I'm going to have to admit it. I’m addicted to eyelash extensions. Being able to skip mascara or false eyelashes, cut my morning makeup routine in half, and still walk out the door looking presentable, I knew there was no turning back. I will literally give up my phone before having to give up eyelash extensions. They do all the work for me.
With that being said, There has always been the myth that lash extensions are harmful to your natural lashes. It’s something that has been getting brought up ever since they’ve been a thing. I’ve been getting my lashes done for 5 years and I’ve never had any damage done to my natural lashes. So, do lash extensions damage your natural lashes? No, but your lash tech might.
A lot of things have to be considered when it comes to lash extensions. You need to do proper research, ask the right questions and be sure to go to a proper skilled lash artist who is certified in what they do. Pro tip: if you’ve found a lash artist who is charging less that $100 for a full set of lash extensions, you should be skeptical. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you've already gotten eyelash extensions: Taking care of them is essential
Eyelash extension question checklist
There are a few things you should be asking yourself and the lash artist to find out if eyelash extensions are going to be a good fit for you.
What to ask yourself
- Do you pull or pick at your lashes?
- Have you recently had an eye infection that could make you sensitive to extensions?
- Have you had a recent eye procedure?
What to ask your lash artist
- What is the cleaning process they use for the tools?
- Are they a certified lash technician?
Asking these questions can help in avoiding a nightmare. Most of the damage caused when getting eyelash extensions comes from poor application, infections from improper sterilization, and allergic reactions due to the use cheap product. Andra Marin from Courtney Akai Lash Boutique says “The products used around the eye area should be of good quality and mild enough to not create any discomfort during the application. Minimizing irritation, preventing infections, and allergic reactions is something a good lash technician takes very seriously. Washing hands, sanitizing everything, using disposable brushes and sterilizing tweezers are a must. It is a moral issue really.”
What harms your natural lashes?
When getting eyelash extensions, these are the different factors that can do damage to natural eyelashes.
There are plenty of different materials used in the process of eyelash extensions. One of the first is the lash extension itself. lash extensions can be made from a few things including:
- Synthetic materials
Every material has its positives and negatives whether it be allergies or budget. Cheaper lashes can cause bad reactions around the eye, and no one wants that.
Most of the adhesives available will have similar ingredients. Most manufacturers use cyanoacrylate. The most significant difference will be in the actual quality of the glue. The cheaper glues will be much harsher and can cause severe irritation. But the biggest problem with lash adhesive, is it really comes down to the skill of the lash artist applying the eyelash extensions and their ability to use the proper amounts while doing the application process. Beauty Stack has put together a great list of lash glue.
The number one reason lash extensions can harm your beautiful, natural eyelashes, is the eyelash technician. The actual skill that your lash artist has, will make all the difference. If you go to someone who glues lashes in the wrong spot, uses too much glue, or applies too many lashes on one area, it can do some serious damage to your natural eyelashes. This is why doing research, and finding a respected lash artist is so extremely important.
Finding a skilled certified lash technician
It seems like such an easy thing to do, right? Wrong! You would be surprised how many lash technicians are out there doing some questionable work. It’s unfortunate, as most people are unsuspecting and don’t really know better. The best thing you can do is finding a certified lash artist with solid reviews, that really seems to care for their clients. Scroll through their social media accounts and see how their clients or followers engage with them. Is it positive? That’s probably a good sign.
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