What you need to know about lash extensions

November 22, 2019

Eyelash extensions have been on the beauty scene since 2012 when the very first individual lash extension was semi-permanently applied to a person’s natural lash. Nowadays, everyone and their mother seems to have gotten lash extensions at least once. If you’re getting ready to try on your first set of silk, mink, or synthetic eyelash extensions, here are four things you should know.

1. The process is simple and painless

Some people might even describe it as luxurious. Most eyelash technicians provide a spa-like experience for their clients. You can expect to lay down on a massage chair or table as soothing music plays in the background. Then, you will be instructed to close your eyes as your technician separates your lashes, applies a special, semi-permanent glue, and places an extension on each lash. The process can take thirty minutes to one hour on each eye, but you’re free to relax the whole time. Since you have to keep your eyes closed, you can even take a nap!

2. You can customize your eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions come in varying lengths and curls. Lengths can range from 9-15mm, while curls are expressed as letters in the alphabet. A “J” curl is a mild, natural curl while “B”, “C”, and “D” curls are more dramatic. Eyelash extensions can be found in mink, faux-mink, silk, or even human hair. They can also come in different thicknesses, as single lashes, or as “fans” for a fluffier, more voluminous look. With all these different options available to them, a technician can mix and match lashes to customize a perfect set for each client.

3. Eyelash extensions can last for a long time

As long as you take care of them. A full set is expected to last about a month and a half. Most people will lose some extensions and see gaps after about two weeks, which is when most technicians will suggest coming in for a touch-up. It’s possible to continue wearing eye makeup with lash extensions as long as the formulas are oil-free. To remove makeup, use a cotton swab and an oil-free makeup remover, and avoid vigorously rubbing the eyes. Your eyelash technician may also instruct you to keep your new lashes brushed with a brush.

4. They have to be removed professionally

Removing lash extensions is as simple as returning to the same technician who put them on for you. The technician will use special solvents and tools to safely remove the extensions without damaging the underlying lashes. You can also wait for the extensions to fall out on their own as your body sheds its lashes naturally. What you should never do is try to pull them off on your own. The eyelash adhesive used by professionals is much stronger than the kind you buy in the drugstore, and you risk damaging your existing lashes if you remove your extensions by hand.

Eyelash extensions are fun, beautiful, and safe, as long as they’re applied by a trained professional. If you’re ready to look your best, reach out to Me by Michelle to book a consultation today.

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