Whether you’re bored of your own lashes, can’t get to grips with strip lashes, or you have a big occasion coming up; there are many reasons why you may be thinking about getting eyelash extensions.
They’re known for achieving that ‘full effect’, and can last for up to weeks at a time. This is why the trend is becoming more and more popular in modern years, and the practice is often encouraged and endorsed by celebrities.
However, before jumping straight in and making a hasty decision, there are a few things you’ll need to consider first. For example, you probably have questions regarding comfort, cost, process, and safety.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the positive and negative impacts of having eyelash extensions, to help you decide whether or not they are worth it.
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What are eyelash extensions?
Lash extensions are individually placed synthetic or natural hair fibers that are chemically glued to the base of each eyelash. Each false lash is inserted one at a time. It’s a laborious and time-consuming process to attach eyelash extensions to your own eyelashes.
If you are very particular about how you care for your eye area after having lash extensions placed, and get touch ups every two to three weeks, your lash extensions should last quite a long time.
However, deviating from the recommended care routine can result in a sloppy appearance, with the lashes falling out sooner than they would have otherwise.
Before you book an appointment:
If you decide that eyelash extensions are the right choice for you, there are a few things you should do before you call up a salon and book an appointment. Consider the following as a checklist:
- Research your technician – You can do this by searching online, either on the salon’s website or through social media. This way, you can check if your technician is qualified in eyelash extensions and follows the correct procedure guidelines. Never be too shy to ask to see some credentials; qualified technicians will be happy (if not proud) to show you!
- Plan your look – It’s a good idea to have a clear image of what you want your lashes to look like before you head to the salon. It’s the same situation as when you go to the hairdresser; have a look around and find images of similar looks you want to achieve. There’s a very fine line between fanned-out fluttery lashes and clumpy spider-leg lashes.
- Understand the risks involved – While risks associated with eyelashes are few and far between, accidents can happen. The most common lash extension concerns include allergic reactions to the glue, eye infections from contact with contaminated tools, an infected follicle from two lashes being bonded together, and/or the adhesive itself obstructing a hair follicle.
- Learn about it – A full set of new lashes might take anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes to apply. Depending on the style you wish to achieve, each eye will receive anywhere from 60–120 individual lashes. Your lash specialist should tape your lower lashes down to your skin and place moisturizing eye pads on top to prepare the eye area for extensions. The purpose of this is to stop the glue from becoming stuck on your lower lash line.
The Pros of Eyelashes Extensions
They look great! – There’s no denying that eyelash extensions look great, they provide a fuller appearance for a longer amount of time. They can help you achieve a more dramatic look than just mascara or falsies alone.
Time-saving – Some people claim that getting ready in the morning is far quicker now that they wear eyelash extensions. While this may be true, it’s important to remember that you’ll still need to make time for 2 infill appointments each month.
Long-lasting – Lash extensions can stay looking fresh for 2 to 3 weeks. However, after this time has passed, they will inevitably begin to fall out, this is when you should get an infill appointment.
The Cons of Eyelashes Extensions
They can be expensive – Good-quality eyelash extensions can cost anything from $100 to over $500. Infills are a little cheaper, around half the price of your first appointment. You’ll need an infill appointment roughly once every 2-3 weeks, so if you add it up, this can cost you over a thousand dollars every single year- on eyelash extensions alone!
They require maintenance – Unlike regular strip lashes, eyelash extensions need regular upkeep to make sure they stay looking fresh and fanned out.
How to care for your eyelash extensions:
- Oil-based cleansers and makeup removers are not recommended since they cause the adhesive to break down.
- Using mascara over them can snag the extensions, causing them to fall out prematurely.
- When washing your eyes, you must be cautious since any movement of your lashes may increase the likelihood of them falling out or becoming twisted.
- Allowing shower water to fall directly on your face will cause the lash extension to loosen and shed faster.
- When sleeping, avoid rubbing your face with a towel or pressing your face too hard into the pillow.
- Take care when applying makeup. Avoid using oil-based skincare products around the eyes, as well as oily eye pencils and concealers, since these will cause the eyelash glue to break down.
- Avoid using heavy eyeliner because removing it irritates the lashes, causing more fallout. To remove makeup from your lash line, use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.
- Use a dry mascara wand (provided by your lash specialist), also known as a spoolie brush, at least once a day in the morning or as needed throughout the day to comb through your lashes and gently straighten them out, especially if they get wet.
The Bottom Line
Lash extensions can be worthwhile, but they are not for everyone. It all comes down to your budget, time schedule, and commitment to the guidelines, which are not easy to maintain.
Following our recommendations will boost your chances of achieving excellent outcomes and keep your eyelash extensions looking fanned-out and fabulous.