Eyelash extensions: they’re the semi-permanent option for giving your lashes mega-volume, length and va-va-voom without applying even one swipe of mascara.
If you’ve ever considered getting eyelash extensions but feel more than a bit bamboozled by all the different options, then you’ve come to the right place. Because we’ve hunted down the experts to give you a handy all-in-one guide with everything you need to know about eyelash extensions.
From how to long they last, to how to remove them and the best places to get them done. Read on for perfect lashes, minus the mascara…
A lash extension treatment involves applying individual synthetic lashes onto each natural eyelash to add extra length and volume. They’re perfect for holidays, a big event or just perfect lashes every day.
It takes around an hour and a half for a full set to be applied, so it’s definitely not a lunch-break treatment. But you’ll be surprised; it’s ultra relaxing and a lot of people fall asleep whilst they’re being applied. So plan your time wisely and catch up on some Zzzs at the same time.
Yep, there are many different variations of lengths, thicknesses and curvatures which you can choose from after an initial consultation with your therapist to get the look you want. You can also get half sets or just corner lashes – depending on how full you want your flutter.
Lash extensions typically last the same lifetime as your natural lash cycle, which is between 4-6 weeks. However, to avoid them looking patchy as they grow out, most lash salons usually recommend top ups after 2 or 3 weeks to keep lashes looking completely full and uniform.
First things first, DIY is almost never the way.
To avoid damage to your natural lashes lash extensions are best removed professionally by your lash technician. A special gel or cream remover is applied and the process usually takes between 10-15 minutes.
Some salons, however, do offer an at-home remover, so it’s good to check with your technician when you have them applied to see if this is an option.
If you look after your lashes properly and follow the correct aftercare and removal, then your natural eyelashes should be absolutely fine. But, if you’re a lash picker and start twiddling with them as they fall out then you can risk losing a few of your own at the same time.
So hands off!
We get it. You’ve forked out on a full set of flutter-worthy lashes and you don’t want them to go any time soon. So how do you keep your lashes for longer? Well, like any treatment, it’s important to follow the advised after care.
– Stay away from the water
With eyelash extensions this involves keeping lashes away from water for 24 hours and heat treatments, such as saunas or steam, after having them applied.
– Avoid oil-based beauty products
You’ll also want to avoid any products that contain oil, as this can begin to break down the bond between the lash extension and natural lash. Lots of eye make-up removers contain oil so make sure you get a lash-friendly cleanser to remove your make-up.
– Comb them in the am
It’s also worth mentioning that your lashes might get a little twisted in the morning (the perils of having a super-full flutter) so it’s a good idea to use a little spoolie brush to give them a brush into place.
99.99% of the time, yes you’ll need a patch test. Some salons will tint your natural lashes first and the glue used for lash extensions can sometimes cause sensitivity so it’s always best to go and do a patch test 48 hours beforehand.
Russian lashes are ultra-fine synthetic lashes that are made from the same soft fibre as classic lashes. Because they’re much thinner, the therapist is able to apply more lashes to each natural lash – anything between 2-8.
Russian lash extensions are applied in a fan-like shape, which gives more volume too. Plus, because they’re so lightweight, they can often last up to 50% longer than classic lashes.
Right then, the cost. Lash extensions don’t come cheap, and it’s definitely worth paying the price than risk a horror story with your lashes. A full semi-permanent set usually costs upwards of £150. But when it comes to your eyes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.