Eyelash extensions are a great way to enhance your face and make it look brighter, fresher and remove the washed out look that so many of us have when we don’t have the time to apply mascara. Throughout the last 100 years of eyelash extension history, there have been some huge changes. You can get human ones, synthetic ones or even mink ones!
Here at Flossie.com we are here to answer all your eyelash extension questions and queries, so read on, and if you have any questions please contact us and let us know!
What are eyelash extensions?
Eye extensions are a new way to extend the length and thickness of your eyelashes. They should be applied on a hair-by-hair basis for a completely natural look.
Is it safe to get eyelash extensions and does it hurt?
Totally! Eyelash extensions are completely safe and completely painless (which makes a nice change as most vanity treatments that we get done at beauty spas and beauty parlor’s hurt).
You should not be able to feel your lashes once they are applied. If you can feel the weight of them on your eyelids you need to go back and see the beauty therapist who applied your eyelash extensions.
How long will eyelash extensions last?
The length of time that your eyelash extensions will last will depend on three things. First, the quality of the lashes that you are having applied. Secondly, how well you follow the after-care instructions, and finally, the natural growth cycle of your own eyelashes. Your eyelash extensions can last anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Who are eyelash extensions good for?
Eyelash extensions are a great choice for most people. However if one or more of the following conditions alloy to you it is best to call and talk to the salon before purchase the appointment.
- You rub your eyes frequently
- You have highly sensitive skin
- You are sick with a cold or similar or have allergies
- Your natural lashes are very curly
- You have no natural lashes
It is recommended that those with light lashes (particularly those with blonde lashes) get their lashes tinted before they have extensions applied to add intensity to the look. For information on eyelash tinting see our eyelash tinting FAQ page.
How long does it take to get eyelash extensions applied?
The amount of time it takes to apply the extensions depends of lashes you are having applied. For instance a half set of extensions can take 30-45 minutes, but a full set of lashes can take from 1-2 hours. Ask the beauty clinic when you phone to book your appointment how long it will take for them to complete the procedure.
Can I wear mascara with my eyelash extensions?
The benefit of eyelash extensions is that there’s no need to wear mascara! If you still feel that you need to, consult with your beauty therapist which ones are appropriate to use. A lot of mascaras on the market (particularly waterproof mascaras) will dissolve the bonds between your extensions and natural eyelashes.
How much will it cost to have eyelash extension applied?
Eyelash extension prices vary, but they typically range from $100 – $300 to apply the lashes.
After 2 or 3 weeks you will loose some of your lashes in their natural cycle, and this is when you will need to get your lashes retouched. Retouching or refills (which is recommended) are around $2 a lash, and many salons have a minimum spend amount required – so it pays to check the terms and conditions before your appointment.
If you do not with to maintain your eyelashes anymore and instead remove them it is best to have a professional beautician do it. It is very important that you do NOT pull the lash extensions off, as you will pull your own lashes off! The removing service is easy and quite relaxing, and should only take about 15 – 30 minutes (at the most). The lashes will be soaked and slowly removed, before your natural lashes are conditioned. Remove prices range from $30.
Why is it important to maintain eyelash extensions?
You want to get the best out of your eyelash extensions, so to do that you need to take proper care of them. Just like you care for your skin and hair you need to care for your lashes so they continue to look their best.
Your eyelash extensions should be resistant to water, tears and steam from 24 hours after your application – so no swimming, showering, crying (no soppy movies!) or sauna’s the day after your extensions are applied. It is best to avoid total submersion (swimming or saps) for up to 48 hours after you have your eyelash extension applied to allow for bonding to totally occur.
Be gentle with your lashes and avoid any oil-based products, and yes that means oil-free makeup remover!
It is best to get your lashes maintained every 4-5 weeks, though of course this does depend on your natural lash cycle.
Are there different sizes of eyelash extensions?
Yes there are! Your beauty therapist should consult with you on which sizes you are interested in and which ones will work best for you. Eyelash extensions vary in thickness, size etc – there are literally hundreds on the market. You may choose to have a set of the same applied, or choose a mix of lengths/thickness for a more feathery look. Talk to your beauty therapist about you options salons work with different brands and styles.