If you suffer with sparse or skimpy eyelashes, even the best mascara and eyelash curlers can only do so much. But eyelash extensions can provide that WOW factor your hoping for, by adding volume and length to your existing lash line.
What kind of Extensions Should I Get?
There are three popular types of lash extensions: synthetic, mink, and silk. Ask yourself what look you’re going for. For a cat-eye style, add a few extra millimeters to your outer lashes. For a showgirl look, opt for long lashes across the eye. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, consider lash extensions in a different color. Your aesthetician can show you other options.
How Will Lashes be Applied?
A full set of lashes takes approximately two hours to apply. With your eyes closed and you seated comfortably, each lash is dipped in a safe, semi-permanent glue, then applied to your existing lash line. It shouldn’t hurt, and you may even dose off, during the process.
Where Should I have Them Done?
Here’s one place where you want to call in the pros. DIY kits abound on the internet, but can cause side effects such as irritation, loss of existing eyelashes, and gaps between applied lashes and natural ones. Going to a pro who’s well versed in proper techniques greatly limits your risk of damage. Read reviews of salons in your area to find the best, most experienced one for the job.
How Do I Care for My Extensions?
You won’t be able to expose your eyes to heat or water for 24 hours or the glue won’t set properly. Even after the first day, you should use lukewarm water to wash your face and avoid rubbing your eyes with a towel. Your lash technician can recommend foundations, makeup removers, mascaras, and liquid eyeliners that are more compatible with your new lashes.
How Long Will They Last?
Your lash extensions should last as long as your natural lashes or approximately six to eight weeks. To maintain that look you want, go ahead and plan on having your lashes filled every three to four weeks.
Just to be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to have your lash technician do a patch test, before applying your extensions, to determine if you’re sensitive or allergic to the glue she’s using.