We all dream of getting long, fluttery eyelashes that give your gaze that extra oomph. If you're growing tired of your lash growth serums and waterproof mascara, maybe it's time to consider getting semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions are the perfect alternative for those who want to simplify their morning makeup routine and feel confident even without any eye makeup. Still, we do acknowledge that there are a few pros and cons to take into account before diving into the world of lash extensions.
To make things easier for you, we've made a handy guide containing everything you need to know about eyelash extensions below!
1. It's essential to find a reputable lash salon.
There are people who say that lash extensions can ruin your natural lashes permanently, but that's not necessarily true. The only way to avoid long-term damage is to find a well-respected salon with reputable lash technicians who can brief you all about the dos and don'ts of caring for your fake and real lashes. If a lash technician rushes the application process or doesn't walk you through the nitty-gritty, that's a telltale sign to cancel your appointment and find another salon to accommodate you. On the contrary, good lash technicians will ensure that you know what you're getting yourself into and keep you comfortable all throughout your session.
I've experienced a decent number of lash extension appointments by now, and one salon I'd recommend is Déesse. Apart from having kind and knowledgeable lash technicians, the actual salon is clean and soothing. Perfect for your next pamper session!
2. Lash extensions are customizable.
ICYDK, lash extensions come in different curl types, lengths, and textures. Make sure to do research well before your appointment so you can know what kind will flatter your eyes best. At Déesse, they offer six different kinds of lash extensions to cater to every eye shape!
3. The application process can take up to two hours.
Unlike strip lashes, semi-permanent eyelashes need to be applied individually by your technician. They'll be using a small tool to attach every fake lash to your real lashes, so expect to have your eyes closed for one to two hours. I suggest listening to your favorite songs during your first session so you can stay relaxed the whole time!
4. Lash extensions are high-maintenance.
Sure, you'll no longer have to pack on the mascara and lash growth products every day with lash extensions. Instead, you'll be brushing through your extensions every morning and keeping them away from water and cleanser every night. You'll also have to get refills every two to three weeks if you want to maintain them, which can get pretty expensive for students and fresh grads. The most budget-friendly choice I can genuinely vouch for is Déesse's Doll Lashes Express service, which costs 1,570 pesos per appointment.
5. You can be allergic to the lash glue.
It's normal for your eyes to water or sting a few moments after the procedure, but it's a cause for concern when they still hurt hours or days later. As it turns out, there are actually some people who are allergic to the glue used in attaching extensions! Any decent lash technician will do a quick patch test prior to your very first application to prevent this from happening. You're also encouraged to call your salon in the unlikely event that your eyes show any signs of irritation following your appointment.