Everything You Need to Know about Eyelash Extensions
What would life be like when you wake up and never have to worry about putting on eyes makeup? Putting eyelash extension is one of the best choices for modern women.
What is eyelash extension?
Eyelash extension is clinically proven to pack on length and density to your lashes (and eyebrows) in a month or less. No kidding, these products are a proven solution to longer stronger eyelashes. For most of us, gluing on fake eyelashes is a standard lash solution. Forget that! This product can make your lashes so thick, long, and beautiful that you won't even have to use mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, or any make up for that matter.
Where did eyelash extensions come from?
In 2001, America was first introduced to the modern-day eyelash extension. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez were some of the first celebrities to openly declare their use and love of eyelash extensions, and increasing popularity among the general public quickly followed. The appeal of eyelash extensions to the public was that they preserve an individual’s natural appearance while adding Hollywood-grade glamor.
Common types of lash extension:
There are three types of lash extensions: Mink and Faux Mink Sable and Faux Sable and Synthetic. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.
The main difference between the types of lashes comes down to their firmness, are they real fur, faux fur or synthetic. Synthetic or Silk lashes are the heaviest, great for a really full thick look, often rated at 0.20mm in thickness. Mink or Faux Mink are usually thinner and softer than Silk rated at 0.15mm-0.2mm in thickness, but can also come thicker as well. The thinnest and softest is Sable of rated at 0.10mm-0.15mm.
Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. The Siberian Mink are the better. Faux Mink is preferable because they are more affordable, come very close to holding all the same characteristics except if you get them wet, they won’t lose their curl which is a huge advantage over real Mink.
Sable and Faux Sable are made from very thin natural hair. Thickness only range from 10-15 mm. This makes it the thinnest of all the three types of lashes. It works best for women with very fine natural eyelashes because it complements the entire look. The thinest of the lashes rated at 0.10mm. They have all the same quality as the Mink lashes except they’re even lighter and softer.
Synthetic Silk being the more popular of the two for the lighter feel. Not as light as Mink or Sable, but they are more comfortable than Acrylic and can be used for everyday use.
Frequently asked questions:
|Q||How long does it take to apply lash extensions?|
|A||Applying a full set of lashes takes about two hours, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look. Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.)|
|Q||Can you go blind?|
|A||No. Your technician should be trained properly to apply the adhesive and lashes in a way that is completely harmless. Your eyes are closed the entire time of the procedure. No matter how bad an allergic reaction may get, you will never go blind. The worst case scenario is that you need to go to the eye doctor to get specific eye drops to treat an allergic reaction.|
|Q||What happens when you cry?|
|A||If you experience any burning or discomfort during the procedure, causing your eyes to tear or making you cry, this is a huge red flag and you should certainly speak up. You may need to have your technician change the glue. Getting lash extensions should be a completely pain-free experience.|
|Q||How often do you need to get lash extensions redone?|
|A||Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), I suggest light lash maintenance every three to four weeks to maintain a full look.|
|Q||Do lash extensions fall out over a certain period of time?|
|A||Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. We recommend a touch-up every three to four weeks.|
When an inexperienced professional applies lashes, he or she often applies one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps or the lash to break and fall out. In addition, your lashes might fall out if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself, which is a big no-no. But if you avoid those two problems, your lashes should stay intact.
|Q||Can you shower or swim right away? Are there products you should absolutely avoid?|
|A||Keep water away from your lashes for the first 12 to 24 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. The after-care varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Using water-proof mascara on the extensions is not recommended for any type of glue, as it is hard to remove and can actually pull off the lashes prematurely when trying to take it off.|
|Q||Is it okay to also wear mascara?|
|A||If you are planning to wear mascara in addition to the extensions, only use it on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand. This will be enough to give your eyes that “pop” along with the extensions. Using mascara at the base of the extensions will get very clumpy.|
|Q||Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged?|
|A||The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, they won’t fall out.|
|Q||What questions should you ask when searching for a reputable salon or professional?|
|A|| Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.|
Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and 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.