Here at tFS we love a great mascara and a good set of false lashes. However, there are some women out there that opt for the increasingly popular semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Lash extensions last three to four weeks and add volume, length and definition to your current lashes and there is no need for mascara. The individually-glued lashes can be a great option if you want something low maintenance and fuss-free. Like many of life’s conveniences, it comes with a price tag that goes beyond a tube of mascara—we’re talking in the $100 to $200-plus range. If you have the extra cash and time, why not give it a go?
We turned to Wink Brow Bar in New York City’s West Village where brows and lashes are owner Umbreen Sheikh’s area of expertise. Here’s what we learned about the dos and don’ts of eyelash extensions.
Do your research
This is an expensive beauty commitment, so no skimping on this step. You want to choose a reputable salon or boutique that specializes in lash extensions. The person giving the service must be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist and should walk you through the steps and give you lash options.
When you find the right location for you, make sure you are being told everything about the process and what to expect. Lashes can either be silk, mink or synthetic and they can be as short or long as you’d like. Make sure to express what you want—long and lush or short and natural—whatever you decide, make sure to be on the same page to avoid a costly mistake.
Be ready to wait
The lashes are applied one by one, so be ready to have your eyes closed for a minimum of 40 minutes to over an hour for a full set. You will most likely be laying down, so bring some headphones or take a nap during the process. Estheticians use a semi-permanent glue that is specially formulated for these extensions and will not irritate the eyes or affect the natural lash. An allergic reaction is possible, but there are other glues that your lash tech can use if you are prone to this kind of reaction. Also note that when you are done, lashes shouldn’t be clumpy if applied correctly (remember, each lash goes on a single natural lash).
Keep water and moisture-rich products off your lashes for the first 48 hours. Any heavy oils or creams will loosen the bond of the adhesive. Avoid picking or pulling the extensions prematurely. It might take a day to get used to fluttery lashes 24/7 but trying to pick at them will only ruin the procedure and damage your natural lashes so its important to avoid this at all costs.The falsies will eventually fall off on their own depending on each person’s lash growth cycle. However, to keep up the extensions, it is recommended to go for a touch-up every three to four weeks. Remember to comb them on the regular to reshape them and fan them out.
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