If you are a person who has grown tired of the morning ritual of putting your makeup on, eyelash extensions are a solution to ending part of that routine. These extensions will give you full, long, dark lashes every day without having to recoat them every morning.
Extensions are not the same as gluing strips of fake lashes to your existing lash line. Semi-permanent lashes are applied to your lash line by a technician. The technician will glue the extension onto your natural lashes by hand. These eyelash extensions are not on a strip, but are customizable to look like your real eyelashes.
If you properly care for your extensions, they can last you for six to eight weeks. After this time, they will fall off naturally just as your real lashes usually do.
Will Eyelash Extensions Ruin Natural Lashes?
There has been no evidence to prove extensions affect your natural lash health or length long term. There have been signs of developing traction alopecia. This condition is where your natural lashes fall out because of the constant weight placed on them when using eyelash extensions. It does not happen to everyone; it is merely one of the small risks of this procedure.
Long-term damage to your eyelashes will occur if years of bad applications and improper care are done. You will want to ensure your technician is fully trained; they must wash their hands between clients, wear a mask, and use a sanitary pillow cover. During these times, you will also want to make sure they sterilize the tweezers, and that disposable eyelash brushes are used. During these uncertain, new times of sanitation importance, you have the right to ask your technician to confirm all these practices.
What Ingredients are in Quality Eyelash Extensions
When you make an appointment to have extensions placed on your eyelashes, you should verify the ingredients used in their lash adhesive. They should be able to confirm that the adhesive does not contain formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a confirmed eye irritant, which can cause redness, itchiness, swollen eyelids, and redness. It may be a bit more expensive, but you don't want this material used on your eyelids. A more effective and safe material is a glue made from butyl cyanoacrylate and octyl cyanoacrylate. These substances are less toxic to your eye area.
How to Know Which Eyelash Extension Works for You
The type of extension that will work best for you depends on what your eyes can handle. It will depend on the strength and length of your natural lashes. If you place a lash onto your existing lashes that are too thick or long, it can actually damage your natural lashes in the long run.
A licensed lash specialist who understands these conditions will help you make the right choice for your eye conditions. They will also know what type of material will work best for your eyelashes, such as synthetic silk or synthetic mink.
Synthetic mink is a bit more expensive, but feels softer and will give you a more natural look. Some synthetics are customizable and can feel and look natural, but they could possibly end up costing you more than the mink.
When it comes to deciding how long to have your eyelash extensions, your technician will be able to find the right fit for you. These licensed professionals will also help you choose the proper density and know whether or not to curl your extensions.
Having the right technician is extremely important as they will need to be able to take your face shape, bone structure, and natural lashes into consideration when choosing the right eyelash extension.
How Do You Prepare for an Eyelash Extension?
Appear for your appointment with a clean face and indeed no eye makeup. A clean face means having no eyeliner, eyeshadow or mascara applied to your eyes or lashes. Anything you have on your lashes or lids will affect how your extensions will turn out.
You will want to wait at least twenty-four hours after your procedure to shower or swim. It varies between the different eyelash adhesives in how they will cure. It can take anywhere from twelve to twenty-four hours, depending on the type of glue your technician uses.
While your lashes are curing, no water must touch them. If you feel it necessary to shower during this time, take precautions that water does not come into contact with them.
There is a lot to consider when deciding to have eyelash extensions attached to your existing eyelashes. Your technician should have the knowledge and experience to help you with all these choices.