Eyelash extensions can change your life, there’s no doubt. Imagine never having to deal with raccoon eyes again. Or being able to ditch all of your clumpy mascaras for good. You’ll wake up every morning looking effortlessly sexy, and your confidence levels will soar to all-time highs.
But in order to reap the amazing benefits that extensions have to offer, you need to make sure that they’re properly applied by a pro with eyelash extensions training. Which means doing your research—and who has the time?
We do! Bookmark this page now, because we’re about to give you a lesson in Eyelash Extensions 101, courtesy of the experts at the Dreamlash Academy. Read on to find out everything you need to know to get the fullest, most fabulous eyelashes of your life—and never bother with under-eye smears or smudges again!
Where do I go to get eyelash extensions?
The easiest way to find a qualified professional near you is to use Dreamlash Academy’s Find a Lash Artist feature. Always check the salon’s credentials before booking your service, and make sure you see a pro who has eyelash extensions certification. A well-trained lash artist will have a detailed consultation with you prior to the procedure, in which your unique facial features—as well as your eye shape and size—will be taken into account. These consultations should take about 15 minutes and will ensure that you get the most personalized results possible.
What are eyelash extensions made of?
Two of the most popular types of eyelash extensions are synthetic mink and silk. Synthetic mink lashes closely mimic human hair, have a natural feel, and provide a subtler look. Silk lashes are shinier, stiffer, and a bit more dramatic. All extensions come in different lengths, thicknesses, and curl levels. During your consultation, your lash artist will help you determine which type works best for you.
How are extensions applied?
Using a formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesive, a lash artist will apply a single faux eyelash (or sometimes two if you’re going for a really bold look) to each of your natural eyelashes. It usually takes one to two hours to apply a new set; your eyes will be closed the entire time. The process should not feel painful—if you do experience discomfort, speak up right away. A well-trained expert will be able to deal with potential issues, such as allergic reactions.
How much does it cost to get eyelash extensions?
On average, it costs about $150 for application by a junior lash artist, and $350 for application by an advanced lash artist. That might sound pricy, but you really don’t want to dig for deep discounts when it comes to a procedure like this. Your eyes are important, after all! Be wary of salons that charge less—cheap services can result in shoddy, uneven application, and may cause damage to your real eyelashes.
How long will my extensions last?
Eyelash extensions shed with your natural lashes, which typically occurs every 45 to 60 days. For best results, you should visit your lash artist for touch-ups (also called fills) every four to five weeks, when your original extensions are still attached.
How do I care for my eyelash extensions?
In order to get the maximum benefit, it’s key that you take proper care of your eyelash extensions after they are applied. A well-trained lash artist who has taken the proper eyelash extensions courses should go over all of the dos and don’ts with you. But here are some basic rules to keep on-hand.
- In order to make sure that the adhesive sets properly, avoid getting your lashes wet for 48 hours after application.
- Try your best to sleep on your back or on your side—when lashes rub against your sheets or pillow, they may become tangled or shed prematurely.
- Don’t touch your lashes. We know they look amazing and you’ll be tempted, but resist the urge to touch, tug, or pull them.
- Even though eyelash extensions are water-resistant, avoid saunas or steam rooms—extreme heat can weaken the adhesive. You should also avoid using oil-based products or creams on your lashes for the same reason.
- Take care of your extensions every day by using Dreamlash’s Seal & Shine Eyelash Extensions Sealant. This gentle serum keeps extensions strong, and creates barrier against damaging moisture and humidity.
And there you have it—everything you need to know to get life-changing lashes that are safe and beautiful. So what are you waiting for? Find a professional near you and book a consultation now. We’re sure that you’ll become an eyelash extension addict before you know it—and the envy of all of your friends!
Susan is the official Beauty Blogger for Dreamlash Academy. After working as an editor for seven years at magazines such as Redbook and Lucky, Susan made the leap into the world of online writing and production in 2011. She’s written for sites such as Luckymag.com, Meetsobsession.com and HuffingtonPost.com, and is the editor-at-large for TueNight.com. Susan lives in Brooklyn, NY.