Most women don’t have the time or patience to apply fake lashes every day. So it’s no surprise that lash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Feeling a bit apprehensive about trying this beauty treatment? Here’s what you need to know:

What are the different types of lash extensions?
There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. The length, thickness, and shade is indivually determined based on preference, and guidance by a professional lash technician.

How are they applied?

The lashes are applied one at a time using a specifically formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.

How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Applying a full set of lashes takes about two hours, and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. A half set of lashes are an economical alternative, applied as filler to thicken natural lashes, and it takes less time to apply.

How is the thickness and length of the lasehs determined?

Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy. For example, if your natural lashes are on the shorter, thinner side, you won’t be able to get a crazy, dramatic look, because it won’t last. It’s better to start out with a half set (50 to 60 percent of your top lashes) if you aren’t sure or it’s your first time. It’s easier to add more than to remove lashes!



How often do you need a touch up? 
Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashs, typically six to eight weeks. That said, because each person’s lash growth is variable, light lash maintenance is recommened every two to three weeks to maintain a full look.

Do lash extensions fall out over a certain period of time? 
Since each lash extension is attached to a single eyelash, they will fall out naturally along with the natural growth cycle of each lash. Your lashes might fall out if you pick at them or try to pull them out yourself, which is a big no-no.

Can you shower or swim right away?  
Keep the lashes dry for the first 12 to 24 hours after applications or touch -ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. After the first 24 hours, you can shower or swim.

Will your natural lashes get harmed or damaged? 
A common myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. If lashes are applied properly and to each individual lash, the natural lash will not be damaged.

What questions should you ask when searching for a reputable salon or professional?
When an inexperienced professional applies lashes, he or she often applies one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps, or the lash to break and fall out. Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes. Ask about professional certification specifically for lash extension.


At Essence Laser & Wellness, P.C. we offer lash extensions applied by a professionally trained and certified lash technician. Call us for a complimentary consultation!

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