For years I watched so many friends, family and pretty girls on social media get eyelash extensions done and for years I considered it but it wasn’t until about a month and a half ago that I finally decided to get my own done. I was hesitant for a lot of reasons which I’ll be naming below. But let’s get into the details, and pros and cons about eyelash extensions.
There are different styles of lashes. Classic, volume and a mix are what most choose to have done.
- Volume is multiple lashes glues to one lash and gives a fuller lash look.
- Classic is one single lash glued to each individual lash. And sometimes girls will choose a mixture of both.
- Volume lashes are heavier and have a potential to cause your natural lashes to fall out if your natural lashes aren’t strong enough to hold the weight.
- Its recommended that a person starts with Classic and adds volume at a later appointment if desired.
Volume, left. Classic, right.
There are also different styles of application as well. I personally like the cat eye where the lashes gradually get longer toward the outer corner of the eye.
You want to make sure you’re getting your lashes done by someone who is licensed to do so. This is your eyes we’re talking about and you don’t want damage done. It’s also good to see pictures of the work the lash technician has done or ask girls who’ve had theirs done by this person and how they like them.
A good set of first lashes is going to run you anywhere from $80-150 maybe more depending where you live. And half that for a fill. Mine cost $80 for classic and $40 a fill plus a tip. If it’s less than this BEWARE. The person may not know what they are doing! I’m not saying it’s a total NO, I’m just saying to be cautious. You usually get what you pay for!
You’ll need to get a fill usually between 2-4 weeks depending on who does them and how you take care of them. My lashes last me 4 weeks and still look good. They’re obviously just not as full by week 4.
It takes about 2 1/2 hours for the first appointment and 1 hour for a fill.
You’ll need to wash your extensions but keep oils away from your eyes. I usually just run water through my eyelashes in the shower at least every few days more if you wear eye makeup, but some people actually wash their lashes with a cleaning solution.
You run the risk of having an allergic reaction to the glue with extensions. GET A PATCH TEST DONE! if the eyelash technician doesn’t offer one, ask for it! No one wants red, swollen puffy eyes.
You also risk a BAAAAAD lash job, which is why I tell you to ask around or see the work.
The final look
Here are my lashes a week after a fill. Yes, i know one side looks longer but it’s just my eyes. She uses the same lashes for each side. Since i got lashes done I’ve noticed i have a bit of a lazy eye.
A few days after my first appointment and in better lighting than the above picture 🙂
Here is a before and after of a random girl
- They make your eyes POP
- You don’t have to worry about mascara
- They’re longer and fuller than your natural lashes will ever be
- You wake up looking fabulous!
- You don’t have to deal with strip, glue on lashes to complete your look
- The initial and monthly cost
- Eyelashes can turn so they need to be combed
- The time it takes each month
- Natural eyelashes can be damaged
- Can have a allergic reaction
- Can have a bad lash job from an inexperienced/bad technician.
I recommend lashes for anyone who wants to spend less time getting ready and wake up looking good! and if you want them for LONG term.
I DON’T recommend lashes if you only want them for a single event like a wedding. Strip lashes look amazing and you can get a makeup artist to do that for you. They’re way cheaper and can be removed the same day easily.
and if you’re allergic to the glue, obviously don’t get eyelash extensions.
Here’s a few final care tips recommended by an eyelash technician.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment. And in case you’re wondering, I am not licensed to do eyelash extensions.
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