When it comes to having ridiculously good lashes, we’re lazy about it. Nowadays, there are so many ways you can have long, full, and stunning lashes without them actually being your natural ones. If you don’t want to wait three months using lash serums to hopefully grow your lashes to fake eyelash length and look, then, maybe eyelash extensions will be your jam. If you’ve ever thought about lash extensions, here are all the details and everything you need to know before booking your first important.
Eyelash Extensions vs. Falsies
If you’re wondering, eyelash extensions are not the same as using fake eyelashes. There is no gluing on of a temporary strip of lashes like you do with Ardel or Kiss lashes. Instead, you book an appointment with a certified technician, and they apply the semi-permanent lashes on top of your individual natural lashes to extend their length and amplify their look. If you take care of them properly, they can last anywhere 6-8 weeks before you need a fill. But, most people need fills sooner (more on that later). Lash extension are not strips of fake lashes, they are customizable to each customer…so, no lash fill is the same.
Don’t go to Groupon for Lash Extensions
Sometimes you pay for what you get. When it comes to extensions, that is a fact. You want to invest in a reputable lash extension technician who knows how to apply your lashes properly and operates in sanitary conditions. The last thing you want is infected lashes, gross. Here’s what to look for when checking out where to get your lash extensions.
- Good reviews are important.
- Washes their hands before and after your treatment.
- Uses sanitary pillow covers…again..that could be gross.
- Sterilized Tweezers
- Disposable eyelash brushes.
- What kind of lash adhesive they use.
More on Lash Extension Eyelash Adhesive
Finding out what kind of lash glue/adhesive your technician is using is important. The last thing you want is to have a bad reaction in your eyes because of bad ingredients. If you make an appointment and the salon can’t tell you the ingredients in the lash adhesive, just cancel. Don’t waste your time or the health of your eyes. Period.
You want to avoid ingredients like formaldehyde because they are highly toxic, can cause irritation, swelling, redness, and other bad reactions. Good ingredients are butylcyanoacrylate and octylcyanoacrylate, they might make your lash extensions cost a little more, but, when it comes to your eyes, we would highly recommend not messing around.
Expect Consistant Maintenance for Lash Extensions
Lash extensions aren’t cheap to keep up because you have to get fills every 2-4 weeks as they naturally fall out. When you get your lash-fill, it can take up to two hours! And—depending on where you live, your initial eyelash extension appointment can cost anywhere from $100 on up, not including tip. Then, your lash-fill can cost you $50 on up depending on the amount of lashes you need to replenish.
If you stretch out your lash fills, you will need more lashes, which means that your cost will actually go up and you might need an entirely new set altogether. These are all the factors you need to think about before you dive into the lash extension world.
Choose the Right Size Lash for you
Sometimes it’s really obvious when someone is rocking lash extensions. If you want that look, go for it, babe! But, if you want a more subtle look, you can discuss that with your licensed lash technician. Together, you can figure out the lash look that makes you feel most comfortable like density, curl, and length.
Different lash extension material gives different looks. There is synthetic silk and synthetic mink to choose from. There are different qualities of synthetic silk lashes and they will cost you more, so, just ask! Mink isn’t cheap either because it gives such a natural look, but some silk lash styles now are rivaling that.
Do’s and Don’t of Lash Extensions
1. You want to show up to your appointment with clean skin and absolutely no eye makeup. Wearing eyeshadow, liner, or mascara can significantly affect how your lashes turn out. So, bottom line, just don’t!
2. Make sure you avoid water on your lashes for the first 24 hours as your adhesive needs time to cure properly to your natural lashes.
3. Wearing mascara is a no-no with lash extensions, and really, there is no need for it anyways. Applying mascara can ruin your lashes, so, just don’t.
4. Be gentle when you wash your face with eyelash extensions on. You want to avoid oils around your lashes, so, whatever you use, make sure it’s oil-free.
5. When you get lash extensions, it’s important to comb them every-single-day, morning and night, with a clean spoolie brush.
Eyelash Extension Alternatives
So now that you’ve been schooled on eyelash extensions, what they are, and what to expect, let’s talk alternatives. If you’re like us, the thought of spending hours getting lash-fills every few weeks, plus the cost, makes us cringe a little. We have good news, there is another way!
MoxieLash gives you the look of lash extensions without the hours of wasted time, glue, and cost. You just apply our original MoxieLash magnetic eyeliner and then watch as our magnetic lashes instantly attach in 2 seconds. Even better, they stay on all day and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing lash fall out.
We’re excited for you. There are so many MoxieLash magnetic lash styles like the sexy Baddy, Sassy, and Flashy. Or, if you want something more subtle, check out the Classy or Baby lash styles! You can switch up your look any time without the two-week commitment. With that said, each lash style will last you up to 30 uses with proper care! You can check them out here!