So you’re thinking about getting lash extensions, the gel manicure of the lash world! Lash extensions can be a fun and fabulous way to create doe-like eyes without messy mascara that will last you from your wedding to your honeymoon. However, there are a few things you need to know before you book that lash appointment.
You’re Going to Need to Do Some Research
Before deciding that you must get those luxe looking lashes you saw from whatever salon promoted on your Instagram feed, you need to check the business out. Scour their Yelp and Google reviews, look at their tagged photos, read their Facebook comments, and any comments left on their website. You want to make sure that they’re offering the kind of lash style you want, their customers are happy with the results, and if there’s a specific stylist you should request. It’s important that you do everything you can to ensure that the salon is clean, hires professionals, and has a history of happy customers.
There Are Three Types of Lash Extensions
At your salon you should be able to choose from synthetic, silk, and mink lashes. Synthetic lash hairs are typically the cheapest, followed by silk, and then mink, which are most expensive. At a mid-range salon a set of synthetic lashes should cost you around $120 to $150. Synthetic and silk lashes tend to look more natural, while mink give a more dramatic and glam effect. It’s a great idea to go into the salon with a photo of some of the tech’s previous work to show them what you want. If you want something a little different, the tech should be able to help you come up with your perfect style.
Lash Extensions Are Applied One By One To Your Natural Lashes With Tweezers and Glue
You may be able to feel the tweezers moving against your lashes as your technician separates each natural lash and applies a single extension to each one, but other than that you won’t feel much — which takes us to our next point….
It Doesn’t Hurt
If the application process is hurting you in any way (like if your eyes are stinging from the glue), tell your technician immediately. Lash extensions are painless to put on and can even be so boring or relaxing that people tend to fall asleep during the process.
The First Time Can Take Up to Two Hours to Apply
Your first set of lashes can take up to two hours of time to apply. Remember your lash tech is gluing individual extensions to your individual lash hairs. Whether you realize it or not, that’s a lot of lashes! It’s perfectly normal to fall asleep or grow restless during the application. Hopefully you’ve chosen a salon that plays music or at least has friendly techs!
With Care, They Can Last 2-3 Weeks
Your lash tech will most likely give you a clean mascara wand, frequently referred to as a “spooly.” You should use this twice a day to curl and arrange your lashes so that they lay correctly. Your tech will advise you not to get your lashes wet for 24 hours after having them applied, and the longer you can maintain keeping them dry, the better. Get used to washing your face with a washcloth!
How They Fall Out
Your extensions will fall out as you shed your natural lashes. You lose up to five lashes every day, so you may notice that many extensions falling out as well. They will be more noticeable as they are longer, thicker, and can be darker than your natural lashes, though. The recommended time to get them filled in with new lashes is 2-3 weeks.
You Should Not Wear Mascara With Them
Do not coat your lash extensions in mascara in an attempt to make them even more fabulous! Not only is it poor hygiene because the mascara can’t be removed without removing the extensions, it will also trap your extensions and prevent them from shedding which can cause a host of health problems. Yuck.
You Won’t Go Lash Bald, As Long As You Get A Good Tech
See why research is so important? Making sure you get a great tech with happy customers from a reputable lash place is paramount in making sure you won’t go “lash bald.” Lash bald is what it sounds like — having bald spots in your lash line. This can happen if a tech glues more than one extension to a single lash.
If You Absolutely Hate Them, They’re Removable With JoJoba Oil
If you’ve just had your first set of lashes applied and you hate them, one: don’t pull them out! You will pull out your own natural lashes and create bald spots. Two: they are removable with any type of oil, but for the sake of your skin, use jojoba oil as it moisturizes your natural lashes and will protect the hair follicle from any damage.