Eyelash Extensions: The Ultimate Guide
PMUHub brings you the ultimate guide to everything you ever wanted to know about eyelash extensions – types, cost, effects, risks, maintenance and more!
Long, thick and luscious lashes have always been popular. First, mascara was invented to make the lashes more noticeable. Decades, even centuries later, lash extensions appeared and till today, it is the ultimate way to get outstanding eyelashes.
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About Eyelash Extensions
What Are Lash Extensions and How Are They Done?
Lash extensions are semi-permanent fibers, applied one by one to your natural lashes, to enhance their look.
A semi-permanent adhesive is used to glue individual extensions to each of your natural lashes, thus making them look more voluminous and thicker.
Types of Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions are made of different materials. There are two types based on the material: natural eyelash extensions and synthetic eyelash extensions.
Natural eyelash extensions
Natural eyelash extensions are made of natural materials, most commonly mink fur.
Mink lash extensions
Usually called Siberian mink lash extensions, these are very light and look very natural. Loved by celebrities, but not so much by animal lovers, since they are made of the fur of real minks. Perfect for people who want to add a little bit of an enhancement to their natural lashes.
Sable and fox fur lash extension
Also very light, but much more expensive. Suitable for people who have very light lashes. Look even more natural than mink lashes.
Synthetic eyelash extensions
Synthetic eyelash extensions are made of polished, acrylic material. They look shinier and more dramatic than natural eyelash extensions. Heavier in weight than silk or mink lash, if worn for a long period of time, they can cause damage to natural eyelashes. Synthetic lashes come in 200+ shapes and sizes and can be styled.
Faux mink lash extensions
The most popular synthetic eyelash extensions are faux mink lashes. The material imitates mink fur, but these are cruelty-free and a great option for vegans. They look a little bit fuller and darker, but are pretty low-maintenance and thus the most commonly requested type of eyelash extensions.
Silk lash extensions are lighter and last longer than faux mink lashes. They are not made of real silk, but of synthetic-based silk fiber. They look and feel almost the same as your natural lashes. Being so light, silk lash extensions are a perfect choice for those who have weaker natural lashes.
Which One to Choose: Natural Lash Extensions vs Synthetic Lash Extensions
- Natural materials look more real and fluffier, while synthetic look fuller and darker, thus more dramatic and will surely be noticed.
- Synthetic faux mink lashes or vegan silk lashes are a cruelty-free option for people who care about animals, or vegans.
- Mink and silk lashes take more time to apply.
- Mink lash extensions are not man-made, so they’re not of the same quality.
- Synthetic lash extensions have more curl.
Eyelash Extensions Styles
The most popular technique is classic lashes, where one extension is applied to one of your natural lashes. There are also other techniques that are gaining popularity, especially among people who like a more dramatic look.
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Different techniques of lash extensions:
Classic lash extensions
The most popular technique. 1 eyelash extension is applied to 1 natural lash. Depending on the material used, and the length you choose, they usually look natural.
Learn all about classic lashes here.
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Volume lash extensions are commonly known as Russian lashes or Russian volume lashes.
They are created by applying 3-6 extensions to 1 natural lash, thus creating 3D-6D lashes. Even though there are more extensions to apply, they are not heavy and uncomfortable. Super thin faux mink extensions are used with this technique. The result? Glamorous, lush, and dramatic lashes that will definitely draw attention to your eyes.
Learn more about volume lashes here.
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Hybrid lash extensions
Hybrid eyelash extensions are a combination of classic lashes and volume lash extensions. The lash technician places different extensions strategically to complement your eyes. These are perfect for those who like wispy lash extensions.
Learn more about hybrid lashes here.
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Different Curl Types
Yes, eyelashes come in different curl strengths and there is a difference between J, B, D, U, L & C curl lashes.
- J curl eyelash extensions – the straightest lash style;
- B curl eyelash extensions – look natural, eyelash curler effect;
- C curl eyelash extensions – the most popular, uplifted lashes, open eyes;
- D curl eyelash extensions – dramatic, glamorous;
- L curl eyelash extensions – perfect for people with hooded eyes; harsh upward curl;
Can I Have Bottom Lash Extensions?
Yes, you can have bottom lash extensions, if you like that look. Also, your lower lashes need to be long and thick enough to be able to have the extensions applied.
About the Lash Extension Treatment
How To Prepare for Eyelash Extensions Treatment?
The preparation for a lash extension appointment requires certain steps:
- Take a shower before the treatment, since you shouldn’t shower for 24h after.
- Don’t wear makeup to the appointment. Clean your face and it is a good idea not to wear mascara for at least 24 h before the treatment, so the lashes are perfectly clean.
- Take off your contact lenses, if you wear them.
- Don’t curl your lashes before the treatment.
- Avoid oil-based products on and around the eyes.
- Wear comfortable clothes, because you will be lying down for 2 hours.
Try not to drink coffee before the appointment, since you will need to lay down still for up to two hours. Coffee can make your eyelids twitch and make it hard for the lash extensions artist to be precise.
What Does the Lash Extension Treatment Look Like?
The lash extension treatment lasts 1-2 hours.
The good thing is that lash extensions are customized. You choose the style, length, and curl strength. The artist will mix the extensions of different lengths, to make them look more natural.
The technician cleans your lashes and the area around your eyes. They use tweezers to apply each extension, one by one, to your natural lashes, not to the skin. Then you need to wait for a couple more minutes for the glue to dry and you are all set.
Is Lash Extension Application Painful?
It is definitely not a painful treatment, but some people find it uncomfortable because you need to lie still for almost two hours, while the artist is working on your eyes, which is a pretty sensitive area. Also, your eyes need to be closed all the time.
What Does the Lash Extension Aftercare Look Like?
The aftercare rules are pretty simple, but important to follow, especially in the first 24 hours.
- Don’t get your lashes wet in the first 24h. Avoid long showers, steam, swimming, sweating, working out.
- Try to sleep on your back.
- Don’t use the lash curler.
- Don’t use oil-based products on your eyes.
How Long Do Lash Extensions Last?
Eyelash extensions last 6-8 weeks, without a fill-in. That is the length of the growth cycle of your natural lashes. They will gradually fall off.
Do I Need a Lash Extension Refill Appointment?
Yes, if you want your eyelash extensions to last longer, it is advisable to book a lash fill appointment after a month. More extensions will be added where the old ones fell out. This way, the appointment will last shorter and it will cost less since you will not have to apply the whole set.
How Are Lash Extensions Removed?
Lash extensions will naturally fall off after 6-8 weeks. If you want to get rid of them sooner for some reason, removing eyelash extensions is possible and your technician can do that.
You can also try removing the lash extensions at home by steaming them and applying olive or sesame oil on a cotton swab and then on the lashes and gently pull them out. This is not advisable because you can damage your natural lashes.
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How Do I Maintain My Lash Extensions?
Maintaining lash extensions properly will make them look good and last longer. You need to brush them with a clean spoolie to keep them untangled. Also, don’t pick at them, don’t rub, and be careful when you wash your face.
It’s important to clean your eyelash extensions regularly, to prevent oil, dirt and bacteria build up. Learn how to clean eyelash extensions in this article.
Since your natural lashes don’t grow at the same pace, they are at different stages of growth. If you want to prolong them, book a refill appointment when you notice a lot of the extensions have fallen off, which usually happens 4 weeks after the treatment.
If you want your lashes to last longer, try sleeping on your back instead of on the stomach or on the side. Also, it is a good idea to use a silk pillowcase.
Can I Put Mascara on Eyelash Extensions?
It is not advisable to apply mascara on lash extensions.
First of all, you can damage your eyelash extensions when you remove the mascara. Also, mascara will add extra weight to your lashes, so wearing them can be uncomfortable.
One more reason for not wearing mascara on lash extensions is that the ingredients of mascara can react with the lash glues, break the bond between extensions and natural lashes and make your lash extensions fall out prematurely.
However, if you really want to add mascara to your lashes, do it only if you have classic lash extensions, never with Russian volume lashes or hybrid lashes.
Can I Wash My Eyes with Eyelash Extensions?
Yes, but not in the same manner as before extensions. Wash the bottom of your face and the forehead normally, but use water and mild soap on a cotton pad to clean the eyelids and the area under your eyes. Don’t rub your lashes.
Can I Shower With My Eyelash Extensions?
Of course, but avoid long showers in the first 24 hours. After that, you can shower normally, but try not to wash your lashes for too long.
Don’t put your eyelashes directly under the shower, if you want them to last longer.
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Some people wear goggles while they shower, to protect their lash extensions and make them last longer.
Are Lash Extensions Safe?
Yes, but you need to choose an experienced and trained artist. So, research the artist before booking the treatment in order to avoid possible complications such as:
- skin irritation of the eyelid;
- infection of the eyelid;
- damage to your natural eyelashes;
If you have any allergies, inform your artist and do a patch test to check whether you will be allergic to the lash glue. These complications are very rare and happen only due to improper application and poor quality materials.
Do Lash Extensions Damage Your Natural Lashes?
The treatment is pretty safe and most technicians say that lash extensions don’t damage your natural eyelashes. However, they can become weaker and break if the extensions are too heavy or due to improper aftercare and maintenance.
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Eyelash Extensions Price
How Much Do Lash Extensions Cost?
The price of lash extensions treatment depends on various factors such as your location, the popularity of the artist, and which type of extensions you choose. Expect to pay somewhere between $100-$300 for lash extension treatment. The price of the lash extension refill goes from $50 to $150.
Lash Extensions vs False Lashes
What Is the Difference Between Lash Extensions and False Lashes?
False, strip lashes are all placed on one strip and are glued to the skin of an eyelid. You can apply them at home. They are disposable and removed after one day.
Lash extensions look more natural and last longer. They are perfect for those who want to wake up with luscious lashes every day.
Lash Extensions vs Lash Lift
Lash lift is another very popular way of lash enhancement. During this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to lift and curl your lashes, thus making them look longer. Tinting is also added to make them look thicker, but you can also add some mascara. So, no extensions are added during the lash lift treatment.
Benefits of Lash Extensions
- They look real and natural;
- Improve your look;
- Save time;
- They are customizable;
- If done properly, they won’t damage your natural lashes;
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How To Choose a Lash Extensions Technician?
Choosing a good eyelash extensions artist is very important. If the technique is not done properly, it can lead to various complications, such as irritation, infection, and damage to your natural lashes.
Therefore, do research before you book an appointment. Check for online reviews, find someone experienced and if possible, visit the salon before you book and ask about the materials a technician uses.
Eyelash Extensions – Main Takeaways
Eyelash extensions are popular for a reason. There are various materials and styles, and your artist will help you choose the best one for you. Your lashes will look great when you wake up and you won’t need to add more makeup to your face at all.