My most requested service is eyelash extensions and I can see why, who wouldn’t want to wake up with beautiful, fluffy lashes everyday? With lashes being so popular I get asked a lot of questions about them; how long do they last? Are they safe? Can I wear eye makeup? Will they wreck my lashes? So I thought I’d put a post together to tell you all “the truth about eyelash extensions” and do a little myth busting on the topic.
Different Types of Lash Extensions
As you may or may not be aware there are many different shapes, sizes and styles of eyelash extensions. This is one of the many reasons that it is so important to go to a professional for the treatment. Someone who is trained in lash application will be able to pick out the length, thickness and curl that will suit you without causing any damage to your natural lashes. The number one most asked question I get asked lashes is also about the different types of lashes: What is the difference between Russian Volume eyelash extensions and Classic eyelash extensions? If you get a set of classic lashes the technician will be applying 1 lash extension to 1 of your natural lashes. They will add length and a little volume to your own lashes. Classic lashes are best for those who want some curl and length to their lashes but still to look fairly natural. Russian lashes or volume lashes do what they say on the tin – they add volume. This is because to each of your natural lashes 2 – 8 lash extensions are applied in a fanned out shape. This gives a beautiful feathered effect and makes the lashes look very full. A word of warning! It is imperative that you go to someone who is specifically trained in Russian or Volume lashes if you want this treatment. As I mentioned, multiple extensions are being added to each individual lash and so normal classic extensions are too heavy for this, special volume lashes must be used to protect your natural lashes. There’s also a bit of a knack to getting the lashes to fan out properly so do your research and make sure you’re going to someone who knows what they’re doing!
How long does the treatment take?
You’ve made the appointment but we’re all busy people – you want to know what time you’re going to be out of there! Well annoyingly the time it takes varies depending on whether you’re going for a classic set, volume, or a half set. Also your own lashes play a part in this answer too – if you’ve got a whole load of your own lashes and big beautiful eyes (lucky you!) then it’s obviously going to take a little longer. Usually the answer is around an hour and a half, if you’re going for volume lashes though it can take as long as three hours!! That’s a mighty long time to be lying with your eyes closed. My advice is to take a little nap – I don’t know about you but that’s the kind of multi tasking I can get on board with!
How long will the eyelash extensions last?
Lying down and doing nothing for three hours sounds dreamy but for most of us this isn’t something our schedule is going to allow us to do on the daily – so we need to know these lashes are going to last. Each of your natural lashes has a life of about 6 to 8 weeks before they fall out and are replaced by new ones. So in theory that’s how long your extensions should last. Sadly not all of your lashes grow at the same rate so they’re all at different stages of the cycle when the extension is applied. That means you’ll start to lose lashes after around two weeks and I would recommend maintenance after around 3 or 4.
Can you wear mascara?
Hopefully you won’t need to because you’ll have a set of fabulous lashes if all goes well! However I do get asked when the eyelashes start to fall out after 3 or 4 weeks if you can wear mascara. My answer is always to avoid waterproof mascara because you’ll have to scrub at your lashes to get it off, or use an oil based eye makeup remover which will break down the lash glue. I like to use a tubing mascara, such as MAC’s extended play, just on the ends of the lashes. This will give you a little extra oomph too your lashes without causing any clumps at the roots and it will come off easily with warm water.
Will it harm my natural lashes?
The million dollar question! Opinion is so divided on this topic but the simple answer is, if you’re using a trained professional eyelash extensions absolutely should not cause any damage to your own natural lashes. There are several reasons that many people experience problems with eyelash extensions, and sadly most of them are due to incompetence from the therapist. One problem occurs is that inexperienced therapists sometimes do not isolate a single lash on which to apply the extension, so the extension will get stuck to two or three of your natural lashes. The reason that this is bad is because each lash will grow at a slightly different rate and this will cause the lashes to tug on each other as they grow and cause some of the lashes to fall out prematurely. Another common problem is with volume lashes. If extensions that are too heavy are used to do volume lashes it can damage the natural lash, causing it to fall out and in some cases it can damage the follicle. In the majority of cases though people think they’ve lost lashes but in reality they’ve just become used to seeing themselves with the extensions on and so once they’re off their own lashes seem small and thin in comparison. So the moral of the story is to pick your therapist wisely and you shouldn’t experience a problem!
I hope that helped if any of you are considering eyelash extensions. If you have any questions then by all means pop them in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to answer them. And if you’d like to book an appointment then you can book here – give them a go, you’ll soon become addicted!!