Getting Lash Extensions

People get lash extensions for a whole variety of reasons. Personally, I felt like daily waterproof mascara usage (a necessity for someone with constant watery eyes from allergies) was pulling out and weakening my lashes to a noticeable degree. Plus, it doesn't hurt that having extensions will take a step out of my morning routine. I don't need to wear mascara anymore, and I don't feel the need to wear eyeliner either. Interested? Here are my quick tips:

  • Lash extensions do not have to be a huge expense. I got a deal for a full set plus one fill on Groupon during a sale, taking the price from $95 down to $76, plus, through Ebates I got a certain percentage of cash back as well (P.S. I highly recommend signing up for Ebates for cash back from places like Sephora and Kiehl's). An awesome deal considering the first time I had these done, the cost was somewhere around $150. Please, please make sure you read reviews of the place before you purchase your Groupon though and look for pictures of their clients so you can check out the results.
  • Be prepared to lay still with your eyes closed for 1-2 hours the first time you get them done. It is a long time, so make sure you've done everything you need to do before you lay down on that table. It's okay if you fall asleep, by the way, it's overall a very relaxing experience.
  • There are a whole lot of options when it comes to type, color, length, and curl, so do your research before going in and see if you can find out what options the salon/spa you're going to offers. Beyoncรฉ supposedly gets real mink extensions, which are the most expensive and also likely to be problematic if you have animal allergies. The place I went to only offered synthetic lashes and only offered them in black - which was perfect for me, but it's a good thing to be aware of going in.
  • Go as dramatic as you want! Just keep in mind even staying on the natural side of the spectrum is going to make a pretty dramatic difference. Also, the heavier the lashes the more damage will be done to your natural lashes. I asked my esthetician to stick with the natural curl of my lashes and just add slight length and fullness. The result is perfect for me. Slightly more drama than mascara, but with an overall lighter, more natural look.
  • Take care of your lashes. To preserve your extensions and make them last as long as possible, you really have to take care of them. Sleep on your back or in a position that doesn't put pressure on your eyes. Avoid having water pounding on your lashes in the shower. Use a strengthening lash serum to extend your natural lash cycle (extensions fall out with your eyelashes naturally). Lastly, when brushing out your lashes only do so from the middle to the ends, avoid the roots.

That's it! If you have any other questions about lash extensions, let me know in the comments!