Lash Extensions: Are They Right For You?

Eyelash extension can be beautiful and a great way to enhance your natural eyelashes without tons of mascara or strip false lashes.  Eyelash extensions can surprisingly look pretty natural and each day you get to wake up looking fabulous!

If you've never had eyelash extensions, you've probably seen a friend or family member who has them on and its probably ran through your mind that you should "try them out one day" and now you're probably sitting there contemplating whether or not you should bite the bullet and spend the money to try them out.  As a Certified Lash Technician and an Eyelash Extension Educator for years, let me educate you on the pros and cons of extensions and whether they are right for you. 

WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

Lash extensions are individually applied synthetic or natural hair fibres that are attached to the base of each individual natural eyelash with surgical glue.  It's quite a tedious job and the initial set typically takes 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours depending on the amount of natural eyelashes you have.

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Subsequent appointments after your initial application is mandatory for maintenance. How often you need a “fill” depends on your own natural eyelash growth cycle and on how well you take care of your lashes.  Eyelash extensions require you to have touchups approximately every 2-3 weeks and can hold up pretty well; IF you are very careful in how you take care of them.  However, if you stray from the guidelines given to you by your Lash Technician, then you may have a mess and lashes may shed much sooner than they otherwise would.  Taking care of your lash extensions is a big deal!

BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT...

In order for your first lash experience to go as smoothly as possible, here are a few words of advice:

Research your lash professional.  It's best if your lash technician is certified and trained from an established training company or facility.  During training, they learn important topics like proper disinfection procedures, advanced techniques and eye health and safety.  They also learn how to isolate properly, choose the proper lashes for your eyes and prevent damage to your natural lashes. (You laugh at the picture below, but believe it or not, I have seen lashes like this!)

Choose your look carefully, just the way you choose a hairstyle by looking at pictures. Lash technicians SHOULD walk you through this before you lay down on the bed.  There are many more styles other than the extra long, thick, fake looking, dramatic lashes.  If natural is what you are wanting, then be sure to voice your wants and expectations.

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Understand there are potential risks.  Although it's rare, they can happen.  The most common complaints about lash extensions are allergic reactions to the glue, eye infections from contact with unsanitary tools, or an infected or an irritating pain of the follicle from two or more lashes being glued together or glued too close to the lash line.  If you have an allergy or sensitivity to cyanoacrylate based adhesives or artificial nails, you are more than likely going to be sensitive to eyelash adhesive and therefore would not be a good candidate for eyelash extensions.

Understand the process. Applying a full set of new lashes can take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours.  Depending on the look you want to achieve, anywhere from 60–120 individual lashes will be applied to each eye. To prepare the eye area for extensions, your lash technician should be taping your lower lashes down to your skin, and placing hydrating eye pads on top. This is done to prevent the glue from getting on the lower part of your eye as lashes are applied.  If your eyes water easy, if your eyes are very fluttery or you can't lie still for long periods of time, eyelash extensions may not be for you.

PROS AND CONS

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With anything, there are pros and cons to consider before deciding if its right for you.  With lash extensions, they are about equally weighted, though you'll rarely hear the downside in a salon or spa that provides this service.  BUT, you're in luck, because I am an expert in the field, and I'm not just out to make money.  I am all about educating my clients and I am brutally honest!  So, here's what you need to know:

PROS

  • The look fabulous and you feel fabulous with them
  • You don't have to put mascara on and off everyday and you can avoid the racoon eye mid-day
  • They can save you time by foregoing your typical morning makeup routine
  • You can cry on your wedding day or swim in the ocean and don't have to worry about mascara running down your face.

CONS

  • They are expensive and high maintenance
  • You can not use oil based makeup or cleansers around your eye area
  • You can not rub your eyes or press your face too hard into a towel after showering or into a pillow when you sleep.
  • You must comb through them at least once a day in order to straighten them out otherwise they can get twisted.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Eyelash extensions can be worth the money, but they are definitely not for everyone.  It really comes down to your budget, time allotment and your willing to comply with the guidelines.  If you are interested in eyelash extensions but still aren't sure if they are for you, message me and I'd be more than happy to answer your questions and help you make the best decision.

(If you decided that you want to "go for it" and you are looking for a lash tech to make your fist experience a good one, you can use the code LASHBLOG to receive $20 off your first visit at Prairie Beauty).