Thinking about lash extensions? Before you take the leap into the wonderful world of lashes, educate yourself with this basic primer on just what to expect from your eyelash extensions. Know what you’re getting into.
There’s no way around the fact that lash extensions are, indeed, a commitment. Can you see yourself actually following through on the promise to head back to the salon for regular refills? Can you stop yourself from rubbing, touching, or playing with your lashes? It’s important to ask yourself these questions before you even think about booking your first appointment.
Be aware of the potential dangers.
Long, thick eyelashes are beautiful, but you may not realize that overuse of glued-on eyelash extensions and false eyelashes can lead to permanent eyelash damage if not applies or taken care of properly. There are two primary causes of this: the artificial weight of the fake lashes, which can strain or pull on the eyelash hairs, and the removal process, which involves pulling and tugging at the lashes and can directly damage the follicles. “Using false lashes once or twice is unlikely to cause lasting damage, but if they are used routinely and if the eyelashes aren’t properly applied or removed or if a woman already has weak or damaged eyelash follicles, this can cause scarring in the follicle which will prevent it from growing new lashes.
Don’t skimp on maintenance.
Less is more when caring for your lashes. Don’t over-wash your lashes, over-comb them, or over-think them. Just be conscious and develop good hands-off habits!. Other recommendations in handling your lashes include:
1. Don’t sleep face down. Sleeping face down can crush and crimp the lashes.
2. Do not cake on heavy liners. Too much liner can cause unsightly and unhealthy build up around the extension bases—you’ll want to keep the lashes clean and free of debris to extend their life.
3. Use a lash shampoo cleanser. It keeps any yuckies at bay and helps the extensions last to their full potential.
4. Do NOT use on the lashes. Fibers in cotton balls and q-tips can create tangles.
5. Do NOT pull, pluck, twist, or fuss with the extensions.
7. Lash curlers should never be used on extensions.
8. Listen to your technician. Length, weight, style, and design all are individual specific, if you lash stylists say NO to a specific length or look then that is for your own good.
9. Have realistic expectations. This is a fiber connected artificially to your natural eyelashes, they are durable, not indestructible. Be mindful with your activities when wearing lashes and you will love your results long term.