Lash Extension Low-Down
Long, sexy care-free lashes in just 2 hours? Absolutely! Who wouldn’t want to try this trend? Including me, which was why I became a Certified Eyelash Extension Professional last year. I have used false eyelashes on my clients throughout my career to bolster weak lashes or add impact for photographic make-up. This seemed like a fabulous option for my clients that had weak, sparse, short or basically lack-luster lashes. Here are some things to consider before you make an appointment.
What are eyelash extensions? Lash extensions are applied one at a time to natural lashes. These can be synthetic or human hair. I prefer synthetic, as they are created with channels which helps adhesive stick, they have a tapered end, and they are naturally more water resistant. The come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses for customization. They shed with your natural lashes.
How are they applied? One at a time, to individual lashes that are half-way through their life cycle which is 4-6 weeks long. New eyelashes aren’t strong enough to hold extensions and older lashes will be falling off. The average eye will receive 80-100 lashes each. This process is generally done with the client laying on a massage table with their bottom lashes taped down with medical tape, which keeps the lid lashes from getting glued to the lower lashes. Plan for this to take up to 2 hours, with an experienced technician.
How long do they last? Depending on the life cycle of your lashes, 4-6 weeks.
What is the maintenance? You should return one week after your initial application to have your technician check, and then return for “fills” every two weeks. Remember, every time you lose a natural lash, you lose the extension.
How much can I expect this to cost? As with hair services, you are paying for the time and expertise of your technician. Some salons charge flat rates, others charge by the hour, as no two clients are alike. A full set application can run between $175 – $300. Fills can cost between $80 – $150.
How do I take care of them? You will need to avoid showers and steam for the first 24 hours after an application. Use only Oil-Free Make-up Remover and avoid rubbing eyes aggressively.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get lash extensions? If you have had general anesthesia within 12 months, given birth, take medication for thyroid disorder, the life cycle of your lashes may be shorter than usual. Let the technician know if any of these conditions apply. This method will not be helpful for anyone with large gaps in their lash line, and it may be necessary to tint eyelashes that are too light or perm lashes that are growing inward instead of outward, so this will increase the cost.
Take the time to go in for a consultation, and determine if you are comfortable with the technician. Look for cleanliness, and find out if they are offering a first-time client special which often includes a complimentary appointment within 1 week of application. Be honest with the technician, because the investment of time and money should be rewarding for you!
Elle Gemma is the founder of Spell Cosmetics. Her 18 year career in beauty/cosmetics has been a 360 degree perspective of this exciting industry. Elle’s clients have included models, actors, writers and tv personalities.