Eyelash Extensions

I just recently decided to try out eyelash extensions and what can I say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new lashes and decided to write a post about them and to encourage any girl/ woman out there contemplating about getting them done to just go for it. Assuming they are applied correctly by a certified professional eyelash tech, you have nothing to worry about and let me tell you they are simply life changing!

Honestly, eyelash extensions make everyday eye makeup pretty much unnecessary. I save so much time in the morning on my makeup routine because I no longer have to apply mascara or eyeliner as the lashes make my eyes pop out. And no matter how tired I feel; the lashes make me look wide awake and so put-together. What’s not to love about that?

First things first: Before getting eye lash extensions, I strongly encourage you to do your research and look for a certified and experienced professional. Don’t opt for the cheapest option out there just because you want to save money. I spent weeks on the internet researching beauticians and eyelash salons in my region and to be honest I probably read every possible review there is and was horrified at some of the stories people wrote. So much so, that it almost put me off getting eye lash extensions altogether.

….Me sporing my fabulous eyelashes (week 2!) – I am wearing no mascara whatsoever in this pic!
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While it is certainly true that eyelash extensions can damage your own lashes, it’s important to keep in mind that this is only the case when they are of poor quality, applied unprofessionally and/or not maintained properly. If they are done by a professional with the necessary expertise and knowledge and if you take care of them correctly, you have nothing to worry about.

Even if your own lashes should break, they will eventually grow back. Thus, the damage wouldn’t be permanent anyway.

What to look for

Make sure the eyelashes are synthetic. This is important: always go for the synthetic ones as animal hairs could trigger allergies, not to mention that they are probably not animal friendly.

The lashes my eyelash tech uses, are from VIP lashes (a well-known and certified brand in Switzerland) and are synthetic.

Make sure your eyelash tech uses the one-on-one technique where one synthetic eyelash is applied one lash at a time on one natural eyelash. Loading your eyelashes with more than one synthetic lash at a time will most certainly overload your own lashes and cause breakage.

The lashes are available in a range of different thicknesses and lengths and a good tech will take her time to help you choose the best option for you. I opted for the natural look with a set of 100 10 mm lashes per eye.

Procedure

Eyelash extensions are basically semi- permanent eye lashes which are applied by hand on top of your own lashes just above the root using surgical-grade adhesive that’s non-irritating and safe for the eye area.

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Photo: Denisa Lashes Zurich

As I already mentioned, the individual lashes are glued one by one on top of your own lashes and this might take a while. It lasted about 1 hour in my case but to be honest it didn’t bother me one bit. I just lay there, eyes closed, listening to music while the tech worked on my lashes and I found the whole experience to be very relaxing. No burning or pain whatsoever.

What do they feel like?

The lashes are so soft and weightless, and as they are attached to your lashes one by one, they’re incredibly comfortable to wear. I don’t feel mine at all – not like when I used to wear false eyelashes, which always weighed heavily on my own lashes. You’ll definitely notice the difference in the mirror! It’s been two weeks now and I still can’t get enough of my Bambi look.

Maintenance

Maintenance is key and will make all the difference in how long your lashes will last.

It’s important to avoid contact with water, oils and steam for the first 48 hours after application in order for the glue to dry.

After the 48 hour period you can pretty much go about your everyday normal life as you would with your natural lashes: I shower, wash my face and go to the gym with my lashes and have not encountered any problems whatsoever.

This being said, it goes without saying that rubbing your eyes or picking at your lashes is a big no-no. You can still wash your face normally (in fact you must) just pay extra attention not to rub the eye area. Let the water run down your lashes when rinsing.  After showering I always gently comb through my lashes with a clean disposable mascara wand. Be careful and gentle when doing this as you could end up pulling out your own lashes.

Gently brush your lashes to avoid them getting stuck together. I brush them first thing when I get up in the morning and after showering.

Avoid oil based products around the eye area as they will break down the glue and cause your lashes to fall out. When applying eye cream make sure not to apply it too close to the lash line and apply it 1 hour before going to bed. Other than that, I don’t take any special precautions and so far, I have not lost any lashes and they are still as pretty as can be.

How long do they last?

With proper care, they can last for six to eight weeks and remain on your natural lashes until they naturally fall out, as all lashes do.

However, it is advisable to go for a refill every 3 weeks where the tech will set and reapply lashes, which have fallen off. That way you are guaranteed a perfect look at all times.

Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.

Life is so much better with a great set of eyelashes…

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