Eyelash Extensions: A Complete Guide to Treatments & Maintenance
Thinking of getting eyelash extensions but aren’t sure if you really want them or not? You can make an informed decision if you knew more about what is involved in the process. From the treatment itself, to the maintenance afterwards to keep them looking great, we have a complete guide to Eyelash Extensions for you.
Eyelash Extension Preparation
Before the treatment, you meet with a lash artist in a private room for a consultation. First, you describe what it is you want in your eyelash extension treatment and ask all of your questions about the treatment and maintenance itself. The eyelash artist will ask you questions in return so they can narrow down the right look that would look best for you that you want, including:
- Style — do you want more natural looking lash extensions or more glamorous?
- Length — how long do you want your extensions to be?
- Thickness — how thick or thin do you want them to appear?
- Curl — do you want your lashes to look more curly or straight?
After all of that is sorted out between you and the lash artist, you’ll be left alone in the room to relax, listen to music, read on your phone, or even take a nap on the treatment bed. During this time the eyelash artist will be preparing for the treatment.
There are different types or degrees of lash extension treatments, depending on if you are getting brand new extensions or if you are just touching up existing ones. Full treatments usually take around 2 hours to complete and costs $200. The lash stylist will make sure to use the best products available to make sure the extensions last without causing irritation. More minor lash treatments can be included with a full treatment or done separately. They include the following:
- Lash Tint — gives your eyelashes definition without mascara so they are dark, full and noticeable
- Refills & Touch-Ups — if you want to maintain the extensions you will need to come in for refills or a touch up every two to four weeks
- Brow Shaping & Tint — can also match your eyelash extensions with shaped and tinted eyebrows
These minor treatments range between 30 minutes up to 2 hours (for a full 4 week refill and touchup). If you want to get your extensions touched up, you should come in for a refill treatment every 2 to 4 weeks.
If you want to make your eyelash extensions last longer and avoid having to get them touched up more frequently, there are some tips to help with your maintenance:
- You don’t have to avoid water except for immediately after the treatment
- Don’t let any oils get into contact with your lashes as they cause the adhesive to break down
- Wash your lashes every morning with special lash shampoo to clean away any oils or other impurities that have built up
You can make your own lash shampoo from 1 ounce of baby shampoo, 6 ounces distilled water , and 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed together. You can also buy them pre-made if you don’t want to make the mixture yourself.
If you’ve decided that you don’t want to have the extensions anymore, there is a process to proper removal so you don’t damage your own lashes. Here’s how the removal process works:
- A special gel is applied to the lashes to dissolve the adhesive
- When the adhesive is weakened enough they are carefully and safely removed
- Any excess adhesive or debris is cleaned away
Removal treatments take around 30 minutes, depending on how long it takes for the adhesive to dissolve enough so the extensions can be removed. How much the treatment costs also depends on how long it takes but is generally in the range of $30 to $50.
Still aren’t sure if eyelash extensions are for you? Need more information? Contact an experienced eyelash artist to discuss our process in greater detail.