Our guide to lash extensions

Earlier this spring, I finally caved to a trend that many ladies have been embracing; eyelash extensions, one of the most addictive beauty concepts out there.

My lashes are already pretty long and full, and I’ve been asked plenty of times if I’m wearing falsies when really I’ve just added an extra coat of mascara. As a result, I’d never looked into lash extensions seriously, since I’d never really thought I needed them. Then one day lash expert Stacey Huggett (@lashesbystaceyh) came over, busted out her tools and laid a set of lashes on me that made me a believer. Lash extensions are truly for everyone; trust me, I’m already on my third set!

Now while lash extensions are fabulous, like anything there are precautions to take before and after your transformations, so we’ve enlisted lashgal Stacey to educate us and our lovely readers about all things lash extension related.

Keep things professional

Before you go letting just anybody apply glue and foreign objects to your delicate eye area, ensure that you are trusting your peepers to a trained professional. Lash extension experts should be certified and highly trained and are compensated accordingly. This isn’t an area to skimp on – a bad set of lashes  and shoddy application could cause an eye infection or damage your own lashes. We’ve all heard bad lash horror stories and seen those cautionary tale photos. Don’t risk it, go with a pro.

Pick the right lashes

Just like our eyes, there are different types of lashes out there for different types of looks and purposes. From mink to synthetic, volume (where each “lash” is actually 2-3 lashes for that eye popping look), C curl to straight, work with your lash professional to pick the type of lashes that give you the results you’re looking for. Stacey used volume lashes on me, giving me that beautiful, mascara commercial fan of lashes that every girl dreams of.

Plan your nap time around your lash time

Once you’ve found your lash expert, you’re ready to get glammed up – but make sure you don’t have anywhere to be for a while. This was probably the biggest hurdle for my always on the go self – the process of lash application, especially your first lash application, takes between 2 and 3 hours. That’s a movie and a half of not moving, not blinking and not opening your eyes. The first session was a bit awkward since I’m not used to sitting still for that long unless I’m sleeping, which is exactly what I did the next time around!

Take care of your new lashes

Once you wake up from your lash nap with your peepers properly dolled up, you’re free to bat your eyes all over town but not without some rules to follow. Just like hair extensions, lash extensions have to be treated with care to keep them looking great for as long as possible. Here are some lash longevity rules:

  • Don’t come unglued: depending on the kind of glue your lash expert uses, you may have to wait up to 24 hours before getting your eyes wet. Some glues require that drying period to ensure the bonds are sturdy, whereas others are dry the moment that last lash is affixed. Your lash gal will guide you here, and make sure you listen! There’s nothing worse than sitting still for 3 hours only to lose your lashes after something as simple as a shower.
  • Don’t use mascara: this may seem like a no brainer but when mascara is a firm part of your makeup routine it’s hard to put the wand down. Your new lashes not only don’t need mascara to look fab, but the process of taking it off could cause them to fall out. Don’t worry, you won’t need Maybelline to keep your lashes great.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes: not only will this smear the rest of your makeup but frequent friction against the bonds of your lashes can cause separation, and will irritate your eyes.
  • Avoid waterproof makeup removers/cleaners/wipes: the oils that help break up that strong eyemakeup is also strong enough to part you from your new lashes, so avoid these at all costs.

Want your own lashes? Be sure to get in touch with Stacey, she’s the best in the biz!  Hit her up on Instagram (@lashesbystaceyh) or via email. Then share your fabulous results with us on Instagram at @weraddictedmag!

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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