Eyelash extensions are a popular alternative to fake eyelashes for a reason. Who doesn’t want those gracious flutters like Katy Perry, Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? If you’re curious and thinking about trying this beauty treatment, here are five most important things you need to know before getting eyelash extensions.
- What are the different types of eyelash extensions?
There are several types of eyelash extensions available in sizes ranging from 6mm to 17mm. The more popular types are:
Mink Eyelash Extensions: Made from the actual tail hairs of Siberian or Chinese minks, this treatment is lightweight, soft and slightly curled. It looks very natural, like real eyelashes. It’s a good choice for those who have thin, weaker lashes as it doesn’t weigh the natural lashes down. However, it requires daily styling and maintenance. You should opt for other types if you are allergic to animal hair. This is also the most expensive type of eyelash extensions.
Sable Eyelash Extensions: These are also from animal hair. In this case, from the fur of sable, a little wild animal native to Russia and Siberia. It’s the thinnest of all eyelash extensions and perfect for those who have thin, delicate lashes. It costs roughly the same as mink extensions. It can be harder to find compared to other types of extensions.
Silk Eyelash Extensions: This type of eyelash extensions is a good alternative to mink, sable and synthetic extensions. It’s thicker at the bottom, thinner at the ends and provides a fuller looking eyelash. It’s typically thicker, darker and glossier than mink and sable. If you’re allergic to animal hair/fur, you can try silk extensions for a natural look.
Synthetic Eyelash Extensions: Also known as acrylic extensions, it’s the least natural looking of the lot. It’s perfect for special occasions when you want to doll up and turn heads. It’s thicker, fuller and good for a glamorous, bold look. However, it’s not as comfortable as mink, sable or silk and can heavily weigh down thin natural lashes. Synthetic extensions are also the most affordable option and it’s a good choice to try it out first, before going for a more expensive option.
- How are eyelash extension applied?
Using specially formulated semi-permanent glue, the lash expert applies the lashes one at a time to each individual natural lash. The components of the glue normally don’t irritate the eye or damage the natural lashes. The expert chooses the glue based on your sensitivity because there could be chances of allergic reactions. It takes about 2 hours or more to apply a full set of lashes.
- How often do you need to get it redone?
Eyelash extensions usually last for 6-8 weeks, which is the full growth cycle of natural lashes. However, growth cycle varies from individual to individual. Typically, you need a touch-up every 3-4 weeks.
- Will your natural eyelashes get harmed?
No. Your natural lashes are not harmed when you go for lash extensions if it’s done properly. The methods, tools and materials are generally safe and don’t affect the health of your lashes.
- What are the things you should avoid?
For the first 24 hours, don’t shower or swim or do anything that can wet the extensions. Water can weaken the glue. Also, avoid using waterproof mascara as it’s hard to remove and you can end up pulling off the extensions. The post- regime care, however, depends on the type of the glue used. Your lash expert will guide you about the dos and don’ts.
The eyelashes and the area surrounding the eye are very sensitive. So, when going for a lash treatment, choose your lash expert and beauty salon carefully. Finding a licensed Aesthetics and Beauty Clinic with certified professionals is your best bet.