As with any beauty treatment, there are pros and cons to consider before deciding if it’s right for you. With lash extensions, the positives and negatives are almost equally weighted, though you’ll rarely hear the downside in a salon that provides this service. Here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision:
They look fabulous. More dramatic than mascara, yet far more natural than a strip of (or individual) false eyelashes, lash extensions are simply stunning when done right.
They’re instantly gratifying. Lash extensions deliver the gorgeous lashes you want with one appointment, and you won’t have to bother applying and removing mascara every day, or worry about mascara flaking, running, or smearing.
They can save you time. Some people say that because lash extensions look just as good if you aren’t wearing makeup, you can forego this time-consuming step in the morning. We’re not convinced about this as you still have to find the time twice a month to get the extensions filled in, so it more or less evens out.
They can last for months and beyond.
Typically, lash extensions stay looking good for 2 to 3 weeks, but beyond that, all of them will gradually fall out on their own. However, with regular fills, your overall lash extensions will last indefinitely.
They’re expensive. Expect to spend anywhere from 150 to 500 (yes, that much) for your first full set of lashes. From there, refills (typically needed every 2–3 weeks) cost 70–150 per visit. If you do the math, that’s anywhere from 1000 to 2500 per year spent on lashes.
They’re high maintenance. Your lashes will need extra attention to look good between fills because preserving these expensive additions to your eyes should be the goal.
Do not use oil-based cleansers and makeup removers as they cause the glue to breakdown.
Avoid using mascara over them because removing it can snag the extensions, causing them to fall out prematurely.
You must be careful when washing your eye area as any movement of your lashes will increase the lash falling out or getting twisted around.
Do not let water from the shower fall directly on your face as the pressure will make the lash extension loosen and shed faster.
Do not rub your face with a towel or press your face too hard into the pillow when you sleep.
Use a dry mascara wand (your lash technician will give you one) at least once a day in the morning or several times during the day, as needed, to comb through your lashes and gently straighten them out, especially if they get wet. Careful! If you tug to much they’ll loosen and fall out. The lash extensions london easily get twisted around from sleeping positions and after washing your face and they can start looking really odd.
Be careful how you apply makeup. Avoid oil-based skin care products around the eyes as well as greasy eye pencils and concealers as they will breakdown the eyelash glue. Also avoid applying heavy eyeliner as removing it tugs at the lashes, resulting in more fallout. Use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to take off makeup at your lash line.
The more dramatic the lash, meaning thicker, the more likely it is to get twisted and fall out earlier than you want.