Beauty Trend: Eyelash Extensions

According to top beauty brand Cover Girl, over 50% of women would choose mascara if they could choose only one makeup product to wear for the rest of their lives. But, wouldn’t it be so easy if you could wake up with ready, full, long, and curled eyelashes sans mascara? In recent years, eyelash extensions gained popularity with boutique eyelash salons now popping up at virtually every mall. But as with any new trends, there are some important considerations to think over. The board-certified dermatologists of Short Hills Dermatology share what you need to know about eyelash extensions before you hop on the beauty bandwagon.

What Are The Types of Eyelash Extensions?

The three most common types of eyelash extension on the market are mink, synthetic, and silk. The length of the extension is what differentiates these extensions as they range from 6mm to 17mm. Aside from length; each option has different, unique characteristics.

  • Synthetic lash extensions create a bold and dramatic lash. Made from an acrylic material, this style of lash offers the least flexibility, as it is stiff in form. Synthetic lashes do, however, hold a curl well, which is perfect for fun nights out on the town.
  • Silk lash extensions are the ideal option for women with thin natural eyelashes. Both soft and lightweight, this style does not weigh the eyelid down or create a “fake” appearance. Silk lashes also provide a natural, yet fuller lash appearance. Of the three styles of eyelash extensions, silk lashes tend to last the longest.
  • Mink lash extensions are made from real or faux fur. Unbelievably soft and silky, these lavish lashes provide a sheen and lightweight feel. Though mink lashes typically cost more, they tend to outlast synthetic lashes with proper upkeep.

Understanding The Eyelash Extension Procedure

The procedure for adhering eyelash extensions may range between 1.5 to 2 hours. You can expect to book a touch-up appointment every four to eight weeks depending on the care of the lashes, and how well they hold up. It’s important that the technician is precise in order to achieve the best results. For your eyelash extension appointment, experts recommend avoiding any eye makeup or curling your lashes prior to your appointment.

Products To Avoid With Lash Extensions

For the first day or two after applying lash extensions, cosmetologists recommend avoiding water and steam from touching your eyelashes; water can negatively affect eyelash glue, cause the lash extensions to fall out. Furthermore, using waterproof mascara and other waterproof eye makeup is a big no-no. Doing so will cause eyelashes to clump together. This occurrence can be problematic because waterproof mascara is difficult to remove, which typically causes your own eyelashes to fall out aside from your new false eyelashes. Similarly, oil-based makeup removers are not recommended around the eye area.

If you must wear mascara, consider only applying the wand to the tips of your lash extensions. Likewise, if you want to give your lashes a curl, opt for a heated eyelash curler rather than a traditional mechanical curler. But after applying eyelash extensions, many women find they no longer need mascara.

Do Eyelash Extensions Ruin Your Natural Lashes?

Eyelash extensions will not ruin your eyelashes if you follow the correct guidelines. First, confirm that your salon has a skilled professional on staff. You can find a reputable salon by researching the salon, reading reviews, and seeking makeup advice. Furthermore, do not let price deter you from a quality application. Secondly, while it may be tempting, try to avoid picking or tugging on the lash extensions. Doing so will cause both your extensions and your own eyelashes to fall out. Keep in mind that beautiful lashes require maintenance. Many women invest in after care products, such as a protective coating to maintain extensions and their own eyelashes. Eyelash maintenance includes using a spoolie wand to separate and comb out lashes. Eyelash extensions also don’t make your eyelashes thinner.

How To Remove Eyelash Extensions

The average eyelash extension cycle is 60 to 90 days with relash maintenance every 2-4 weeks. When the time comes you have two options to remove them. You can book an appointment at a salon or wait for them to fall out naturally. The later option may take some time, but it is the best alternative to save. Most importantly, do not pull the extensions out yourself. Doing so is not only painful it can cause more damage.

Beautiful, Full, Eyelash Extensions Without Makeup

Eyelash extensions are ideal if you have thin lashes, or are looking for get-up-and-go lashes, without the hassle of applying mascara every day. However, if you are prone to applying dramatic eye makeup often, keep in mind doing so will reduce the lifespan of your eyelash extensions and in turn require more upkeep. For more information on cosmetic advancements contact the experts at Short Hills Dermatology today!

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