Eyes

Everything you need to know before getting eyelash extensions

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No matter your beauty style—or lack thereof—every girl loves a little extra lash. It is also safe to say that no matter your beauty regimen, mascara can be a downright drag. Instead of running the risk of having clumpy lashes, raccoon eyes, or sticky eyelids after a hot day, many women are turning to eyelash extensions. After you see how easy and low maintenance they are, you might turn to them too! Here’s everything you need to know.

The Experience

Most beauty salons that offer eyelash extensions have worked to make this a more spa-like experience than a dreaded beauty upkeep ritual (ahem, bikini waxes). You get to lay back with your eyes closed as the technician gently places one delicate lash at a time.

The process takes about an hour and a half to two hours, which in my book stands more as a luxurious napping period more so than a beauty treatment. Many salons even offer massages during your visit to help provide you with a relaxing experience!

The Eyelash Types

There are several different materials to choose from, though the differences between the looks are very slight so don’t feel pressured to break the bank on the Real Mink version.

You can choose from Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink and even Real Human Hair. Each type comes with different price points, with Faux Mink being the most affordable option.

Customization

You get to choose the “look” you want with your new lashes. You can opt for partial lashes to give you a flirty and low-key look or a full application to give you the Katy Perry dramatic look. The lengths range from 9 to 15mm so that you can be sure to get exactly the length you want. You can even customize the amount of curl the lashes have, going from no-curl all the way to the dramatic Kim K curl that everyone knows and loves.

How Long The Eyelashes Last

Most lashes last for a little over a month—which is a gloriously long time to not worry about apply and removing mascara! Salons recommend a touch up every 2-3 weeks but with proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the lashes for up to six weeks. If you are looking to stretch your dollar then avoid contact with water in the lash area for the first 12-24 hours.

Makeup and Eyelashes

A little eyeliner can go a long way, believe me, I get it! But liquid eyeliner can damage the adhesive on your lashes, making them more likely to fall out prematurely. If you must wear eyeliner then go for it, just be sure to avoid the lash line completely and to very carefully remove the liner without damaging the lashes.

As far as mascara goes: don’t do it. Mascara can damage the adhesive, tangle the extensions, and run the risk of ripping out the lashes during removal. Just don’t go there if you want to keep your lashes as long as possible.

Will They Damage Your Natural Lashes?

When applied properly, eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes. If you let them run their course, naturally, then they will fall off at the end of your own hair follicle cycle. This means, however, that you must resist the temptation to pull them out! Pulling or picking at the lashes can definitely damage your natural eyelashes. However, that is easily avoided when you leave them alone.

Products to Avoid

Liquid liner and oil-based products are a big no-no for eyelash extensions. They can break down the adhesive and mangle the extensions into a messy disaster. With your new lashes it is best to let them shine, untouched, for the full 4-6 weeks!

Easy-peasy right? Be sure to find a salon that has proper training and hygiene and then ask them about their options. I promise that this will be the easiest change to your beauty regimen to date!

Jessica Walrack is a gal from California who loves to write. She has been freelance writing for 4 years while traveling the world. Jessica specializes in travel, fashion. health, and all things beauty-related.