What should you know before getting eyelash extensions?
If you’re looking into getting eyelash extensions, there are definitely some things you should know before entering a studio. That’s why we asked lash experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From avoiding oil-based products to checking for safe ingredients, there are several things that should help you prepare to get your eyelash extensions.
Here are six things you should know before getting eyelash extensions:
- Avoid Oil-Based Products
- Stay Natural for Your First Time
- Find an Experienced Professional
- Check for Safe Ingredients
- Know That It Takes Time and Skill
- Keep Them Fresh With Daily Care
Avoid Oil-Based Products
Before getting eyelash extensions, it is important to know you can not use oil-based mascara or cleansers while you have them. These products can break down the adhesive and cause your extension to fall out!
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
Stay Natural for Your First Time
If you are getting eyelash extensions for the first time, I would highly recommend starting with a more natural look. Because extensions are totally customizable, you want to experiment a bit to figure out the right look for you. By starting more natural, you can get an idea of what they look and feel like before adding more drama.
Nikitha Lokareddy, Markitors
Find an Experienced Professional
Research a reputable and licensed eyelash extension tech. You want to find an eyelash tech that is well-trained and experienced so she can ensure the proper length and placement of eyelash extensions to ensure no damage occurs to your natural lash. You should also know that eyelash extensions last, on average, about three weeks and that you will need to return every three weeks to get your eyelash extensions filled to keep them looking full. Be prepared to spend both time and money to maintain your eyelash extensions.
Amy Wong, My Favorite Hello
Check for Safe Ingredients
As an optometrist, I see patients frequently and talk about eyelash extensions. I recommend that you make sure to ask whether there are cyanoacrylates in the eyelash extension glue.
Cyanoacrylates are formed from formaldehyde. These are toxic to the eyelids and eye surface. Cleanse your eyelash extensions daily. Eyelash extensions can be like cozy sleeping bags for bacteria and eyelid mites. I recommend using hypochlorous acid sprays, okra foams, or tea tree cleansers daily. These products are safe to use with your eyelash extensions.
Leigh Plowman, Dry Eye Directory
Know That It Takes Time and Skill
It’s no surprise that eyelash extensions are a growing trend. Before getting it done, you need to know that the first visit takes between one and a half to two hours. Take a power nap because your eyes will be closed for the duration of the extension procedure. The method of application is crucial to successful eyelash extensions. If eyelashes are applied properly and with high-quality materials, your natural lashes will never be pulled or broken off.
Sylvia Kang, Mira
Keep Them Fresh With Daily Care
Semi-permanent eyelash extensions require different maintenance than stick-on lashes. Stick-ons are removable and rotatable. Eyelash extensions remain on your face all hours and can lose their luster if not regularly cleaned. To keep extensions looking fresh, treat lashes with an oil-free cleanser. Apply the lash shampoo via wand in a downward sweep, as if putting on mascara. Follow this routine two or three times a week or daily if you wear heavy makeup. This habit will preserve your extensions longer and keep your appearance neat. Plus, practicing proper hygiene will lessen the chance of infection.
Tasia Duske, Museum Hack