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Eyelash Extensions Pros and Cons

Everything you need to know before you get these flirty accessories. You’ve seen them, probably on a Kardashian—or three. They’re long, thick eyelashes that curl up to the sky like a Barbie dolls’. But how exactly do they get these long, lush lashes? Chances are that if they aren’t natural or glued-on false lash strips, they’re eyelash extensions—Hollywood’s biggest beauty secret. Interested yet? Of course, you are. Here are the eyelash extensions pros and cons you need to know to get those fabulous peepers.

Eyelash Extensions FAQ

So what are eyelash extensions, exactly?

Eyelash extensions are a professional service that lengthens and thickens the look of your natural eyelashes. Instead of a traditional one-piece lash strip that covers the entire lash line, an esthetician individually glues on a single synthetic or natural eyelash hair to each (or every other) of your natural lashes to create a more dramatic look.  

What will I look like?

Possibly like a movie star. From the sultry Kim Kardashian to the doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel, many fabulous celebrities wear eyelash extensions or fake eyelash strips to enhance their eyes. Eyelash salons usually offer extensions between 9 millimeter and 15 millimeter, so you can choose how natural or glamourous you’d like to look.  

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Unlike mascara, which washes off at the end of the night, or fake eyelash strips, which are good for only a few of uses, eyelash extensions can last up to six weeks. Salons often recommend coming in every two to three weeks to get a touch-up that refills the extensions that have fallen out.  

How much do eyelash extensions cost?

Eyelash extensions range roughly between $100 to $400. You can search discount sites such as Groupon or Gilt to find deals, but beware: No matter what the price, be sure to thoroughly check the reviews, look at before and after pictures, and ensure the lash technician has an esthetician's license.  

Can you put mascara on eyelash extensions?

Technically you can put on mascara; however, it’s not really recommended. Mascara will cake on the extensions and when you remove the mascara you’re likely to remove the extensions, as well. Besides, with your flirty new extensions you won’t need mascara anyway.  

Do eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes?

There’s a big misconception that eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes, but the truth is they don’t. If applied correctly and cared for properly, eyelash extensions won’t ruin your natural lashes. Just be sure to follow the instructions laid out by your technician and don’t rub your eyes since this can cause lash loss.

What happens during the procedure? And does it hurt?  

First, a lash technician tapes your eyelids closed, then applies the extensions one-by-one to each of your natural lashes (or every other lash, depending on the service) with surgical glue. During the treatment, you will be laying down for anywhere between an hour and a half to two hours, so feel free to take a well-deserved nap. And no, it doesn’t hurt.  

Everything Else You Need to Know About Eyelash Extensions

Caring for eyelash extensions

These tricks of the trade will keep your eyes looking more Kardashian and less like a wounded spider:
  • After the first application, don’t get your lashes wet for the first 24 to 48 hours (depending on the glue).
  • Avoid steam, sweat, and hair dryers (which can weaken the glue) during the first 24 hours.
  • Sleep on your back to avoid crushing or repositioning your eyelashes on your pillow (this is crucial in the first 24 hours).
  • Avoid using oil-based makeup remover (which can also weaken the lash glue), liquid or gel eyeliner, and mascara (you won’t need this anyway).
  • Use a dry spoolie brush or lash comb to brush your lashes once a day. This helps avoid tangled lashes.
  • Finally, be careful not to rub your eyes and avoid touching or playing with the eyelash extensions.

How to take off eyelash extensions

Trying to remove eyelash extensions yourself can damage your natural lashes. It’s recommended that you go to a professional to get your eyelash extensions removed. This ensures that your extensions are taken off safely. You can also wait for the lashes to fall out during their natural cycle, which is roughly between 6 to 8 weeks.

Types of eyelash extensions

The three most popular types of eyelash extensions are mink, synthetic, and silk. While Beyoncé famously uses luxurious mink eyelash extensions, we highly recommend starting off with synthetic stands. Synthetic eyelashes are less expensive than the other types, less likely to create allergic reactions, and they’re cruelty-free! Mink eyelashes are the most natural-looking options, are lightweight, and thus a bit more expensive than other lashes. Silk eyelashes are thicker and have a uniform curl, which is ideal for achieving that va-va-voom look for a special occasion, like a wedding.  

The Best Lash Salons in Your City

Ready to take the leap? We scoured the globe (OK, the internet) to find the highest-rated lash salons with a ton of good reviews. Check out these studios that have five stars (and nothing less!) on Yelp. Atlanta - Lashful Austin - Haute House Lash & Beauty Bar Boston - Elite Lash Studio Chicago - Linxia Beauty Works Dallas - Lash.i.candy Denver - Lashology Honolulu - Salon Island Beauty Las Vegas - Sassy Lashes Los Angeles - Love Lash NYC - Eye Design Studio Orange County - Yalda Beauty Bar Orlando - GT Lashes & Beauty Portland - Wink Lash Parlour Pittsburgh - Addicted Salon Spa & Tanning San Diego - Garnet Lash Studios San Francisco - Artisan Lashes Seattle - Stylus Tampa - Paola Beauty Boutique



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Duncan Lance 30/11/2018

My wife has been considering getting eyelash extensions for a while, so I'll have to pass your tips on to her. I do have to say that I am surprised that there is so much aftercare for the eyelash extensions. Although, it does make sense that you wouldn't want to get them wet for the first 24 to 48 hours since I imagine they could get heavy enough to fall off.

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Lash studio 05/11/2020

I could conclude that this article is great and very useful. Thank you for discussing the topic. Everything is clear to me now after reading this.

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carly 06/11/2020

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You are most welcome :)

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Nadine 01/04/2021

Thats a great advertisement for eyelash extensions. What I love is to have so many different curls. You can be maximum creative in lash styles. The list of best studios in your city is great. I saved it.

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carly 01/04/2021

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Hi Nadine, thank you for your comment! Glad to hear you loved the post :) Best regards!


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