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How long do lash extensions last?
There really isn't a set answer to this question as several factors affect how long your lash extensions will last such as how well you follow aftercare instructions, your skin type and the rate your natural lashes grow. I have some clients with lashes that grow very fast and they need retouches more often as well as clients who have slower growth and I only get to see them once a month. Some clients follow aftercare instructions to the tee and others don't. For those that do, I typically don't see them as often.
So here's your answer. IT DEPENDS.
I know that's not what you want to hear but it's what I've experienced over the last 8 years. Generally speaking, for clients that wear a mascara or classic set, I see them every 2-3 weeks for retouches. Volume lash clients are usually ever 4-5 weeks.
Can I get my lashes wet?
Absolutely! In fact, you have to get them wet in order to keep them clean. On a daily basis, you should be washing your lashes and brushing them with a mascara wand. There is a caveat however and that is, immersing your lashes in water for long periods of time can affect how long your lashes last. If you swim or go to the sauna a lot, you may notice more shedding than someone who isn't immersed in water as often.
Can I wear mascara with lash extensions?
While I don't see a reason to wear mascara with lash extensions, you can wear an eyelash extension approved mascara which I carry. I understand that eyelash extensions are a relatively new service to the public so like me, most women have grown accustomed to applying mascara and the look that it gives. With lash extensions however, you really don't need to add mascara because lash extensions will give you longer, fuller lashes. The goal is to wean yourself off of the mascara so you can enjoy light and fluffy lashes. But if you can't kick the habit, I recommend ONLY using a mascara that's lash extension safe.
How do I take care of my lashes?
There are a few different cleansers on the market that you can use however a simple and accessible solution is to use one part No More Tears by Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to 3 parts water. It's best to steer clear of oil based cleansers and anti ageing cleansers as those will greatly affect how long your lash extensions last.
How often do I need to get them done?
Most clients book every 2-3 weeks depending on the set that they have. For mascara and classic sets, on average I see clients every 2-3 weeks and for volume sets, ever 4-5 weeks.
Do you use mink lashes?
I don't use real mink lashes for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that I saw a video of how those lashes are sourced and I have a hard time believing companies that make claims of cruelty free mink lashes. I don't judge anyone who does use them however what I saw is now deeply ingrained in my mind and I can't bring myself to provide a product or service that may compromise my personal values. The second reason is because they don't last as long as synthetic lashes. They tend to lose their curl quickly and go straight which isn't very attractive and they don't last as long.
Instead, I use a faux mink or silk lash which both hold their curls, are rich in color and last.
To see the video that changed my views on using real mink, click here. (Warning: Disturbing content)
Why do eyelash extensions cost so much?
In comparison to strip lashes or clusters (aka "individuals") semi permanent eyelash extensions are applied to one eyelash at a time. This process is very detailed, time consuming and requires a high investment of time to perfect. Unfortunately, it's not one of those services you can jump right into. With semi permanent eyelash extensions you need an artist that has a high level of skill that uses superior quality materials. The overall outcome is a better experience and lashes that look and last longer than strips or clusters and without the damage to your natural eyelashes.
What about allergies?
Allergies CAN happen. At the moment, there isn't really a patch test that can accurately assess whether or not you will have a reaction to the adhesive or materials used during the application process. Personally, I've never had anyone react to the materials I've used however I have seen cases where clients react to the eye pads used or the adhesive. I work very hard to ensure the lash extensions don't touch the skin and that I use an adhesive that works great for most people so thankfully, I've never had a client react. But if you do experience discomfort, contact me immediately for next steps.