In case you haven’t noticed, eyelash extensions are surging in popularity. It seems that 2017 is “The Year of the Eyelash Extension” for sure, which means it’s time for you to hop on board! Unlike falsie strips that you can apply yourself before a big event, eyelash extensions are applied by an expert technician and meant to last for at least a month. Here is everything you need to know about this exciting trend.
What Exactly Are Lash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are imitation eyelashes that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Rather than being applied in one long strip like fake lashes, eyelash extensions are individually adhered to each single eyelash, one by one. The most common materials for extensions are silk, mink, and synthetic, which each come with their own perks. Synthetics are recommended for “first timers” because they are a bit simpler, while mink is usually reserved for clients who are ready for a bit of luxury (Think Beyonce). You have total control over the length, shape, and color of your lashes, though it’s always best to follow the guidance of your technician, who has experience in this artform and will be able to recognize the style that will best match your face structure and complexion.
What Does the Procedure Feel Like?
The procedure feels like…nothing! In fact, most people fall asleep while their lash stylish goes to work separating each lash and gluing on the extension. If you want a full set of lashes, prepare for a two hour treatment during which your eyes must remain tightly shut. Touch ups only take a fraction of that time.
How Long Do They Last, and What Care Is Required?
Since your eyelash extensions are attached to your natural lashes, they will fall off with your natural lashes during their normal shedding cycle. For most people, this is about every six to eight weeks. To be safe, most women have their lashes filled every month to keep their look consistent.
With careful eyecare, you can extend the life of your lashes as long as possible. After the lash glue has had 48 hours to cure, you can shower and swim as normal. However, steer clear of oil-based cosmetic products, since they can breakdown the adhesive, and if you must wear mascara only apply it to the lash tips to prevent weakening the glue.
Try lash extensions, and you will feel like a whole new person.