This post is LONG overdue & something I receive questions about weekly. I first began getting lash extensions a little over three years ago. There weren’t lash studio’s around every corner & the concept was still really new. I tested out a few locations before I found the best fit, and have been there ever since!
Here comes my first piece of advice. NOT ALL LASH STUDIOS ARE THE SAME. They vary in technique, experience, the type of lash they use, the glue they use, etc. You will have to find what works best for you. Not to mention the experience you have during your appointment. For me- I need a relaxing, spa experience, with a darker room, warm bed/table, a blanket, soft music, plug in my airpods listening to my favorite podcast & the best 1 hr. of sleep I get all week. You may need something different- so i recommend checking a few places out!
I get A LOT of questions about my lashes. And by a lot I mean at least 1-2 every day. Do they hurt? Can you feel them? How long do they last? Do they rip your natural lashes out? My friend had them and she ended up with an eye infection, the list goes on & on. So I figured the easiest way to answer all of the questions and give you a point of reference, would be to put it all in a FAQ post! So here it goes-
“How long do they last”- Every person will be different, I get them “filled” every two weeks- some people go three weeks or even a month in between, it’s all based on how quickly you lose them and what you’re budget can afford! Remember that you will shed lash extensions at the same rate you shed your natural lashes. Some people shed them faster than others, and certain day to day tasks will make you lose more. Things like, excessive swimming, sweating (you all know your girls sweats profusely in a workout), hot steamy showers, steam rooms, tossing and turning at night, etc.) I do sleep with a silk sleep mask that I’ll like here & I have noticed I don’t lose nearly the amount of lashes I used to.
“If I take them off, will all of my natural lashes be gone?”- MYTH. This is the biggest conception about lash extensions, and I’m about to show you why. Now- I don’t know who you, or your best friends, cousin’s sister’s lash lady is so I can’t speak for everyone, but my esthetician takes GREAT care of my lashes and uses products and techniques that all my natural lashes to stay full and healthy. If you’re natural lashes are damaged or look fragile I encourage you to ask ALL of the questions. What glue are you using? How heavy are the lashes? Are you putting one lash to one lash or clusters? There are a lot of techniques that can cause different outcomes. I recently had all of my lash extensions taken off- and put back on, here are the photos of my eyelashes after 3 years of extensions- and what it looks like if the person you use is doing it CORRECTLY.
If I’m being completely honest, I actually believe my natural lashes are more full now then before I had extensions.
“Can I wear mascara & other eye makeup?”- My biggest piece of advice for you to remember is that the less oil you have near your lashes, the longer they will last. They do make oil free mascara, oil free foundation, etc. and if you’re someone who HAS to wear eye makeup don’t let it stop you, I just choose not to, and it’s glorious. Besides my nightly facial cleansing, I don’t have wash cloths covered in black eye makeup or use makeup wipes like they’re going out of style. It actually saves me about 10 minutes in the morning getting ready by not having to do my eye makeup. IF you plan to wear eye makeup with your lashes I recommend you use something oil free, and gentle to remove it.
“Do they hurt or irritate your eyes”- Once again this is a case by case basis. I have relatively sensitive everything, eyes, skin, scalp you name it. The application process is completely painless, and honestly since I sleep through the entire appointment I don’t even feel it happening. I do feel it when they are being cleaned or removed if one is grown out too far and just hasn’t detached, but at no point is it painful. Remember this is my experience and my experience only! When you first get them you may feel the weight- just like anything that is new, but they are not heavy, nor do they irritate my eyes. The glue and lash that Beauty Brands uses was created by an optometrist, specifically to not be irritating or heavy. "
“How much does it cost”- I am only speaking from my experience once again, but the initial full set is the most expensive because it takes the most time and uses the most lashes. This can range anywhere from $100-$200 initially. After that depending on how far you go between fills the price can vary. Normally the longer you wait the more expensive, as you need more time and more lashes to make them full again!
“How do you clean them in between fills?”- I use my gentle face cleanser every single morning and night and that does the trick for me, remember it needs to be oil free! Once a week I do a thorough cleaning using a baby shampoo and clean makeup brush. This gets the excess foundation off the tops of my extensions. I recommend buying a large set of spoolies (or dry mascara brushes) to keep in your purse, car, cosmetic drawer, because brushing them and out (on the top from the lash line out) will keep them straight and last longer.
Remember that lash extensions come in all types of lengths, material, width, curl etc. I gradually developed a dramatic look, but you do not have to have as much length or fullness. I wouldn’t call my look “natural”, it’s dramatic and I love it.
I hope this helps! As always if you have any questions always feel free to comment on this post or reach out!