The Ultimate Guide to Eyelash Extensions
Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are becoming an extremely popular beauty trend due to its convenience and time-saving benefits. At Book Beauty Nearby, we love anything that will save you time and effort while looking like a real beauty queen! So we took the time to research and explain everything you need to know about getting semi-permanent eyelash extensions so you can start wearing the mascara of the future!
What the f*ck are Eyelash Extensions?
Just like how you can put extensions in your hair to make it longer and thicker, you can also do the same for your eyelashes! This is a great way to get beautiful eyelashes for everyone including people who are short on time or those who are tired of wearing false strip eyelashes everyday.
Okay...so what's the process?
Step 1. Consult with the technician about the type of look, length, curl and volume you want. Generally, you will be given a choice between silk, synthetic or mink lashes.
Step 2. Your technician will cleanse your eye area and use eye pads to separate top lashes from bottom lashes.
Step 3. Then the technician will glue each strand of lash individually on to your natural eyelashes by hand.
Step 4. After allowing 5-10 minutes for the glue to dry, the technician will ask you to open your eyes and have a look at your new lash extensions.
Step 5. Your technician will then provide you with after-care information to ensure long lasting results.
How long do Eyelash Extensions last?
Semi-permanent eyelash extensions will last through a full cycle of natural eyelash cycle of growth which is around six to eight weeks. Most people will go back in for a refill of lashes to replace the lost lashes after two to three weeks to maintain the original look of the eyelash extensions.
How do I remove the lash extensions?
We recommend that you go to a trained eyelash technician to remove your eyelash extensions to avoid any damages to your lashes, which could happen if you try to remove them yourself. The technician will use a eyelash glue remover to remove the lash extensions safely from your eyes.
How much does it cost?
It really depends on the technician and the type of eyelash extensions that you want but typically, eyelash extensions range from lower end of $60 to higher end of $250 or more. Dramatic volume extensions will generally cost more than natural looking eyelash extensions like a classic set.
Can I still wear eye makeup with my eyelash extensions?
Yes, you can still wear eye makeup, although you probably won't need to wear it! You also won't need mascara either but if you really must wear it, try applying on the tip of the eyelash extensions as applying from the base of the lashes will cause the mascara to clump with the adhesive. However, we suggest that you use a gentle water-based cleanser like micellar water and q-tips to remove your eye makeup to not disturb your eyelash extensions. It is recommended that you stay away from putting false eyelashes on top of your eyelash extensions as it will be harder to remove the eyelash glue remains and cause your lash extensions to fall out faster.
What are the most common types of lash extensions?
The most common type of eyelash extension are silk, mink and synthetic lashes. If you are after a dramatic look, synthetic lashes might be the best option for you as they are mostly made from acrylic material so they look shinier and thicker. Silk lashes are a better option for people who want natural looking eyelash extensions as they are more fine and lighter than synthetic lashes. Mink lashes are softer than silk lashes and they provide the most natural look but because they are very fine, it will take more lashes and time to apply mink lashes.
What are the 2D to 6D volume lashes (Russian volume)?
This is not a type of lash extension but a different technique, where 2 to 6 mink or silk lashes are applied on to one single natural lash strand in a fanned-out way. This technique is great for people with not a lot of natural lashes or have sparse areas in their lashes as the technician is able to attach more lash extensions to one single natural strand. However, be weary that the more lashes you want to get, the more expensive it will cost.
How long does it take to apply eyelash extensions?
Typically, it will take around 1-2 hours depending on the technician and the type of eyelash extensions so you can just close your eyes and take a nap while you get them done!
What is the after-care process?
- Don't let water or steam near your eyelash extensions for 12 - 24 hours after you get them done as water can weaken the adhesive bonds.
- Make sure your eyelash extensions are always clean from dirt and oil.
- You should also brush your lashes with a spoolie often to keep your lashes separated and free from any tangles
- Be gentle when it comes to washing your face or applying makeup and skincare to avoid any irritation in the eye area.
- Do move your eyelash extension appointment if you've got an eye infection and make sure to tell your technician.
- Do give your eyelashes a break from time to time to avoid damages to your natural eyelashes.
- Do pat your eyelashes to dry it after wetting it instead of rubbing it.
- Do rinse your lash extensions gently with water after swimming or exposing them to chlorine.
- Don't pick at your eyelashes! You will take your own eyelashes off if you keep picking at your eyelash extensions and cause damage to the natural lash.
- Don't use any oil-based makeup and skincare products near your eye. Oil will dissolve the eyelash bonds held together by the glue so your eyelash extensions will fall out faster if you use oil-based products.
- Don't wear any eye makeup or curl your lashes to your eyelash extension appointment. It will just be a waste of time because the technician will have to remove your eye makeup anyway.
- Don't rub your eyes when it gets itchy or when you're washing your face. It will tangle your lashes.
- Don't get cluster lash extensions. These are extensions where a group of lashes are attached together in a knot at the base. They are usually cheaper and requires less time to apply it but don't be fooled. They can be extremely heavy on your natural lashes and fall out faster than other types of lash extensions.
Picking the right technician
Lastly, make sure you do your research before you pick a qualified technician. They should have lots of photos of their work and have plenty of experience with the service. Consulting with your technician before starting the process will also ensure that you're on the same page as some eyelash extension looks are not suitable for everyone. Have a look at our talented eyelash extension technicians on Book Beauty Nearby who will provide the best eyelash extension services!