Are False Lashes Reusable? (And How Many Times You Can Use One)

False lashes are a quick and easy way to get the lash extension look without spending hundreds of dollars on your lashes. There’s no doubt about it; false lashes are the cheaper alternative to extensions. They’re also much quicker to apply. While extensions can take hours to apply, false lashes take only minutes. But are false lashes reusable? Or are they only a  one-time solution?

What Are False Lashes?

False Lashes
False Lashes

Before we talk about whether or not false lashes are reusable, let’s first talk about what they are. False lashes are exactly what they sound like – fake lashes that are applied to your natural lashes to make them longer and thicker. They are designed to mimic the look of extensions but are applied differently.

There are three different types of false lashes on the market today:

  • Strip lashes
  • Individual Flare Lashes
  • Individual Single Lashes

1. Strip Lashes

Strip lashes are the most common type of false lashes, especially for beginners. They are exactly what they sound like – a strip of false lashes glued on top of your natural lashes. Strip lashes are made in various materials and can be used to create hundreds of different looks.

Strip lashes can also be made from mink (highest quality), silk, human hair, or plastic. They come in all different brands and qualities, designed for every budget. If you’re new to the world of false lashes, strip lashes are the easiest to apply.

2. Individual Flare Lashes

Individual flare lashes are most commonly used by professionals like makeup artists and lash technicians. Instead of being applied as an entire strip, individual flare lashes are applied one single lash at a time.

These lashes are sometimes preferred because they give you more control over the final look. You can create a natural look, more volume, or flared ends with individual lashes – the skies are the limit!

However, Lash technicians most commonly use individual single lashes to apply extensions. While strip and flare lashes are mainly designed for temporary wear, single lashes are more permanent and can last for weeks. 

Are False Lashes Reusable

So individual single lashes are more permanent, and strip lashes/individual flare lashes are for short-term wear. But can the latter two be reused? The answer is it depends.

Individual flare lashes (including clusters of lashes) are not reusable. Once they fall off your lashes, they are garbage, and you need to apply a new set. Strip lashes, however, are completely reusable. 

How Many Times Can You Reuse Your False Lashes?

On average, you can reuse your false adhesive lashes about 2-4 times (depending on the quality of that lash). With that being said, the number of uses that you get out of your lashes will also largely depend on how well you take care of them. 

How To Get The Most Of Your False Lashes

1. Take Care When Removing Them.

Always be sure to follow the removal instructions as provided on the packaging. Failure to remove your lashes with caution can result in damage that can prevent them from being reusable. 

2. Store Them Properly.

Failure to store your lashes in a safe, dry place can cause damage, including the buildup of dirt and debris on your lashes. These things can render your lashes unusable. For this reason, always make sure to store them as directed.

3. Remove Them At Night.

Don’t wear your lashes to bed. We do many things in our sleep that can damage our lashes. Laying on them, placing our arms over our eyes, rubbing our eyes – these can all damage our false lashes to the point where we cannot reuse them. 

4. Follow Aftercare Instructions

If you want to get the most out of your lashes, follow the aftercare instructions on the packaging. Things like avoiding water, avoiding mascara, and cleaning them using the right products can all extend the use of your false lashes. 

In conclusion, false lashes are a great alternative to eyelash extensions – and they are reusable. Just follow care instructions to get the most out of your new lashes. 

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