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What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are semipermanent lashes that are hand-glued on top of your natural lashes, says Andra Marin, artistic director and expert lash stylist at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in NYC. Unlike strip lashes, lash extensions are glued on individually to your natural hairs, so they're super customizable and actually look real.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
If you take care of them (more on that later), eyelash extensions can last for six to eight weeks until they naturally fall out like your lashes usually do. Once they start falling out, though, you can go back and have your lash stylist fill in the missing pieces. So, technically, you can make your extensions last indefinitely.
Are there any risks with lash extensions?
The procedure must be done while the client is immobilized and with their eyes completely closed. If the eyelash extensions are applied by a trained professional, there are minimal risks.
Other risks may include forms of an allergic reactions. For example, some clients may be allergic to the formaldehyde fumes released when the adhesive comes in contact with moisture. These fumes continue to be released for the next 24-48h until the adhesive completely sets. Some clients may be allergic to other ingredients in the adhesive such as stabilizers, thickeners or carbon black coloring.
Can I still wear makeup with lash extensions on?
You can still wear makeup with the lash extensions; however, we don’t recommend it since it may affect the retention of the extensions. Each time you apply make up around the eyes, you would need to remove it. Which means more friction around the eye area which may lead to poor retention or uneven extension loss along the lash line.
How are lashes applied?
The lashes are applied strand by strand to your natural eyelashes using a special adhesive formulated to use around the eyes.
How long do eyelash extensions last?
Extensions shed with your natural lashes, and your initial application should last 4-6 weeks before a subsequent touch-up appointment. Aftercare and personal habits, as well as your natural eyelash growth cycle, will determine how often you will need to return for a maintenance fill.
Should I choose classic or volume lashes?
This depends on the type of look you are looking for! For Classic lashes the extensions are applied one by one to your natural eyelashes. We can enhance your natural eyelash by applying extension that are thicker and longer for a finished looks as though you are wearing amazing mascara. For Volume lashes multiple extensions are fanned/opened and applied onto one natural eyelash, so the finished look appears full and soft.
What are classic lashes vs. hybrid eyelash extensions?
When it comes to the density, curl, and length of your extensions, you’ll want to work with your tech to figure out which is the best option for you. “A good lash technician will take your face shape, bone structure, and natural lashes into consideration when helping you decide on a lash look,” says Clementina Richardson, lash expert and founder of Envious Lashes in NYC and Miami.
Typically, single or classic lashes means there's one single extension attached to one single, natural lash. If you want more volume, the lash tech can apply a few extension hairs to a single, natural lash, which is commonly called a fan lash or volume lash. And with hybrid lash extensions, your lash tech can combine the two and add a fan where you want more volume and taper it out with singles. Phillip's best tip: Ask for photos of the lash tech's work to help communicate exactly what you want. The lash terminology changes depending on the lash tech, so make sure you're both on the same page.
How do you know what size eyelash extensions to get?
You might want Kardashian-level lashes, but that doesn’t mean your eyes can handle them. “The type of lashes you can get all depends on the length and strength of your natural lashes,” says Marin. “Wearing lashes that are too long or too thick for your lashes can actually cause damage in the long run, so you need to make sure your extensions aren’t too much longer or thicker than your natural lashes.”
If all that sounds confusing, don't worry—a licensed lash specialist will help you make the best decision for your lashes, including what type of material you should get, like synthetic mink or synthetic silk. Mink is usually pricier, feels softer, and looks more natural; however, some synthetics, which are highly customizable, can also look and feel natural and end up costing as much as or more than mink.
Can I wear makeup to my eyelash extension appointment?
Nope. You’ll want to show up to your appointment with clean skin and no eye makeup. That means absolutely no eyeshadow, eyeliner, and/or mascara. Anything on your lids or lashes could affect how your extensions turn out, so definitely make sure to wash your face beforehand.