Are you tired of applying layer after layer of mascara, only to have it clump up, smudge and smear, in attempt to get longer, fuller and thicker eyelashes? If the “racoon look” isn’t up your alley, then you may want to consider eyelash extensions – all the benefits of mascara and more – without the mascara!
Eyelash extensions come in three types: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability typically ranges from 6mm to 17mm. The lashes are applied one at a time using a specifically formulated, semi-permanent glue that is designed to not irritate the eye or damage the natural lash.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Take?
Unlike eyelash tinting, which is only about a 15 minute procedure, eyelash extensions do take a bit longer as the lashes are applied one by one. Plan on spending up to two hours if you are having a full set of eyelashes applied, or about one hour for eyelash refills.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
Eyelash extensions last through a full grown cycle of natural eyelashes, meaning that they fall out just as your natural lashes do. Since each person is different, the time can vary a tad, but typically about 6 to 8 weeks is the average cycle for most. It is recommended, though, that some eyelash maintenance, in the form of lash refills, occur every 3 to 4 weeks for optimal appearance.
Prepping for Eyelash Extensions
If you have decided that eyelash extensions are the right choice for you, here a few tips for preparing for your first eyelash extension appointment to ensure everything goes smoothly, and you receive the best possible results from your new set of lashes.
- Be sure to set aside at least 2 hours for your appointment. Don’t worry, refill appointments aren’t as long.
- If you wear waterproof mascara, discontinue use 3 days prior to your appointment. Even if you thoroughly cleanse your lashes, the compounds in the waterproof mascara can remain on the lashes. This may prevent the extension adhesive from properly bonding, resulting in premature lash loss.
- Do not wear any type of eye makeup. Repeat, do not wear any type of eye makeup. We cannot stress this enough. Even foundations that you apply to your entire face can hinder the extension process. Residual oils of any type, can and will cause the adhesive to not properly bond. In fact, the best option is to arrive with a fresh, clean face, void of all makeup and moisturizers the day of your appointment.
- Take a nice long shower in the morning, and arrive with clean hair. Sounds a bit silly, right? Although it may sound this way, your new set of eyelashes cannot get wet for 24 – 48 hours. Any water, even humidity and steam produced by showers, can affect the bonding process, and your lashes may fall out prematurely. So, unless you’re OK without washing your hair for a few days, it is recommended to take that shower the day of your appointment.
- Do not wear your contact lenses the day of your appointment. Please wear normal eye glasses.
- If you have any eye conditions, allergies, or infections, please inform your specialist before your appointment.
After Care Instructions for Eyelash Extensions
Maintenance after your first 48 hours is a must. We recommend using a eyelash cleanser, a styling wand, and the use of a coating. Start off by applying the eyelash cleanser onto the top and bottom eyelids, pat the cleanser directly onto your lashes, then rinse off with cool water. After you have cleansed your lashes, towel blot to dry. Refrain from excess rubbing on your lash line. Follow-up with a styling wand and brush your lashes to give them a full voluptuous look. Use a lash coating once a week to help protect against debris, sweat, and water.
Avoid the Following:
• Excessive rubbing of the eyes
• Excessive exposure to moisture or steam
• Waterproof cosmetics around the eyes
• Mechanical lash curlers
• Oil-based products around the eyes