I have used every possible kind of eyelash pumping invention on the planet.
My eyelash explorations include: Lash extensions, falsies (many different types & brands), lash serum and mascara.
Each have their own pro’s and (aside from just growing bangin’ lashes on your own) each have con’s.
When I am looking into something new like this I always find it frustrating to ask questions from experts because they are almost always partial to one or the other. I am not. So I will lay out the info (impartially) and let you decide for yourself, since you know you better than I do.
Starting with lash extensions:
I enlisted my friend (and lash girl) Latisha to help me answer some of these questions.
(She has a really cute fashion blog you should check out when you get a minute! HERE)
What are they?
Lash extensions are black, thick, curled synthetic hairs that are glued individually to your natural lashes. One by one.
It’s one of those awesome beauty rituals that an old cowboy would have you committed for doing:)
Long, black, thick lashes 24/7
Cuts down get ready time (no need for mascara or even top liner most of the time)
Swimming, sleeping, working out, no time for makeup? You still got lashes!
Lashes require special care
Lash fills are required every 2-4 weeks
Will lash extensions damage my lashes?
They shouldn’t but they could. This all comes down to who is applying your lashes. Do not go to anyone until you have seen before and afters and spoken to at least one of their clients. These are your eyelashes but more importantly YOUR EYEBALLS! Don’t let anyone near them who doesn’t know what they are doing. If they are not applied correctly you could damage your natural lashes, waste your money and subject yourself to an eye infection. If you don’t know where to start try searching HERE for an expert in your area. These girls have all gone through extensive training, although I’d still ask for before and afters and a client referral, just in case.
What do lash extensions cost?
The prices for these babies vary drastically, but I would say for a sought after expert, expect to pay around $150 for the initial set and $75 for each fill. They should be filled every 2-4 weeks. It’s different for everyone based on how well you take care of them and how thick your natural lashes are. If the price is a lot less you will want to make extra sure that they are experienced, they take their time (anything less than an hour for a full set could be a red flag) and have return clients.
How do I care for lash extensions?
After application you need to keep them dry for 48 hours. This is will make a huge difference in How long the lashes last. Latisha says after 8 years of doing lashes this is her #1 tip to keep them lasting longer!
Touch them as little as possible. This is extremely important, not just for your lash extensions but for your natural lashes as well. Running picking and pulling on your ext will loosen the glue and often damage the natural lash. When you get ext you are committing to keep your mitts off, if you don’t think that’s possible (i.e. if you constantly over pluck your brows cause of OCD ) this may not be a good choice for you. The last thing you want is to damage your peepers.
Avoid oil based anything around the eyes. Use oil-free makeup remover like THIS ONE and eye creams that are less greasy.
Only wear mascara on your extensions if you want a dramatic look. it has to be water based, not oil based. only apply it on the tips and not on the base. My suggestion is not using mascara everyday just once in a awhile. You really don’t need them cause you lashes should give you a great look with out it.
Keep them from tangling and bunching with the lash wand not your fingers (I feel like I can’t stress that enough)
Here’s a cool trick for keeping them really straight. I do this right out of the shower.
Put your hair dryer on a medium setting and low heat, hold the nozzle below your chin pointing upward and dry your lashes.
It will comb them and keep them in place, and it only takes seconds and (best part) it’s hands free:)
I hope this answers your questions!
I no longer have eye lash extensions. I started to worry that they were damaging my natural lashes and when I did get them out I had lost a lot of lash. I still think many people think the pros out weigh the cons but I think my preference is to just rock my natural lashes most of the time and add falsies when I want to look glam.