Eyelash extensions are a quick, effective way to get the length all those mascara brands promise. Celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama have donned them recently. Although they look expensive, eyelash extensions aren’t a rare and pricey cosmetic benefit. They are becoming a common service offered by medical aestheticians and doctors as a low-risk and cost-effective way to achieve lengthy lashes.
What are they?
Similar to regular hair extensions, eyelash extensions are synthetic hairs that are glued to your existing eyelashes.
How are they applied?
The synthetic hairs are applied individually to your existing eyelashes using a special adhesive paste. The process can take from an hour to two hours depending upon how many extensions you are having added to your lashes. They usually are packaged as a half set or full set. We recommend starting with a half set and moving up to a full set if you decide you would like more.
What’s the upkeep?
Lash extensions last through the growth cycle of your natural lashes. Typically, that time period is six to eight weeks. It varies for each person.
When you start to see length that you are unhappy with, set up a fill-in appointment. After the first several times, you can be proactive with fill-in sessions by setting up a standing appointment.
What are the risks?
Your eyes are closed during the procedure, so you should not fear getting anything in your eyes. However, there is potential for the glue to irritate your skin. Ask to see the ingredients of the glue if you are worried or if you know of a specific allergen that could affect you.
Tips for healthy, natural eyelashes
Because eyelash extensions are applied to your natural lashes, the results will partly be based upon the look of your natural lashes. Keep your expectations reasonable based upon the thickness, length and quantity of your natural lashes. Below are some tips for increasing the health of your natural lashes.
Avoid pulling your lashes or rubbing your eyes.
This might seem obvious, but many people do this, perhaps without realizing it. Your eyelashes are liable to easily break under the force of your fingers. Be mindful of this when using a lash curler as well.
Remove mascara at night.
Mascara can make lashes stiff and easier to break when pressed against a pillow or when rubbed by sleepy hands. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes!
Condition your lashes.
Applying a lubricating substance around your eyes that is safe, like Vaseline or Aquaphor, helps to condition lashes and keeps them from being dry and brittle. Also, there are conditioning products specific to eyelashes that are available for this reason.
Eyelash extensions are an effective way to get a fuller, more dramatic set of lashes with minimal risk. Also, due to the nature of the procedure, you are able to provide feedback during the application process to help achieve the results you are looking for.
ADSCA offers eyelash extensions as part of our medi spa services. If you are interested in more information about the process or scheduling an appointment, click here or call 901-759-2322.