According to a Pinterest report, long lashes are the latest makeup trend. Whereas in the past couple of years we saw the rise of thick and full eyebrows, these days it’s all about long, defined eyelashes. In fact, people aren’t just settling for mascara and falsies anymore. These are too temporary a solution for those who want long, beautiful lashes 24/7. No, these days it’s all about eyelash extensions.
If you’re unfamiliar with eyelash extensions, read on to answer all your burning questions!
What Are Eyelash Extensions and How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
Eyelash extensions, or semi-permanent lashes, are different from false lashes in that you don’t simply glue them to your lash line and take them off at the end of the day. You need to book an appointment at a salon and have a professional hand-glue the extensions. For people who don’t have enough time to put a full mug of makeup on each morning, this is a perfect alternative.
Lash extensions are also great because they don’t just save time on your morning makeup routine; they also last much longer than falsies. How long do lash extensions last exactly? They can last up to six to eight weeks or even longer with the right maintenance.
How Much Do They Cost?
In Australia, prices for eyelash extensions vary depending on a number of factors. Classic lash extensions go for $USD80 to 180. According to celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson, it is advisable not to get the cheapest option. Do your research and give yourself something that is well-reviewed and of high quality. This will ensure that your extensions will last longer, with fewer trips to the salon to get them refilled or touched up.
How Do Eyelash Extensions Work? How Do I Prepare For An Appointment?
Once you’ve decided to book an appointment for eyelash extensions, your next step is to prepare for it. Before you head to your appointment, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
Lash extensions are either made of synthetic or natural hair fibres. These are attached to your lash line using a type of glue. You need to know if you’re allergic to any types of hair or synthetic fibres and consult with the technician so that you don’t get anything that will cause a reaction.
The same goes for the glue. Ask your technician for the ingredients of the glue they use to attach the semi-permanent lashes to avoid any allergic reactions.
Another thing to keep in mind is the style you want for your eyelash extensions. You can opt for a natural look or something more glamorous.
How to Maintain Eyelash Extensions
Now that you know how they work and how long lash extensions last, here are some answers to some frequently asked questions on the maintenance of lash extensions, including hot tips on how to make your eyelash extensions last longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to wash your face with eyelash extensions?
You can still wash your face, but you must do it gently in order to avoid ruining your extensions. Use cleansers that are made for people who have extensions, as these products will not have any harmful ingredients that might cause any damage.
How to shower with eyelash extensions?
One thing you should remember is that you cannot get your extensions wet 24 hours after getting them applied. So when you shower, do not touch your eyes. Afterwards, it’s totally fine to shower, but again, you must remember to do it gently.
Another tip is to avoid using too much hot water or steam, as this may cause the glue to lose its efficacy. Brush your lashes with a small spoolie brush after every shower to avoid tangles.
Can you swim with eyelash extensions?
You can get in the pool and swim with eyelash extensions. Chlorine won’t do much harm to your extensions, but it will irritate your eyes. When our eyes become irritated, we tend to scratch at them, and this scratching can cause the extensions to break and fall off.
How to clean eyelash extensions?
How to make your eyelash extensions last longer? Clean them thoroughly!
Remove all your makeup using a gentle cleanser. Then you use a special lash shampoo, which you’ll likely be able to purchase at the salon where you get your eyelash extensions. When applying shampoo, do not rub the lashes. Simply splash water onto your eyelids to get the shampoo out.
When drying, carefully dab your face with a soft towel. As mentioned above, brush your lashes with a spoolie brush afterwards.
Repeat this twice to three times per week.
Can you wear false eyelashes with eyelash extensions?
We advise that you don’t as the whole purpose of eyelash extensions is so that you don’t have to wear falsies anymore. You can also run the risk of destroying or ripping off your extensions by using falsies, as the extensions might stick to them during removal.
What to avoid?
According to celebrity brown and lash artist Amy Jean, you need to avoid oily makeup removers and heavy mascaras, as these may lessen the bonding capabilities of the glue.
Eyelash extensions are a great alternative for people who don’t want to have to apply mascara or falsies on a daily basis. And although it’s more expensive either of those options, eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and will last for several weeks with proper care.
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