As human beings, we all have at least one thing about ourselves that we’d like to enhance. A few months ago, my eyelashes were one of those things. I had never even thought about trying eyelash extensions but after a few failed attempts at gluing falsies onto my eyelids, I decided to go for it.
The thought of getting extensions all started after I was getting ready to go to a party. I had done my makeup and managed to apply some false lashes that I picked up at Rite Aid earlier that day. At first, I thought they looked a little extreme, but didn’t think much of it because I figured I just wasn’t used to them. It wasn’t until my parents told me that my eyelashes looked crazy and over-dramatic that I decided it was time to explore a different option. The very next day, I scheduled my first-ever eyelash extension appointment.
I went to my appointment without doing any research and let’s just say I learned a lot about eyelash extensions over the course of the two months I had them. So, (since you’re actually taking the time to look into lash extensions before getting them done, unlike I did) I’m going to tell you all about the pros, cons and my overall opinion about them!
What you need to know: For those of you who aren’t familiar, eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of your natural eyelashes. A licensed technician will use semi-permanent glue to apply false lashes, made of either synthetic, silk or mink, to each one of your natural lashes. The procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours, depending on your technician and what you’re getting done.
They’re super cute. I love how full and long my eyelashes looked afterwards! I also loved how natural they looked and I got sooo many compliments! (See photo below.)
They saved me time. I saved a lot of time getting ready for work when I had my extensions because I didn’t have to put on any eyeliner or mascara. It was great!
They’re long lasting. I definitely think I got a lot of bang for my buck with my eyelash extensions. They lasted for a little over two months, which is not bad at all. You’re supposed to get a fill-in every 2-3 weeks but after I had them for about that long, I decided I didn’t want to get a fill-in (you’ll find out why in the cons section).
(Photos I took about a week after getting my lash extensions. ON FLEEK!)
They’re expensive. At the establishment I went to, a “full set” (which means you get an entire instillation and not just a fill-in) cost me $150 (fill-ins are $50). I had to lay on the table for 2 hours while the technician applied false lashes to each one of my own. Let’s just say I was very stiff after the procedure.
You’re “not supposed” to wear makeup with them. Especially not mascara. This was very hard for me, as I love wearing mascara and top liner. However, I was highly encouraged not to because any oils or other ingredients that got on to the false lashes, could cause the glue to come off, thus making the lashes fall off. I liked the natural look, but I really missed my eyeliner.
They’re high maintenance. You have to be very mindful of cleaning your lashes. You’re encouraged to use oil-free products, especially soap, as you don’t want to weaken the glue. I was given a special soap just for my lashes. I felt silly using soap just for my eyelashes, so I just stuck to washing my face normally and they would simply get clean just from my face wash. Along with brushing them daily, you’re also advised not to get them too wet, especially 12-24 hours after the procedure (ie. don’t let shower water hit directly on your face).
They get in the way. I couldn’t rub my eyes when they were itchy, and washing my face was super awkward because I literally had to wash around my eyes. Normally, my eyelashes are not a factor when washing my face, but with extensions I had to be very mindful not to get too much soap on my eyelashes or accidentally rub them.
Is it worth the hype? In my opinion, no. Eyelash extensions were awesome (it was great having effortlessly long eyelashes 24/7), but too much of a hassle for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love how they looked but the upkeep turned me off. I’ve decided that, even though they’re significantly shorter, I like my natural eyelashes better. I can actually rub my eyes when they get itchy, I can wear all the eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara I want, and I don’t have to worry about specifically washing my eyelashes.
But if you are the kind of person who doesn’t normally wear eyeliner, eye shadow or mascara and you don’t mind the upkeep, lash extensions might be a great option for you!
Conclusion: I’ve decided I’m going to give falsies another try. Perhaps I just need practice with gluing the strips onto my lids, as well as trying more natural looking ones. I’m also going to look into the newly popular magnetic lashes (that’ll definitely be a post for another day). The best part about both of these options? I can take them off at the end of the day!
I wanna know what you guys think! Have you had eyelash extensions before? Are you planning on getting some! Let me know in the comments!