock! My natural lashes still seem fairly thick, but they are so short and stubby. I would never have gotten the extensions if I had known this would happen. I am literally embarrassed to leave my house! Thank you for your helpful tips; I’m going to follow your advice to the letter. I am hopeful my lashes will grow quickly, but I think I may have to accept that I will look horrible until this winter. Thak goodness for sunglasses

    • July 4, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you for reading the post. I was shocked too! But I promise they will grow back you just need to take extra good care of them. HUM Nutrition has a hair supplement that also makes your lashes grow I believe its called red carpet in case you want to try that too!

  31. Sharleen
    July 18, 2018 / 11:20 am

    I thought i was alone, till reading all of these messages. I’ve had extensions on for the last 12 months, was told they wouldn’t cause any damage. Had a reaction, right eye only, refill before last, redness above n below eye with swelling, tried one more refill, hoping that it was a one off, it wasn’t, same reaction again.
    Had them removed 2 days ago, oh my gosh, how horrible, whats there frail thin , stubby eyelashes. Looks like i have no eyeslahes, at all. Not to mention, still redness around the right eye. I feel yuk.. i have a 50 birthday party next week, and my only granddaughters 1st birthday party in 3weeks. At this moment, i feel to yuk to go. I just cant believe how much damage has been done to them. Whats worse is they were quite long and full to start with..but of course…the more the better. Brought today freeze frame instant lash xtreme, was recommended it from another shop. The product is probably fine, i just think its probably my damaged eyelashes.

    • July 24, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Hi!!! Thank you so much for reading the post, you are NOT alone! I know how terrible it feels to look into the mirror and see no lashes. I cried hahah In addition to applying serums a good biotin and silica supplement helps so much. I know right now you feel sad but your lashes will come back! 🙂

  32. Juliana
    July 24, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I too have been traumatized by my lash extensions… I read your blog and ordered the Plume lash serum should I have ordered the Peter Thomas Roth one instead?
    I need results ASAP….LOL

    • October 5, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I love Plume!! did you end up ordering?

  33. Amy
    July 30, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I get my lash extensions once every 3 months and do not go in for the refill.

    Still I am left with short straight stubby thin lashes after they fall out.

    Fortunately, they have been returning to normal after 1 month.

    I’m wondering if mink is better ??

    Different glue ?? Different lash studio ??

    Can anyone advise on a better extension process ??

    • October 5, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      I am not an expert but I have heard that is more about the glue and technique that is used to apply them than the actual type of lash 🙂

    • Crystal
      April 16, 2019 / 3:54 am

      I would recommend magnetic lashes. I was curling my Lashes on the sofa with the dog bumped my arm and made me rip almost all my lashes out. Thank God I didn’t get the glue on kind.

  34. Robin
    August 1, 2018 / 3:53 am

    Good news for those afraid to remove their extensions are a while. I started usuing serum 3 or more weeks before i removed them and i swear it was than a month before they gre back to pre extension length. Start using serum a month or more before you remove them, and it makes a big difference! Now it’s been 3 months since i started serum abd lashes are longer than pre extension lashes for sure! Using nulash, for reference.

  35. Melissa
    August 6, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Question! Did you just order these mascaras off the web or do they sell them at ulta? Did you get the perfekt lash perfection gel? I’ve had my lashes for 2 years and just missed my 3 week full because I’m going to let them fall out. I’m scared! I loved them so much. But I know I will be in the same boat as you so I’m going to try your advice.

    • October 5, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you for stopping by the Blog! I am so sorry I am just getting back to you! Yes, I order them online! I hope your lashes are growing now 🙂

    • Kaiyya
      July 21, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      💙❤️Hi everyone been reading these posts and it’s like I’m
      Writing it !
      Had extensions for 2 years now and today had them of !
      Now left like I’m
      Bald and
      10 years older
      No lashes except stumpy short ones and looks awful it’s devastating ‘
      I’m away in
      3’weeks and can not even use mascara on them u can hardly even see them🥺
      What’s the fastest and safest way to get them
      I do
      Have black Jamaican oil … can I use that?
      Or what and how fast will it take to
      I’m impatient I need it now hahaha
      But I’m
      Also gutted this has happened
      Help please
      Advice please
      And I hope everyone else gets sorted as well
      Thank you I’m in UK

  36. Em
    August 18, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I have an appointment to get my filled again and I can see my natural lashes right now and they are stubs. I think this will be my last lash fill. I’ve seen a few people sharing products they have used to get their lashes to fill in again.

    What would you all say are the top 3 serums to try? And does it actually grow your lashes back in 3 months? I need serious help!

  37. loz mac
    August 20, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Wow!! Feel beter knowing its not just me!!! Like you all i got hooked!! My lashes were fab before on reflection and know they look vile!! They look short, stubby and patchy!!
    Im defo goin to purchase some serum.
    Thanks for the tips everyone 😊
    Heres hoping for a quick growth!!!

  38. Maria
    September 4, 2018 / 10:48 am

    My eyelashes had some patchy spots with no growth and were getting thinner as I’m in my late 50s. I ordered Dermalmd eyelash serum about six weeks ago and it came within two days. After six weeks of use, I can definitely see my lashes are longer. No exaggeration! The patches with no growth seem to have new lab lashes coming out so I’m excited to see what will happen within the next couple months!

  39. connie
    September 5, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I’m here with you sister lashes!! I had long long lashes but blonde…so tried extensions for 3 months and now stubby and short- I’m trying to find out why and can’t find an answer- my lash lady told me it’s in my head because I’m used to seeing long (hmm no). I’ve been hitting the latisse like it’s crack. It DOES NOT darken your pupils unless you’re putting the drops right in your eyeball…my eyes are green and have remained so.

    Still want to know what in the world caused it to happen!

  40. Tee
    September 12, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    i’m sooo glad to know im not alone. i’ve always had relatively short eyelashes but after having extensions on for 3 years the little i had are completely damaged with a couple of bald spots. i’ve been using a serum for 2 weeks and im beginning to see a difference. hopefully i won’t have to wait 9 months for them to grow back. its really difficult looking in the mirror.

  41. Jen
    September 20, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I had lash extension for maybe 6months or less, with fills every 4weeks. My awesome lash person went for a 6weeks vacation and I’m on my 5th week, and WOW!!! I finally see the result of longtime use of lash extension. I still have appointment with her this 27th but I might just cancel and just start to regrowing my natural lash. I still have lots of lashes left, but like others, they’ve h
    Gotten so short. Even my mascara with fiber doesn’t make my lash flip like they used to be. I remmber using them mascara and it gives me the extension length, just doesn’t look as natural as my extension. But yup! Definitely will be skipping lash extension for a while. I just ordered Rodan + Fields lash serum (coworkers recommended and there’s tons of them using it and I can tell their lashes look like they’ve had extension done) so I’m going to give it that a try. I miss my long nice lashes, and still debating if I want to get the extension one more time, then maybe use the serum while on extension. I just don’t know if they’ll grow using the serum while I have extension on.

  42. Jo
    September 22, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I got lash extensions years ago and I loved them but when they came off I realized that there was lash loss/damage. The few lashes I had left were tiny and thin. It took months to grow back. Got them done recently (I should have known better!) and again damage. Worse this time because I made the mistake of going to a bad technician for a fill who yanked out my old extensions and put in a new set. Hoping a serum will help them grow back sooner. So upset with myself.

  43. Nic
    October 4, 2018 / 1:34 am

    I had the same issue, I’m trying to give my eyelashes a break from products all together in an
    effort to get them back to normal. I’ve been using magnetic clip on lashes which I like because I’m not
    coating my lashes in anything that might do more damage, they are a pain to put on but look good once they’re
    finally on! Just thought I’d add my 2 cents 🙂

    • vicky
      November 27, 2018 / 3:06 am

      Do you use lash serum, with clip ones..

  44. Tammy
    October 5, 2018 / 3:06 am

    Relieved a bit after reading these comments.
    I’ve had my extensions for 19 months, i have very thin short lashes, so I loved my extensions.
    I removed them last night and I was shocked!!!!
    There’s not enough lash to even apply mascara!!
    What’s there is sparse, stubby, pointed downward. I’m devastated!
    I cut my bangs so it would be less noticeable,
    I bought organic castor oil, hopefully I see some improvement. I will never do this again!!!

    • October 5, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      I felt the same way I promise they will grow back you just have to take care of them 🙂 Recently I have been taking Biotin and it helped my lashes grow but it caused some breakouts 🙁 so I am just sticking to the serums for maintenance. Thank you for reading the post!

  45. Indy
    October 9, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I have a question!!
    I have few Lashes left after i removed my Lashes extensions myself (i know it was stupid). I don’t want to show my face without Lashes i’m insecure enough already. So i want to buy Lashes the once you can glue on and remove after you get home. By doing that am i harming the regrowd of the Lashes? I mean you glue them on your eyelids, does it stop the Lashes from going through?
    If anyone can help me i would be so thankfull! I’m so scared to show my face outside😩

  46. Pieta
    October 14, 2018 / 5:48 am

    I had the same experience. It was my first time getting false lashes and I loved the way they looked. After 3 weeks of having them in, I decided to take them off so that I could get them re-done. First of all, they were almost impossible to get off. After finally getting them off, I had about 50% of my lashes left. They are thin and almost bald. From a distance it appears that I have no lashes (*scream *cry). Never again! Glad I found this site so that I can start growing my lashes back. I am going the all natural route with the castor and vitamin e oil.

  47. October 18, 2018 / 12:35 am

    Thanks so much. I thought my world was wrecked after using extensions for the last couple of years. It’s good to know that there’s hope for me.

  48. Sas
    November 13, 2018 / 11:30 am

    I only had extensions for 1 month and half and had them done twice, then let them fall off to find out I hardly have my natural lashes left. No matter how short or longer you had the false lashes on they will definitely damage the natural ones. Now there scarce and thin, so never will u have extensions again.

  49. Appen
    November 14, 2018 / 12:34 am


    First thank you for sharing your story. I’ve just got myself redone eyelash extension after two and a half months. Literally just today, only 9 hours ago. After reading everyone commented, I am a bit petrified now. For some reason, I regret it so bad. IF I just let the extensions fall out themselves, will my eyelashes still be shorter and thinner. Seriously want to cry now. Thank you. x

    • November 14, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Hi! Thank YOU for reading the post, though everyone I know has some damage after doing extension NOT everyone loses all their lashes like I did. What I would do is start using a growth serum while you still have your extensions so you own lashes get a chance to grow. That way by the time your extensions fall off, your natural lashes will be longer and stronger.
      Hope that helps!


  50. Tee
    November 16, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Hi, so I am sad to say this but my extensions have literally taken off all of my lashes at the outside part of my lashes so I cant put anymore lashes there because no more hairs. Will it grow back? I don’t see where the hair will grow out of anymore on my lid. I need help bad please.

    Thank you

  51. Lori
    December 25, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Crying for me has definitely not been hormonal! What a mess! I did the research on the salon and the best way to take care of lashes after. I was 100 percent assured by the salon my lashes would be intact and look just like they did before! This simply isn’t true! I didn’t even have them on two months. One of my eyes has no ZERO lashes in 3 spots. The other eye is shedding more slowly so not sure what will happen. I can’t disguise with mascara because there is nothing to put them on! The most expensive and worst thing I invested money on in regards to make-up. Some one told me to use olive oil I do know it works for a lot of people but be careful it caused me to have chelazions. Extra treat! Some one suggested mascara by Milk I bought it but have not used yet. Any suggestion on the mascara?

    • December 26, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      They told me the same thing!!!! She assured me that shedding was normal and that if I decided not to have extensions any more my lashes would be the same but that is in my opinion never the case. I’m sorry for what happened to you, consistently using a serum makes a huge difference.

  52. Regina
    February 19, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    After getting my lash extensions removed, my lashes became shorter, thin, and straight. I did some research on various lash serums and found dermalmd eyelashes serum to be the best review! I gave it a try and OH MY GOD! My lashes have grown so much! I have more lashes, they are longer, and it’s not thin anymore! I got a lot of people asking me if my lashes were fake and what I did to my lashes. I recommend these to anyone especially anyone out there with Asian lashes. As an Asian myself, I suffer from short thin lashes, so dermalmd serum will definitely help!

  53. Brenda Zamudio
    March 10, 2019 / 6:34 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! I had my eyelash extensions for a month. I randomly got an allergic reaction which led me to get them removed ASAP. That’s when I noticed that my eyelashes were not the same anymore. My length is still there but when I apply mascara it all clumps together. Did you have the same problem?
    I don’t wear mascara anymore because I’m trying to let them grow healthy.
    I’m thinking of buying biotin vitamins. I religiously use my Mary Kay serum at night, while in the mornings I apply virgin coconut oil.
    My second question is, did your eyelashes return back to curly?
    My eyelashes have become extremely straight.

    Thank you Lore!!

  54. Nancy
    March 20, 2019 / 5:59 am

    I just got my lashes down about 4 weeks ago, prior to this .. my lashes were not the longest or fullest. I always used strip lashes. I couldn’t stand my eye lash extensions anymore . They were a mess.. they hurt .. & I could see my lashes were even shorter. honestly ladies stick with the strips. With practice .. they can be quick to put on. I took of my own lash extensions off .. with oils. my eyelashes are short and stubby and sparse. but my eyes feel clean. I hate the damage eyelash extensions do. I will not be getting them anymore. Strip lashes it is 🙂

  55. Mackenzie Hann
    March 23, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    Had mine on for one month, got them taken off by the same professional u put them on…devastated is not the word!! My pre beautiful lashes are not at all like they were…never agian will I get lash extensions

  56. Lauren
    April 1, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    After having lash extensions for 4 months, my natural lashes were short and thin. I needed something to nourish them and help them grow, so I decided to try Dermalmd eyelash serum. I’ve been applying it to my lashes and lashline before bed for about three weeks now and I can definitely tell a difference. My lashes look amazing! The applicator is perfect for coating every lash from root to tip, the serum dries down so your eyes aren’t wet all night, and if you get a little in your eye, it doesn’t hurt one bit. Plus it’s super inexpensive. Definitely give it a try!

  57. May 5, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Thank you for this informative post! I developed an eye infection (not from my extension) and had the lashes removed. I am going to try the products you used. In the meantime, do you think strip lashes would be alright to use? I’m having a hard time looking at my bare eyes, and for a week I couldn’t wear any eye makeup because of the consistency of the ointment I was using.

  58. Debra
    May 28, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    After having Nova Lash extensions for just about a year now, I’ve noticed that my eyelids are itchy for a week or so after my fill-in. I’ve been using so many drops and cortisode on my lids but I think I may just need to throw in the towel with the extensions. I just bought Cherish and Castor Oil so I’m going to give that a shot and will try to grow them out before my next fill-in appt. I don’t even want to know what my real lashes look like under these extensions. I know it will bring tears!!!!

  59. karen
    June 3, 2019 / 5:08 pm

    How I wish I read this post *BEFORE* getting extensions. After 3 weeks, I look like an alien with a few long lashes and mostly patches of bare skin where lashes *USED* to be. It’s totally not worth it. Now I’m embarrassed and spending a ton of money on serums, supplements, castor oil and empty mascara tubes to just get me back to where I was before I started extensions. Thank goodness my husband hasn’t said anything but he does look at me kind of funny now since it’s so noticeable. My daughter was less sensitive and said it looks so horrible and I look like a “surgery gone wrong” “after” picture. Don’t do extensions! Just do the serums if you really need to change yourself.

  60. Victoria
    June 4, 2019 / 8:56 am

    After having lash extensions for over a year, my natural lashes were so weak and brittle when I had them removed. After research, I ordered Dermalmd eyelash serum and within a month, I saw thickness and length coming back to my natural lashes! I look forward to seeing how much my lashes transform as I continue to use this serum!

  61. Tiff
    August 23, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    I am going thru the exact same thing right now. Every 2-3 weeks for the last 3 years I was getting extensions. I was obsessed with my lashes. I worried about how I slept, showered and moisturized. I finally decided to give it up and yes it did ruin my natural lashes. I have gaps!! I am now trying a serum. Hoping I can undo the damage. Fingers crossed.

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