Who doesn’t want to wake up with long, fabulous eyelashes? Moreover, who wouldn’t want to save their precious minutes in the morning spent lobbing on layers and layers of mascara? We present you with the perfect solution: eyelash extensions. This wonderful beauty invention will help you achieve your dream lashes and make your eyes pop at an instance.
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions help you transform your look naturally by enhancing the appearance of length and fullness of your eyes. During the extension process, synthetic or natural hair fibers are attached one by one to the base of each eyelash with professional glue.
What are eyelash extensions made of?
Eyelash extensions are usually made of synthetic fibers (such as nylon). Silk and mink eyelashes are occasionally used as well (minks are a small, furry animal and so mink eyelash extensions are not for the animal lovers among us). Mink lashes are feathery looking and are generally lighter, putting less pressure on your lashes. Thus, they come at a higher cost. The length of these extensions typically ranges from 6mm to 17mm.
How are eyelash extensions attached?
First, a technician will show you various lash extension options. Usually, you would be asked to choose the fiber, length, and curl type of your extension. Note that it is essential for the curl of your natural lashes to match the coil on the extension. The lash stylist will consult with you to figure out the best look for your face. If you opt for naturally glamorous looking eyelashes, you should request a set of 80 to 90 lashes per eye. Textures such as premium faux- mink are more flexible and light, whereas ultra-silk is soft yet more dramatic in terms of visual effect.
Once you have found your desired look, the lash technician will tape your lower lashes down to your skin and place hydrating eye pads on top, to prevent glue from getting on the lower part your eye before applying for the extensions.
The application process takes anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes. A pair of tweezers are used. The first tweezer separates the natural lashes. The lash extension is dipped in glue with the second tweezer and placed on top of the isolated natural lash. The two bond together within seconds. Depending on the condition of your lashes, the lashes can only go a certain length or thickness to ensure your lash health.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Extensions fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes. Women shed about 20 lashes per week, so roughly half of your eyelash extensions are shed after about a month.
Are there any risks and precautions you should be aware of?
Here are some tips to follow, post attachment of the extensions:
Keep away from water for the first 12 to 24 hours after the application. Direct contact with water can cause the lashes to fall off. After the initial use, subsequent touch-ups every two or three weeks are mandatory. Make sure to stick to the guidelines for extended maintenance!
Potential risks of eyelash extensions include the following:
On rare occasions, chemicals such as formaldehyde in the glue could cause irritation and allergic reactions. Contact with unsanitary tools might cause eye infections. Two lashes being glued together might also produce an infected follicle. Furthermore, some might lose eyelashes since frequent eyelash extensions can damage hair follicles responsible for eyelash growth and maintenance.
What steps should you follow when choosing an eyelash extension expert?
# 1. Research the clinic or beauty salon:
Research whether the service provider offers the styling you desire. Make sure to take a careful look at the before and after photos. Furthermore, try to find out the type of glue being used in the store. Adhesives that contain formaldehyde can trigger allergic reactions, so make sure that the technician uses a medical grade, non- irritating and formaldehyde free glue. Avoid gel patches used to hold down your lower lashes that contain collagen, aloe and hyaluronic acid. These chemicals could potentially irritate your eyes.
# 2. Research the professional or practitioner:
Research who you want to go to and their professional background careful. Confirm he or she is state licensed and is working at a reputable establishment. Make sure to read online reviews as well. There are instances where the clinic is reputable but the practitioner is relatively inexperienced or junior. Hence you should research both establishment and practitioner.
Pros and cons of eyelash extensions
Here are the pros:
# 1. An immediate and potentially dramatic change in appearance:
Most beauty trends come and go, but long eyelashes have lasting significance and a degree of permanence as a hallmark of feminine beauty. What is also amazing about beautiful eyelashes is that their appeal transcends cultural and ethnic boundaries.
#2. Saves time spent on make-up everyday:
You could forego the time-consuming process of applying mascara and fake eyelashes in your morning routine. Waking up with beautiful lashes is awesome isn’t it!
Now for the Cons:
#1. High maintenance:
You need extra care to keep your lashes. This means you would have to be willing to take a trip to the salon or clinic every three or four weeks if required. Scroll further down for tips on extension care.
# 2. Expensive:
Every beauty treatment comes with maintenance costs and eyelash extensions are no exception to this rule. Usually, eyelash extensions cost from $150 to $500 for a full set (mink eyelash extensions can cost around $500). Refills usually lost from $50-$100 per visit. Typically, you need refills every 2-3 weeks. Do the math, and you’ll figure out that eyelash extensions are not cheap.
Guidelines for eye extension care:
- Avoid oil-based cleansers. These will loosen your glue and make them fall out.
- Avoid water falling directly on your eyes when showering. The pressure might make your extension loose.
- Avoid rubbing your face
- Be careful when removing mascara. The mascara might snag the extensions and cause them to fall out prematurely when trying to take it off. It is recommended to use water-based mascara for easier removal.
- Avoid oil-based skin care products.
- Clean your extensions and brush them daily with spoolie brushes provided by the salon. Apply a lash conditioner as well! These will help your hair follicles to grow, strengthen and be moisturized.