I first started using eyelashes about 10 years ago and eyelash enhancements have come a long way from there. There are so many different types, strips which are commonly used for 1 day, individual cluster lashes which can be worn for a few days and semi-permanent lashes which last between 3-4 weeks.
As a fully-fledged eyelash addict, I often get asked so many questions about semi-permanent eyelash extensions; will they hurt, do they damage my own lashes, why does the treatment take so long, will they feel heavy, will they last on holidays and in the pool and can I wear mascara? Before every client comes there should be research done to ensure your experience goes smoothly and that eyelash extensions are for you. I wish to dispel a few common myths so you can go forth and achieve the long luscious lashes you have always desired!
Eyelash Extensions Myth 1: Lash Extensions are ALWAYS Harmful to Your Own Natural Lashes
This is the most common myth and one that can be true but for one specific reason. A correct application will never result in lash fallout; more often it’s an issue with an inexperienced lash technician. This is usually the result of a technician pairing a single extension with 3 to 4 of your natural lashes, causing clumping and lash fallout. An experienced technician will glue one extension with one natural lash.
It’s also important to remember that your natural lashes grow in 4-6 week cycles and are prone to fallout at the end of this cycle, so the timing can also be coincidence. Be sure that your lash technician is applying one lash to one of your natural lashes with no lashes are joined together.
Eyelash Extensions Myth 2: Lash Extensions Won’t Last on Holidays
Hot and humid weather conditions actually provide the body with natural oils and nutrients that allow our lashes to hold up much better. It’s in these types of climates that lash extensions can actually simplify your beauty routine. The most popular time for lash extensions happens when women are going on holiday and are planning on wearing less makeup but still want to look polished and put together with minimum fuss. Heat and humidity is not the enemy of lash extensions! Trips into the pool won’t harm your lashes either or prompt lash loss, just avoid rubbing the lashes vigorously.
Eyelash Extensions Myth 3: Eyelash Extensions will Hurt
If they aren’t applied properly by an experienced technician, eyelash extensions can be uncomfortable. When applied properly you shouldn’t feel them at all. If you feel any pain at all you should return to the technician to get them examined.
The most common cause for any irritation is that more than one of your natural lashes is stuck together with the lash extension causing a pinching sensation. In a proper application each lash should be visible from root to tip with no visible glue present. If you have more than a slight pinching sensation this may mean that large clumps of your natural lashes have been glued together with the extensions, a very painful experience! I would highly recommend visiting to a more reputable lash technician who will remove your lashes and advise you of your eyelash condition. It is very important to remember that the cheapest lash technician may not necessarily be the best!
Eyelash Extensions Myth 4: They Take Forever To Be Applied and I Don’t Have Time
Although it can seem like a long time, a full set of lashes takes about 1.5 to 2 hours and infills will take about 1 hour depending on how many lashes need to be infilled and your lash cycle. It’s important to note that this treatment is relaxing, it won’t hurt and often clients fall asleep during the treatment. One factor that can be taken into account is if the client is talking, although it’s nice to have a chat while getting lashes done, animated talking makes your eyes flutter which means that it takes a longer to isolate and place the lashes so if your lash technician stops talking to you don’t be offended they are merely trying to help you relax which will settle your eyes.
I have heard so many times that someone else did semi-permanent eyelashes in about 15 minutes, I cannot stress enough that these are NOT semi-permanent lashes and these WILL damage your lashes because they are just placed on top of your lashes like individual cluster lashes meaning that one lash is attached to several of your natural lashes.
Eyelash Extensions Myth 5: DIY Lash Extensions
In theory this would be great, and one of the most frequent questions I get asked, I would love it if I could do my own lashes myself; I struggle to find time for my own appointments. This requires a high level of patience and a very steady hand, including trying to balance a lash extension, isolate one lash, dip in to glue and all with one eye open and the other closed. Sit back, relax and let an experienced professional take care of your gorgeous lashes!
Eyelash Extension Myth 6: I wear Mascara can I wear that with Eyelash Extensions
As each of your own eyelashes will have an extension which is black and coated in black glue, mascara is not necessary to wear and I personally recommend not wearing mascara when you have extensions on. It contains oil and especially if it is waterproof mascara then it will be much more difficult to remove, and if lashes are rubbed vigorously this can cause damage, fall out and even making them a little sore if they are twisted when they are being rubbed.
The good news is that there are water based mascaras that can be used with eyelash extensions that won’t damage or hurt your natural lashes.