Everything you wanted to know about eyelash extensions
Eyelash extensions are one of the most popular beauty procedures but are they safe to apply? Lashes can make or break a makeup look and even if you don’t wear makeup often, extensions stand out naturally as well.
This is one of the most intense procedures you could get done to your eyes and although they look amazing it’s important to have all the facts down before making a decision.
So we decided to consult lash tech Pocahontas Grace and debunk some myths about lash extensions and get some of the most common questions answered.
Can I wear mascara?
I recommend that my clients do not wear mascara, but if needed be sure to use a water-based mascara, not waterproof, and to apply only to the tips of the lashes. This is because any products containing oil may affect the glue, causing the lashes to shed prematurely and/or clump together.
Can I get them wet?
Lash Extensions can get wet after the first 24 hours, which will give the bonding agent in the glue a sufficient amount of time to cure.
So should I wash my lash extensions?
Contrary to belief, you should 100 percent wash your lashes. After the first 48 hours, you should wash your eyelash extensions daily. Keeping your lashes clean and free of bacteria will actually help them last longer.
Will eyelash extensions cause damage to my natural eyelashes?
This is not true and they can actually help your lashes grow. Eyelash extensions do not cause your lashes to fall out, but instead grow with the natural life cycle of them. As long as your lash technician is using proper lengths and weights and they are professionally removed then you will not have any damage.
How often will I need a fill-in?
Refills are recommended every 2-4 weeks. Eyelash extensions shed with the natural life cycle of the lashes, so this timeframe will vary from person to person. Other factors, such as the individual’s lifestyle and after-care maintenance, will also have an effect on this. If you don’t get them refilled you can look a little bizarre with a few long lashes hanging, often said to resemble spider legs lol.
Do they cause irritation?
If applied and cared for properly at home (like washing them daily, brushing through them, etc.) eyelash extensions will not cause any irritation. In very few cases though a client may have an allergic reaction that prevents them from receiving the service.
Should I take breaks to allow my lashes to breath?
Although it is perfectly ok to take a break from eyelash extensions, you do not need to let them “breath.” Eyelash extensions grow with the natural life cycle, so new lashes are being refilled as old ones grow out and shed. If isolated and applied properly this will not effect the growth of the new lashes.
Does the procedure take long or is it quick?
They can be time consuming, as a full set requires you to be still for about 2 hours and an hour to an hour and a half for refills.