I got eyelash extensions for the first time this past January. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time but just couldn’t make myself spend the money. It’s definitely an investment and I did a lot of research before I took the plunge. I was worried that since I have sensitive eyes that the extensions would bother me or I’d end up like one of those horror articles I’d read and lose my eyesight to infection or something. I know, I know, I’m a little paranoid. Anyways, after lots of research I found a good place to have them done and it was one of the best decisions ever. I LOVED my lashes. They looked amazing and felt good too! My eyes actually hurt a lot less with the lashes because I didn’t wear mascara. Here’s all the things I learned about lash extensions that I believe everyone needs to know.
Cost– Like I said, lashes are an investment. Price can vary some depending on where you go but I’d say at any decent place the cost initially will be between $140-$180. The salon I went to had two options, Classic and Dramatic style. I went for the dramatic, in my mind if I’m going to spend that kind of money I want it to be noticble. After the initial cost you need to go back at least every 3 weeks ( every 2 1/2 would be better) and then the cost to fill them in varied between $75-$85. Apparently I have a lot of eyelashes so they charged me a little extra.
Time– Depending on how your natural lashes are this can be very time consuming. My first session lasted over 4 hours and my fill in sessions usually lasted at least 2 & 1/2 hours. Now, as I said previously I apparently have a lot of eye lashes and I was getting the dramatic set so more lashes were added for mine. The technician has to glue each individual lash on so it is a tedious process.
Maintenance-There is a surprising amount of maintenance with lash extensions. You are not supposed to use mascara with lash extensions and of course you really don’t need it anyways. You need to wash your lashes once a day with gentle foam soap (I’ll include a link below to the one I used) and only splash water on your eyes to rinse it off, never rub your eyes. Oil makes the glue come loose faster so no oil-based products around your eyes. When wearing eye shadow I would remove it carefully with a q-tip that had oil-free makeup remover on it. Do NOT use makeup remover wipes. I made this mistake once and accidentally touched my lashes with the wipe and pulled a bunch of them out. Try to get your eyes wet as little as possible, this will make them last longer. The one rule I was not able to follow was that you’re supposed to sleep on your back. I always sleep on my stomach or my side and wasn’t able to change that habit. I did purchase a silk pillowcase to help with some of the tugging on my lashes.
I’ve also now tried a lash lift! This is a cheaper option and it also lasts twice as long as the lash extensions. This makes your lashes curled and extended. With some mascara they look amazing! These require no special care and are super low maintenance compared to the lash extensions. I’ve been getting lifts more lately and am loving them! The extensions do look better and require no mascara but the lifts do last longer and are cheaper. All up to your personal preference!
Overall I highly recommend lash extensions. You wake up looking like you have makeup on and it makes getting ready for work go very quick. I got tons of compliments on them and I actually think they made me look younger! I took a break from getting them to save some money for other things but as soon as I can start going again I will! The most important thing is to do your research and make sure you’re going to a clean and reputable salon to have them done. This is not something you want to skimp on as going to a cheap place could result in infection. I’d love to answer any other questions you have about eyelash extensions & lash lifts or hear your own experiences below! Please comment, like and subscribe!
For my Wake Forest locals I went to Larkspur Salon and my tech was Young, she’s amazing!!
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https://amzn.to/2Wuy1tw Silk Pillowcase