How Much Do Eyelash Extensions Cost?

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Eyelash extensions can add thickness and length to the natural eyelashes that simply aren’t as long as you want them to be.

During the process, professionals apply false lashes with a safe adhesive, creating a natural look.

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How much do eyelash extensions cost?

The cost of eyelash extensions will depend on the type, the professional you use and where you live.  Mink extensions can cost close to $300 for a full set, while a less expensive option — silk extensions may be closer to $200 for a set.  Synethics, your cheapest option will often be closest to $100 at a local salon.  All in all, depending on the quality you want, you should be prepared to spend $100 to $400 or even less if you were to find a coupon or special promotion running at your local spa/salon.

The Lash Extension, a salon located in Georgia, lists its prices on its official website, with prices ranging from $125 for a full set of classic lashes to as much as $450 for a super volume full set, which can take up to 3.5 hours to complete.  Touch-ups, depending on how long you wait, can cost another $45 to $75. claims that a full set of eyelash extensions can cost a few hundred dollars, with mink extensions costing about $500.

Type of Eyelash ExtensionDescriptionAverage Price
Faux Mink Eyelash ExtensionsMuch like the real mink fur, faux mink extensions do look natural from afar, but as the name implies, they really aren't. Faux mink eyelash extensions will resemble mink fur as much as possible and are soft to the touch, made from a high-quality faux material. Unlike real mink fur, faux mink material can keep its curl longer and won't have the animal dander, making it a wise choice for those with allergies.$125 to $185
Mink Eyelash ExtensionsMink eyelash extensions are for those who want extensions as real as possible. Looking very natural both up close and from a distance, mink are some of the thinnest eyelashes you can buy. These lashes, however, can lose its curl when wet and may flop down, requiring more maintenance than other choices.$300 to $500
Sable Eyelash ExtensionsA sable, if you have never heard of one before, is a forest animal native to Russia, known for its darker fur, which, like mink extensions, are also used for extensions. Sable extensions, being the thinnest of them all, are recommended for those who have thin natural eyebrows. The only drawback, to some, will be the price and the fact it comes from animal fur.$350 to $550
Silk Eyelash ExtensionsRequiring little maintenance, silk lashes, from a distance, are natural looking, typically thick at the top and thinner at the bottom, creating a full lash line. Silk extensions are ideal for those who don't want to worry about them when performing any daily activity.$100 to $150
Synthetic Eyelash ExtensionsSynthetic eyelashes, even though they are fake, are dark and thick, often requiring no mascara. On the downside, however, these eyelashes can be so thick, they won't be comfortable as a mink or sable eyelash extension.$70 to $125

Eyelash extensions overview

Eyelash extensions can be made from a variety of materials and sizes, with the most common made of a synthetic polyester, silk or mink, ranging from short to long in size, about 6 to 17mm.  Mink extensions are considered to be the lightest and softest but will be the most expensive choice.  Synthetic lashes are thicker and heavier, while synthetic silk exertions, the most common type applied, are a pinch lighter than synthetic lashes and are able to hold a curl.

Typically, these extensions will be longer black fibers that closely resemble natural eyelashes, either as an individual piece or attached as a strip.  Strip lashes are often for the do-it-yourselfer, whereas individual lashes are applied by professionals.

How many lashes do you need?  On average, a full set is considered as 80 to 120 lashes per eye, while a partial set can include up to 40 lashes per eye.  The number of lashes you need will depend on the type of “look” you desire.  A full set, for example, can cause a more dramatic look since your eyelashes will look fuller, whereas a partial set will offer a little enhancement.

The initial application process can take up to three hours at a local spa, whereas a half set or touch up can take half this.  During this time, a technician will apply small patches to the under eye, which is designed to hold down your bottom lashes.  He or she will then apply a primer to your upper lashes while using tweezers to fan out your natural eyelashes, isolating them one by one.  Next, with her other hand, the tiny extensions will be dipped in glue and carefully attached to the spread out, isolated eyelashes.  Your eyes will stay closed during the entire process.

What are the extra costs?

Eyelash extensions, unfortunately, won’t last forever.  As your natural lashes fall out every 60 to 90 days, the same can be said about false lashes.  Even though you may not notice your natural lashes falling out due to the natural eyelashes growing in behind, eyelash extensions can be much more noticeable since the natural lashes won’t be trailing behind.  Typically, you will have to replace your extensions every six to eight weeks, and refills, on average, will cost about $50 to $75.  If you want to make your lashes last long, avoid getting them wet, don’t use oil-based products and try not to use any products that are moisture rich such as shampoo, conditioners and face wash.

Depending on the salon’s billing policy, some may charge a lash removal fee if you did want to remove them in the future.  If they do charge, it can cost $25 to $50, but in some cases, if you were loyal to the salon, they often waive the fee.

Tips to know:

Hundreds of salons offer eyelash extensions, and oftentimes, a simple Google or Yelp search can yield a lot of results.  However, before you choose one, always look at their credentials prior to the appointment to ensure they have the experience and positive reviews online.  If at all possible, Glamour Magazine recommends choosing a salon that specializes in eyelash extensions only.

You can wear mascara with extensions; however, the brush can potentially pull the lashes out or damage them if used with too much force.  As for makeup, be careful when removing as you will always want to try your best not to touch your extensions. recommends using a cleansing wipe rather than a Q-tip or cotton ball to prevent damage.

The FDA does not regulate eyelash extensions, so if you plan on getting them, it’s important to do your homework.  This means making sure the aesthetician is certified and practices proper hygiene, and the eyelash adhesive ingredients are safe for your skin.  In some scenarios, you may react to the glue, which can cause swelling or redness if not applied properly.

How can I save money?

Check out daily deal websites such as Groupon to find reputable deals in your area.  We were able to find deals for as little as $49 for a full set of synthetic extensions.

If you’re on a budget, there are countless highly rated DIY kits online for as little as $15 to $20.  With a little time and patience, this could save you a $100+ if done correctly.

Consultations are often free of charge, so if you do find a spa you’re interested in, see what they charge and what they can do for your situation.

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. MeeHee (Virginia beach ,  Virginia) paid $69 and said:

    Virginia Beach eyelash extension natural mink & silk 1 hour $69 first time

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Gram (Stockton,  California) paid $150 and said:

    First trip – $150. Took 2 hours. Not really satisfied. In less than 2 weeks the extensions were so sparse they looked terrible.
    I was told NOT to get them wet, which was very difficult but I certainly did the best I could. They still fell out! I was supposed to be able to go 4 weeks and was told the 2nd visit would be $100. Which I felt was high. I haven’t been back yet and am torn as to what I want to do.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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