But to what lengths are you ready to go for a sexy flutter like Adele or Katy Perry have? Actress Kristin Chenoweth had an allergic reaction to lash glue that held formaldehyde, and she ended up with “eyelid lips.” Ouch!
Feeling a bit worried about are eyelash extensions worth it trying this beauty treatment? We asked lash expert Courtney Akai to expose the myths of lash extensions.
What are the most common types of lash extensions?
There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Lengths of the lashes range from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye or damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.
How long does it take to apply for lash extensions?
Applying a full set of rods takes about two hours, and can be controlled year-round with touch-ups that are recommended for every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes is a practical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, used as filler to thicken real lashes or used outward from the eye for a specific look.
Everyone has many lashes and depending on the state of your own real lashes, lash specialists can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.) For example, if your actual lashes are on the smaller, thinner side, you won’t be able to get a crazy, exciting Kim Kardashian look, because it won’t last. It’s better to start out with a half set (50 to 60 percent of your top lashes) if you aren’t sure or it’s your original time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!
What are the pros and cons of wearing mink lashes like Beyoncé‘s?
People want all different kinds of looks — some people go for drama, and some opt for something more natural. The benefits of mink lash extensions are that they are more feathery looking and lighter in general, so they put less pressure on your lashes. Mink lashes also come at a higher cost.
How often do you need to get lash extensions redone?
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.
Do lash extensions fall out over a certain period of time?
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.
Can you shower or swim right away? Are there products you should absolutely avoid?
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.
Is it OK to also wear mascara?
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.
Will your natural lashes get harmed or hurt?
The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied rightly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your real lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the branches because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to every single lash, they won’t fall out.
What questions should you ask when searching for a popular salon or professional?
Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the around area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is clearly a must. Professionals use known results and have done well developed to apply the lashes without breaking your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.
Just like you would with a hairstylist, study whom you want to go to and how long they have been working as a professional. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and constantly make sure they are licensed and lash-certified.