Eyelash expert and Fit and Fab Living contributor Anna Phillips breaks down the benefits of eyelash extensions and what you should know berfore you get them!
Check out Anna’s first article on the history of eyelash extensions, check out: Eyelash Extentsions: The Truth Behind The Trend
There is a “Book for Dummies” for just about everything, so why not for eyelash extensions as well? With the growing popularity of this niche service, it is important that the consumer understands the do’s and don’ts and the pro’s and con’s of eyelash extensions before investing their time and money on a new pair of peepers. The results can be truly transforming, but like anything – those results can range greatly depending on many different variables. So here is the 411 straight from the horse’s mouth!
First things first:
Can anyone get eyelash extensions?
Yes, however the caveat is that you have to have a hair to attach to. So, if you fall in that category, then keep reading…
What are the benefits of eyelash extensions?
- They can provide you with a set of thicker, longer, and fuller looking lashes than you have naturally.
- They come in a variety of colors but the deep black is the most popular, which provides you with an alternative to applying single or multi-coats of mascara every day.
- They are durable and waterproof and allow you to maintain your active lifestyle with no worries of a lash molting.
- They can provide an instant transformation for you, leaving you with feelings of confidence and prettiness.
Once you decide to go for it, it’s important to find a skilled and reliable technician to put them on – here are some key questions to ask during your search:
- Ask if they are licensed and certified in their state. Each state has different regulations. You can Google what your state requirements are to be knowledgeable when inquiring.
- Ask what additional training they have received. A piece of paper certifying them doesn’t guarantee that they’ve had adequate practice applying eyelash extensions. Using a new technician isn’t necessarily a bad thing if they’ve had proper training and their technique is correct, it might just take them a little longer. The up side is that newer technicians could discount their prices while they are still building up their clientele.
- Ask what ingredients are in their adhesive. You’ll want to be on the lookout for a medical grade, formaldehyde-free formula. I would not settle for anything less. If they are unsure of their adhesive ingredients, ask to see a material safety data sheet on it (MSDS), this will provide the answers.
- Ask them what technique they use to apply the lashes. When properly applied, each of your natural hairs should be isolated one by one and affixed with a synthetic extension by way of a medical grade adhesive, approximately 1mm away from your skin/lid line. Your lash tech should also go through the lashes occasionally making sure there are no other neighboring hairs sticking to the single hair with the lash extension – leaving you with a beautiful set that you could essentially run a comb through.
- Ask them how they determine what lengths, thicknesses, and styles to apply to each client. A knowledgeable lash technician should evaluate your natural lashes, discuss your desired outcome and prescribe a style that will best achieve your look while maintaining the health of your natural hairs. As a rule of thumb, the extension should not be more than twice the length or thickness of your natural lash to prevent damage and premature fall-out.
If you’ve found a lash technician, and you’ve made an appointment. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind after your new set of lashes are applied.
- Don’t get them wet within the first 24 hours.
- Don’t use any oil based removers or skin care products around your eyes. The oil will break down the adhesive that bonds the extensions. Opt instead for a water-based product. Ask your technician for their recommendation.
- Do clean your lashes off daily by gently using a clean mascara wand with an approved oil-free eye makeup remover to brush through your lashes to remove oils, dirt, makeup and debris. Rinse well with water.
- Do be gentle when rubbing, washing, or picking at your lashes. They require very little upkeep, but they are not cemented to your hairs and a vigorous rub-down can cause them to loosen and fall off. They are meant to provide you with a low-maintenance alternative so treat them that way… The less you mess with them, the longer they will last.
- A few final pieces of advice.
- If your natural lashes are not long enough or strong enough to hold your desired style of extensions, you can combine a lash growth serum like Latisse® in your daily regime and before long, your technician will be able to start going up a size.
- If you generally have sensitive eyes or are prone to allergies, let your technician know so they can opt to use more sensitive-based adhesive and taping methods.
Anna Phillips is founder and president of The Lash Lounge, a high-end beauty salon specializing in semi-permanant eyelash extensions.