Style Everything you need to know before getting lash extensions

23:06  21 april  2017
23:06  21 april  2017 Source:   MSN

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You want that lux lash look that all your favorite celebs are rocking, but you don't want to apply falsies every day? Mascaras can pump up your eyelashes only so much, but for some serious length and drama, you may be considering eyelash extensions .

Beyoncé is known to give her natural lashes a boost with mink lash extensions . How often do you need to get lash extensions redone? Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes , typically six to eight weeks.

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Eyelash extensions are all the rage, with several celebrity fans.
  • When applied, extensions can make a dramatic difference to one's lash look.
  • INSIDER consulted veteran stylist, Courtney Akai, to find out more about the treatment, including how much they cost, how to make them last longer, and how to clean and care for them.

In the hopes of making my lashes look longer, I have been seriously considering getting lash extensions.

They look ultra glamorous and would shave precious minutes off my morning makeup routine.

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If you need to wear makeup, no biggie—just don’t wear eyeshadow or eyeliner on your lid and remove makeup with a wipe. And actually, I wouldn’t ever get male bodily fluids near lash extensions (we all know what it does to spray tans).

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Eager to find out more about lash extensions, INSIDER spoke with Courtney Akai, an eyelash expert and owner of the New York City-based salon Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, who told me everything there is to know before getting them.

Here's what I learned:

Lash extensions are an investment.

If you're fed up with gluing on strips or falsies, and desire a more customized look, extensions are a great alternative.

They don't come cheap, however. A full set of classic eyelash extensions at Akai's salon starts at $250 if done by an advanced specialist. The base price for a master specialist who applies the same set is $450.

But there is a way you can save money, by opting for a half set of lashes.

"For a salon like mine, if it's a little bit too costly for a full set we offer a half set," she said. "A half set covers half of your natural lashes, and in fact can look quite full." 

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Instead of running the risk of having clumpy lashes , raccoon eyes, or sticky eyelids after a hot day, many women are turning to eyelash extensions . After you see how easy and low maintenance they are, you might turn to them too! Here’s everything you need to know .

Over the years, eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular with more salons offering them than ever before . Know what you ’re signing up for. Some people have actually gotten allergic relations to the glue used to apply the lashes .

Those looking to save should opt for less faux lashes and have the service performed by a qualified, advanced specialist rather than a senior or master specialist.

"An advanced stylist and a half set would probably run you about $125. An hour touch up with a master stylist will run you about $150."

To stretch your money further, pay close attention to how a salon phrases their treatments and the amount of lashes they promise to apply.

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Applying eyelash extensions is a tedious process.

"The way they're attached is individually; they're separated so finely to each and every one of all of your eyelashes," Akai said.

According to her website, a full set application takes about two hours to complete.

Additional methods, including the volume technique and 3D volume technique, offer more fluffiness and shape. Both of these styles feature two to six featherlight extensions applied on one natural lash.

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It's difficult to get it all off." She recommends that you don't wear mascara for 24-hours before you get extensions . They're also known for taking years off of your face as they instantly making you appear younger. I can attest that lash extensions are also incredibly convenient.

Just as you do when picking a new hairstylist, you should spend some time looking into a lash - extension technician before you schedule an appointment. To maximize your lash - extension payoff, take good care of them from the get -go.

They can last up to eight weeks, but aftercare is crucial.

"Picking and pulling are the worst things you can do," Akai said. "Not only will that make them come off, it'll make your actual whole eyelash come off."

She advises her clients to gently clean their new extensions two to three times a day.

"It is of the utmost importance that one washes their eyelashes to prevent from getting any sort of collection of eye debris," she said. 

Combing through the extensions while they're wet with a plain spooley brush is the best way to keep them fluffy and separated.

Akai then suggests making an "eyelash shampoo" with baby shampoo and water, and using a small, soft-bristled brush to swipe through lashes, which removes any trapped substances or makeup.

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You can still use mascara, eyeliner, and even eye makeup remover.

"If you must use mascara, I would use a very gentle and non-waterproof kind only at the tips," she said. "You have to be mindful of the eyeliner you use — you don’t want to use one that’s a little more difficult to apply." 

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(Speaking of pop stars, J. Lo was one of the first celebs to allegedly wear lash extensions , in mink obviously.) So if mascara has been your lash gateway drug and you ’re craving something a little stronger, here’s everything you need to know before you try eyelash extensions .

After talking about it for years, I finally tried out lash extensions ! Click through to read about my experience & everything else you need to know before trying it out yourself. Will getting eyelash extensions ruin your existing lashes ?

Because each extension is temporarily bonded to your natural lash's base, applying a light coat of non-waterproof mascara at the ends of your extensions will keep you from loosening them. Cream eyeliners or ones that have a foam-tip applicator, like Lancome’s ARTLINER Precision Point EyeLiner, are also kinder to lash extensions.

Swimming is fine, too, but heavy-duty swimmers should wear goggles to maximize the wear of their extensions.

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You can't go blind from wearing them.

But you can experience an allergic reaction, according to Akai, though it's difficult to determine why.

The adhesive used to bond the extensions to one's natural lashes is sometimes the culprit, while the lash extensions themselves could cause irritation, especially if they are real fur.

"If you’re someone who’s prone to having an allergic reaction — like, say you’ve gotten eyelash extensions before and you got an allergic reaction from that — most likely you’re going to get one again," Akai said. "If you are experiencing an irritation, see an opthamologist to be properly diagnosed and treated."

Safety really becomes a concern when selecting a desired style. Extensions that weigh down one's natural lashes often cause the most damage.

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Everything You Need to Know About Them. Or just look at the pretty pictures. Before : No lash extensions , with a splattering of leftover summer freckles. My lashes , according to Tammy, are long but stick straight out so they can't be seen.

So, here is ‘ everything ’ you need to know about getting eyelash extensions After application, you have to wait only 2 hours before getting your lashes wet. To keep your lash extensions fresh, you don’t need to do a full session again.

"If you have a featherlight lash that's like a piece of peach fuzz, which is like two millimeters long, and you want to look like Kim Kardashian with long, thick lashes — that’s up to the stylist to be very truthful," Akai says. "Unfortunately, that may not be possible with the type of natural lashes you already have. It’s up to the stylist to be safe and mindful of the person’s natural lashes."

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Shedding is normal.

Don't panic — if you have extensions and see them falling out, it's totally normal. You can attribute lost lashes to the shedding process of your natural eyelashes.

"You don’t realize [shedding] with your own lashes because you don’t have anything attached to them. Now when you have extensions, of course, you notice every little bit falling out," Akai said.

Natural lashes grow in three stages and the entire cycle can last anywhere from 30 to 50 days, according to Akai.

"A lot of the baby [lashes] are considered to be at the very beginning of their cycle because they’re a little bit shorter. The longest and thickest [lashes] sometimes are the ones at the end," she explained. "Say I put eyelash extensions on you today and one comes out off your natural eyelash tomorrow, that could be the end of that particular lash’s cycle."

After about four weeks, half of the extensions in a full set will be gone. Once one reaches the eight-week mark, there might not be any remaining.

It's also important to note that those, like myself, who wear contacts or glasses can also wear eyelash extensions. And to debunk a common myth, it is possible to apply extensions on someone who has super curly lashes.

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I've always wanted lash extensions . Don't get me wrong, I have naturally long, full, fluttery eyelashes , but I also have no self-control. Here is everything you need to know before you make the jump. How should I get started?

So, we sat down with Monika Crouch, celebrity make up artist and eyelash extension specialist at Pierre Michel Salon, to find out everything The nail care tips you need to know ! Lash extensions are incredibly popular in salons, but what should we know before getting them done by a pro?

"A lot of my clients who wear contact lenses actually prefer to keep in their contacts when they get the service," Akai said. "Some eyelash adhesives have a light fume, and sometimes the contact lens is a protective barrier."

Moreover, the extensions themselves are super customizable and several unique curl patterns are available to match one's natural lashes.

"The lashes come in different curls," she said. "So if someone has a very sharp curl, they would want to work with a lash that matched it like a ‘d curl,’ which is our curliest, or a ‘double d’ or a ‘double c.'"

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When researching salons, ask questions.

"I would ask, number one, ‘How long have you been doing this?’ Also, ask about the safety of their adhesives. Ask what type of lashes do they carry? Do they carry a nice variety of lashes? Variety makes room for a very safe, beautiful application," Akai said.

Additional questions include: "On my lashes, what would you recommend weight-wise?" Or, "What do you guys use to sterilize your implements?"

Lastly, keep in mind that it's hard to judge a lash salon from its appearance. 

"It could be the most beautiful place, but you want to look around to see about sterilization," Akai warned.

Talking to an experienced lash technician or salon owner is the best way to determine what qualifies as a quality environment.

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