Thinking of splurging and getting eyelash extensions? They have completely exploded in the beauty industry lately & it seems like everyone is getting them!
While you have probably read many great things about eyelash extensions, you have probably read just as many horror stories about them as well. In this post, I'll tell you about my experience and give you a heads up of what to expect to help you decide!
It started for me a couple years ago, I was really intrigued by the idea of being able to go natural faced during the summer and not have to worry about makeup. As much as I love makeup, I also love letting my skin breathe, and going for a natural faced look. So, I gave it a go. I decided to start with just a natural, classic type of lash. The lash tech I go to, offers 4 different types of sets; Classic, Hybrid, Volume and Mega-Volume.
Disclaimer: I am not a certified/trained lash technician. This post is based off of my experience with eyelash extentions as a customer only.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
Be sure to thoroughly remove any makeup from your entire face, especially the eye area. Your lash tech will remove any access makeup you may have missed, but it is a nice courtesy to remove it before showing up to your appointment. Make sure you use the bathroom before hand (have you ever tried to pee with your eyes closed?) I also like to make sure I have fresh breath before I go, because you know, someone will be up in your personal space for over an hour.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
When you go in for your first appointment, you'll be greeted and asked to lay down on the lash techs table. They will place eye patches underneath your eyes, which may feel a little bit uncomfortable at first, but you'll eventually get used to it and your eyes should relax. Make sure you tell your lash tech if it is too uncomfortable so they can adjust the eye patches before they begin working.
Prepare to have your eyes closed for a long period of time. At first, I felt a little bit claustrophobic, not being able to open my eyes was a little but strange, but again, I got used to it fairly quickly.
If you are chatty, a lot of the time lash techs love to talk with their clients throughout their appointment, (I've had my best venting sessions with my lash girl) but if you're shy, or don't feel like talking, being quiet is totally normal and okay too! I've heard that "lash naps" are often the best naps!
Commonly asked questions:
Do they make your real eyelashes fall out?
In my experience, NO! If you are making sure that you are going to someone who is properly certified and trained, and you take proper care of them afterwards, by no means should your real eyelashes fall out.
Can you wear makeup with them?
You can wear makeup with eyelash extensions, just no mascara! I found that they fall out a lot quicker when I wore makeup around my eye area, so I started to lighten up on wearing eyeshadow and ditched eyeliner completely. Everything else seemed to be fair game to me!
How long do they last?
For me, keeping up my lash care and being extra cautious with them gives me a good 2.5 - 3 weeks of fullness, but I always book my fills for 2.5 weeks.
How long do I have to wait to get them wet?
My lash tech advised me to wait 24 hours before showering after my appointments. So it's safe to say that 24 hours is your safe zone!
MY EXPERIENCE OVER ALL
When I got my first classic set, I was in love! I kept going back but gradually started moving up and getting hybrid, then volume. I found volume to be a little but too overwhelming for my face shape, so I decided to stick with hybrid sets.
So, I guess you could say i'm a little bit obsessed with my lashes. I love having them. People are always complimenting them!
The initial price is normally pretty scary and turns people off from them completely. The price completely depends on the lash techs in your area and if they are working out of a salon or from home. From my experience, keeping up with lash fills doesn't seem to break my bank, since getting fills is normally significantly less than a full set. I end up not wearing as much makeup and save money that way! They are totally worth it for me!
I would not recommend getting them if you are someone who likes to wear a lot of makeup all the time, rub your eyes a lot, have a profession/hobby where you may get your eyes wet a lot (swimmers etc.) or have an eye condition.
Again, these are just my opinions as a customer, I am not a certified lash tech. If you are considering getting eyelash extensions and have more questions about them, I recommend reaching out to a local lash technician near you!
Thanks for reading!
MelodieCo by Taylor