I am sure by now you have all heard of the latest craz.. eyelash extensions. A year and a half ago, I thought the whole concept was silly—isn’t that the point of mascara? And Falsies? But like many things, my year as Miss Kansas allowed me to explore and experiment with lash extensions, completely changing my mind about them. Having to wear full hair and makeup basically everyday as Miss Kansas, any step I could take to get ready quicker was helpful. You can probably imagine applying fake eyelashes every morning quickly became a pain! So, despite my doubts, I found an AMAZING eyelash extensions sponsor (Everyday Beaut) and I gave it a go! From an all-natural gal, to an avid lash extensions user: continue reading for my full review of lash extensions!
General Info: What are lash extensions? How are they applied?
While ‘Falsies’ are a strip of eyelashes that are temporarily glued to the base of your eyelid, eyelash extensions are actually glued onto the actual eyelashes. The lashes are applied one at a time (yes, it can take a while) to each individual natural lash, using a semi-permanent glue. They are truly extensions to your natural eyelashes! And they look AMAZING! Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. It is recommended to get a fill every 3-4 weeks. There are a number of different types of lash extensions, including synthetic, silk and mink, as well as a range of sizes, from 6mm to 17mm.
Will all of your real lashes fall out?!
NO! This is by far the biggest myth about eyelash extensions- and one of my biggest fears going into the process. My eyelash technician educated my right off the bat. Basically, your natural lashes have about a 4-6 week life cycle, moving through the phases of growth, resting, and shedding. Each eyelash is beginning and ending it’s cycle at a different time, which is why it is natural to shed a couple of natural eyelashes every day. Because each lash is growing/ resting/ shedding at a different rate, it is vital that each extension is attached to ONLY one natural lash. Therefore, as long as your lashes are applied properly and correctly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. So, do your research and find an esthetician who is highly trained!
Special Care of Lashes
They are super easy to take care of! Keep your lashes clean. Use a clean mascara brush to brush out your lashes when needed. Be gentle on your lashes- even protect them from the wind/ harsh conditions. If you use mascara, only apply it to the tips of the lashes. Do not rub your eyes or pull at the lashes.
Pros vs Cons
Imagine waking rolling out of bed, looking in the mirror, and actually liking what you see… what! That is the result of eyelash extensions. Having eyelash extensions has boosted my level of confidence, even feeling pretty when sweaty and makeup-less at the gym! In addition, I rarely have to wear mascara. The downside is that extensions can get pretty pricey, running anywhere from $35-$80 a fill, every 3-4 weeks. At that price, you will find yourself doing crazy things to protect your lashes… (wearing goggles to do water sports, wearing sunglasses ANY time there is a slight breeze, etc.). But after my first set, I decided that the money was worth it!
In my opinion: do your research, find a trained esthetician who will offer fills at a decent price and go for it! I have always used Bella lashes, and absolutely love them. Bella Lash has an entire care line, including sealer, mascara, cleaners, etc. And if you happen to be in the Wichita, KS area, be sure to set up an appointment with Everyday Beaut!