What Are Eyelash Extension? And How Do You Take Care of Them?

Let's face it, who doesn't want eyelashes that are a bit thicker, more fluttery, and luscious? Thankfully, these days there are a number of options to enhance your fringe, whether that's with a good mascara or a pair of false eyelashes. Don't want to have to deal with mascara or falsies every day? There is another, longer-lived option: eyelash extensions.

 

Like long-wearing fake eyelashes, extensions are designed to lift and enhance the shape of your eye—think of it as contouring but for your peepers. And, as a bonus, once you have them applied, you really don't need to worry about slapping on eyeliner or eye makeup, as the work of getting a dramatic lash line has already been done for you.

Eyelash extensions are a semi permanent cosmetic application used to enhance the length, curl, fullness, and thickness of natural eyelashes. The extensions may be made from several materials including mink, silk, synthetic, human or horsehair. The main method of applying the extensions is by using a cyanoacrylate adhesive to apply the extension(s) to the natural lash 1-2 mm from the base of the natural eyelash, never making contact with the eyelid.

Because an average person might have anywhere from one hundred to two hundred lashes per eye, it can take from one to three hours to attach a full, new set. The amount of lashes one can put on varies upon the existing natural eyelashes. Because we lose natural eyelashes every day the eyelash extensions usually last between 3–4 weeks and during that time period, natural lashes start falling out or thinning. Maintaining a full set of eyelashes requires a refill every 2–3 weeks or a partial set every four weeks. If done correctly, there should be no damage to the natural lashes. It is important to find a trained professional to preserve lash growth and reduce the chance of eye complications.

Do lash extensions damage your natural lashes?

Simply put: no, extensions alone will not cause damage to your natural lashes. Lashes can be damaged as a result of improper extension application or by the stylist not selecting the correct type of extension based on the conditions of the natural lash. There are a few main factors that contribute to this problem, For example, applying lashes that are too heavy for the natural lash will ultimately end in premature shedding. Rubbing your eyes will also result in immediate breakage.

Can you wear mascara them?

We advise that you don't wear mascara while you have extensions, even though you technically can. Keep in mind that it is hard to remove and might cause the bonding on the extensions to break. Another key piece of advice, if you need to wear mascara on your lower lashes, avoid waterproof mascaras.

Is there anything you shouldn't do when you have extensions?

Never ever use a mechanical eyelash curler with your extensions, it can break them. If you must use one, we suggests using a heated eyelash curler to gently lift them instead. Other things to avoid: oil based products and heavy creams around the eyesAnd if you can, try to avoid touching your extensions.

Can you sleep on your face with lash extensions?

We recommend  sleeping on your back, and if you can, switch to a silk or satin pillowcase because cotton can cause snagging.

Can you swim with extensions?

If you're going to hop in the pool or the ocean, brush out the excess water after your swim with a disposable mascara brush. You can wear goggles if you want, but, you are also safe to skip them.

Will getting lashes wet in the shower damage your extensions?

Only for the first 24-48 hours after getting them. You need to avoid steam and wetting your lashes during that period. Of course, you can wash your face and take a shower, but take caution that no water touches your lashes.

How should you remove your makeup with lash extensions on?

Just like you would with your blowouts, be gentle with your extensions, Be careful not to tug or pull at them while washing your face.

Can you use regular eye makeup remover?

If you're removing your eye makeup with cleanser, it should be oil-free. That goes for makeup remover too.

Is it safe to trim your lash extensions?

Even if you want a more natural look, I advise that you don't cut the extensions after they have been applied. It will result in a blunt, unnatural appearance. Choose the correct lengths at the time of consultation.

Any ingredients in beauty products that should be avoided while wearing lash extensions?

As you might have picked up on already, oil-based products are to be avoided at all costs when it comes to maintaining your extensions. If you ignore this rule, your lash extensions' life span will be shortened to 3 to 5 days. If you're making this kind of investment in your lashes in the first place, you surely don't want them to go to waste by ruining them with an oil-based product. 

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