The Pros and Cons of Lash Extensions

The Pros and Cons of Lash ExtensionsThe Pros and Cons of Lash Extensions.

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It’s no surprise that lash extensions have become more popular in recent years. Most women don’t have the time or patience to apply fake lashes every day. Heck, sometimes we barely have time to use an eyelash curler and apply mascara! So lash extensions can be very convenient and save lots of time when getting ready. I remember when I got lash extensions for my wedding about four years ago. Yes, they looked amazing, but they were time-consuming (it took about two hours to get done), costly to keep up with, and truthfully it did get annoying when the extensions started to naturally fall out.

When it comes to getting lash extensions, it really is best to get them done by an experienced and reputable lash technician. It may be more costly, but it’s better for your lashes and even the health of your eyes in the long run. When an inexperienced technician applies lashes, he or she often applies one synthetic lash to several natural lashes, causing clumps or the lash to break and fall out. In addition, your lashes might fall out if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself. If you avoid these two problems, your lashes should stay intact.

There are three main types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk, and mink. Lengths of the lashes range from 6-17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that supposedly will not irritate your eyes or damage your natural lashes. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.

Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, typically six to eight weeks. Each person’s lash growth is different just like hair growth is unique, so lash maintenance is recommended every three weeks to maintain a full look. Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. Before you book an appointment with a lash technician, here’s what you should know first.

Lash Extension Pros.

Here are the pros when it comes to getting lash extensions:

They can look very natural: Depending on the type of lashes you use, the results can look very natural, even more natural than wearing mascara, so you always look refreshed and awake, with your lashes opening up your eyes.

They last for about three weeks (which means you don’t have to worry about applying mascara or curling your lashes when getting ready): So for three weeks, you don’t have to really worry about curling your lashes or wearing any mascara. This was my favorite pro when it came to getting lash extensions as I got out the door faster and I didn’t have to apply mascara to my lashes.

You can customize your lashes : You can choose the length and curl of your lashes. Most salons carry extension lengths from 6-17mm. The natural-looking sweet spot is 10-12mm.

Lash Extension Cons.

Here are the cons when it comes to getting lash extensions:

The process is looong: If you have a really busy schedule, you may not want to even bother with lash extensions in the first place. If you get 75 or more lashes per eye, application can take two to three hours. And you can’t look at your phone, talk on your phone, or read a book when getting them done. A half set of lashes is an economical alternative to achieve a similarly dramatic effect, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, or applied outward from the eye for a specialized look. It’s better to start out with a half set if you aren’t sure, it’s your first time, or you don’t want to sit in that chair for three hours.

Allergic reactions to lash glue: Some people can have allergic reactions to lash glue as some of the glues contain formaldehyde. Even glues that don’t contain formaldehyde will actually produce formaldehyde as part of the chemical reaction when the adhesive is exposed to air. So if you have any eye or skin sensitivities, make sure to check with your lash technician to confirm that the lash glue he or she is using is in fact formaldehyde-free.

They’re costly: The more lashes you have applied, the more it costs. Applying about 75 lashes per eye will run you about $200 on average. If you go back in three weeks to get a fill, you’re looking at about $50-$75 on average per up keep appointment.

They last only three weeks: While this can be a pro (no applying mascara or curling lashes for three weeks), it can be a con as well (three weeks goes by pretty quickly). It may not be affordable for you to have them done every three weeks. Time is a factor too in your busy schedule. If this is the case, consider lash extensions for special occasions such as a vacation or wedding.

They can sometimes look fake: Lash extensions can look natural, but extremely long ones can look really fake, especially when applied to your lower lash lines. But if that’s the look you want, then go for it!

Eye makeup choices are limited: While lash extensions make wearing mascara unnecessary, wearing eyeliner and eyeshadow is not ideal when you have lash extensions, since you’ll need to wash and rub your eye area to remove your eye makeup. If you still opt to wear eye makeup, then be sure to use a non-oily eye makeup remover.

They may not suit your lifestyle: If you swim or workout intensely on a regular basis, lash extensions life span just got more limited, since exposure to water, sweat, and frequent showering/bathing will weaken the glue’s bond.

You have to get them professionally removed: Getting lash extensions removed is actually quick and easy, but please see a professional to get it done. Don’t try to pull the extensions out yourself because not only is it painful, but it could also leave you with few to no natural lashes left. Technically, extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes, but it’s a much slower process and your lashes might start to look more ratchet and sparse.

With lash extensions comes great responsibility: While lash extensions can mean no more curling your lashes or applying mascara, extensions do require blow drying. They also come with their own special cleanser, sponge-tipped tool, and a brush. After baths/showers, your lashes may also look a little funny, arranging themselves into a crisscross formation. No one ever said beauty comes easy!

An Alternative: Lash Enhancement Serum.

If you don’t want to go the lash extensions route or your lashes have become very brittle from repeated extension application, you may want to consider a lash enhancement serum. My personal favorite lash serum is ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost. It’s a nightly conditioning treatment that helps you achieve the appearance of longer-looking, fuller-looking, darker-looking lashes. It’s also fragrance-free, clinically and ophthalmologist-tested, and suitable for contact lens wearers and all skin types.

ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost uses multi-med therapy to moisturize, nourish, and protect lashes. It is a cosmetic grade product designed to improve the appearance of your lashes. It is not a drug product and will not affect the structure and function of your lashes. Panthenol and sodium hyaluronate attract moisture to lashes, promoting flexibility and resilience. Biotin and keratin infuse protein to help protect against future damage. Peptides provide nutrition to lashes, enhancing durability, and supporting a more voluminous appearance. This serum should be used at night only along the upper lash line.

ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost can be used with lash extensions. However, it was designed for use on natural lashes. Results can’t be guaranteed when used on lashes with extensions. Individuals with lash extensions can still use it, but the product was not clinically-tested on them. Even though this serum has not been clinically-tested with lash extensions, the benefit to using it with extensions on is that your natural lashes can get stronger. However, it can break down the glue on lash extensions. Consider using this serum if you plan to transition out of them. Start using ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost when the extensions need replacement, during the «shedding» process to help with the transition. Take for example, in a three month time span, lash extensions could cost $250 or more and one tube of ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost costs $150 retail and $135 Preferred Customer price. Each tube of serum has been lasting individuals using it anywhere from two to six months. It’s a more economical way to achieving longer-looking and fuller-looking lashes.

So there you have it. the pros and cons to getting lash extensions. If applied correctly and properly, lash extensions are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. However, be sure not to rub your eyes or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. Because of the sensitive nature of lashes and the surrounding eye area, finding someone who is certified to apply lash extensions safely and correctly is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply lash extensions without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes. Just like you would with a hair stylist or cosmetic surgeon, do your research. Look at before and after photos, ask for references, and always make sure the lash technician you choose is licensed and lash-certified.

Or, go the alternative route and use a lash enhancing serum. My personal choice for healthy, longer-looking and fuller-looking lashes is ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost. Click here if you would like to learn more!