The Lash Guide: Your Eyelash Extensions FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions for Wearing Eyelash Extensions
If you're new to eyelash extensions and need a little more information on what to expect, here's a go to guide with a few commonly asked questions. There's so much to learn about the lash world. I hope this guide helps a great deal!
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WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Eyelash extensions are strands of synthetic hairs individually placed with a special adhesive to one’s natural eyelash to add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes. The eyelash extensions never come in direct contact with the client's skin.
-NO need to wear mascara
-Eyes appear more youthful, brighter and radiant
-Quicker morning routine, cuts time in half for makeup application
HOW LONG IS THE APPLICATION?
It takes approximately two hours to apply a full set of lashes, which can be maintained with infills (also known as refills or fill-ins) recommended every two to three weeks. A light set (half set of eyelash extensions) is 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. The condition of one’s own natural lashes depends on the certain length or thickness they are able to get (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 light 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!
DOES THE APPLICATION HURT?
Eyelash extensions should not hurt in any way when applied correctly by a certified, professional lash technician. Most sessions begin with most lash technicians placing gel pads under the client's eyes to minimize discomfort. The natural lashes are separated one by one with professionals tools, and then an eyelash extension is adhered to your natural eyelash for classic lashes or fans for volume lashes. It is important to go to a trusted and certified, professional lash technician to ensure that they are applying the correct weight and length of lashes to your natural lash.
HOW LONG DO EYELASH EXTENSIONS LAST?
Most eyelash extensions last from 4 to 8 weeks; However, they will only last as long as the natural eyelash does. Your natural eyelashes grow in phases and shed daily. It is normal to lose 1-4 natural lashes per day which is why a fill is recommended every two to three weeks. A lash kit with maintenance instructions is provided at the time of your very first lash session. Check out the eyelash growth phase here!
WILL MY NATURAL EYELASHES BE DAMAGED?
Eyelash extensions do not ruin the natural eyelashes if they are applied correctly. They are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes as long as they are maintained properly. Please do not rub, tug, pick or pull at your eyes and eyelash extensions. This can shorten lash life and lead to lash loss and damage to the natural eyelash.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
There are three types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. The differences between the Faux Mink and Silk eyelashes are slight yet noticeable mostly to your client. Silk eyelashes feel silky and more flexible. Faux Mink eyelashes are bolder, and slightly shinier and glossier than the Silk. Although they are made of the same materials, the Faux Mink are a little more rigid. Deciding between Mink and Silk can depend on your clientele.
ARE THE PRODUCTS USED FOR APPLICATION FDA APPROVED?
The FDA does not regulate eyelash extension products because eyelash extensions do not touch the skin.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EYELASH EXTENSION ADHESIVES?
The longevity and sensitivity of eyelash extension adhesive/glue as well as how fast it dries all contribute to awareness of good quality adhesive. The stronger the glue is the stronger the fumes will be and the quicker it will dry. One thing to enforce is lash adhesives and glues containing formaldehyde. The products we use do not contain formaldehyde.
CAN I WEAR EYE MAKEUP OR MASCARA WITH MY EYELASH EXTENSIONS?
Yes, you can wear eye makeup and extension safe mascara. However, I do not recommend wearing mascara at all. The eyes are a delicate part of the body and we ensure successful eyelash hygiene by not adding more chemicals and products to the false extensions and adhesives that are already near your eyes. This also prevents early buildup on the base line of your eyelids. You must clean your eyelash extensions daily.
If you choose to wear mascara, it is recommended to use an oil free mascara that is extension safe. This ensures your mascara does not counteract with the eyelash extension adhesive or cause early separation.
You most definitely can wear make-up with your eyelash extensions. When selecting makeup, it is beneficial to go with extension safe make-up. Extension safe makeup is oil free, usually contains sealers to prolong extension life and helps to work adjacent with your extensions for an optimal look. If you use regular make-up, it is recommended to use a daily cleanser with make-up remover that is safe for your eyelashes to remove residue.
CAN YOU GET GLUE IN YOUR EYES? IF SO, WHAT HAPPENS?
Your eyes are closed the whole time eyelash extensions are being applied. No glue will ever get into your eyes. To avoid any irritation, however, the first safety precaution you can take is to be sure that the glue is safe for your eyes and doesn’t contain anything that can harm them, like formaldehyde. Shipping glues across the world often leads to a buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the salon.
Additionally, it’s important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced lash technician will not let an infection occur, but if you’re allergic to the glue, you may have an allergic reaction — this doesn’t mean the glue is inherently harmful.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CRY?
If you experience any burning or discomfort during the procedure, causing your eyes to tear or making you cry, this is a huge red flag and you should certainly speak up. You may need to have your technician change the glue. Getting lash extensions should be a completely pain-free experience.
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