Your first eyelash extension procedure will take about two to three hours, and from then on follow-up appointments will only take about an hour. First, you’ll talk with your eyelash extension artist about your desired outcome, and then you’ll lie back with your eyes closed for the application process. The technician will cover your lower lashes with an under eye pad, or in some cases tape. Often, she will also tape your eyelid to your eyebrow so the skin is more taut.
The technician will then take each extension lash and dip it in a waterproof adhesive, and attach the extensions to your natural lashes hair by hair. They’ll only use a tiny bit of glue for each lash, so you barely feel it. Once all of the lashes are applied, they’ll make sure they’re evenly distributed and not tangled in each other.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
Once applied, the extensions will last throughout the natural growth cycle of your lashes, which is anywhere from two to four weeks. The life of your eyelash extensions can be slightly extended with products and proper care. Most importantly, do not get your lashes wet for 24 hours after application — including exposure to steam rooms or saunas.
You probably won’t need mascara once you have extensions, but if you choose to apply it anyway you should used a water-based product, and always use an oil-based makeup remover. Be careful if using a traditional eyelash curler, and never use a mechanical eyelash curler. You should also avoid sleep masks or other eye coverings aside from glasses or sunglasses. Of course, avoid excessively touching or rubbing your lashes (even though it may be tempting).
Alternatives to Eyelash Extensions
If the application process and caring for extensions sounds like too much, there are plenty of other options that will help you achieve long, luscious lashes — without the inherent risks. New mascaras hit the market all the time, some even promising the look of fake lashes or including lash extension fibers, and there are several lash treatments to help nourish and rejuvenate your eyelashes.
Infinite Lash eyelash enhance serum, for example, uses a proprietary blend of vitamins, minerals and botanicals to naturally enhance and beautify your lashes. Because of damage from makeup, curling, and cleansing, only about 24 percent of your eyelashes reach their full potential. Infinite Lash could restore lost nutrients and help promote healthy follicles and more flexible lashes.
Over time, the Infinite Lash serum conditions your lashes to help them become supple and bendable, so they’re less likely to break in harsh elements or because of makeup. Because the ingredients are natural, there are no scary side effects to worry about. Natural antioxidants also protect against future damage, resulting in fuller, healthier lashes after prolonged use. When you’ve got voluminous, healthy lashes, who needs extensions?
Another option as an alternative to eyelash extensions is an eyelash lift, which bends the root of your natural lashes so they curl up and appear longer and fuller. It costs about half the price of eyelash extensions, and lasts about two months.