Women worldwide are infatuated with having the most beautiful, luscious, most dramatic lash look possible. While some women are born with a pair of naturally thick lashes, others deal with sparse and barely there lashes which can be stressful to deal with when mascaras can’t even plump them up or fill them out. Many women then turn to faux lashes, which can be difficult for inexperienced users to apply, and not to mention messy. Some women can’t tolerate the components within the glue they are using, and experience allergic reactions. Additionally, faux lashes can be time consuming for some women to apply – and for those who like to wear them daily, this can become a real pain. There is another way!
Vine Vera would like to take a look at the craze that’s taking the lash world by storm – eyelash extensions. These lashes look flawless, fabulous and come in varying lengths and thicknesses. There are also different materials in which one could get them in. Let’s take a look at the benefits, drawbacks, and facts about eyelash extensions so in case you have been thinking about getting them, you can make an educated decision for yourself.
What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are essentially faux lashes that are applied by a salon professional, which, once in place, will remain semi-permanently for quite some time and only need to be touched up every 3-4 weeks.
They come in three main materials in which you can choose from, depending on the look you are going for and your particular health needs:
What we mean when we say ‘particular health needs’ is that many women can’t tolerate synthetic materials, and in which case they will need to opt for something such as mink or silk. Mink tends to look the most natural, while silk seems to provide a longer, silkier, more dramatic look. Synthetics are the cheapest of the three materials.
There are varying lengths and thicknesses in which one could have eyelash extensions applied. The most common sizes come in 6 mm to 17 mm.
There are two different types of applications you can go for, one being full sets, and the other half sets. Full sets usually require about 2 hours’ worth of time to apply fully, while half sets require about half that time.
Where Eyelash Extensions Should be Done
Eyelash extensions should be completed by a trained, certified professional at a clean salon. The expert should be willing to answer any questions you may have, and also walk you through the process before you begin. By seeking out a professional using high quality products, you will avoid infection and damage to your natural lashes. You can also rest assured that the products you will be receiving aren’t imported, or laden with chemicals that could be potentially cause undesirable reactions or side effects.
Other Things to Know about Eyelash Extensions
When you are having the eyelash extensions applied, you will have your eyes closed the entire time so that the expert can place the lashes where need be, and also to protect your eyes from the glue entering your eye. If you experience any sort of burning, itching, or tearing of the eye, you should always make sure you speak up, as this is most likely an allergic reaction. There are different types of glues available to use in case one doesn’t work out very well for you.
When it comes to applying mascara after the lashes have been placed, you will want to only apply it at the tips of the lashes, not along the base. By doing this, you are maintaining the lash integrity rather than risking losing lashes due to mistreatment. You will also want to apply the product gently and lightly, to avoid damage.
As mentioned earlier in the article, you will need to go in for touch ups every 3-4 weeks, more or less depending on the care you give your lashes. You will need to keep water away from your eyes for the next 24 hours after the application has taken place to avoid damaging the extensions.
The cost of this procedure varies based upon the experience of the salon professional, location, and procedure you wish to have done. Typically, the prices range from $100 – 500 for the initial application, and anywhere from $75 – 200 for touch ups thereafter.
Vine Vera hopes this informative article has given you the information you need to make an educated decision in regard to eyelash extensions, and has answered any questions in which you may have had before reading this article. As always, use your best judgment and inquire with your professional before having the work done to find out if this type of procedure is right for you.