I recently got eyelash extensions, Xtreme Eyelash extensions, in fact, and I love them. There is a lot to consider before making the investment. They are pricey, and require a bit of commitment and after-care, but boy they are worth it. I've written up everything I've learned about my eyelash extension experience and everything you need to know about eyelash extensions is right here.
Eyelash extensions are the latest trend in permanently extending lashes for a long eyelash look. It is an investment in both time and money. There are things you need to consider before making this investment, a few things you need to do before heading out for your initial lash appointment and of course, things you need to do to maintain your gorgeous new lashes.
Lash extensions need to be done by a trained lash professional; do your research. Lashes are bonded to each individual lash and they need to be done carefully and by an expert. You need your lashes to be in their best condition. I highly suggest using a lash growth or lash conditioning product 30 – 45 days prior to your initial lash appointment. Many professionals will not apply eyelash extension to small, short, weak or thin eyelashes. Some great lash products to try: AMPLIFeye Lash & Brow Fortifier, Revitalash Advanced, and GRANDELash MD.
Arrive to your appointment free of makeup, especially eye makeup. Do not use oil based skin care or eye makeup (including removal) products. Be prepared to be there 2 hours or more (your specialist will let you know when making the appointment). You will select the proper length and style of lash for you based on your expected result. Your eyes will be closed the entire time and it is actually quite relaxing. As I said, lash extensions are individually bonded to each individual lash. It does not hurt. The lashes are not heavy, but they are thicker than you would expect, but they look extremely natural.
You cannot get your lashes wet for the first 24 hours after any eyelash extension application. This is critical to let the bond set. After 24 hours, you will be surprised at how easy it is to maintain eyelash extensions. You treat them as you would natural lashes with a few exceptions: NEVER use oil-based products on or near the lashes as this could break the bond — this includes oil based eye makeup removers. You can use micellar waters, makeup removing towelettes like Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads or specially formulated products like Xtreme Eye Makeup Remover. Be sure to use a tissue or face cloth and never a cotton pad or the cotton will get stuck in the lashes. For hard to remove eye makeup like eyeliner, you can use a pointed q-tip dipped in a cleanser like Philosophy Purity Made Simple.
You can wear mascara over your extensions, but if you have selected the right extensions, you shouldn’t have to. There is one mascara made to wear specifically with extensions, Xtreme Lashes Volume Mascara and it applies and removes easily. Most women elect to wear mascara on the lower lashes still. A few good lower lash mascara includes L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
You need to get you extensions filled or touched up every 2 – 3 weeks. Lashes fall out with your natural lash growth cycle and your lash specialist will fill in these hairs. They will give you a recommendation as to when to come back. You first “fill “appointment will probably be in 3 weeks and they will judge your lash growth cycle from there.