I’ve always envied people with long, voluminous eyelashes, so I thought to myself why not get eyelash extensions?
My natural lashes are very short and straight. I have a lot of lashes but they don’t have any shape. So I was looking for a flirty set with length and volume, plus I was going to a wedding in January so I wanted a dramatic set. Before jumping into any salon I did some thorough research to make sure I was choosing the right person to do my lashes. I didn’t want to trust just anyone and go blind.
During my research I found some realistic and some too-good-to-be-true offers. Some places were saying they could give me a full set of lashes that will last 6 weeks in just 30mins! This raised some serious red flags for me. A friend of mine who recently got hers said it took at least 1.5hrs to get her first set. Similarly other places were claiming to be budget friendly and do a full set for £25, however when reading reviews these salons were known for being unhygienic, not using proper glue and giving customers terrible looking lashes. After weeks of research, I stumbled across a lady, who not only lived close by, but had excellent reviews. She posted pictures of her work on Facebook and everything looked well done. Plus she was very affordable.
In November, I got my beautiful eyelash extensions and I’ve never been happier! They were long and flirty and looked very natural. It made my eyes appear bigger and feminine, it honestly changed my look. I felt so much more confident and feminine. The best part was waking up the next day and still looking fabulous with zero makeup.
Taking care of my lashes was very simple. The only rule I had to abide by was to avoid water for 24hrs after application and to avoid using oil based products especially around the eyes as it can weaken the bond between the lash and the glue. I also had to get infills every 3-4 weeks, but it really depended on the condition of my lashes. Sometimes I wouldn’t need to go for a month because my lashes were still intact.
So why did I remove my lashes?
It is recommended that after 3-6 months you remove your extensions to allow your natural eyelashes to recover and to give them a little break. Even though I loved my lashes, I sometimes found that they would overlap, stand up in funny directions and I couldn’t properly rub my eyes. Additionally, there is a chance you can get an eye infection due to a build up of makeup or dirt that you haven’t been able to clean properly.
Removing my lashes were easy but it was slightly painful. My lash lady put some gel on a cotton pad and put it over my lashes, this weakened the bond between the glue and the lash so she could simply wipe of my extensions. This is also the preferred way because it stops your natural lashes from being pulled out. But you do not want the gel in your eye, trust me, it burns like mad so I would highly recommend you go to your lash-person or any other professional to get them removed.
Life after eyelash extensions
After getting them removed I felt SO bald. I had my extensions for a little over 4 months and I was so used to them that I’d forgotten how I looked without them. When I examined my lashes, they were significantly shorter than before. This is due to my natural lashes breaking from the weight of the extensions. But after a few weeks they should grow and hopefully look how they did prior to extensions.
Not going to lie, the morning after my removal, I felt so self conscious. I didn’t want to go work at all! So I compensated by wearing lots of eye makeup and changing my look so my colleagues didn’t notice. LOL. To be fair they are all male so they didn’t notice at all.
Overall, I loved my eyelash extensions. They gave me confidence, made me look fabulous all the time and I got a lot of compliments. I do think I will go back to them again one day but for now I’m happy with my natural lashes.
- Make sure you do your research. I cannot stress this enough! You want to go to someone you can trust with your eyes, remember if anything goes wrong you could end up being seriously injured or even worse, blind. Don’t take it lightly and don’t go for the cheapest or the quickest option. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
- Start with a natural set then build it up. Give your natural lashes some time to adjust, besides you don’t want to look like you have window wipers on your eyes.
- Take care of your lashes. If you want them to last longer, then avoid using oil-based makeup, removers, face wash.. anything! Also brush your eyelashes frequently so you’re not only making them look fabulous but you’re also cleaning them .
- Give your eyelashes a break. Your lashes may look beautiful with extensions but if you’re not taking care of them, you may not have real lashes left to put your extensions on!
To know how I take care of my lashes post extensions, stay tuned for my next post.
Till then x