This post goes out to every girl who has fallen victim to bad eyelash extensions or heard horror stories from eyelash hell. As someone who has been wearing eyelash extensions for almost two years, I have a few tips on how to ensure that your new lashes are pain-free and gorgeous… or should I say, easy on the eyes.
I’ll say upfront that beauty comes at a price; eyelash extensions take a good amount time and money, plus they require upkeep. Applying a full-set will take about two hours and cost anywhere from $150 to $300 (depending on what part of the country you live in). Once you have a full-set you will need to get your eyelashes filled every 3 to 4 weeks.
So how does this whole lash extension thing work, anyway? For a full-set, the stylist will glue an extension onto each individual lash (you can see why the process is so costly and time consuming). If applied correctly, the extensions will not hurt or permanently damage your eyes or lashes.
Given the sensitive nature of eyelashes it is important to care for your new extensions like the luscious little lashes they are. Here are a few things to keep in mind while getting the extensions and how to care for them afterward:
1. Make sure that your eyelash tech is trained and has a couple years experience. I’ve had techs attach an extension to multiple eyelashes and this is a major DON’T in the eyelash extension world. Not only can it be painful, but it can permanently damage your eyelashes.
2. Eyelash extensions are great for many reasons, but perhaps the best of them all is that mascara is no longer a daily must-have. If you do wish to apply mascara, only do so at the tip of the extensions and with a light hand. Trust me—you don’t need much to make those lashes pop.
3. Always take your eye makeup off properly to prevent damage to your eyelash pore.
4. Avoid waterproof mascara because it can be difficult to take off and may remove the extensions.
5. Don’t rub or tug your eyelashes if you want your natural lashes to stay healthy. When applied properly, an extension shouldn’t bother you, but this isn’t a perfect world, so if an extension is bothering you, make a pit stop at your salon.
5. Don’t let your new lashes near water for the first 24 hours, as the water will weaken the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out prematurely.(it really depends on the type of glue the eyelash tech is using)
With that said, I love my eyelash extensions! Being that I don’t wear eye makeup daily, they look awesome and work great for me. The most important thing I can share with you is what to expect when you decide to take your eyelash extensions off. The transition back to au-natural lashes is not fun. In my experience, my eyelashes were short stubs, and it took a good three months to for my lashes to grow back to their regular length. While they were growing out, I got pretty crafty at putting fake eyelash strips on.
No need to be afraid of the eyelash extension rumors that float around the interweb, just be smart about where to get your extensions done, how much they cost and be prepared to give them the proper TLC they need. If you see someone with great looking lashes ask them where they were done. I found my girl from a referral, and would suggest looking up reviews from Yelp if your a 1st timer!