Your Lash Extension Questions Answered
1. What are ‘classic’ lash extensions?
Our top eyelid typically contains anywhere from 150-200 individual hairs. A classic full set (of lash extensions) will usually contain an additional 90-120 false lashes. Therefore, we are adding one false lash to more than half of your natural lashes. Simply put, ‘classic’ eyelash extensions follow a 1:1 ratio of false lashes to natural lashes. This boosts volume and increases length while still maintaining a very genuine look.
2. Will lash extensions ruin my natural eyelashes?
Not at all! Our eyelashes grow in cycles which means that our eyelid is constantly shedding eyelashes & growing new ones. It is important to have your lash extensions applied by an experienced professional who uses high-quality adhesive & false lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes and pulling at your lashes to maintain overall eyelash health.
3. What’s the maintenance like? How long do they last?
We recommend having your lash extensions filled in every 2-3 weeks. Why so often? While many of the false lashes will last that amount of time, as they begin to grow out with your natural lashes, it’s important to keep them in good condition. By coming every 2-3 weeks, we can remove lashes that have grown out too far and are starting to look a little misplaced, as well as fill in any gaps.
Technically, with the proper care and maintenance eyelash extensions could last indefinitely. However, we don’t recommend this. Your lash technician will keep a close eye on the health of your natural lashes. She may recommend that we take a break and allow a cycle of natural growth to pass before continuing with eyelash extensions. This is simply to maintain the strength and length of your natural eyelashes. So if we recommend taking a short hiatus from lash glory… don’t worry your pretty little lashes 😉
4. Can I work out and go swimming?
Of course! We use a waterproof adhesive that allows your lash extensions to get wet without being ruined. The adhesive will need 24 hours to set, so we recommend avoiding water on your eyes for the first day. But after that, feel free to enjoy swimming, hot yoga, or the sauna! We don’t particularly recommend letting the shower water run directly on your lashes or rubbing your lashes with water while washing your face. However, it is safe for them to get wet and they will not fall out at a more rapid rate.
5. Do they hurt? What if I have a reaction?
Recognizing that we all have different tolerances for pain, the lash adhesive may burn when your lash extensions are first applied. Keep in mind, we’re using a foreign substance on a very sensitive part of the body. So a moderate burning sensation is normal. Typically this passes after the first 24 hours.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you won’t have a reaction. Some have had an allergic reaction to the adhesive or simply couldn’t get past the initial burning sensation. In addition to using adhesive, it’s important to keep in mind that the false lashes may feel heavy on your eyes. So there is an adjustment period to feeling comfortable with your lash extensions. We do have a hypoallergenic adhesive for those with specific allergies and concerns. However, the strength of this adhesive isn’t proven to last the same and may require more frequent fill-ins.