Let’s Talk All Things Lash Extensions
Alright it’s tea time and for my confession time.I’m just going to say it. No holding back. Judge me if you want. I have lash extensions! Gasp! I’m sure you’re thinking
What are eyelash extensions?
Put simply they are used to enhance, lengthen, and/or thicken your natural lash. They can be a synthetic material, mink, or even horse hair. They are applied with glue on each individual preexisting natural lash.
How much do lash extensions cost?
This varies depending on the area you live. When I was in Idaho (5 years ago) they were $80 for a full set or your first initial visit. Here in NJ they are $200+. That’s the east coast for ya! A fill can range from $20-$80 depending on how long you go between. I get mine filled every other week. It takes about an hour and it costs $50. It is much cheaper in other areas and I highly suggest checking around. Remember though, just like clothes, cheap doesn’t mean better quality and expensive doesn’t mean the best quality. Get testimonials and reviews and of course pictures from clients before booking. Also check out Groupon! That’s how I found my lash place.
Can Lash Extensions ruin your natural lashes?
The simple answer. Yes. You’re putting something foreign on your lash. However, lashes do constantly shed and regrow. This is why you need fills. As your lash grows the extension will move with it and fall off accordingly. This is where choosing a technician that is well trained is important! They will know things like not over filling. If the natural lash has too many lashes on it then it will become heavy and weaken the natural lash. Also it is important to take breaks! Just like if you’re filling your nails your lashes need a break. Every so often I take a break and let my natural lashes “breath”. I strengthen them up again and when I can’t stand it anymore usually after about 3 months I put a new set back on! I’ve not experienced any massive lash loss, but I have known those who have. I want to be completely transparent. It could happen to you. You could have a reaction to the glue as well. My recommendation would be to start with a very light lash. Not volume or super long. See how you react and then you can always add more on your next fill!
Can I wear makeup with Them?
Yes. Eyeshadow absolutely. Eyeliner can be worn, but keep in mind the oils and residue from those products will disrupt the glue and your lashes may not stay on as long. I will only wear eyeliner on special occasions with them but typically I just put it on the bottom. When I do wear Liner I use this Super soft made for extensions liner from Shine Cosmetics. As for mascara, It is not needed. The lashes are there to give you the effect of a mascara look. It will make your lashes fall out sooner if you put it on. So that is just a big DON’T DO IT from me.
Can I shower with Lash Extensions?
It is advised to not get the lashes wet for 24 hours after application. No showers, no swimming, and especially no steam! So if you planned on being somewhere super hot or steamy or wet (wink wink) right after I’d just cancel those plans. Moisture in general is not great for them. Avoid water when possible directly on them. Probably the hardest habit to break is rubbing your eyes in the shower or rubbing them in general. When I take them off for breaks that’s the first thing I do! For like a solid five minutes.
How do I make them last longer?
I recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase this is the one I use and if possible sleep on your back. You’ll find lashes on your pillow in the morning and that’s okay you’re going to lose some but try to change your sleeping position. Also brushing them out with the lash brush they give you. It looks like a mascara applicator minus the mascara obviously. I find this helps them keep their shape and helps me get the wild ones out without damaging my natural lash. Again avoid moisture. Crying will most definitely cause them to fall off sooner. This is probably why I never cry. Just cry on the inside like a winner.
Will they look good on me?
Everyone has a different eye shape. Don’t look at someone else’s lash extensions and compare them to yours. For instance my natural lashes stick pretty straight out. If My tech uses a lash extension that is super curled it will not sit right on my lash and will fall off faster. So for me I have to go with a shorter lash that isn’t as heavy so my lashes will look different than someone that has a nice curved fuller natural lash. Does that even make sense? Just don’t compare yourself to others in any aspect, especially your lashes? Seems like solid life advice right there…>insert eyeroll<