5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions

Have you noticed longer lashes on the ladies around you that don’t look like the result of great mascara? They’ve probably taken up the latest trend - eyelash extensions. We’ve always been obsessed with having longer, fuller and darker eyelashes, but it’s important to understand what the options out there are all about before you dive into the latest trend too.

1. What are eyelash extensions made up of?

Thinking of those glue-on strips or individual lashes at your local drugstore? Eyelash extensions are far from those temporary products. They’re actually silk, mink or poly nylon synthetic lashes that are applied to your natural eyelash, using an adhesive bonding process. Initially, it can take 1-2 hours to apply as a single lash is generally applied to each natural one.

2. How long do they last?

You can expect eyelash extensions to typically last about four weeks, with refills required often at 2-4 week intervals as your natural eyelash sheds. However, if you use an oil-based eye makeup remover or you rub your eyes regularly, they may fall out faster as oil weakens the bond between the glue and the lash.

3. How do I know it was applied properly?

Good extensions will ensure that neither the synthetic eyelash or the glue used will touch the eyelid.

4. How much would they cost me?

In the United States, eyelash extension services can range from $100 to $500 for your initial application, and refills would be at a decreased cost.

5. Are there any irritations associated with eyelash extensions?

The most adverse effects could include:

  • Red eyes
  • Dry eyes
    • This is thought to be due to formaldehyde, which is contained in some of the glues used for application.
  • Allergic reaction that leads to red puffy eyelids

You may consider eyelash extensions to be a great alternative to using mascara daily or instead of temporary glue-on eyelashes. Before you get going though, be sure to consult your dermatologist on recommendations and treatment of any potential adverse events associated with it.

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