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Things To Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions.
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Who knew eyelash extensions would be possible? First, it was the ombré eyebrows and now the eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular for the past few years but they’ve been around for over a decade. No woman ever said “My lashes are too thick, too long, or too full.” We all #heart beautiful long, voluptuous and glamorous lashes.
As for me wearing faux eyelashes, honestly, I was never a big fan just because I could never get it on right. I literally tried dozens of times applying them using different brands of eyelashes but it just didn’t look right. It looked so fake on my face. Perhaps, I was re-applying incorrectly, not sure. So, my only option was using 3 to 5 different mascaras in order to obtain the thicker and fuller lashes. After having eyelash extensions, I don’t have to worry about any of the problems mentioned above. I just have to make sure I maintain my lash extensions well.
At first, I was so paranoid of getting eyelash extensions. I was afraid I would loose what I already had and that the glue would get in my eyes leaving me blind. Ok, the last part may be extreme but I was super scared! I did schedule an appointment with a celebrity eyelash technician, Michelle, who’s clients include Jennifer Lopes and Celine Dion but I got the cold feet and ended up canceling the appointment. Two weeks later, I regretted of not getting them. Last week, before Thanksgiving, I was brave enough to take the risk and get those lash extensions finally done. I did it and I’m so glad I did!
Applying the full set of lashes takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. The first time is always the longest but it does require a year-round maintenance with every three to four weeks touch-ups. The eyelash technician mentioned that I have big eyes and full eyelashes therefore my first time took me about four hours including the consultation which was about 30 minutes. That’s when I decided what type of eyelashes to get and the length. Because this was my first time applying eye lash extensions I choose to stick with synthetic lashes. The reason being is that it’s cost effective, popular and it’s more soft and natural looking than silk or mink. I opted for the cat eye lashes. It’s how my natural lashes grow. The cat eye lashes consist of having elongations at the corners. As for length I went from the inner eyes 7mm, then 9mm in the middle and lastly 14 mm in the corners. Once lash extensions are selected, then lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that does not irritate the eye or damage the natural lash.
My eyes were closed the entire time of the procedure. No matter how bad an allergic reaction may get, I was told the chances of getting glue in the eyes and going blind are very, very low. And if that does happen, it’ll just either irritate the eye or get it infected. Bottom line, the worse case scenario is that I’ll need to go to the eye doctor to get specific eye drops for treatment.
I did not experience any burning or any discomfort during the procedure that caused my eyes to tear or cry. If this does happen to you then I strongly suggest you speak up and let the technician know to change the lash glue. For me getting lash extensions was a completely pain-free experience. I can’t believe I waited so long to give eyelash extensions a shot. Boy, am I glad I got it done!
My before-and-after photos (below). I went for a natural cat eye lash look and tried to avoid the extremely drastic, Kim Kardashian-esque lashes. However, if long lashes are of interested then, it’s best to advise the technision prior to starting applying the lashes.
Here’s what you need to know about eyelash extensions.
- Types of lash extensions – There are three types synthetic, silk and mink.
Synthetic lash extensions – It is made from an acrylic material and are the firmest of them all. In appearance, they are a little shinier than the mink lashes. Additionally, they hold their curl extremely well due to their firmness.
Silk lash extensions – It’s more flexible than the synthetic lashes. It’s much softer and tends to hold on slightly longer than the synthetic ones.
Mink lash extensions – Whether it’s faux mink or mink lashes, it’s light and it feels like your own lashes. Mink lashes last the longest but it’s much pricier than the rest and it takes longer time to apply. It also gives more volume than synthetic lashes.
- Eyelash size – It ranges from 5mm to 17mm length, creating a vast difference in looks.
- The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. Honestly, they do not if applied correctly and properly. Eyelash extensions are pretty much safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes.
- Lash extensions and oil don’t mix. You should avoid shampoos, conditioners, creams or makeup with oil, as the oil destroys the adhesive bond.
- Remove eye makeup gently with an oil-free remover.
- Make sure to detangle after showers by lightly brushing your lashes.
- Always brush your lashes in the morning and remember eye lash extensions require high maintenance.
Yes, I’ll admit having eyelash extensions looks great and it’s very popular nowadays, especially among celebrities! However, it does get expensive with the prohibitive cost. Eyelash refills are an on going expense and I usually like comparing it to having a main/pedi expense.
Let me know if you have gotten lash extensions before by commenting below. And if you already do have them please share your experience would so love my readers to get the two cents from you.
Hugs and kisses,