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Eight things you need to know before you go for an eyelash extension


Eyelash extensions can be all the difference from a simple look to a glam look. They give our lashes a fuller look that you cannot quite get from simply applying mascara. These extensions enhance the length, fullness and thickness of our lashes.

With different types available in the market, you can choose between mink, silk, synthetic or human hair. These have grown in popularity as more and more women lack the patience to apply fake lashes every day.

But to what lengths are you willing to go to achieve fuller lashes? Are they even worth it? If you are looking to go the eyelash extensions way, here are a few things you need to know.

1. There are different types of eyelash extensions namely synthetic, silk and mink. Mink generally looks more natural because it is light, feathery and softer but it also costs more.

You can however customize your synthetic and silk extension to achieve a more natural look and save that money. You will also need to choose how curly you want them, the length and the density of the lashes.  

2. Putting on the lash extensions involves gluing them on one at a time using a semi-permanent glue. This is done with your eyes closed and ideally no glue should get into your eyes or you could end up with eyelid lips.

Considering how sensitive your eye is, avoid glue with formaldehyde. Be extra cautious because long shipment of glues across the world often leads to a buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the market.

3. The process of putting on the eyelash extensions should be completely painless. Should you feel any burning sensation or discomfort, be sure to alert the technician as this should not be happening?

You might need to change the glue as it could be an allergic reaction or an infection. An experienced technician should be able to tell the difference and act accordingly.

4. As the eyelash extensions are glued directly to your natural lashes, they can last for the entire cycle of your natural eyelash. This means the extension will stay on until your natural eyelash falls off by itself. This happens in about six to eight weeks.

You can have them redone every four weeks to refresh the look.  

5. You should avoid getting water on your lashes for about 12 to 24 hours after getting them done. This is because water weakens the adhesive used.

If the glue used is for sensitive eyes, avoid oil-based products and makeup removers near the eye area.  

6. You can apply mascara on top of your extensions but only at the tips. Do so with a very light hand. Avoid getting the mascara at the base of the lashes as it will cause them to clump up.  

7. Contrary to common myth, eyelash extensions do not damage your natural lashes, when applied correctly. Avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling the extensions as this can pull out or damage your natural lashes in the process.

8. Make sure you visit a professional and qualified technician to apply the lashes because that is a very sensitive area of your body.

Before settling down on where to go, do your research and look for reputable salons. Look for reviews as well before and after images of previous clients. After that, you are good to go!

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