Some say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and I say that every window needs curtains. Known in Hollywood for years, eyelash extensions are becoming all the rage these days and if you’ve never had your eyes beautified, then you don’t know what you’re missing. In my time as the lead esthetician and lash extension expert at PGA National for over 5 years, I saw more than my share of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly when it comes to this new phenomenon.
If this is your first experience with this world-renowned art of the eyes, here is some advice that will help you avoid a painful, and potentially dangerous experience.
Although skin is where my career first flourished, I have developed a serious passion for the art of lash extensions. Nothing can upset me more than when I see eyelashes that have been ruined by a “so called” lash expert. These professional posers may be someone still in beauty school, someone that has not been properly trained, or worse yet, someone who just doesn’t care. Beware of good deals, coupons, or any other hurry up and purchase offers that may lead to an inadequate experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s all bad, but you can’t go wrong if you do your homework. I’m sure there are reputable professionals out there that may offer a break in cost, but before going for it, due diligence is required.
Things you should know (your homework assignment):
1. Find out how long the lash technician has been applying eyelash extension.
2. Ask to see “before and after” photos.
3. Ask for verification of training with a reputable company. A licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist with a minimum of 1 year of experience.
Eyelash extensions are individually attached to each lash. This technique takes precision, skill, time, and above all experience. Your initial extension set should take about 2 hours to apply, and follow up visits to get your fills should take about an hour. Eyelashes naturally shed making eyelash extensions semi-permanent and only come off when your natural lashes have. Yes! You will lose eyelashes, you’re supposed too! Don’t Panic! This is a natural process that is constantly happening and keeps your lash growth cycle healthy making it possible for your new lashes to grow properly.
Be aware; eyelash extensions that are applied in a proper fashion should be painless at application and throughout the life of your eyelashes. Applied properly, eyelash extensions are weightless; you may forget you have them on.
Below are before and after pictures of real eyelash extensions
These are not real eyelash extensions. These are glued to the skin on her eyelids and canbe very painful on her eyelids and can be very painful. Eyelash extensions should never touch the skin!
These are known as clusters, also not real eyelash extensions; her natural lashes are all glued together preventing the new lash growth from coming in properly. Someone who either had no experience, or was never trained properly did this set of eyelash extensions.
Ok, so what do you do if you’ve had one of these bad eyelash applications? Do NOT try to remove the extensions yourself!
This will only result in you ripping and tearing your own natural lashes. Find a professional to remove them. Do NOT go back to the same place that applied these lashes. If they didn’t care about the way they applied your lashes they won’t care about how they remove them.
You may need to wait 2-6 weeks before having your lash extensions done again. In the meantime, using a lash serum and taking Biotin daily may help your lashes grow back healthy again.
c/o Zuly’s Beautifully Delicious