1. What are eyelash extensions?
Certified artists applying Classic Extensions glue false lashes, typically one at a time, to your lash line using an adhesive that is safe for the eye area. Lash extensions add thickness, length, and color (mainly black) to lashes.
2. How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Prices range. You can expect the retail value of a full set of classic extensions to be anywhere from $125-$250 and an infill (many variables) to be at around or above $60. You are paying for both the materials and the time it takes for the professional artist to apply them properly.
3. What are lash extensions made of?
Lash extensions come in a variety of materials. The most common are made out of synthetic polyester (PBT), silk and mink, and can range in length from short to very long. PBT- Lycra-esque/flexible thin thermoplastic with chlorine resistance and excellent UV properties.
4. Does it hurt to have done?
No. It is generally not a painful procedure, but some people could have negative reactions to materials involved. If you experience any burning, pain or discomfort, let the professional know immediately. Your technician should be trained in dealing with this potential issue. The adhesive should never touch your skin, much less your eyes. There are measures that the lash artist should have in place to ensure full comfort during your appointment. Some people are more irritated by the lash adhesive fumes and the technician should have a low fume option, when necessary.
5. Do they last forever?
Your natural lashes fall out every 60 to 90 days, but we do not notice when they fall out quite as much because there’s already a new lash growing behind it. False lashes are often thicker and longer than your natural lashes, so when they fall out, you may wind up noticing it more. With lash extensions that are adhered to your natural lashes, they can fall out anywhere from a week to a couple months down the road. Typically, you will need to get them filled every 2-3 weeks or completely replaced with a new full set every 3+ weeks, if you prefer that option.
6. How can I make them last longer?
We have a longer post pertaining to the aftercare, however, a big factor is learning to sleep on your back! I know this is difficult for those who are accustomed to being side (or even face) sleepers but it can help your lashes avoid getting pulled or prodded. Also, even if you really love feeling that lengthy, lovely, lush set of new lashes all up on your fingertips, resist the urge to touch them anyway. Steer away from Oil-based products near your upper and lower lashline, these will break the bonds of the adhesive down faster. Use a sealant/coating product to keep the adhesive bonds safe between fills.
7. Can I wear mascara with eyelash extensions?
You can, but the brush could potentially pull on your lashes and cause them to be damaged, loosened, or removed. Avoid waterproof mascara and only apply mascara at the TIPS of lashes. There are special extension mascaras available and we recommend specific brands in other blog posts. You may find you don’t need any at all once you’ve got these!
8. Can I use eye makeup remover while I have them?
When you remove your makeup, just be extremely careful and do your best to avoid touching the lashes. Use a gentle eye makeup remover with a cleansing wipe rather than cotton balls or Q-tips, which can result in fibers being caught on your extensions. Do not use an oil-based makeup remover, as oil-based products can affect the glue negatively.
9. Who should not get eyelash extensions?
There are a few factors that can rule out eyelash extensions as a possibility. If you have very curly eyelashes, your lash extensions have a higher chance of falling off faster. If you tend to rub your eyes a lot–even in your sleep–then you should probably not get extensions. If you are not interested in the upkeep (like highlights or getting nails) you may not be the best candidate. Nature and Nurture aka Genetics and your deisre to Upkeep determines your level of lash opportunity.
10. How do I take them off?
I strongly recommend going to a professional to have your eyelash extensions removed, as they are trained in the process and know how to do it properly without damaging your own lashes or pulling the natural ones out along with the fake ones. There are special bond reducers to slip the false lashes off and keep your eyes closed/safe. If you are not planning to upkeep and only got a set of extensions for a trip, please schedule your removal before leaving your lash appointment.
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