Lash Extensions Explained

Have you poked yourself in the eye with your mascara wand for the last time or thrown your lash curler across the room after pinching your eyelid with it? Have you considered getting lash extensions? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision.

• Increasingly popular lash extensions are a great alternative for those of us who do not want to spend time daily applying fake eyelashes or even using a lash curler.

• There are three types of lash extensions—synthetic, silk and mink. Silk lashes are fine and flexible and are good for weak natural lashes. Mink lashes are more expensive than the other two, but create a beautiful look that is light and feathery.

• Lash lengths range from 6mm to 17mm.

• The procedure of applying the lash extensions can take about two hours. Extensions are applied one at a time—each to a natural lash.

• Semi-permanent glue, which is used to apply the lashes, will not irritate your eyes or damage your natural lashes. Alternative types of glue are available in the event of an allergy.

• Lash extensions will fall out naturally during the growth cycle of each lash.

• Lash extensions should be maintained yearly with touchups every three to four weeks.

• A licensed and experienced lash technician will make sure that the procedure is safe. Rest assured that if your eyes are closed, glue will not get into your eyes.

• Lash extensions will not damage your own natural lashes. The less you rub or tug your lashes, the longer the extensions will last.

• Remember that everyone’s lashes are different. Lashes can only be lengthened or thickened depending upon your own natural lashes. Experts recommend starting out with a half set when you get extensions for the first time.

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