When eyelash extensions first appeared in the beauty industry in the early 2000s, they immediately became one of the most popular treatments due to their ability to create voluminous lashes. However, as time has passed, more information about the potential drawbacks of this service has been available, and users have gotten a more realistic understanding of the long-term maintenance requirements.
That isn’t to imply that lash extensions aren’t worth thinking about. Individually applied lash hairs can seem surprisingly natural and make you feel effortlessly gorgeous when done professionally and attentively. We’ll go over everything you need to know about lash extensions so you can decide if they’re right for you.
What are lash extensions, and how do you get them?
Silk fibres, mink, or synthetic materials that imitate real lash hairs are used to make lash extensions. With semi-permanent glue, each extension is bonded one by one (or up to four at a time) to the root of your natural lash hair.
Each eye will receive anything from 60–140 individual lashes, depending on the style you wish to achieve.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of eyelash extensions?
They provide immediate gratification. Extensions, unlike lash growth products, which take many weeks to show results, instantaneously boost lashes and can look magnificent when done correctly.
They can help you save time. When you wear lash extensions, you’ll likely spend less time on your makeup routine, aside from the time spent during the service visit.
Because lash extensions eliminate the need for mascara, you won’t have to worry about it flaking, running, or smudging. If you know you’ll be crying at a big event like your wedding, this is a huge plus. You won’t have to bother with the process of removing mascara every night, either.
If you have short or straight lashes, extensions will emphasize the curl and length in a manner that mascara won’t. For some folks, this can be a game-changer.
They’re a costly habit. For your first full set of lashes, you should expect to pay anywhere from 4,000 to 12,000. (prices vary by location and skill level). Refills are usually needed every two to three weeks as lashes begin to lose as part of the natural hair cycle. If you do the arithmetic, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars spent on lash extensions each year.
They require a lot of upkeep. It can take anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes to apply a full set of new lashes. Refill sessions are less time-consuming, but they are nonetheless time-consuming given the frequency of touch-ups that are required. In between fills, be sure to properly care for your lash extensions and avoid scratching or pulling at them during the day.
They have the potential to cause lash hair loss and other issues if not got done from a good lash studio or with quality products.
What to prepare for eyelash extensions?
Arrive with clean skin to prepare for eyelash extensions (no makeup around the eye area). Your technician will tape your bottom lashes to your skin and cover them with moisturizing eye pads. This is done to keep the glue from getting on your lower eyelid when the lashes are being placed.
Dress comfortably because you’ll be reclining on your back for a few hours—and yes, some people do fall asleep throughout the service. You might also want to bring headphones with you to listen to music or your favorite podcast to pass the time.
Here are a few more pointers suggested by experts at Reign Studio to prep you for the best possible experience:
Before you go, do some research on lash extension specialists in your area. This is not the time to take advantage of a flash sale and schedule an appointment on the spur of the moment. Your lash technician should be a properly certified aesthetician who has been trained in an established method of application for the finest results. Don’t be afraid to inquire about credentials and view examples of their previous work; the greatest lash extensionists will be happy to show you their portfolio.
If you have a latex allergy, call ahead to ensure that the service provider has latex-free eyelash adhesive on hand. A reputable lash technician would almost certainly inquire about this prior to your visit (many have you complete an intake form where you can mention any allergies). Lash adhesives may contain other substances to which you are allergic, doing a patch test 48 hours before your appointment is always a good idea.
Make sure you know exactly what kind of lash extensions you want. Do you desire fluttery, natural-looking lashes or are you seeking extreme length and volume? Do you like lashes that emphasize the outside corners for a cat-eye appearance or lashes that accentuate the inner corners for a doll-eye look? Well-trained lash technicians will guide you through the various style possibilities available, but you may wish to bring a picture of the type you want with you (similar to the way you might show your hairstylist a picture as inspiration).
What can’t you do, after eyelash extensions?
- Oil-based cleansers and makeup removers should be avoided.
- When cleansing your eyes, use caution.
- Mascara should not be worn over lash extensions.
- Avoid using oil-based skincare products near the eyes and use caution when applying makeup.
The bottom line: Lash extensions can be stunning, but they should only be applied with extreme precision & by professionals (such as lash technicians at Reign Studio).
It all boils down to your personal money, time commitment, and willingness to follow the after-care instructions. Finally, and possibly most crucially, lash extension difficulties should be considered. If you suffer alterations in or around the eye area after the lash procedure, you should seek immediate assessment and treatment.
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