Here's What You Should Know Before Getting Lash Extensions

Getting your lashes to look perfect is an art and can take a lot of practice. From applying the right of amount of mascara to curling and applying your own falsies, lash taming can be quite time-consuming and challenging. But what if you could have amazing lashes and be able to honestly say, “I woke up like this?” 

This dream can be a reality with eyelash extensions when they are done right. Eyelash extensions can give you a more natural, fuller and thicker lash look. They can earn you a ton of compliments and have people thinking that you are one of the lucky ones who is naturally blessed with gorgeous eyelashes.

 Bridgette Browning, @ lash_slayer_bhl

Bridgette Browning, @lash_slayer_bhl

Great lash extensions have many benefits, but you should know that they are an investment that needs to be kept up. They can cost between $150-$300 and require regular maintenance.

We chatted with Bridgette Browning, aka The Lash Slayer (@lash_slayer_bhl) to get the scoop on what you need to know before you make the lash extensions investment.

What should someone look for in a lash artist?

Lashes take time, skill and maintenance. Make sure to do your research on your lash artist to see if they are certified and professionally licensed (cosmetologist or esthetician).

What should clients expect during the lash extensions process and what should they do to prepare for the appointment?

I tell my clients to come to their appointment with no makeup and a fresh face. They should have no caffeine prior to the service so their eyes don’t jitter. Be prepared to lay down for at least 1-2 hours.

 Beautiful eyelash extensions byBridgette Browning, aka The Lash Slayer

Beautiful eyelash extensions byBridgette Browning, aka The Lash Slayer

What should someone who is thinking about getting lash extensions know about maintenance?

Lash extensions are not meant for the lazy. They need to be touched up every 2-3 weeks depending on how well you take care of them. To maintain your lashes, they need to be cleaned 1-3 times a week depending on your lifestyle.

Makeup is not recommended because the oil in most makeup can wear down the adhesive and make the lashes come off faster. Also, it is extremely hard to remove makeup off the lashes once it is applied.

Are lash extensions a good option for those who have sensitive eyes?

If you have sensitive eyes, dry eyes, watery eyes, problems with your vision, bad allergies or have had an allergic reaction to eyelash adhesive, lash extensions are not recommended for you.

Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient that most people are allergic to in eyelash extension adhesive. Allergic reactions can be mild to extreme. Some see redness and experience slight itchiness, while others can have full-on eye swelling. Don’t take any chances with your health.

 Lash extensions by Bridgette Browning

Lash extensions by Bridgette Browning

What should people know who are concerned about lash extensions damaging their real lashes?

People should know that when it comes to damaging your natural lashes, 60 percent of the time it’s the client that causes the damage. Most damage can be done from wearing makeup that causes the lashes to stick together, not cleaning routinely, not coming in for touch-ups on time, sleeping roughly, pulling or picking at your lashes, or not brushing.

The other 40 percent is from bad lash technicians who use too much glue, put heavy weighted lashes on, don’t cleanse their clients’ lashes, or are not professionally licensed (or educated). If your lash artist never cleanses your lashes or doesn't discuss cleaning them, you should be concerned.  

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[Images courtesy of Bridgette Browning]