In the world of beauty and cosmetics, where everyone's still raving about eyelash extensions, have you ever wondered what the difference is between all those fancy terms your Lash Artist uses to explain your eyelash extension application? Well, here at Prolong Lash, we're all about educating our clients and giving you the information you need to make an informed choice the next time your Lash Artist recommends either a Full Set of Lashes or a Refill.

We understand entirely how lash clients can be confused when Lash Artists use terms like the full set, half set, quarter set, mini set, natural lashes, volume lashes, and hybrid lashes. My goodness! What on earth are they talking about? In this blog, we'll delve into the distinctions between Lash Fills and Full Sets and answer some frequently asked questions to help you understand your options at your next lashing session.

If we get down to basics, there are two primary options for getting eyelash extensions outside of all those fancy terms: Lash Fills and Full Sets. While both options involve applying artificial lashes to your natural individual lashes, there are differences between the two applications and when you need them. Ultimately the recommendation will come from our Lash Artist after they professionally review your current lash situation and desired outcome. Still, it's important to us that you understand where they're coming from and why.

What's a Full Set of Lashes?

Lash clients must understand what's a Full Set of Lashes - Prolong Lash

A Full Set of eyelash extensions is usually the initial application of a full set of extensions to your natural lashes or for those seeking a fresh start. This process involves applying extensions to your natural lashes, creating a new and enhanced lash line. Full Sets are ideal when creating an eye-catching look for those who desire a more pronounced lash line or a mascara-like, more natural appearance, depending on your goal. A full set can address the issue of sparse or thin natural lashes, providing the appearance of full and voluminous lashes. The initial application involves attaching individual extensions to your natural lashes, which are often referred to as Classic, Natural, Hybrid, Doll Eye, Cats Eye, Fluffy, Wispy, Dramatic, and Volume Lash set to name a few.

Don't be confused by the terms because when it comes down to it, all you need to know is how many extensions are applied for each set and the shape of the application meaning how the Lash Artist will map your lash line to achieve your desired outcome.

What's a Lash Refill?

It's important to understand what is a Lash Refill - Prolong Lash

A Lash Fill, also known as a Lash Refill, Infill, or Touch-up, is a maintenance appointment that typically occurs every two to three weeks after getting a Full Set of eyelash extensions. During this procedure, your Lash Artist skillfully works through the lash line removing extensions that have grown out or lifted at the base and adding fresh new extensions to fill those gaps caused by the natural shedding of your eyelashes. I've had clients ask if they need to collect the extensions that have fallen out so that their Lash Artist can reapply them. Well, not only is that unhygienic, but it's impractical as the extensions would need to be cleaned and sorted in sizes, so there's no need to collect those fallen angels; bin them and carry on with your aftercare routine.

A Lash Fill aims to keep your extensions looking fresh and fabulous while minimizing the shedding effect that occurs naturally in the lash growth cycle. By staying on top of your refill appointments, you'll enjoy consistently gorgeous lashes without needing a complete do-over or re-do.

When is the right time to get a Full Set or a Refill?

People need to know the right time to get a Full Set or a Refill - Prolong Lash

Timing is everything when it comes to maintaining those luscious lashes! Deciding between a Full Set of eyelash extensions or a Lash Refill depends on various factors contributing to achieving and maintaining your desired look.

Lash Refills are for those who have previously received a full set and want to maintain that fabulous look. As your natural lashes shed, gaps will appear, and your extensions will need some attention to maintain their pristine condition. This is where Lash Refills come in, as your Lash Artist will fill those gaps and check and replace extensions that have grown out to ensure your lash line remains lush and voluminous.

The best time to opt for a Full Set of lashes is when you're starting fresh or seeking a dramatic change in your lash game. On the other hand, Lash Refills are your trusty sidekick for maintaining that gorgeous look you've already fallen in love with. To keep your lashes looking their absolute best, stick to a regular Lash Refill schedule every two to three weeks, and you'll continue to bat those luxurious lashes confidently!

It is very common within the lash industry that a lash artist will require a client to have a full set applied if over 50% of the extensions have shed. So even if it's only been three weeks, but you've lost more than half your set, don't be surprised if your lash artist requires you to start fresh. But don't hate on your lash artist. If you have a naturally fast lash cycle, you may need to come in for refills more often to avoid paying for a full set each time. Don't forget that your lash artist wants your lashes to look their best. After all, your lashes are a walking advertisement for their work.

The Importance of Lash Aftercare

Lash Aftercare is important - Prolong Lash

Irrespective of whether you opt for Lash Fills or a Full Set, correct aftercare and maintenance play a vital role in preserving the longevity of your extensions and the health of your natural lashes. Choosing a reliable aftercare cleanser like Prolong Lash Cleanser is crucial to ensure you confidently flaunt those fabulous lashes and take your beauty game to new heights. This exceptional product is explicitly designed to extend the life of your extensions between refills, keeping your extensions and natural lashes in top-notch condition.

Effective aftercare goes beyond cleansing; it involves adopting mindful habits that protect your extensions from damage. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can cause the extensions to loosen and lead to premature shedding of your natural lashes. Instead, cleanse your lashes twice daily with Prolong Lash Cleanser to gently remove makeup, dirt, and debris without causing harm to the extensions or your natural lashes.

Maintaining neat and well-separated lashes is effortless with a soft-bristled mascara wand. Regularly brush through your lashes to prevent tangling and ensure they remain in perfect shape.


So, whether your Lash Artist recommends a Lash Fills or Full Sets, both offer distinctive advantages in enhancing your natural beauty and maintaining your desired look. While ultimately, the recommendation for either a refill or full set will come from your Lash Artist, we hope you'll now better understand what to expect when your lash appointment is complete.

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