What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash Extensions is the new trend in the beauty industry every lady is talking about. These types of extensions are semi-permanent, and designed to add more thickness, fullness, and length to your natural lashes. They are applied to each individual natural lash, unlike those strip falsies, and cluster lashes.
Types of Lash Extensions
There are 3 types of lash extensions: silk, mink, and synthetic. They can be as short as 6 mm and can be as long as 17 mm each.
Silk eyelash extensions are lightweight and flexible that comes in different lengths and curls. They are perfect for those who want the glamorous look. Mink , faux-mink to be exact, are the lightest type of extensions available and ideal for those who want the “natural” look. Lastly, synthetic eyelash extensions are made from acrylic material that’s why they are the heaviest type amongst the three. Because of their “thickness”, they are used because of the drama they create.
Eyelash Extension Application
The eyes will be cleaned by your eyelash technician using a protein primer to make sure there’s no dirt or make-up residue left. Patches or collagen pads are placed under the eyes next. This is to make sure that there is no glue sticking on the bottom lashes. Next, your eyelashes will be brushed to smooth them out, so that they won’t get stuck with each other.
After that, lash extensions will be applied one by one using specialized tweezers. The technician will use a medical grade adhesive to hold the lashes together and will use an air puffer to dry them. The process will be repeated until the whole set is finished, which is around 1.5 to 2 hours. The technician will then do a final check if all the lashes are good. He/she will then remove the patches or pads, and you now have a full set of beautiful eyelash extension.
Maintenance Guide for your Eyelash Extensions
Don’t let the extensions get wet within 24-48 hours from application. You still need to allow the adhesive to set, even though it seems like it’s dry. You can then resume sports and other activities after 48 hours. If you’re going to swim, it’s still best to wear goggles even if the adhesive is strong enough to handle chlorine or salt water. Avoid saunas, as well, because the heat will affect the life cycle of your lashes.
Don’t use any oil-based make-up since oil breaks the adhesive down. If you want to use mascara, even though there’s no need, you must buy specialized mascaras that are water-based and oil-free. Regular mascaras will cause your extensions to not last long. If you have applied make-up on the extensions accidentally, remove it using an oil-free make-up remover, and placed it under the lashes. Slowly blink your eyes while moving the remover up. Also avoid scrubbing your eyes as the extensions may break apart.
Don’t attempt to remove the eyelash extensions by yourself. Since the extensions are attached to your natural ones, removing them will also damage the ones attached. It will take time for your eyelashes to grow again, and an eyelash technician will have a hard time salvaging the remaining natural lashes Plus, it’ll be much more expensive too.
Brush the extensions lightly every day. Three to five strokes should be enough to keep them groomed. This will also help the natural lashes grow out smoothly. Eyelash extensions will last longer if they are taken care of very well.