Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
How many times have you seen a selfie posted captioned "I woke up like this" and your first thoughts are "Of course you did, right after you put that mascara on." Reality is, she probably did wake up like that and her secret are those amazing full eyelash extensions.
I was one of the biggest skeptics about getting eyelash extensions. Wondering would they ruin my lashes? Would they feel heavy? Would I get eye infections? Would they even look good on me? Would I get attached to them and feel like I needed them on?
If you're anything like me, you've most likely had similar questions or more. Let's dive into the process from looking for an eyelash artist, the overall process to eyelash aftercare.
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes in order to make your lash fringe look longer, fuller and darker. Individual lash extensions are applied to each of your individual natural eyelashes, one extension per natural eyelash, using a small amount of safe, odorless surgical adhesive. There’s no contact with the skin.
How do I choose a reputable Eyelash Artist ?
Almost every state requires anyone who performs eyelash extension services to be a licensed professional, usually a cosmetologist or esthetician. Some states have even developed licensure programs for lash technicians. Research how long they have been working as a technician, look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash-certified.
What can I expect during my lash appointment ?
Your lash artist will have you lie down and ensure that you are in a comfortable position, they will cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oil, and germs. It’s helpful to your artist if you arrive makeup-free to your appointment.
Your eyes are closed for the duration of the process, which typically takes 2 - 2.5 hours, depending on the number of extensions your lash artist is applying. Your eyelash artist should apply an extension to each individual lash.
To prep for the actual application, your lash artist will apply an under-eye tape to your lower lash line to keep your lower lashes out of the way and provide a contrasted background to work against.
Using tweezers, your lash artist will dip the end of each extension in the lash glue and then apply it to your individual lash. The application isn’t painful, most clients fall asleep during the process. The lash glue dries very quickly, but your lash artist will likely have you sit for approximately 10 minutes once all of the extensions have been applied. Some lash artists like to point a small handheld fan at your extensions to speed up the drying time. During this stage, your eyes are still closed.
Your lash artist will likely brush through the lashes with a spool, then you’ll be asked to slowly blink your eyes open. And just like that you'll open your eyes to darker fuller lashes!
What happens if my eyes get irritated ?
Your eyes are shut while the lash extensions are being applied, glue should never get into your eyes. To avoid any irritation, the first safety precaution you can take is to be sure that the glue is safe for your eyes and doesn't contain anything that can harm them, like formaldehyde.
Additionally, it's important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you're allergic to the glue, you're still going to be allergic -- this doesn't mean the glue is inherently harmful.
Will getting eyelash extensions make my real lashes fall out? Even if you see the best lash artist and execute your aftercare perfectly, it’s still very possible that you’ll see damage to your natural lashes. As your natural lashes grow, your extensions get farther and farther from the root of the lash. This makes it harder for your natural lashes to support the weight of the extension, which can cause breakage. Rubbing or itching your lashes in your sleep can cause damage to natural lashes.
Your lashes are at all different stages of growth at any given time, which means that some lashes are in a period of growth, while others are getting ready to shed. On average we lose 2-3 upper eyelashes per day, that's averaging 42 total eyelashes over the course of two weeks.
When you schedule your 2-3 week appointment for your eyelash fill, expect your lash artist to remove the lashes that have grown out (towards the tip of the lash). Remember this is very normal . The artist will also fill in lashes that were removed or shed since your last appointment. These appointments typically take 1-1.5 hours.
How do I care for my lashes after they've been applied?
Avoid steam or water directly on your lashes within the first 48 hours, this includes crying or sweating.
Avoid rubbing your eyes, oil-based products or heavy creams, plus avoid picking at them and excessive touching of your lashes.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, be forewarned that your eyelashes are likely being pressed into your pillowcase, which will expedite fallout and breakage.
Try to avoid using mascara. There's no need to wear mascara on your extensions, if you want your bottom lashes to look darker , apply a light amount of mascara to the bottom ones only.
Do not curl the eyelash extensions, they already have a curl to them, any unnecessary pulling, tugging etc will only damage them and create fallout.
Other tips :
Make sure that if you talk during your appt, you don’t move your head or eyebrows.
There are different styles of lash extensions: Cat Eye, longest extensions at the very end. China doll, longest extensions in the middle, shorter on both corners.
One-on-one lashes are classic, and for more volume there are clusters of three, five, or seven which create a fan look.
Lash extensions come in different thicknesses, the thinnest are wispy looking, the thickest are dense and black.
For the most natural of looks, ask your lash artist to vary the lengths at every point.
Make sure your extensionist goes back and forth from one eye to another frequently. If they put all the extensions on one eye before putting any on the other they are not allowing time for the extension glue to dry and all the lashes will be stuck together, which does cause lash damage.
For the record, my personal experience, I love them! The greatest appeal in my opinion is how low maintenance they are. But everyone's opinion is different , based on their experience with the technician or personal preferences.
There's no solid or definitive truth that eyelash extensions will in fact damage your natural lashes. However, it's up to you to take every precaution to keep your lashes in tip-top shape to avoid any mishaps.
To schedule your appointment with a Licensed Certified Lash Artist visit, www.melissawoodaesthetics.com