Kind of a dramatic title, I know. BUT I feel like there’s always so much nonsense floating around out there, or advice that’s as clear as mud OR someone giving advice when they have only had lash extensions done once. So, I decided to write my own post!
Truth About Lash Extensions
Now, I am in no way a lash professional. I do not do lashes, nor have I gone to any form of cosmetology school. So please, use your own judgment and speak to a professional lash artist before having any service done.
While I may not be an expert in the profession, I do consider myself to be a connoisseur of wearing lash extensions. All of this knowledge I am about to drop has been accumulated over the course of a year and a half of wearing lash extensions.
First thing you need to know:
You NEED to choose your lash artist carefully, the rest of the things I will say in this post will mean nothing if your lash artist isn’t any good. You need to look for someone who is certified in lashes; I would suggest also choosing someone with a few years of experience. Applying lashes truly is a craft, so that extra experience really does make a difference. Check Yelp for reviews and pictures from other clients. The integrity of your natural lashes should be the number one concern of your lash artist.
Understand the amount of time they put in to learning to do extensions properly. That is probably going to be reflected in their prices; don’t chance your lashes by just going with whoever gives the best deal.
Second thing you need to know:
Lash extensions will NOT harm your natural lashes. I don’t know if you caught earlier when I said that I have been getting lash extensions for 1 1/2 year…straight, no breaks. If you have a good lash artist your natural lashes should actually be healthier than before; with extensions, you are not curling them or putting layers of mascara on, so they get to breathe.
The way extension work is, your lash artist will apply an individual extension near the base of one of your natural lashes. This is why a good artist is important. Some, who do not have proper training, do not isolate your lashes and create a clumpy mess. Your extensions will shed with your natural lash cycle, so you lose your lashes and extensions naturally. You don’t lose lashes any faster with extensions on. However, you may notice the shedding more than normal because the extension draws your attention more.
Now, there are lots of options when it comes to lash extensions; various lengths, curl, volume vs. natural ect. Your lash artist can advise you on what will work best for your lashes and the look you are trying to achieve. Just for reference, in the picture, I am wearing a 15mm D Curl (I like my lashes to look long), and I just do the natural style because I have a lot of natural lashes.
Third thing you need to know is:
Lash extensions are a commitment. Since your extensions will shed with your lashes, you WILL need to get a fill every 2-3 weeks. Now, the amount of time saved and the confidence lash extensions give me makes this WELL worth it. But you should put some thought into whether you want, or can, deal with the upkeep. I don’t suggest getting lash extension for a single event. Stick with a good set of falsies if you just want lashes for one night.
But if you are willing to deal with the upkeep, lash extensions are 100% worth it! If you are a bride, these are a great option since you have so many events leading up to the big day that you would like to look bright-eyed and bushy-lashed for.
Also, I have learned to plan for my lash fills strategically. This is what I mean; you can not get your lashes wet for 24-48hrs after you have a fill or get them done for the first time. SO, if the day before I have a fill I know I’m on day 4 of dry shampoo, I make sure and shower BEFORE I go since I have to allow for that window. See what I am saying?
I have found that I always answer the same few questions so here’s my FAQ section.
- No, you can not feel that the lash extensions are on. Your lashes feel the same as before. (they may hit your sunglasses though)
- Yes, you can work out, shower, swim, etc. However just know that these activities may cause some extension to fall off at a faster rate. (So, while they shed with your natural lashes sometimes the adhesive does not hold, and you just experience the extension separating from the lash)
- No, these DO NOT look the same as a falsie. Extensions are more dramatic than your natural lashes, but they do have a different look than a lash strip. Keep that in mind when you are asking your artist for a lash look.
- No, the process of getting extensions does not hurt. Sometimes the adhesive fumes can sting for a moment.
- You DO need to brush out and clean your lashes regularly.
- You CAN NOT use oil products on your eyes. It breaks the bond.
- No, you do not still wear mascara with the extensions.
If you are in the Central California region, Flutter Lash Bar is where I go to get mine done.
One last tip, I felt my lash retention got better the longer I had the service done, and I found HUGE lash retention results after I switched to a silk pillow case. I can’t sleep on my back (like is recommended for lash extensions) so I purchased a silk pillow case. Now, I had read about these on fashion and beauty blogs but didn’t really want to pay $70+ for a pillow case. Enter Amazon! Here is the pillow case I ordered, and I have seen changes to my lashes and condition of my hair! Seriously get this pillow, even if you don’t get the lash extensions, it’s magic!
I hope this was helpful!