Eyelash extensions aren't the same as strip lashes which involve the gluing of a strip of lashes to your lash line.
Lash extensions are fine individual or fans of synthetic eyelashes that are attached to your natural lashes.
Simply put, eyelash extensions give you full, long, dark lashes every day without the need to apply mascara.
If you are like most of my clients you have probably contemplated getting lash extensions many times before. Maybe you aren't sure if it is for you as you don't know enough about what is involved.
Continue reading to be in the know.
What Are The Options?
The options are endless, each client receives a treatment that is tailor made to them, based on the look they would like.
There are many different looks which are based upon fullness and style of the lashes applied.
The next options to consider are length and curl. Curl is simply the shape of the lash extensions and length is how long the extensions are.
To avoid damage to your natural lashes you are advised not to use a lash extension that is more than 3mm longer than your own natural lashes.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
Typically eyelash extensions last between 3-4 weeks from initial application.
The reason that eyelash extensions have a lifespan is because you naturally loose natural lashes through lash shed.
What Is Lash Shed?
Lash shed is the term given to the natural loss of your own natural lashes. You loose between 2-5 lashes everyday regardless of whether you have lash extensions applied.
How Can You Extend The Life Of Your Lashes?
The key to maximising how long your lash extensions last is aftercare. Your lash technician will give you aftercare advice to ensure you know how to look after your lashes, such as:
Gently brush your lashes every morning with a lash brush
Do not allow oil based products to touch your lashes e.g. makeup remover or other beauty products
How Often Do You Need To Have Your Lashes Re Done?
This depends on how well you look after your lashes and how many lashes you naturally loose through lash shed.
Typically ladies will have a full set then an infill appointment 3-4 weeks later. Most ladies then opt for a fresh new set after one infill but some are able to have one more infill before needing a fresh set.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Before you decide to get eyelash extensions there are a few other things you should consider.
When it comes to lash extensions, like most things, you get what you pay for. Saving in the short term can result in poorly applied and not so great looking lashes. It could even lead to allergic reactions, infected lashes or damage to your natural lashes.
Use A Qualified And Insured Lash Technician
Make sure that whoever you do use is professionally qualified and has a certificate to ensure they are qualified to conduct your treatment.
You should also ensure that your chosen lash technician is insured, it is extremely unlikely that this insurance policy would be called upon but it is better to have piece of mind.
Make Sure Quality Products Are Being Used
The quality of the adhesive used is probably the most important of all the products used on your eyes as cheap lash adhesive where the quality can be questionable can result in:
poor lash retention
damage to your natural lashes
Seen Someone Else's Lashes You Like
Just because someone else has a certain type of lash doesn't mean your own natural lashes can support the same look.
The type of lashes you can have all depends on the length and strength of your natural lashes. Opting for lashes that are too thick or too long can actually cause damage in the long term.