Eyelash Extensions - Are They Really Worth It?


I was lucky to be born with quite long, thick lashes, but I've always wanted to know what it would be like if they were even longer and thicker. False lashes are of course the easiest go-to, but on a daily basis when you're in a rush to get to work etc., they are definitely a painful process. So I booked myself in for eyelash extensions.

I'd heard the horror stories- eyelashes falling out, painful reactions, severe infections.. the list goes on. Therefore, I did a bit of investigation and hoped I found a salon that had trained and hygienic staff. Now I was told that because I had naturally long/thick lashes, silk extensions would work best (in hind sight for first time users - go mink). My experience with the therapist was so-so and when you have someone dealing so closely with your eyes I believe you need to have absolute confidence in their skills. Lesson number 1.

I was very happy with the end product and you can definitely notice the difference in the before and after photos:

However, you need to be prepared for the after care. I pride myself on my skincare regime, so being unable to feel  like I had effectively removed eye makeup with the products at my reach really did my head in. It was recommended to avoid waterproof mascaras and oil based make up removers. I used micellar water instead on a cotton-pad. Lesson number 2. Cotton wool gripped onto the root end of those bad boy extensions and caused chaos. Trying to pick cotton fibers off the roots of your lashes is not fun.This also caused irritation from the resultant pulling on the lashes and pushed me to wits end, which meant I had to go back to the salon and have them removed.

The other thing I noticed was that having an itch on your eye was impossible. Rubbing your eyes even a tiny bit caused a scratchy sensation, almost like I was rubbing grit into my eye. Perhaps this was also due to having silk lashes or the application wasn't the best, but it is certainly something to keep in mind for those chronic eye rubbers.

So overall, whilst I loved the effect the extensions gave to my overall look, there are a few things you need to be mindful of:

1. Research the salon and your therapist thoroughly. 

2. Prepare and be completely aware of the aftercare involved.

3. Go for mink lashes to begin with.

4. Be aware that like false lashes, you will be able to feel the extensions on your lashes and avoid tugging, rubbing and pulling which will irritate.

5. If you have allergies to glue - make sure the therapist is definitively informed.

6. If you suffer from hay fever/ allergies that makes your eyes itchy and need to rub your eyes, these will annoy you, a lot.

Would I do it again? Definitely. Although I think eyelash extension, for me anyway, are something I would save for special holidays. I loved the effect, however being unable to really feel and rub my eyes did take it's toll, which I suppose is where false lashes and their easy removal should be considered. Also keep in mind that single false lashes can be applied and remain on the eyelashes for numerous days, which could be a trade off, if the thought of lash extensions or the cost deters you.

Have you had lash extensions?

Ellen Rozalia xx

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