5 Things to Know about Eyelash Extensions

Whether you’re new to this trendy beauty procedure or an experienced lash extended diva, we’ve unearthed a few great facts and tips about eyelash extensions that anyone should read up on.

Check them out:

1. There are 3 types of eyelash extensions.

Yep—synthetic, silk and mink. They also come in different sizes, varying from around 6mm to 17mm. Once you choose what you want, the lashes are professionally applied one at a time, using special semi-permanent lash glue. The idea behind the glue is that is won’t damage your natural lashes, or cause irritation on your lids. Don’t worry—if you have sensitive skin, there’s a kinder glue for you. The downside? It sometimes doesn’t work as well.

2. The length + thickness should mimic your natural lashes.

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This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy. For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, skinny side, you won’t be able to obtain that dramatic Katy Perry look, because they won’t last very long. It’s recommended to start out with a half set (around 50% of your top lashes) if you aren’t sure, or if you’re a lash extension virgin. Remember: it’s much simpler to add more lashes than it is to remove them!

3. Applying a full set of lashes takes about 2 hours.

If you’re careful with them, it’s possible to keep them for up a year, but they DO require maintenance and touch-ups. Just like artificial nails, upkeep is required around once a month.

4. Lash glue may contain formaldehyde.

Glues that are shipped across continents can contain formaldehyde by the time they reach their destination. Ask your lash specialist how fresh the glue is, and if you want to be super diligent about how the glue may affect your skin, ask her (or him!) to apply a tiny bit to the inside of you wrist the day before your appointment.

5. Watery eyes can be indicative of a reaction.

If you begin tearing up during the application, or experience any burning or discomfort, that’s a huge red flag and you should definitely speak up–your technician may need to change the glue.

While we’re on the topic…

It’s important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. An experienced and licensed lash technician would never let an infection occur, but if you’re straight-up allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic, and it doesn’t mean the glue is inherently harmful.

Bottom line:

Getting lash extensions should be a completely fun and pain-free experience, and the results should be loved. If you live in the Fraser Valley and are thinking about trying lash extensions, talk to Kristina of Fusion Hair Design in Abbotsford.

If you’re in Vancouver, try Yaletown’s Lash Lab, Gastown’s Joanna Keller BeautiqueNoir Lash Lounge in Yaletown, or downtown’s Mink Lash Boutique. All come highly recommended by BCLiving.

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