Eyelash extensions are a great way for someone with thin, sparse lashes to have the full, lush lashes that they have always dreamed of. If mascara is not doing the job, eyelash extensions will. Before you make the decision to have eyelash extensions applied, you should know what to expect.

What Material are Eyelash Extensions Made Of?

Eyelash extensions are made of a few different materials. The most common materials used in my local London eyelash clinic are mink, silk, and synthetic.

How Long are Eyelash Extensions?

The length of the extension depends on the customer. The sizes range from 6 millimeters to the longer 17 millimeters LVL lashes, LVL standing for length volume, and lift. If you are looking for a more subtle change, you should stick closer to the 6-millimeter range. If you are looking for a more glamorous, drastic change, you should choose a size closer to the 17-millimeter range. Unfortunately, if your natural lashes are very thin and short, you may not be able to go for a dramatic look, as it is likely that they will not last.

How Are Eyelash Extensions Applied?

The technician would apply the extensions with a gentle, semi-permanent glue. The glue they use will not irritate your eyes, and it will not damage your natural lashes. Unlike false lashes, which are applied to a strip, eyelash extensions are applied one lash at a time.

How Should I Start Out With Eyelash Extensions?

If you have never had eyelash extensions, and are unsure of how many lashes you want, you should start with a half set. This would cover between 50 and 60 percent of your top lashes. Going light is the best option, as it is easier to add more lashes, rather than remove them if too many were applied.

How Long Does it Take to Apply Eyelash Extensions?

On average, it takes about two hours to apply a full set.

Do Eyelash Extensions Need to Be Maintained?

To keep your eyelash extensions looking great, you would need to go in for a touch-up, or a fill, the same way that you do with fake nails when you go to a nail technician. The average schedule for a touch up is every three to four weeks.

Are There Any Risks?

While it is uncommon, it is possible to develop an irritation from the glue that is used to apply the lashes. The irritation is not very serious, and there is no risk of the irritation affecting your vision.

When is it Necessary to Contact My Lash Technician?

If your eyes feel uncomfortable, tear up often, or burn, you should contact your lash technician. You may be having a reaction to the glue. This is not a serious issue, and your lash technician can use a different type of glue.

Eyelash extensions are an excellent way to have the long, thick lashes that you always wished you had. When you have eyelash extensions, you can actually save money on what you would be paying for mascara and false lashes.