Eyelash extensions. You’ve heard of them, you might personally know someone who has done it, or perhaps, you are contemplating on getting one. And if that’s the case, that’s totally understandable. Eyelash extensions, while aren’t necessarily the latest fashion fad, are still very popular down to this day. They aren’t just for celebrities or social media influencers – these days, anyone can get them.
But are you still hesitant about getting the procedure? Do you have unanswered questions about eyelash extensions you are too afraid to ask? Well, worry not! We’re about to go through some FAQs about eyelash extensions so that you can decide whether it’s for you or not.
Let’s start with the basics.
What are eyelash extensions?
The name itself is pretty self-explanatory. But, no – unlike hair, you can’t use actual human eyelashes for eyelash extensions. Some of the material options available on the market right now include mink, “faux mink”, silk, and synthetic. They are all different when it comes to thickness (synthetic lashes, for example, are thicker), length, and curl.
Most technicians would allow you to custom your eyelash extensions – whether you want it thick and bold or light and natural, long or short, and extremely curly or slightly curly. You can try the ones from Lash Pro NZ and get the look you’re dreaming of.
What’s the process like?
Well, in general, when you come in for eyelash extensions, you’d need to go through a safety briefing by the technician. They would usually explain some of the risks, ask if you have any health conditions, and ask you to remove your contacts (so bring a pair of spare glasses from home!).
You can customize your eyelash extensions.
It’s best to do some research on different kinds of lengths, materials, curl types, and thicknesses, so you can be prepared once the lash artist asks you what kind of extensions you want.
Once you’re set with it, the lash artist would start cleansing your eye area. Keep in mind this step includes removing any kind of eye makeup you might have come in with. So, pro tip: Come to your appointment without any makeup; your lash artist would thank you.
After your eyes are fully cleansed, your lash artist would start applying the under-eye gel needed to keep your lower lashes out of the way. The gel, which is usually white, also helps the lash artist to work on your lashes since it provides a contrasting background.
The eye gels would then be taped using medical-grade tape. The lash artist would then start applying the extensions – yes, one at a time, 80-140 per eye – using tweezers. They would dip the end of the extension in the semi-permanent lash glue, then glue it to your natural lash.
The application is usually pain-free as long as you keep your eyes closed, and although it might take some time depending on how complex you want your extensions to be, it’s best to just trust the process.
Once the lash artist is done applying the extensions, you might have to wait for around 10 minutes until the glue is completely dried. Then, they might remove the gels and tape, ask you to blink slowly, and brush the lashes.
What are some of the things you need to be aware of?
- You can still wash your face. You can’t get them wet within the first 48 hours, though. If you want them to last, avoid showering using a showerhead or cleanse them with an oil-based product. You should not rub your eyes as well.
- You might be at risk of infection or irritation. Know your allergies before you make an appointment. Talk to your lash technician. Ask for a patch test. Be informed about what kind of materials the lash artist provides, and make sure you do your research on the lash technician before booking an appointment. Find a lash technician with good recommendations, maybe from your friends or family.
- You should not use an eyelash curler. Over time, your lash extensions might lose their curl. If so, you might want to invest in a heated eyelash curler.
- They don’t last forever. Eyelash extensions usually last a good month before you need to book another appointment with your lash artist. Within weeks, you’ll notice some lashes fall out, while others don’t. This does not mean your lash artist is doing a poor job. Uneven fallout is completely normal, as each individual lashes are growing differently.
- They work and usually have no permanent side effect. If you’re tired of curling your lashes and applying mascara every morning, then this might be for you. Eyelash extensions are also generally safe and won’t ruin your natural lashes. This means that even if you get it once then decide it’s not for you, you can just wait until all the extensions fall off or go to a lash artist to get yours removed. They would usually use a professional eyelash extension glue remover, and the process won’t hurt.
- They’re costly. Hard pill to swallow, but eyelash extensions aren’t cheap. It’s not hard to see why. Professional lash artists have to spend a lot of money to get proper training, buying and sanitizing equipment, as well as other business fees. You’re also paying for their skills and time. The cost may vary depending on where you live, but most of the time, they are quite a monetary (and time) investment.
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