Just A Super Useful Guide To All Things Eyelash Extensions

Just A Super Useful Guide To All Things Eyelash ExtensionsJust A Super Useful Guide To All Things Eyelash Extensions.

What exactly are Russian lashes anyway?

Eyelash extensions: they’re the semi-permanent option for giving your lashes mega-volume, length and va-va-voom without applying even one swipe of mascara.

If you’ve ever considered getting eyelash extensions but feel more than a bit bamboozled by all the different options, then you’ve come to the right place. Because we’ve hunted down the experts to give you a handy all-in-one guide with everything you need to know about eyelash extensions.

From how to long they last, to how to remove them and the best places to get them done. Read on for perfect lashes, minus the mascara.

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What are eyelash extensions and how are they applied?

A lash extension treatment involves applying individual synthetic lashes onto each natural eyelash to add extra length and volume. They’re perfect for holidays, a big event or just perfect lashes every day.

It takes around an hour and a half for a full set to be applied, so it’s definitely not a lunch-break treatment. But you’ll be surprised; it’s ultra relaxing and a lot of people fall asleep whilst they’re being applied. So plan your time wisely and catch up on some Zzzs at the same time.

ELLE Top Tip.

Book your manicure beforehand and you’ll have an hour or two to let them dry whilst you’re having your lashes done which means no accidental smudges on the way home!

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Are there different kinds of lash extensions?

Yep, there are many different variations of lengths, thicknesses and curvatures which you can choose from after an initial consultation with your therapist to get the look you want. You can also get half sets or just corner lashes – depending on how full you want your flutter.

How long do lash extensions last for?

Lash extensions typically last the same lifetime as your natural lash cycle, which is between 4-6 weeks. However, to avoid them looking patchy as they grow out, most lash salons usually recommend top ups after 2 or 3 weeks to keep lashes looking completely full and uniform.

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How do you remove eyelash extensions?

First things first, DIY is almost never the way.

To avoid damage to your natural lashes lash extensions are best removed professionally by your lash technician. A special gel or cream remover is applied and the process usually takes between 10-15 minutes.

Some salons, however, do offer an at-home remover, so it’s good to check with your technician when you have them applied to see if this is an option.

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Do lash extensions damage your eyelashes?

If you look after your lashes properly and follow the correct aftercare and removal, then your natural eyelashes should be absolutely fine. But, if you’re a lash picker and start twiddling with them as they fall out then you can risk losing a few of your own at the same time.

How can you make your lash extensions last longer?

We get it. You’ve forked out on a full set of flutter-worthy lashes and you don’t want them to go any time soon. So how do you keep your lashes for longer? Well, like any treatment, it’s important to follow the advised after care.

– Stay away from the water.

With eyelash extensions this involves keeping lashes away from water for 24 hours and heat treatments, such as saunas or steam, after having them applied.

– Avoid oil-based beauty products.

You’ll also want to avoid any products that contain oil, as this can begin to break down the bond between the lash extension and natural lash. Lots of eye make-up removers contain oil so make sure you get a lash-friendly cleanser to remove your make-up.

– Comb them in the am.

It’s also worth mentioning that your lashes might get a little twisted in the morning (the perils of having a super-full flutter) so it’s a good idea to use a little spoolie brush to give them a brush into place.