Lash Extensions 101
Imagine waking up in the morning with perfect lash set on your eyes and not having to put makeup on? Yes, eyelash extensions can do exactly that. Many women are so relieved after this treatment, it’s hard no to think you could do it as well. Before making an appointment, this is what you should now about lash extensions:
It is an investment
If you’re fed up with glueing on falsies or even applying mascara every day, extensions are a great alternative. Keep in mind that it can get quite expensive, especially your first full set of extensions. It all depends on the saloon, however, your first appointment for a full set will cost between $100 - $200. After that, fill-ins are usually priced by the week – or how long you wait before coming for renewal. In any case, having extensions will save you some money in the long term. If you do not need some heavy makeup, the lashes will do the trick for your daily routine. Imagine how money you can save just by not using mascara.
Every experience is customizable
Doing research before making an appointment is crucial here. First, you should decide about length. Most salons offer length from 9 to 15mm, 10 to 12mm being optimal. After that, you can choose the curl. Whether it is “J” curl for a more natural look or “C” curl for more dramatic one, it is up to you. And lastly, you can choose the material. Usually, you can pick from Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink or Real Human Hair. The differences between those are often negligible so choose the one that is the most affordable for you.
It doesn’t harm your natural lashes
If you ever heard that well-known myth, don’t believe it. Extensions DO NOT ruin your own lashes. If applied properly, by a professional, you don’t have to worry about the health of your natural lashes. Just be sure not to rub your eyes to much – that can cause them to fall off. In any case, if extensions are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out or damage your own.
They can last longer than you think
Yes, proper care can make your extensions last for more than a month. Even though most salons will suggest to renew them every 2 to 3 weeks, if you are looking to save some money, you can prolong it up to month and a half.
If you want them to last long, do not use any eye products that contain oil. Oil-based make-up remover can destroy the bond and make your extensions fall out. Rather choose some non-aggressive products. Some experts advise using baby shampoo because it is gentle and won’t ruin your extensions. Also, it can clean up your lashes from any
buildup which can cause irritations or infections. In any case, touching your eyes too much or even worse, pulling them off is something you should seriously avoid.
Additional make up
Yes, we know you have been worried about that. Wearing an additional mascara is probably something you won’t need (if you do, put it just on the tips) but your smoky eye shouldn’t be a problem. Putting some eye shadow won’t do the damage, as long as avoid any liquid-based products. Even eyeliner is acceptable if you avoid your lash line. There you go, with proper care you can afford even heavy makeup when needed.
Get them removed professionally
Not even sure why, but there are women who tried to pull off their extensions by themselves. Please, just don’t do it. Not only it is extremely painful, but you can also pull out your own lashes along the way. If want them removed, go to your salon and let them do it properly. Believe me - it is worth the money! Note that occasional shedding is normal. Don’t panic yet - you can attribute lost lashes to the shedding process of your own eyelashes, so it is completely natural.
And this should be it – everything you need to know about lash extensions. Regardless, just like you would with a hairstylist - research different salons, their technicians, reviews and make sure they are licenced and lash-certified.