The FINAL installment of my LASH Series is here!!! Lash Extensions are the new thing, so I figured I would save the best for last. Before I go on I wanted to let you all know a few things; I do not have eyelash extensions, though I have in the past. I don’t want to speak on my experience because it wasn’t the greatest and I would like to remain unbiased. Also, I do not currently do eyelash extensions. The majority of the information came from my friend Danielle (@daniellenoszka), remember her? She does extensions and has been trained and certified, if you have any in-depth questions feel free to message her!
What are Eyelash Extensions?
Lash extensions are made individual synthetic eyelashes curled to look like a natural eyelash. They are individually applied to your natural lashes using a special glue. In short, they’re semi permanent falsies that make you wake up looking fabulous.
What are the risks?
There are no real risks in getting eyelash extensions. However, self-application or getting them done by someone who has not received the proper training, could result in them not lasting as long or worse injury to your eye.
Should anyone not get lash extensions?
Yes and no… If you’re an eye rubber, these probably aren’t for you. With that said, allergies can cause eye itching… you can try a hypoallergenic glue but that doesn’t work for everyone. Also, if you have naturally very long lashes- there are alternatives that are less harsh on your lashes like lash tinting. Those with sensitive skin or take certain medications can also find these a tad uncomfortable. You kind of don’t really know until you try…
How often will I need them refilled?
Refills are recommended every 2-4 weeks depending on how rough you are with them. Make sure the lashes are super clean before your fill, this will help to make sure they adhere properly and that the technician doesn’t have to take time to clean them for you.
What determines how long they last?
How you sleep:
If you sleep on your stomach or cover your eyes will detached your extensions. Also, if you sleep on your side, you’ll probably see that more will fall out on that side.
What products you use:
Stay away from anything that has an oil base. It can weaken the bond and cause the lashes to slide off.
If you wear mascara:
mascara may reduce the life of your lashes. If you still feel the need to use mascara with the extensions, make sure it’s water based.
Before: How to prepare
1. Remove all eye makeup with an oil-free cleanser prior to your appointment. Eye makeup will interfere with the adhesive bond and shorten the lifespan of your lash extensions, so it’s very important that your lashes are super clean.
2 If you wear contact lens take them out
3 Dress comfortably and make sure you sure the bathroom before they get started.
Helpful* I wouldn’t drink a large coffee or green tea before getting your first set on, especially if you have a small bladder.
During: What to expect
The entire procedure generally takes between 90-150 minutes for a full set and as little as 45-90 minutes for refills.
It won’t hurt, but you won’t be able to open your eyes at all. *If you do feel any burning let the technician know!
Aftercare – What do I do now?
The first 24-48 hours are crucial, the length of time before washing and wearing makeup can be different based on the adhesive that is being used. Talk to you technician about the specifics, but here are some basic rules of thumb…
Keep them dry. Avoid showering, washing your face with hot water or wetting your lashes…
Avoid swimming or exposure to steam, heat or saunas… Swimming is fine once they’re set!
Avoid oil-based creams and lotions on, or around, the eyes.
Do not apply eye or lash makeup.
AFTER THE FIRST DAY OR TWO
Make sure you clean your lashes several times a day
Brush your lashes to keep them debris free
I hope you find this helpful in your quest for the perfect LASHES, if you’ve missed installments 1,2 &3 I will link them for you! Please comment and subscribe below…
***All Before and After pictures are the property and work of @daniellenoszka