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Lash extensions have become hugely popular in recent years. From celebrities and stars to the women at your work, and ones you see on the street, ladies everywhere are obtaining beautifully full and long lashes with lash extensions. If you’re wondering whether you should try it out yourself, here’s everything you need to know before diving in and getting glued.

Eyelash Extensions Pros and Cons

Like any beauty treatment, eyelash extensions can have both pros and cons. Their biggest benefit, however, is the way they look. There’s no denying that eyelash extensions are a great way to get the lashes of your dreams without having to apply them every morning. They’ll also save you time on your makeup routine as you won’t need to curl your lashes and apply mascara. Some lashes do need maintenance, though, including regular brushing, special cleansing, and sometimes even blow-drying. Although they’re incredibly long-lasting, eyelash extensions also need regular touch-ups, which costs money. Despite being somewhat pricey, a lot of women find that they’re worth the investment and provide great results.

Are Extensions Bad for Your Natural Lashes?

It’s a common misconception that eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes. If the extensions are applied correctly and not pulled out, they will not damage your lashes or your eyes. Just make sure to visit a professional technician for the application. Although the glue used in the process is safe, be aware that some women can experience allergic reactions and tell your technician if you experience any stinging or pain. Once the eyelash extensions have been applied, they will take some time to grow out. If you decide you don’t want to keep up with the upkeep of your new lashes, you will experience an awkward growing out phase as your lashes naturally grow out with the extensions attached.

Getting eyelash extensions should always be a pain-free experience when done right. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your eyes, make sure to ask your lash technician about the glue before beginning. The glue shouldn’t contain anything to harm your eyes, such as formaldehyde.

Types of Eyelash Extensions

There are three types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk, and mink. Which type you receive will depend on your natural lashes and desired results, as well as your technician’s preference. Some technicians like to use a synthetic and silk combination while others stick to one or the other. These artificial lash types will create a uniform look with ease. Mink lashes, on the other hand, are 100% natural fiber lashes. This means that they’re lighter and appear more natural than artificial lashes, but their length and thickness cannot be controlled. Although they might sound appealing to you, be aware that mink lashes come at a higher cost.

Eyelash extensions can come in a range of sizes from around 6mm to 17mm. The length and thickness of the eyelash extensions you can receive depends on your natural lashes. A professional technician will be able to best advise you on the right lash extensions for you. As you want to ensure that your natural lashes remain healthy, it’s best to start with smaller and fewer extensions and add more later, particularly if you have naturally short and thin lashes.

How Long Does it Take to Apply?

In the process of eyelash extension application, each lash is individually adhered to a single natural lash using semi-permanent glue. For a full set of lashes, this process will generally take around two hours. During this time you will need to keep your eyes completely closed to ensure correct application and safety. If you’re wanting eyelash extensions on a budget, or are looking for a more subtle effect, consider getting a half set of lashes instead. A half set will still have a great thickening appearance on natural lashes without the drama of a full set. It will also take less time to apply and cost less.

How Often Do You Need to Get Them Re-Done?

One of the great things about eyelash extensions is that they’re long-lasting. A set of lashes can easily last year-round with the right maintenance. Since a single lash extension is attached to a single natural lash, the extensions should each last through the whole growth cycle of your natural lashes (generally six to eight weeks). To ensure they always look their best, however, it’s suggested that you get light touch-ups every three to four weeks. Also, make sure you don’t pick or pull at your extensions as this can ruin both them and your natural lashes.

Products to Avoid

Once you’ve received your eyelash extensions (including touch-ups), you’ll need to avoid water (showering, washing your face, and swimming) for the first 12 to 24 hours. Water can weaken the glue before it’s completely set and cause lashes to fall off. After that time, it’s fine to get your lash extensions wet, but be sure not to rub or pull at them. Avoid using oil-based products and makeup removers around the area as they can also affect your extensions. Likewise, using waterproof mascara is not recommended as it’s hard to remove and can lead to lashes falling out. Regular mascara, on the other hand, can be used when you have lash extensions but is best avoided if possible as it can shorten the life of the lashes.