Benefits of Individual Eyelash Extensions
Almost every girl wants to have long, full, fluttery eyelashes. Many of us struggle with finding the right mascara and find putting on strip lashes a pain. If you’re already thinking at this point “I’ve tried individual lashes, they took off my real eyelashes and damaged them, they didn’t last long and irritated my eyes” then this could simply mean that they weren’t professionally applied. If individual eyelashes aren’t bonded to your natural eyelashes properly they are more likely to fall out quicker and using the wrong type or too much glue can cause irritation to your eyes and damage your natural eyelashes.
Individual eyelash extensions are probably one of the greatest beauty trends ever and I'm here to tell you why.
Feels weightless and natural
Individual eyelash extensions should feel light. My natural wow eyelash extensions feel weightless and natural when they’re on. Unlike strip lashes, individual eyelashes are carefully applied directly to your natural lashes so you shouldn’t be able to feel a thing so there’s no more worrying about weather half your eyelashes are coming off and when you need to re-apply more glue.
If you’re not a morning person then getting ready in the morning can be a long process, especially if your beauty routine involves a lot. If you wear make-up then you’ll probably finish your routine with a swoop of mascara, however, you’ve probably all experienced the rush of finally finishing your make-up but you’re late for work, school or an event so you’ll put your mascara on as quick as you can but end up getting blobs of it on your eyelids – not a good look. Having individual eyelash extensions means you can have that extra 10 minutes of snooze or extra time to get yourself out the door in time for wherever you have to be. And at the end of the day you don’t have to spend another 10 minutes trying to get that mascara off. Every second counts!
Makes eyelashes look full and longer
If you weren’t blessed with full and long eyelashes, then you’ve probably spent a good amount of time daydreaming about what life would be like if you didn’t have straight, thin, sparse eyelashes. As eyelash extensions are applied one by one, this means that your technician (This is Me, haha) can give you the exact fullness and length that you want to enhance your eyes. No more dreaming of the day where you won’t need mascara, strip eyelashes or curlers!
You don’t need to do anything!
Yep, apart from the aftercare of your eyelash extensions you won’t have to do a thing while you’re having the treatment done! Simply lay back, relax and let me (your technician) perform my magic, you might even doze off and wake up with new fluttery eyelashes!
Goodbye mascara, curlers and strip lashes. It was nice knowing you, but we’ve moved on to bigger and better things!
How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes takes about two hours, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look.
Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.) For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, thinner side, you won’t be able to get a crazy, dramatic Kim Kardashian look, because it won’t last. It’s better to start out with a half set (50 to 60 percent of your top lashes) if you aren’t sure or it’s your first time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!
Eyelash Extensions Pros and Cons
As with any beauty treatment, there are pros and cons to consider before deciding if it's right for you. With lash extensions, the positives and negatives are almost equally weighted, though you'll rarely hear the downside in a salon that provides this service! Here's what you need to know to make an informed decision:
They look fabulous. More dramatic than mascara, yet far more natural than a strip of (or individual) false eyelashes, lash extensions are simply stunning when done right.
They're instantly gratifying. Lash extensions deliver the gorgeous lashes you want with one appointment, and you won't have to bother applying and removing mascara every day, or worry about mascara flaking, running, or smearing.
They can save you time. Some people say that because lash extensions look just as good if you aren't wearing makeup, you can forego this time-consuming step in the morning. We're not convinced about this as you still have to find the time twice a month to get the extensions filled in, so it more or less evens out.
They can last for months and beyond!
Typically, lash extensions stay looking good for 2 to 3 maybe 4 weeks, but beyond that, all of them will gradually fall out on their own. However, with regular fills, your overall lash extensions will last indefinitely.
They're expensive. Expect to spend anywhere from £30 to £100 (yes, that much) for your first full set of lashes. From there, refills (typically needed every 2–3–4 weeks) cost £18–£50 per visit. If you do the math, that's would be so much spent on lashes!
They're high maintenance. Your lashes will need extra attention to look good between fills because preserving these expensive additions to your eyes should be the goal.
Do not use oil-based cleansers and makeup removers as they cause the glue to breakdown.
Avoid using mascara over them because removing it can snag the extensions, causing them to fall out prematurely.
You must be careful when washing your eye area as any movement of your lashes will increase the lash falling out or getting twisted around.
Do not let water from the shower fall directly on your face as the pressure will make the lash extension loosen and shed faster.
Do not rub your face with a towel or press your face too hard into the pillow when you sleep.
Use a dry mascara wand (your lash technician will give you one) at least once a day in the morning or several times during the day, as needed, to comb through your lashes and gently straighten them out, especially if they get wet. Careful! If you tug to much they'll loosen and fall out. The extensions easily get twisted around from sleeping positions and after washing your face and they can start looking really odd.
Be careful how you apply makeup. Avoid oil-based skincare products around the eyes as well as greasy eye pencils and concealers as they will breakdown the eyelash glue. Also avoid applying heavy eyeliner as removing it tugs at the lashes, resulting in more fallout. Use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to take off makeup at your lash line.
The more dramatic the lash, meaning thicker, the more likely it is to get twisted and fall out earlier than you want.