First, you spend hundreds of dollars in search of the perfect mascara. The possibilities are endless. Maybe you add eyelash conditioning to your routine. Perhaps you try false lashes for special occasions. Then you start waking up early to apply false lashes every morning. And…if you're still not satisfied, you fully commit to your fringe and take the plunge to get eyelash extensions.
Similar to acrylic nails, eyelash extensions require consistent upkeep if you want them to look good. The best ones look totally real, and if you go to the wrong tech, you could be putting yourself at risk for permanent damage. Before you make the commitment, here are some things to consider….
Eyelash extension technicians are NOT all the same. Be sure that they have an aesthetician's license and are certified to apply lashes from a reputable company. Believe it or not, you can learn how to apply lash extensions on YouTube, but do you want self-taught technicians applying glue near your eyes? Not only do training courses explain how to properly isolate each lash for extension application, they teach technicians about the chemistry behind the work and the ingredients in the glue. You need to be sure that they can verify there is nothing harmful (like formaldehyde) in the products they are using on your lashes.
Ask to see pictures of their previous work. Nothing will help guide your decision more than seeing their actual work. Quality eyelash extensions should look defined, straight, and natural (even with lots of volume). If you can see glue, lashes stuck together, or crooked fibers, find a new technician.
The Price is Right
For the most part, the adage "you get what you pay for" is true when it comes to eyelash extensions, and price dictates quality. Some lash artists overcharge and some undercharge, which is why looking at pictures of their work is so important.
Tailored For You
Your lashes can be customized. Extensions come in different thicknesses, lengths, and levels of curl to perfectly blend into your real lashes. You don’t need to have super dense, dramatic lashes — you can get more natural extensions that look like you've just applied a few coats of mascara.
Keep ‘em Clean
While you may be wary of getting your extensions wet, it's important to wash your lashes daily. Your eyelashes exist to prevent dirt and debris from entering your eyes, and this grime can build up on extensions. Rinse your lashes gently with diluted baby shampoo (one tablespoon of baby shampoo to one cup of distilled water) once a day.
Skip the Oil
DON'T use oil-based products near your eyes. Oil destroys the adhesive on your lash extensions, making them fall off sooner. Although you can use mascara, many recommends skipping out on mascara altogether. But if you can't bear the thought of going without, steer clear of waterproof formulas (which are oil-based). Be sure to check the ingredient lists on your anti-aging eye creams, too.
Handle with Care
After each appointment, your technician should provide you with a clean brush to keep your lashes aligned. Lightly brush them throughout the day to avoid looking messy.
You will definitely be tempted to fuss with your lashes once you get your extensions, but do not pick or pull at them. Your natural eyelashes go through a shedding cycle. Tugging on your extensions can cause your real lashes to shed prematurely. Unfortunately, lashes are not infinite. You can only pull a lash out so many times until it never comes back, so be careful!
Just like you keep to a strict schedule for your waxing or hair color appointments, you need to go in for regular eyelash service. We recommend every two weeks, no later than every three weeks, to keep them looking fresh, full, and even.
Millennium has several certified eyelash extensions technicians. Schedule a consultation today!