Look, I'm not proud of it, but the first time I got eyelash extensions, I forgot to ask all the important questions before my appointment I just wanted Mink :-) I was just so pumped to walk out with big, fluttery lashes, no falsies required, that I did absolutely zero research beforehand.
While it's true that eyelash extensions require less maintenance than wearing mascara or fake eyelashes every day, they're still not really a get-and-forget kinda thing, either. Keep reading for all the basics you'll be glad to know (slash I wish I knew) before an appointment for eyelash extensions.
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are semipermanent lashes that are hand-glued on top of your natural lashes. Unlike strip lashes, lash extensions are glued on individually to your natural hairs, so they're super customisable and actually look real.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions can last for 6-8 weeks until they naturally fall out like your lashes usually do. Once they start falling out, you can go back and have your lash stylist fill in the missing pieces usually 3-4 weeks. So, technically, you can make your extensions last indefinitely.
Do eyelash extensions ruin your eyelashes?
There isn't a ton of evidence that shows whether eyelash extensions actually affect your natural lash length or health long-term.
Usually, it takes years of bad application and improper care for long-term lash damage to occur. So please, only go to legit, well-reviewed salons (no matter how good that Groupon deal is). Make sure your technician follows all the sanitation and disinfection protocols, and don't feel awkward asking your technician to confirm that all of these precautions are being taken. See the actual pictures of the work done by particular lash artist.
What's bad about eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions aren't dangerous or "bad" as long as your technician is following the correct methods and using the proper materials. Before you head to your appointment, ask the salon about the ingredients in the lash glue they use. If they can’t answer your question, cancel the appointment (you don’t want inexperienced people sticking things to your eyelids), and if they say the glue contains formaldehyde (a known eye irritant that can cause redness, irritation, and itchy, swollen eyelids), def cancel the appointment. It may cost you a little more, but it’s best to choose a salon that uses glues made with butyl cyanoacrylate and octyl cyanoacrylate instead of formaldehyde—they’re less toxic to the eye area.
What can you not do with eyelash extensions?
These days, this largely depends on the type of products your lash tech uses. Getting your eyelashes wet used to be a huge no-no, but experts explain that some glue formulas of today do allow exposure to water within 24 hours. Always clarify with your lash tech what the best aftercare protocol is for your specific set, but it's a good idea to refrain from tugging, pulling, rubbing, or applying any type of oily formula. Oil will break down the adhesive if you're putting on eye serums, avoid that on your lash line.
As long as your keep your lash line protected, eye creams are okay. For those with oily skin and oily eyelids, professionals recommend to come for refill more often every 2.5 weeks.
How do you shower with eyelash extensions?
You can, but confirm with your lash stylist if you need to wait until 24 hours after your appointment. Eyelash adhesives vary in the time they take to cure, from either 12 to 24 hours depending on what glue your stylist uses. It’s super important that you’re gentle with your lashes and make sure that no water touches them during this time. You can shower after getting eyelash extensions, and you def should wash eyelash extensions on daily basis with specialized Lash foam for eyelash extensions! But! Be! Careful! Professionals say to let your lashes lightly graze the water, and when you dry off, use the towel to carefully dab underneath your eyes to absorb the water.
Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?
We recommend against using mascara with lash extensions. Why? Because when you attempt to take it off at the end of the day, you can actually cause your extensions to break from the friction and makeup remover. Not only that, but mascara can clump your lashes together and make them hard to clean, closes lash fans. As for eyeliner, avoid using cream-based formulas, which often contain oils and waxes that interfere with adhesives.
How do you wash your face with eyelash extensions?
You might think that washing your lashes will make them fall off faster, but experts debunk that myth and stresses the importance of washing away any buildup that can cause breakage. Professionals recommend only using cleansers specifically formulated to be safe for eyelash extensions. Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. And if you’re wearing eye makeup, use oil-free pads and gently swipe downward, rather than back and forth, to get your lids and lashes clean. And whatever you do, avoid rubbing or tugging at your eyes.