Gone are the days when eyelash extensions were the preserve of the celebrities and models. Today, this cosmetic treatment has become a go-to alternative to high-end mascaras commonly used to make your natural lashes look longer and fuller.
If you are planning to get lash extensions but feeling confused, the information below will give you insights into important things (if not everything) you want to and need to know about the treatment.
Is it safe to get eyelash extensions?
As long as you are using services of a reputed and experienced professional or salon, there is not much to worry about. However, there are rare incidents where the glue used to stick the artificial lashes creates an allergic reaction causing redness, irritation or itching. To avoid this, it is important to be aware of the allergies you have and share it with your beautician before the service begins.
How long do extensions last?
When done properly by an experienced professional, your lash extensions should last up to 3-4 weeks before you need a refill appointment. If you want them to last longer, it is important to care for them properly by following the advisory instructions given by your beautician. These may include:
- Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes frequently or roughly
- Avoid wearing mascara and potentially damaging eye makeup
- Use only oil-free makeup and makeup remover while you have lash extensions on
- Keep them clean and brush them a couple of times a week with a spoolie.
- Consider getting refills every 2-4 weeks to maintain the best look.
What’s the application process like?
An eyelash extension procedure typically lasts for 90 to 120 minutes where you lash artist begins with stating all the benefits and risks of eyelash extensions and asking you about any heath conditions or allergies you may have that can make extensions unsuitable for you.
Before actually starting the procedure, the artist will ask you whether you want natural eyelash extensions or a rather dramatic kind look. This is the time you can share your photo inspirations with the professional, if any. Based on your desired look, the length and curl strength of the extensions will be decided. Then, you are going to lie down in a comfortable position with your lower lashes adhered to the skin with surgical tape. After cleansing the required area, the artificial lashes are attached one at a time using the specially-formulated lash glue. Your eyes will remain close during the procedure. Once the lashes have completely dried, your artist will remove under-eye pads and tape and brush through the lashes with a spoolie.
Tips to Prepare for Your Eyelash Extension Appointment
- Take a shower prior to your appointment so that you can avoid any unnecessary contact with water or steam within the first 48 hours. This will give your eyelash extensions and natural lashes enough time to set properly.
- Arrive with an impeccably clean eyelashes and face, meaning there should not be any make-up around the eye area, such as mascara, concealer, foundation, eye shadow or skin care products, which can get in the way of beautician’s job and make the procedure time-consuming.
- Remove your contacts to allow your eyes to be in the most comfortable and natural state during the process.
- Wear comfortable clothes as you are going to lay down for about on 1-2 hours during your eyelash extension service. Make sure you don’t need to constantly adjust your clothing and can make the most of your time.
- Bring photo inspirations of eyelash extensions that you like, if any. This will help your artist understand your expectations and the look you want to achieve so as to give you best results and experience.
- Have an awareness of any allergies you have before making an appointment and ask your beautician what type of extensions and glue they are using in the procedure to ensure complete safety.
In addition to these valuable insights, we will suggest you take the time to do your research. Explore your options and choose a certified and reputed salon or artist to get a seamless experience and best results.