Are eyelash extensions worth the money?

Eyelash extensions are a semi-permanent eyelash enhancer that uses synthetic or natural fibers to increase the length, curl or volume of natural lashes. If you take a 4-week break to stop your extensions, you should see your natural eyelash line grow back. If you don't, it has been damaged and continuing with the extensions will only cause more damage. For me, it's been years since my last eyelash extensions, and my natural lashes never fully recovered.

They are less crowded now than they were in the days before the extension. If you're looking for a defined and bold eyelash line with or without applying eye makeup, then eyelash extensions are worth it. The interesting (some would say daunting) thing about eyelash extensions is that you'll never be able to see progress while the technician is working; you just have to sit back and trust that they are creating beautiful lashes customized to the shape of your eyes. The result was great (I woke up with bangs full of eyelashes and went to work without putting on any makeup), but after a week I started to wake up with my pillowcase covered with eyelashes, both extensions and my own natural eyelashes.

While some may consider this a disadvantage or not (but rather an investment in your new and beloved eyelash extensions), you'll need to be more aware of the products you use in and around the lash line. When it comes to safety, dermatologists compare eyelash extensions to acrylic nails; they're not necessarily good for you, but they're not likely to cause serious health problems either, so you may decide that the aesthetics of the extensions outweigh potential side effects (which usually include irritation, infection and allergic reactions). The material used varies from studio to studio, but eyelash extensions can be made of synthetic fibers, mink, synthetic mink or silk. If you're not exacerbating this shedding process by rubbing your eyes, applying mascara, or compromising the glue with oily products, eyelash extensions should last up to a month before you need a “refill appointment”.

Neither type of eyelash extension lasts longer than the other, but mink and silk lashes tend to look more natural, while synthetic lashes can be thicker and darker, which is more suitable for those who want a bolder look. I know that all the specialists in eyelash extensions tell you that they won't damage your natural lashes if you do them correctly, but maybe I only have very weak eyelashes, I would go to the best eyelash technicians and, every time my last extension fell out, I would get much shorter natural eyelashes than when I started. When booking your eyelash extension service, make sure your eyelash artist is a licensed esthetician (rather than a cosmetologist). Classic extensions are applied in a one-to-one ratio, meaning that an extension is applied to each natural eyelash.

However, there is a small risk of developing tractive alopecia, says Dr. Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, associate professor of ophthalmology at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, where natural eyelashes can fall out as a result of the constant weight of repeated eyelash extensions. After seeing my lashes after four weeks, I started to think that there must be a way to prolong eyelash extensions. Losing so many lashes left me with a scar forever, so I would only wear extensions again if it were for a special occasion, such as my wedding.

Usually, simple or classic lashes mean that there is a single extension attached to a single natural eyelash. .

Bette Kalloch
Bette Kalloch

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