Eyelash Extensions 101: Things You Need To Know Before Your Appointment
- April 25, 2022
Applying falsies has got to be one of the most difficult steps when doing your makeup. It’s either higher than your lash line or too low that it irritates your eyes. This makes eyelash extensions such a go-to for most of us who want to avoid the struggles of strip lashes. Plus you get to enjoy the gorgeous fluttery lashes. I mean, who wouldn’t want that. While it’s true that they require less maintenance they still need a proper aftercare that most people don’t usually talk about. To find out more about this, read on.
How long do they last?
If you take proper care of your eyelash extensions, they can last for up to six or eight weeks until they naturally fall out. Do this by preventing yourself from rubbing or touching them roughly. You should also keep them clean and brush them with a spoolie brush to keep them as neat and as fluttery as possible. However, you could always go back to get them filled every three to four weeks when they start falling out and technically make your extensions last indefinitely.
Do they ruin your natural eyelashes?
There really isn’t a lot of evidence to show if eyelash extensions actually affect your natural eyelashes because if eyelashes are applied professionally, using high-quality products, they will never damage your natural eyelashes. It usually takes years of bad application and improper care for a long-term lash damage to happen as a result. To avoid this make sure your technician follows all the sanitation and disinfection protocols. Also be careful not to pull or pick them.
What size should you get?
The type and size of eyelash extension to get generally depends on the length and strength of your natural lashes. It is recommended to go for a more natural feel for a start then you could always add some drama later. You could ask a specialist to help you make the best decision on what would be suitable for you.
How do you shower with them?
Depending on what glue your technician uses, you might have to wait from either 12 to 24 hours after your appointment for you to shower. Therefore make sure you confirm with them during the appointment. When bathing, lightly let your lashes graze the water and while drying off, use a towel to carefully dab underneath your eyes to absorb the water. Also, avoid powerful showerheads since the pressure might weaken your lashes and rip them out.
How often should you brush them?
Eyelash extensions can get tangled either during sleep or while showering this will need you to brush your lashes a couple of times. You can do this with a clean spoolie brush when you wake up, after you shower and at the end of the day. When your natural lashes tangle with you lash extensions, use only the tip of the spoolie to separate the lash hairs and avoid pulling any out. To avoid this you could try to sleep on your back or side and also use silk pillowcase which is gentler on the extensions.
Can you put mascara on them?
Specialists do not recommend using mascara with lash extensions. This is because your lash extensions might get damaged due to the friction caused later on when removing the mascara with makeup removers. Mascara also clumps your lashes together making them hard to clean and manage. However if you do, try to avoid oil-based products since it will soften the glue and water-resistant products since it will make the removal process hectic. When removing, use a tissue with an oil-free makeup remover to gently clean around your eyes.
How do you take them off?
Sometimes I use oil to remove my makeup when I run out of makeup removers. You could also do the same with lash extensions in case you need to remove your lashes and you can’t reach a lash tech. gently press a little oil like vitamin E or castor oil onto your lashes and leave overnight to soak. Then as you wash your face in the morning the lashes should easily fall off. You could also just leave them to fall on their own.