Are you sick and tired of mascara running down your face and staining your gis in training, but you don’t want to give up makeup? Lash extensions may just be the thing for you! Read on to find out all you need to know before you start wearing them.
What are lash extensions?
There are various types of lash extensions. The basic variation is having single lashes attached to your natural ones, one by one, using a medical grade adhesive. This is most commonly referred to as ‘natural look’ or the 1:1 method. Extensions are placed at the roots of your natural lashes, but do not touch the skin of the eyelid at all. You can’t apply them yourself – it needs to be done by a qualified lash technician.
Lash extensions come at various lengths, thicknesses, colours and can be made of different materials. The 1:1 method provides the most natural-looking results. From a distance it appears, as if you were wearing mascara. My personal experience is limited to synthetic extensions applied this way and this will be the focus of this post.
Why get lash extensions?
Lash extensions are a particularly convenient solution for people who are expected to wear make up at work and come to training right after. They are a major time-saver, especially as they eliminate the need for most eye makeup. Intense black colour of the lashes draws attention to your eyes, so there is often little need for any other cosmetics either.
Additionally, problems such as mascara running down your face during training, stinging your eyes as it melts away, or staining you gi are non-existent when wearing eyelash extensions.
What’s the procedure?
Applying lash extensions takes about 1.5-2 h for a full set (application from scratch). Infills are faster depending on how many lashes need to be added. It can be difficult to sit still for that long, but it is a small price to pay for having to do absolutely nothing regarding eye makeup for the next 3 weeks.
The technician will make sure that the glue holding the lashes in place is dry before they let you go. You will have to avoid getting them wet for the following 24h or using oil-based makeup removers in general to make sure they stay in place.
Caring for lash extensions is limited to brushing them with a special brush – clean mascara wand. This keeps them tidy and gets rid of any dust or tiny bits of stuff that may be gathering in them.
Extensions last from 2-4 weeks depending on how well you care for them and how quickly your natural lashes tend to fall out. Intensive training may damage them earlier, but this is an exception rather than the rule.
There is no need to apply mascara to them, unless you’d like to highlight the lashes under the eye, which sometimes end up looking bleak in comparison to the upper lid. Using mascara on lash extensions in not recommended, because it is almost impossible to wash out after and may damage them.
Lash extensions can be expensive depending on the area where you are getting them done. In London, the high street prices oscillate around £70 for a full set and £30 for infills. It is often cheaper to ask around and find technicians working from their homes. They don’t need to pay commission to the salon, which makes their prices are much lower, while the quality is the same.
One of major concerns around lash extensions is that they supposedly damage your natural lashes. I didn’t find that to be true at all, apart from situations when a few were pulled out in training. Taking them off every few months has never revealed any hidden damage.
How to get rid of lash extensions?
If you’d like to stop wearing lashes there are 2 ways to go about it.
You can have them removed at the salon. The technician will apply a solution which melts away the glue and they come off. This costs £10-15, and takes 15 min.
The second way involves waiting until most of the extensions fall out. As soon as they begin looking strange cut the fake lashes to the length of your natural ones. You can use mascara as usual. Eventually, the remaining extensions will fall off. If you’re concerned about having a glue melting substance so close to your eye, this may be a better way.
Do you wear lash extensions? What are your experiences?