Eyelash extensions can be a gorgeous, though expensive, way to enhance your natural eyelashes without strip false lashes or mascara. You can have a surprisingly natural look with these individually applied lashes. If you can put up with the expense and the appointment time, this could literally mean waking up each morning looking fabulous.
What are Lash Extensions?
Lash extensions are individually applied natural or synthetic hair fibres attached to the base of each eyelash with surgical glue. Each lash extension is applied one by one (thus, a time-consuming, painstaking process) to your eyelashes.
If you take very good care of your eye area after having lash extensions applied and have touchups every two to three weeks, your lash extensions have a chance hold up pretty well.
Before You Book Your Lash Extension Appointment
If you decide to give lash extensions a try (and you want the results to be gorgeous), here are some guidelines that need to be followed to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible:
Research Your Lash Professional
Ensure that your lash technician has professional certification and has acquired training in an established method of application. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to inquire about credentials; the best ones will be proud to show you their work!
Pick Your Look Sensibly, The Same Way You Pick A Hairstyle
The best lash technicians will help you navigate through the wide variety of choices to land on something that actually compliments your look. There’s a fine line between fluttery, gorgeous lashes and spidery, visibly fake-looking lashes.
Understand The Potential Risks Even Though They’re Rare
The generally encountered complaints about lash extensions are hypersensitivity reactions to the glue, infections of the lids or eye itself from contact with contaminated tools, or formation of an infected follicle when you glue two lashes together, and from the glue itself clogging a hair follicle.
Understanding The Process
Application of a full set of new lashes can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Depending on the desired look, individual lashes, anywhere between 60–120, will be applied to each eye. Your lash technician should tap your lower lashes down towards your skin, and place hydrating eye pads on top. This is done to stop the glue from getting on the lower part of your eye as lashes are attached.