We live in an era where you can wake up with long, thick, voluminous lashes without the application of a single swipe of mascara. Eyelash extensions have become all the rage in the age of Instagram, allowing the everyday person to have Kardashian-style lashes whenever they please.
Lash extensions are individually applied synthetic or natural hair fibres attached to the base of each eyelash with specially formulated glue. Each fake lash is applied one by one to your own eyelashes. Unlike temporary lashes, extensions last anywhere between three to four weeks if properly maintained. Eyelash extensions also come in different types and styles, making the beauty experience completely customisable. A client can choose between synthetic, silk and mink extensions and also can also work with a technician to choose a natural, glamour or cat-eye shape.
You may be thinking: Can lash extensions really make a difference? Are they really worth the money? The short answer is yes. But as amazing as extensions can be, there are a few things to know before taking the plunge.
Here's everything you need to know about eyelash extensions.
What are the most common types of eyelash extensions?
There are a few different types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink with sizes ranging from 6mm to 17mm. Once a client picks their desired extension and size, the 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.
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes takes about one to two hours, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks.
How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson, founder of Envious Lashes, told InStyle US there's not one set cost when it comes to extensions, especially because it varies from city to city. But, on average you're looking at anywhere from $150 to $550.
Getting your eyelashes done is a customisable experience, making the total cost dependant on different factors. "Do NOT go for the cheapest price," Richardson explains. "Take the time to do your homework. Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and how long they’ve been in business. Make sure to look at their before-and-after photos, read reviews, and ensure the studio looks clean and safe upon arrival."
How often do you need to get lash extensions redone?
Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is somewhat variable (just like hair growth), it's suggested to get your lashes touched up every three to four weeks to maintain a full look.
Are eyelash extensions safe?
Getting eyelash extensions is a safe and fairly straight forward treatment. However, there is the risk of allergic reactions to the glue used, so it's always suggested that clients complete a skin test beforehand. Also, cleaning your lashes regularly can prevent infection from occurring.
Can I do eyelash extensions myself?
It's important to know that eyelash extensions are not the same as temporary lashes. But, if you're completely set on getting the lash extension look without the hefty price tag, you can get pretty close. By purchasing a pack of individual lashes in varying lengths, you can get a similar false lash look and apply them yourself. Your typical lash glue will only last as long as your everyday makeup, so it's not going to last you for weeks on end like professionally done extensions.
If you're completely set on the long-wear nature of lash extensions, you can try using individual lash adhesive to apply the lashes. According to the blog False Eyelashes Site, this is the same stuff the professionals use, meaning it's semi-permanent and definitely not easy to remove, so there's not much room for mistakes. If you are going to go this route, just be sure to apply the falsies to your natural lashes and not your skin.
How do I upkeep my extensions?
The after-care varies depending on the glue used. Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using waterproof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.
Is it okay to also wear mascara?
If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that “pop” along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy, and can cause your lashes to come off prematurely.
Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged?
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. However, be careful not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.
How do you remove your eyelash extensions?
There are a few options when it comes to removing your eyelash extensions. If your lashes were professionally done and you're wanting to remove them permanently, it is best to return to your lash specialist who will be able to remove them without damaging your natural lashes. However, there are several ways to remove them at home.
1. Steam your lashes. Steaming your face will help to loosen the eyelash extensions. After steaming, wet a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe it over your lashes. You can begin to gently wipe away lashes with the oil until they begin to fall off.
2. Glue Remover. If it's not possible for you to get back to your salon to have your eyelash extensions professionally removed, you can purchase lash glue remover to gently wipe off your extensions.
Where can I get eyelash extensions done?
Eyelash extensions should be done at a professional salon. In recent years, eyelash extensions have become so popular that most cities have dedicated salons. When considering getting your lashes done, do the research in your city and find out which salon suits you best - don't be afraid to ask questions and get to know your technician. It's best if your lash technician is professionally certified and trained in an established method of application. Don't be embarrassed to ask about credentials, the best ones will be proud to show you their work! Also, take a look online to see if the salon has any reviews and before-and-after pictures.
Are eyelash extensions worth getting?
This is entirely up to you. Eyelash extensions are expensive and time-consuming, so if you're considering going down this road, it's important to fully commit.
Below, before and after pictures of eyelash extensions.