Male Eyelash Extensions: All You Need to Know
Learn all about male eyelash extensions, how they’re done, how much they cost, and the different styles you can choose from!
If you’re a guy looking to make your eyes stand out and aren’t a huge fan of makeup – we might have the solution for you! Male eyelash extensions are all the rage right now and can be made to look completely natural (or super glam, if that’s more your style).
If this sounds like something that would look good on you, don’t dwell on gender stereotypes about who lashes are meant for, and just go for it!
In this guide, we cover all about how eyelash extensions for guys work, what an appointment would look like, and how to choose the best style for you.
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How Do Male Eyelash Extensions Work?
Lash extensions are done the same for everyone, no matter their gender.
So, if you’ve already done some research and found sources regarding lash extensions for women – it’s the exact same principle. But if you’re completely new to the game, don’t worry, we’ll explain everything here.
The very first thing the tech is going to ask you when you walk into the salon is which style you want, but there’s a whole section on that later.
Then, they’ll ask you to lay down for the so-called lash nap (yes, people really do fall asleep & it’s completely okay). The tech will then apply under eye patches and use lash tape to separate your top and bottom lashes, which will prevent them from sticking to each other.
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For the main part of the appointment, the tech will take an individual lash fiber (or sometimes a cluster of a few fibers, if you opt for a more voluminous look), dip it into the adhesive, and place it onto your lash.
The process can last anywhere between 90 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the style you chose.
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What Are Male Lash Extensions Made Of?
Lash extensions can be either synthetic or natural. The natural ones are made out of silk or mink, but there’s also the option of faux silk/mink. Each has its pros & cons, but it’s best to discuss the materials with the lash tech in your chosen salon.
Keep in mind that natural lashes could cause an allergic reaction, so ask your tech about doing a patch test if you’ve never been in contact with mink fur before.
Which Styles of Lash Extensions for Men Are There?
The way lash styles are defined is based on where the longer strands are placed and this process is called mapping. Different placements are what help you achieve different effects.
Sometimes, certain lash maps and styles suit certain eye shapes best, so make sure you book an appointment with a reputable lash tech to achieve the most flattering look. Here are some of the most popular lash extension styles for men:
Classic lash extensions are the most popular choice since they suit everyone and can be easily upgraded to look more dramatic depending on your taste. They look natural, they are not heavy on the eye and, if done properly, they won’t damage your natural lashes.
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Fox lashes are the longest near the outer corner, but not at the very end – rather, about three-quarters in. This style will give your eyes a more elongated almond shape.
Reverse Cat Eye
They’re the longest near the inner corners and get shorter toward the outer corners. This makes the eyes look more open and closer together, so they’re not suitable for anyone who already has eyes like that to not overexaggerate the feature.
Squirrel lashes are more natural, although they can be made to look more dramatic by increasing the volume and curve. They’re usually wispy and open up the eye, making them the most universal style when it comes to fitting different eye shapes.
Brown Lashes, Any Style
Finally, we have to talk about brown lash extensions. Of course, they can be made in any style, curl, and length, but will almost always look more natural. The most common reason that people go for this style is that they don’t want their extensions to be too noticeable.
They’re also great for very light-skinned, Fitz 1 people, who have very light natural lashes.
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What Do I Need to Know Before Getting Male Lash Extensions?
In this section, we’ll talk about some things that you should discuss with your lash tech but are useful to know beforehand.
Caring for Your Lash Extensions
The most reliable advice will be given to you by the tech who did your lashes. Still, there are some general rules of male lash extensions aftercare that you should follow to keep your lashes from losing their curl or even falling out prematurely.
Here are some general tips on proper lash extension aftercare:
- Keep them dry the first 3-4 hours post-treatment (this includes swimming, sweat, and saunas too)
- Don’t touch them or rub your eyes
- Avoid oil-based products around your eyes
- Try not to sleep on your face
Your lash extensions will last around 6-8 weeks, or as long as the natural growth cycle of your lashes lasts. But they fall out gradually, so you won’t lose your whole set overnight.
So, maintaining your lash extensions means getting fill-ins every 2-4 weeks.
But if you don’t want to prolong the effects, you can get removal. This means going back to the salon, where the tech will use an adhesive remover to remove the extensions.
Possible Side Effects
Most side effects are related to lash glue or lash adhesive, rather than the lashes themselves.
This means that it’s extremely important to keep your eyes firmly closed during the appointment to make sure no adhesive gets in contact with your eyes.
Lash adhesive can cause an allergic reaction due to ingredients like cyanoacrylate and carbon black.
The symptoms may manifest similarly to those of seasonal allergies like itching, redness, dryness, and swelling. You can learn more about lash adhesive allergies here.
How Much Do Male Eyelash Extensions Cost?
The average price is around $150. However, this can vary depending on the style. Usually, more voluminous styles are more expensive, as it requires the tech to use up more material.
Do Lash Extensions for Men Hurt?
No, lash extensions are generally painless. You might feel a little uncomfortable since the tech will be using a pair of tweezers around your eyes, but that’s ok – it takes some getting used to.
If you, however, feel uncomfortable after getting your lashes done this can be an indication that something went wrong during the treatment. Read this article to get more info.
Men’s Eyelash Extensions – Tips & Tricks
If you’ve made your mind up and are ready to get lash extensions, here are a few tips & tricks on how you can make them last longer:
- Get fill-ins after about 3 weeks. The timing isn’t set in stone, so consult with a tech whether you need to wait a little longer.
- Clean your lashes properly by giving them a regular lash bath. Your tech should give you instructions or product recommendations for cleaning.
- Brush them out using a spoolie (or clean mascara wand) to prevent tangles.
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Alternatives to Male Eyelash Extensions
Maybe lash extensions just aren’t for you, and that’s okay. But there’s no need to completely give up on the idea of enhancing them – there are other ways to do so.
For example, lash tints look much more natural than extensions. They’re essentially a more permanent mascara that lasts 6-8 weeks. It doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing any makeup – just a little more put together.
There’s also the lash lift – a treatment that lifts and curls the lashes to open up the eyes. The effects last several weeks, and like lash extensions, you lose them gradually. Here’s all about lash lifts.
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Male Eyelash Extensions – Main Takeaways
Men’s eyelash extensions are gaining popularity in recent years as the stigma around men wearing makeup begins to fade.
There are plenty of styles to choose from, ranging from barely noticeable brown extensions to more dramatic looks like the reverse cat eye or fox eye lashes. Your extensions will last for about 6 weeks before they shed and fall out at the end of your natural lash growth cycle.
The most important thing is to clean them regularly and maintain their longevity, after which you can schedule a lash removal appointment with your technician.
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