VALLEY Tries It: Eyelash Extensions

Posted by @bellalash on Instagram.

After seeing a ton of buzz on social media recently, I decided to enter a realm of beauty I had never experienced before: eyelash extensions. I was tired of trying every mascara or lash-enhancing product on the market and felt it was time to experiment with this new and trendy option.

I finally took the plunge and booked an appointment after seeing the beautiful, yet natural, looking lash sets posted by LH Spa & Rejuvenation’s Instagram. With any procedure — invasive or non-invasive — you should always do your homework to understand what you’re really getting yourself into. After doing research and talking to a lash artist, I felt I was ready.

Common Misconceptions About Eyelash Extensions

Contrary to popular belief, eyelash extensions will not make your natural eyelashes shed abnormally quickly. Having extensions placed on your real lashes does not disrupt the natural growing or shedding process. The reason why this myth came into existence in the first place is because clients can more easily spot a thicker, darker or synthetic lash than they can a thinner, lighter, natural lash. When you have extensions, lashes that are naturally shedding can sometimes become more obvious.

A common fear that prevents potential clients from getting this treatment is the notion that eyelash extensions will make their eyelashes completely fall out and permanently damage the hair follicle. This is simply untrue. Lash artists recommend a fill-in every 2-3 weeks. If your lashes completely fell out, there would be nothing for the extension to adhere to, and thus, the fill-ins would be less frequent (or not recommended at all). Additionally, people have claimed that after removing the extensions, their natural lashes appeared thinner and shorter. This is merely an optical illusion. Once you get used to seeing these longer, thicker, blacker eyelashes, it may seem as though your natural lashes are damaged, however this is not the case. After getting extensions, it can take time to adjust to seeing your naked lashes again.

The Procedure

There was calming music playing which created a relaxing and stress-free atmosphere. The lash artist asked what type of look was desired and recommended a half-set for a more natural look. A half-set means that a lash extension will be placed on every other lash, resulting in a softer natural look (a full-set is as it sounds; an extension is placed on every lash). The entire process lasted about an hour with zero pain or discomfort. The lashes were noticeable but by no means looked fake or over-the-top.

Before leaving, the lash artist explained the post-process care and upkeep. You cannot sweat or shower for at least 48 hours after getting extensions. It is also key to avoid oil-based skincare and makeup products because it ruins the bond between natural lashes and extensions. Sleeping on your back is key so the lashes don’t get bent and it is also important to avoid eye makeup for at least 48 hours to prevent damage. It is recommended that clients come in for a fill every few weeks.

Getting these extensions is an investment of both time and money. Depending on the salon you go to (and the level of the lash artist’s experience), the price of extensions can range from $150-$250 for a set and run between $45-$125 for a fill-in. While this may seem pricey, you won’t be spending money on mascara or other lash products. Clients often report looking more awake and rejuvenated with the extensions, as well.


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