All You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions
Lash extensions have become hugely popular in recent years. From celebrities and stars to the women at your work, and ones you see on the street, ladies everywhere are obtaining beautifully full and long lashes with lash extensions. If you’re wondering whether you should try it out yourself, here’s everything you need to know before diving in and getting glued.
Eyelash Extensions Pros and Cons
Like any beauty treatment, eyelash extensions can have both pros and cons. Their biggest benefit, however, is the way they look. There’s no denying that eyelash extensions are a great way to get the lashes of your dreams without having to apply them every morning. They’ll also save you time on your makeup routine as you won’t need to curl your lashes and apply mascara. Some lashes do need maintenance, though, including regular brushing, special cleansing, and sometimes even blow-drying. Although they’re incredibly long-lasting, eyelash extensions also need regular touch-ups, which cost money. Despite being somewhat pricey, a lot of women find that they’re worth the investment and provide great results.
Are Extensions Bad for Your Natural Lashes?
It’s a common misconception that eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes. If the extensions are applied correctly and not pulled out, they will not damage your lashes or your eyes. Just make sure to visit a professional technician for the application. Although the glue used in the process is safe; be aware that some women can experience allergic reactions and tell your technician if you experience any stinging or pain. Once the eyelash extensions have been applied, they will take some time to grow out. If you decide you don’t want to keep up with the upkeep of your new lashes, you will experience an awkward growing out phase as your lashes naturally grow out with the extensions attached.
Getting eyelash extensions should always be a pain-free experience when done right. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your eyes, make sure to ask your lash technician about the glue before beginning. The glue shouldn’t contain anything to harm your eyes, such as formaldehyde.
Types of Eyelash Extensions
There are three types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk, and mink. Which type you receive will depend on your natural lashes and desired results, as well as your technician’s preference. Some technicians like to use a synthetic and silk combination while others stick to one or the other. These artificial lash types will create a uniform look with ease. Mink lashes, on the other hand, are 100% natural fiber lashes. This means that they’re lighter and appear more natural than artificial lashes, but their length and thickness cannot be controlled. Although they might sound appealing to you, be aware that mink lashes come at a higher cost.
Eyelash extensions can come in a range of sizes from around 6mm to 17mm. The length and thickness of the eyelash extensions you can receive depends on your natural lashes. A professional technician will be able to best advise you on the right lash extensions for you. As you want to ensure that your natural lashes remain healthy, it’s best to start with smaller and fewer extensions and add more later; particularly if you have naturally short and thin lashes.
How Long Does it Take to Apply?
In the process of eyelash extension application, each lash is individually adhered to a single natural lash using semi-permanent glue. For a full set of lashes, this process will generally take around two hours. During this time you will need to keep your eyes completely closed to ensure correct application and safety. If you want eyelash extensions on a budget, or are looking for a more subtle effect, consider getting a half set of lashes instead. A half set will still have a great thickening appearance on natural lashes without the drama of a full set. It will also take less time to apply and cost less.
How Often Do You Need to Get Them Re-Done?
One of the great things about eyelash extensions is that they’re long-lasting. A set of lashes can easily last year-round with the right maintenance. Since a single lash extension is attached to a single natural lash, the extensions should each last through the whole growth cycle of your natural lashes (generally six to eight weeks). To ensure they always look their best, however, it’s suggested that you get light touch-ups every three to four weeks. Also, make sure you don’t pick or pull at your extensions as this can ruin both them and your natural lashes.
Products to Avoid
Once you’ve received your eyelash extensions (including touch-ups); you’ll need to avoid water (showering, washing your face and swimming) for the first 12 to 24 hours. Water can weaken the glue before it’s completely set and cause lashes to fall off. After that time, it’s fine to get your lash extensions wet, but be sure not to rub or pull at them. Avoid using oil-based products and makeup removers around the area as they can also affect your extensions. Likewise, using waterproof mascara not recommended as it’s hard to remove and can lead to lashes falling out. Regular mascara, on the other hand, can be used when you have lash extensions but are best avoided if possible as it can shorten the life of the lashes.
Find a Salon
When looking to get eyelash extensions, it’s essential to find a professional technician. Only someone with the proper training can guarantee the right products will be used. And that the lashes will be applied without damaging your natural lashes or causing harm to your eyes.
A Lash Lift And Tint
One of the simplest ways to change your look is with a lash lift and tint. After the quick, painless, and affordable treatment, your eyes will look instantly brighter and more open, making you seem more youthful and awake. Plus, your lashes will get that sexy curl and flutter you’ve always wanted! Think of it like permanently curling your lashes and applying mascara that never wears off.
What is a Lash Lift and Tint?
A lash lift-and-tint treatment involves two separate processes, both designed to give you beautiful, fluttery eyelashes for weeks. The lash lift mimics the effect of an eyelash curler. It makes your lashes bend upwards, leaving them looking longer, and your eyes more open and bright. Meanwhile, a lash tint is similar to a brow tint – or applying several coats of mascara. It makes your eyelashes look darker, thicker, and fuller. It’s particularly striking on those with naturally blonde or red lashes.
A Lash Lift vs. Lash Extensions
Lash extensions are one of the most popular ways to fake a fuller flutter. During the treatment, the beautician will attach synthetic eyelashes to your natural ones using special non-irritant glue. Typically, 80 to 140 lashes applied per eye. Depending on how the lashes applied, the shape of your eye can be changed, and your existing lashes will be longer and fuller. The results usually last four to six weeks; While lash extensions can give a more dramatic look, a lash lift requires far less maintenance and lasts several weeks longer, and the treatment itself is quicker and cheaper. Extensions can also make your natural lashes more brittle, while a lift has no adverse effects.
Lash Lift Before and After
The natural shape, direction, and thickness of your eyelashes will determine how dramatic your results are. If your lashes lie almost flat – or even point downwards – you’ll see a big difference after having a lifting treatment. Most women notice their eyes look more open, brighter, younger, and more ‘awake’ following their lash lift. Additionally, the eyelashes themselves will appear far longer, fuller, and more defined.
How Does Lash Lift Work and How Long Does it Last?
A lash lift is a chemical treatment. First, your beautician will discuss the final result you want – for example, extra curved lashes, a cat’s eye effect, or a defined, fanned-outlook. Next, they will cleanse and separate your top and bottom lashes. The top lashes will be attached to a silicone patch on your eyelid and combed into place. Then, an eye-safe perming solution applied. The process works similarly to a hair perm – the chemical solution breaks down the bonds in the eyelash, allowing it to change shape. After a few minutes, a setting solution will be applied to seal in the curl. The results last around six to eight weeks, depending on your lash growth cycle.
Lash Lift Aftercare
Avoid water, steam, eye make-up, and make-up remover for the first 24 hours after your lift. As with any perming treatment, exposure to moisture and humidity straight afterward can ruin the result. After 24 hours have elapsed, you can treat your lashes as usual – there’s no need to change your make-up routine or stop cleansing your face. Some professionals advise using a conditioning treatment like coconut oil to keep your lashes healthy and nourished post-lift.
How Much is Lash Lift?
The price of a lash lift can vary. Some factors include where you live and the experience level of your beautician. In general, lash lifts cost between $60 and $200, with most salons charging $100 to $150 for a combined lash lift and tint. For women on a budget, many salons offer promotional discounts and introductory deals for new customers, so it’s worth searching online for different options.
Professional Lash Lift Kits
To save time and money, you can perm your own lashes at home using professional-grade kits. The kits come with enough perming and setting solution for multiple applications and are easy to use. The process is the same as in a salon. First, you apply a silicone pad to your eyelid, then use lash glue to attach your eyelashes to the pad. Once lashes glued down, apply the perming solution and setting solution according to the instructions. You’ll love the results!