4 Things No One Tells You About Getting Lash Extensions

There is quite a beauty trend happening with natural lash extensions! Everywhere you look on social media, someone is uploading yet another video showing off their natural-looking, beautiful extensions.

While there are a lot of pros and cons to lash extensions before you decide if they are right for you there are a few things to consider. Here are four things that no one ever tells you about getting the last extensions.

1. Cost

It is extremely expensive to be a woman these days. We can easily drop $200 at CVS for beauty supplies and hair products, and that doesn’t even include the “extra” beauty enhancements we pay for. Hair extensions, highlights, eyebrow waxing, and of course, lash extensions, are part of our monthly routine.

All these things cost money, and the last extensions are no exception. For a professional application of last extensions, you can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $350 for a full set of lashes. In addition, touch-ups are usually needed every two to three weeks, and they cost between $75 and $100. If you go every three weeks for an entire year it will cost you approximately $1,625.

There is a great need for quality lash extensions that women can apply themselves without spending almost $2k a year. There are subscription services and at-home kits available that will have you in a full set of lash extensions for a fraction of the price.

2. Time

The time it takes to apply a full set of lash extensions is quite surprising. It can take up to an hour while each lash is painstakingly attached to the base of the natural eyelash.

Do-it-yourself kits can mean the amount of time the application takes depends completely on the user. Once you have perfected the art of applying for your own lash extensions, it is likely you will spend only a few minutes when it’s time to re-apply them.

If it is a task that is not easy for you (some people just have a weird thing about their eyes, right contact users?), practice will make perfect. Use tutorials and videos to learn

the expert tips and keep practicing until it’s as normal as putting on mascara. I’m sure that freaked someone out at some point too.

3. Reaction

As with any beauty product, there is always some people that are allergic and/or develop issues when using them. This is completely random and there is no way to know for sure if you’d have an issue with lash extensions in particular.

Obviously, if you experience any pain, redness, or discomfort, you should stop wearing them and seek a doctor immediately. Most of the time, however, the reactions are minimal and usually involve the adhesive on the skin.

The only other real risk of any type of negative reaction is if you have a faulty technician. If they improperly glue the lash extension to your eyeliner or existing lashes improperly, you can lose your natural lashes and have clumping or breakage.

This could also be true when learning to do at-home kits yourself, so keep practicing, read all the warnings and instructions, and carefully keep practicing until you have it down!

A word of warning: doctors will say that eyelash loss is not a small issue. While not painful, eyelashes are meant to protect your eyes from debris and preserve your vision. Losing a few lashes even temporarily can cause problems. Losing them indefinitely, by improper use of natural eyelash extensions, can open you up to a lifetime of eye issues.

4. Maintenance

Getting natural eyelash extensions doesn’t mean you are “high maintenance,” but your actual lash extensions kind of are. To keep these pricey accessories in excellent beautifying shape, they require special care.

At the risk of it sounding like a Gremlin rule, don’t get your natural eyelash extensions wet for at least the first 24-48 hours after application. Don’t wear any oil-based eye shadow or cream-based eyeliners or waterproof mascaras.

Never use a cotton swab or pad because it can snag an extension and pull it out. You should use a lash topcoat every night to protect your lashes. Also, consider a satin pillowcase if you are a stomach or side sleeper.

Last Lash Thoughts

You can have professional-level quality natural eyelash extensions delivered right to your door! With practice and proper care, your extensions can be a beauty accessory that lasts you a long time.

And, you can also still have your eyelash extensions applied by a professional. Whatever you choose, it’s important to know these four facts about all-natural eyelash extensions, regardless of how they are applied.

Hopefully, knowing these facts in advance can help you determine if natural last extensions are right for you.