Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibres that are bonded to the natural lashes to lengthen, thicken, and darken them. The purpose of lash extensions is to give the eyes the illusion of being made up without the use of mascara or any other type of eye makeup.
While fake eyelashes can accomplish this look as well, there are several significant distinctions between them and eyelash extensions.
False eyelashes are often available in strips that are applied across the natural lash line and removed at the end of the day. Individual eyelash extensions are attached one by one to each natural lash. Once applied, eyelash extensions should last around the same amount of time as natural eyelashes, which spans between six and two months.
The type of eyelash extension you receive is determined on your budget and the location of the lash facility. Eyelash extensions are available in a variety of materials, including
Synthetic fibres, such as imitation mink or nylon
Fibers are available in a variety of lengths, colours, and degrees of curl to accommodate the majority of client preferences.
To achieve the finest results, the lash technician should adhere the extensions with a medical-grade glue. Medical-grade glues are fragrance-free; they are resistant to perspiration, water, and oil; and they are gentle on the majority of skin types.
The advantages of eyelash extensions
If you’re unsure whether or not eyelash extensions are ideal for you, it’s prudent to assess the benefits and drawbacks of having them applied. Among the advantages of eyelash extensions are the following:
They are quite lovely – When applied properly, eyelash extensions will maintain the appearance of your lashes being long, full, and fluttery at all times. Unlike with strip lashes, with lash extensions, you can effortlessly wake up with princess lashes every morning.
You are not need to wait for them to work – you enter your lash extension appointment with sparse, weak lashes and go out looking like a celebrity. The immediate thrill of getting gorgeous lashes after only one appointment is undeniably attractive.
No more mascara – You read that correctly. No more smudging, flaking, running, or obsessing about which eye’s lashes usually appear better. Mascara is a thing of the past with lash extensions, which also saves you time applying and removing makeup from your lashes.
They are adaptable – Whether you’re a natural honey or a theatrical diva, you may tailor your lash extensions to achieve the look you prefer. Discuss your desired lash length, colour, and curl pattern with your technician, and they will customise the length, colour, and curl pattern to fit your desires.
They can last a long time – Over time, the extensions will fall out together with your natural lashes due to your eyelashes’ natural shed cycle. This normally begins a few weeks after the initial appointment and continues until the cycle is completed (four to ten weeks). Regular “fills,” on the other hand, will keep your lashes looking great permanently.
Painless application – If performed properly, there should be no discomfort associated with the application or wear of eyelash extensions.
They are waterproof – After the final extensions are done, you must keep your eyes and lashes dry for 48 hours. After that time period has elapsed, you should be allowed to swim, sweat, and shower with your extensions, however keeping them dry will prolong their life.
The procedure is (typically) safe — According to experts, including dermatologists and estheticians, having lash extensions put by a licenced professional is safe, however there are some dangers associated.
The disadvantages of eyelash extensions
While eyelash extensions have numerous benefits, including the potential to enhance or compliment your appearance, there are certain drawbacks to having extensions placed to your lashes.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that possible risks associated with eyelash extensions include infection or swelling of the eyelid, corneal infection, and temporary eyelash loss. Several of the most prevalent disadvantages include the following:
Risk of irritation and infection – If correct sanitation and application procedures are not followed, irritation or infection may develop. Before applying the extensions, most lash experts recommend performing a “patch test” with the glue. A patch test will determine if you are allergic to the adhesive they intend to employ. Occasionally, even in the absence of an allergy, the chemicals in the glue might irritate the eyelid. Because the area surrounding your eyes and eyelids is so sensitive, the weight of the adhesive can also irritate the eyelash hairs.
The financial commitment – As is the case with most things, the cost of eyelash extensions varies according to the location where they are applied. The usual initial visit costs between $100 and $500, while refills range between $50 and $150. If you adhere to the recommended refill schedule of every two to four weeks, you may expect to spend between $650 and $3,900 on refills. When this is considered, the price of mascara appears to be reasonable.
Maintenance — Due to the high cost of extensions, it is critical to maintain them between fills. Maintaining lash extensions, on the other hand, can be a pain. Sleeping, showering, and washing your face, among other normally simple things, must be done carefully to avoid disturbing your lash extensions, which can become a nuisance after a time.
Additional recommendations for preserving and caring for lash extensions may be found below in the section titled “Caring for lash extensions.”