If you’re anything like me you’ve been toying with the idea of getting eyelash extensions for a few months now. Your head turns every time you see a perfect pair flutter past and you’re always dying to ask people where they got their set from. But as you dial the number to book an appointment, reality sets in and you start asking yourself if it’s worth the dosh. You’d love to say it’s a one-off payment, but you know damn well there is no way you’re going back to clumpy mascara after spending a few months flaunting lashes as long and luscious as Kylie Jenners’.
The first time I got my eyelashes done was for my 22nd birthday in September. I was going on a ski trip to New Zealand that week, so I figured it was the perfect time to treat myself. As someone who loves a bare face and always opts for a natural look, I was terrified of getting a botched set. So, I spent months researching the perfect salon and eventually, I found Lash Artiste, a small lashing business in Footscray, Melbourne. The lash technician listened to every word I said and applied the most beautiful set of hybrid lashes. They lasted over seven weeks and people were throwing compliments left, right and centre, so I thought I’d answer some common FAQ’s because you should never make a semi-permanent decision without knowing all the facts.
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are synthetic lashes applied directly onto your natural eyelashes using semi-permanent adhesive glue.
What’s the difference between classic, hybrid and full volume lashes?
Classic lashes are the most subtle and traditional set where one eyelash extension is applied to each natural lash. Volume extensions are more technical. Multiple lashes are joined into a fan shape and applied to each lash making them look fuller. Hybrid lashes are a combination of the two, which is perfect for people who want a little more coverage but aren’t ready to go full Kim K.
How long do lash extensions last?
Your eyelash extensions will fall out every 6-8 weeks which is in sync with your natural eyelash cycle. But this depends on how well you look after them. You’ll notice some lashes will start falling out at the four-week mark, which is why some people decide to get refills.
Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes?
To be honest with you, my lashes were damaged by my treatment with obvious gaps in my lash-line appearing when they began to shed. To speed up the recovery, I put coconut oil on my lashes before I went to sleep and took B7 vitamins every morning. With a routine like that, it didn’t take long for them to bounce back.
How do I care for my lashes?
The number one rule is don’t pick at them! This can be extremely difficult, especially when they’re on their last legs and you only have a couple of stray lashes left. If this bothers you, head into a salon and get them professionally removed so you don’t end up with bald eye-lids, like I did.
Oil based products are a no-go because they breakdown the adhesive glue, so make sure you do an audit of your moisturiser, foundation and makeup remover wipes if you want your eyelash extensions to last.
If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to walk around with a weightless set of fluffy lashes do yourself a favour and give them a go. While it may take a little bit of getting used to and they may put a dint in your bank account, you should never hold out on something that makes you feel like you can conquer the world.