Here’s a guide to the pros and cons of eyelash extensions pros and cons along with a few tips on how to prepare and maintain them.
What are the different types of eyelash extensions?
Made of mink, sable, faux mink, silk, cashmere, or synthetic acrylic, extensions come in a range of material and curl options. It’s important the curl on your extension follows the curl of your natural lashes, which is why the application process an art–never a one-size-fits-all procedure. With so many different face shapes, it’s important for your lash stylist to figure out the best look for you and your lifestyle.
How long do eyelash extensions take to apply?
The initial process lasts about two hours, while touch-ups, recommended every two to three weeks, can take up to an hour. A single lash extension, ranging in size from 6 to 18 millimeters, is painstakingly attached—one by one—to the base of the natural eyelash.
How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Pricing varies depending on the type of lashes you want i.e. fullness. There will be a price for the initial application, and then additional fees for touch-ups every two to three weeks. If you decide to go from one level to another, then the fees will begin again at initial application. Although natural hair is more expensive, if you’re allergic to animal fur, it’s best to stick to man-made material.
ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE?
You may feel anxious with tweezers operating so close to your eyes but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.Your eyes are closed throughout the process. Our trained professionals have your comfort in mind.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Sad to say, but you’ll lose the extension when you lose your natural lash, which is about every 6 to 8 weeks. Humans shed about 20 lashes per week. It also greatly depends on your lifestyle. Of course, the more active you are, the more chance of eyelash exfoliation.
Are eyelash extensions safe?
Lash extensions are easier to mess up than to get right. A quick view of YouTube videos (“Lash Extension Horror Stories!”) confirms there can be some serious consequences if you fall into the hands of an inexperienced technician. Someone lacking in training can use too much adhesive, resulting in clumped lashes, or they can glue a single lash extension to multiple natural lashes, resulting in even more clumping or even breakage. Lashes grow at different rates—if you glue two together when only one is ready to shed, it can pull out the other prematurely. It is very important to see a licensed, trained professional.
Extension adhesives that contain formaldehyde can trigger an allergic reaction, so it’s important your technician uses a medical-grade, formaldehyde-free, non-irritating glue. If you notice any burning or tearing during the application, ask your lash stylist to stop immediately. The gel patches used to hold down your lower lashes, which may contain ingredients including collagen, aloe and hyaluronic acid, can also cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin (some stylists prefer to use medical-grade tape to cover the bottom lashes, but even the tape’s adhesive has been know to cause allergic reactions).
CAN I WEAR MASCARA WITH EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Lash extensions allow you to ditch your mascara, eyeliner, and lash curler, saving you time in the morning. “Mascara can clump on extensions, but if you feel the need to stroke on a few coats before a big night out, be sure to apply a mascara that water-based, contains conditioning ingredients like vitamin B5, and is formulated for easy removal such as Xtreme Lashes Length & Volume Mascara.
How to take care of eyelash extensions:
If you notice your new lashes are flaking off, there’s a good chance something has interfered with the adhesive bond. Avoid getting your lashes wet for the first 24–48 hours, as water can weaken the glue before it has the chance to set. Steer clear of oil-based eye products, cream-based eyeliners and waterproof mascaras, which can be difficult to take off even under normal circumstances. Never use a cotton pad or swab, which can snag the extension, pulling it out. If you’re a stomach or side sleeper, consider a silk or satin pillowcase along with a nightly application of a lash topcoat. There is usually a big difference in lash retention rates when clients use a sealer to help defend against dirt, oil, and makeup. An example is Beauty7 Excellent Lash Coating Essence for Eyelash Extension.
How to clean eyelash extensions:
Use an oil-free lash cleanser formulated specifically for eyelash extensions, as some products contain ingredients that can weaken the bond and cause extensions to shed prematurely. A common one is Mary Kay Oil-Free EyeMakeup Remover. It’s suggested to also brush the extensions in the morning and evening, gently, with a spoolie to keep them detangled.
Lower lash line extensions:
Another big trend? Adding extensions to the lower lash line. Most women apply extensions on their upper lashes only, but bottom extensions are now gaining in popularity as they make your eyes appear larger by creating balance with your upper lashes.
What’s my next step?
Your first step is your skincare consultation. Here, one of our skincare professionals will review your health and skin evaluations. This is an excellent time to voice any concerns and what you are hoping to gain from your treatment. This may be a single approach or may include several different treatments at once. Call Aesthetic–Facial and Body Rejuvenation and get started on the journey to the best you that you can be.