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13 October 2015

Eyelash Extensions 101

Many women lead busy lives and simply don’t have the time to put on fake eyelashes each day. Many don’t have the patience for the process either. Because of this, eyelash extensions have gained popularity over the past couple years.

Different Types of Lash Extensions

The common types of eyelash extensions include:

  • Silk
  • Synthetic
  • Mink

Different sizes can range from 6mm to 17mm. Once you select your type of lashes, the specialist will apply them individually to your lids with the use of semi-permanent, specially formulated glue. This glue shouldn’t damage your natural lashes and won’t irritate your eyes. But, based on your sensitivity to different glue, there is a slight risk of allergic reaction.

Process

Attaching a full set can take anywhere from one to two hours and on average a full set has anywhere from 30 to 80 lashes on each eye. How many lashes you get will determine how long it will take to apply them. Usually, lash extensions last or a few weeks before you begin noticing them beginning to thin or fall out which will require you to have them refilled to maintain your full set of lashes.

You Get What you Pay For

Always work with an experienced eyelash extension professional. Chances are, if you go to an inexperienced lash stylist you could end up with clumpy, uneven lashes. They could even damage your natural eyelashes or tear your real lashes which can deaden the root and prevent regrowth.

Post Lash Extension

It takes 24 hours for the glue to cure. During this time, you want to avoid any water or heat exposure to your lashes. In some cases, depending on the type of extensions you get or the type of glue used, you might be asked to wait 48 hours.

Avoid makeup removers, moisturizers, or oil-based products since they can break the adhesive down. Don’t use waterproof mascara. It can be more difficult to remove which can result in pulling your extensions off. If you do wear mascara, apply it to the tips of your lashes and not the lash line. You should also, if possible, try to sleep on your back, since lying on your side could lead to rubbing your lashes on your pillow and ending up with premature lash loss.

Since the extensions are glued to your lashes permanently, they’ll begin to shed with your eyelashes natural cycle of growth. This is usually around six to eight weeks. Each person’s natural growth cycle is different and depending on your lifestyle you might shed yours quicker or slower than others.

Lash extensions is a sensitive process, therefore it’s important that you find a specialist who is certified to do the procedure. You wouldn’t typically go to a hairstylist without researching them and seeing their work. Lash extension specialists should be no different. Check out their past work, read reviews and ensure they are lash-certified and licensed.

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