There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to getting a service like eyelash extensions, and a whole lot of information on the internet which (true to form) is conflicting or untrue. I have teamed up with licensed esthetician Debra Golden of Aesthically Speaking Lash and Skin Studio (My mom!) to give you the best information straight from the source. I also had the service done myself, so you can see the entire experience beginning to end in the video below. I learned a lot and feel that I can help you understand lash extensions, the facts and the fiction.
What are Eyelash Extensions?
Different from false eyelash strips, lash extensions are applied to each individual lash by trained lash artist using a semi-permanent and specially formulated glue. The extensions remain attached and will only fall out with your natural lash as it ends it’s growth cycle. Lashes come in synthetic, silk, and mink variety. Debra recommends mink lashes for their lighter and more natural look.
Where should I get them?
Just like you would do research for any other service, you should definitely do your research when looking for a lash artist. Your technician should be working in a clean environment and be able to answer all of your questions professionally and thoroughly. Read reviews and look at before and after photos before choosing a professional. You should never go to a technician who uses cluster lashes. Anyone who puts three or four lashes on one of your natural lashes is NOT a professional. Another red flag is a technician who charges significantly less than other professionals in your area. I guarantee that 25 dollar lash extensions are not going to end well for anyone who gets them.
Will extensions ruin my natural lashes?
Provided you are going to a reputable esthetician, no. The person who does your extensions will select a lash length appropriate for your natural lashes. Putting an extension that is too long or heavy for your natural lash will damage them and irritate your eyes. You should be prepared to not rub or pull your lashes, as doing so will cause damage to the natural lash. If you typically wear a lot of makeup that requires a lot of rubbing or oil based removers to wash off every night- eyelash extensions are not for you.
What should I expect?
An initial application will take about two hours, and you should prepare to return every 3 weeks or so for upkeep. At no point in time should you be in any pain during your service. If you’re experiencing any burning or pain, you should tell your technician immediately so they can use different glue. Be vocal about what you want, and remember to manage your expectations. For example- if you really want long ass supermodel lashes, but your natural lash is really short- you’re going to be disappointed. Your esthetician knows best!
My Eyelash Extension Experience
I hope this is helpful to those of you who are considering taking the plunge. If you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments below and I will get back to you. If you’d rather go straight to the source, Debra has graciously agreed to answer all of your questions on her facebook page linked above!