It seems like the majority of my younger female patients are getting lash extensions – have you seen them, they look pretty freaking phenomenal! Most of the A-list celebs are wearing them too. The beauty of lash extensions is that they look so natural that you look like you were blessed by a fairy godmother with long, full lashes. Nope. Not even close. I’m happy to say, this girl was able to buy the lashes nature didn’t gift me with, and I LOOK FAB!
What You Should Know:
There are a few thing you should consider before getting lash extensions because these are a bit high maintenance .
Expect To Shell Out Some CashDepending on where you live and the quality of lashes you get (Mink, Silk, or Synthetic), it can cost a pretty penny… anywhere from $60 to $300 to get your initial set, and just like with acrylic nails, you have to get fills every 2-4 weeks.
It Takes TimeThe initial set is going to take some time to place, so don’t make any appointments adjacent to your lash appointment. Give your lash technician at least 2 hours (give or take 30 minutes). This is a precision procedure – they are bonding lashes to your individual lashes – this takes time and cannot be rushed.
You Cannot Wear MascaraThere are some mascara’s that are safe to use with your lash extensions but ask your tech before using any mascara – she might have some for you to buy that are safe for your lashes and wont break down the bonding agent. You’ve spent a lot of time and money on them, so don’t use anything that isn’t approved by your lash technician.
Don't Curl Your Lashes With A Lash CurlerYou can damage or pull your lashes out. Which brings me to the next point…
Do NOT Pull Your Lashes Out!If you want them removed go back to your tech, she has special solvents that will take them off in a flash. Pulling them can damage your follicles and can affect the growth of new lashes. Also, do NOT rub your eyes. I had a hard time with this one. It doesn’t matter what kind of mascara I use they all seem to irritate my eyes, causing me to rub and pick at my lashes often. Plus, I’m a picker by nature, so that also doesn’t help. I had to really concentrate on not touching my lashes! However, I did notice that I picked at them less because I didn’t have mascara irritating me.
Avoid Oil Based Makeup RemoversYou really have to be careful of what makeup remover you use – you want to avoid anything with an oil base because it will breakdown the adhesive that they use to bond the lashes.
Don't Be Alarmed When Your Lashes Fall OutYour extensions are not causing your lashes to fall out, so don’t freak out. The natural growth cycle of lashes is 4 to 8 weeks. As your natural lashes fall out, so will your lash extension. This is why you need to get fills every 2 to 4 weeks to keep you and your lashes looking like a Disney Princess!
Stomach Sleepers BewareAgain, this is an area where I had a bit of trouble. I am a stomach sleeper so I had to alter the way I slept so that I wouldn’t damage my beautiful lashes.
Yes, You Can Get Them WetAlthough it’s recommended that you don’t get them wet the first 24 to 48 hour, you can shower, wash your face, albeit gently and with water based face wash, or swim with lash extensions. Bonus: you don’t get raccoon eyes from mascara when in the pool!
Prepare Yourself!Ok, so you look fabulous; people are going to stare and make comments or even ask questions about your lashes. They’ll ooohh and aaaahhhh at them and you’re going to get use to all the attention; you will feel like you’re somehow obligated to the world to look this fabulous all the time! No, not really, but it is addicting. You’ll get use to how you look with the extensions on and feel like you look strange or somehow naked without them.