It’s no secret, we’re obsessed with fake lashes, they’re our trademark product after all. And now, because of their magical, transformative powers, people are opting for a more permanent solution: eyelash extensions. They’re THE answer to being selfie-ready 24-7, but they also require plenty of TLC. So to help you decide whether you want to splash the cash and invest in some infills we’re giving you all the deets before you commit:
1. The Cost
Unfortunately, good quality eyelash extensions aren’t cheap; they can cost anywhere between $150 and $250, and they usually last anywhere between 2-4 weeks, depending on how you care for them. If you want them refilled once they begin to fall out (roughly 3 weeks later) it’ll cost around $65, or if you choose to get them removed, it will cost around $20. If you do find a salon that is offering a lower price (yayyy!), just be mindful to check the quality of the lashes and the number of singular lashes they apply, to guarantee you’re pleased with the final look.
2. The Lash Shape
What a lot of people don’t know is that you can request the shape of your lash curl; the two most common shapes are the J curl, which is more natural, and the C curl, which is more dramatic. The material of your lashes will also alter the end result. You can usually choose between faux mink (least expensive), real mink, silk, and real human hair (most expensive). We normally go for mink or faux mink as silk lashes can be slightly uncomfortable, and human hair lashes tend to fall out easily.
Model is wearing C curl, mink lashes.
3. The Pre Appointment Prep
After you get your lashes inserted, you’re not supposed to wash your face or expose your eyes to any water for 24 hours, otherwise, your lashes won’t dry properly. So show up to your appointment showered and make up free! Also, avoid curling your natural lashes before your appointment, the crease will make it harder for the lash artist to apply your falsies. It’s also wise to avoid waterproof mascara a week before your appointment, as it leaves a film on your natural lashes that’ll prevent the fake lashes from adhering properly.
4. The Process
Getting your lashes inserted takes around two hours and you have to keep your eyes closed the entire time. For most people, it’s basically a socially acceptable nap time. If you don’t fancy a nap, it’s the perfect time to catch up on a Ted Talk or do some meditation. The process itself doesn’t hurt but it is slightly uncomfortable at points.
5. The Risk
It’s unavoidable, with any sort of beauty related treatment, there’s always a possibility that your skin will react badly to the products being used. With eyelash extensions, the risk is slightly higher as your eyes are extremely sensitive. So do your research on the salon and check reviews before booking your appointment. When it comes to the actual products the lash artist uses, often the ingredient that causes irritation is formaldehyde, which is featured in some lash glues. However, this isn’t used in most American glues, so ask where the glue is from when you’re booking your appointment.
6. The Upkeep
If you want to keep your lashes for as long as possible, you need to show them some love. This means you need to brush them daily with a spoolie, avoid getting them wet and don’t rub your eyes. Also, whenever you take your makeup off, be as gently as possible and try to use a makeup wipe or a cotton bud with a milk cleanser. Avoid oil-based cleansers, as the oil will loosen the glue and cause your lashes to fall off prematurely. Try not to sleep on your face either, as this will also result in premature fallout.
7. The Removal
When it comes to getting your eyelashes removed, you can either go to the salon to get them professionally removed or you can let them fall out naturally. One thing you should NEVER try to do is pull them out yourself, as you’ll end up pulling your real eyelashes at the same time. If you do want to speed up the removal process yourself, apply some coconut oil to loosen the glue. After our lashes have been removed, we like to nourish them each night by rubbing a little castor oil on the lashes, to help boost growth and repair.
We also think it’s good to give your lashes a break every couple of months, as wearing permanent false lashes can put a strain on your natural lashes over time.
Let us know in the comments below if you prefer a natural lash, a fake lash or whether you love lash extensions!