As with any beauty treatment, there are pros and cons to consider before deciding if it is right for you. With lash extensions, the positives and negatives are almost equally weighted, although you will rarely hear the downside in a salon that provides lash extension services! Here’s what you need to know to make a gratifying decision
- They look fabulous! And they make you feel sexy!
- They’re more dramatic than mascara, yet far more natural than a strip of fake eyelashes. When done right, lash extensions are simply stunning.
- They’re instantly gratifying.
- Lash extensions deliver the gorgeous lashes you want with one appointment, and you won’t have to bother applying and removing mascara every day.
- There is an initial time commitment of getting eyelash extensions applied, but we found that they look best with minimal makeup, so you’ll need less time to get ready in the morning, and have less wear and tear on your eyes from applying and removing makeup.
- They can last for months! Typically, lash extensions stay looking good for 2 to 3 weeks, but beyond that they will look less and less full. However, with regular refills, your overall lash extensions will last indefinitely.
- They’re expensive. Expect to spend anywhere from $150 to $500 for your first full set of lashes. From there, refills (typically needed every 2–4 weeks) cost $50–$100 per visit. That’s anywhere from $1000 to $2500 per year on lashes—Yikes!
- They’re high maintenance. You must plan to go in for hour-long refills every 2–4 weeks, which can be a big commitment if you travel frequently or have a busy schedule. Your lashes also need extra attention to stay gorgeous between fills.
- You must avoid oil-based cleansers and makeup removers, and avoid using mascara regularly because applying and removing mascara can snag the extensions and cause them to fall out prematurely. Most women love how their extensions look and simply forgo mascara.
- You also must be careful when washing your face, avoid allowing water from the shower to beat directly on your eyes, and take care not to rub your face with a towel or press your face too hard into the pillow when you sleep. (Tip: Switching to a firmer pillow or sleeping on your back helps.) Obviously, the less you rub your eyes or tug on your lashes, the better!
- They limit your makeup options. Not only must you avoid oil-based skin-care products as mentioned above, you also must avoid oil-based mascara and eyeliner. This means you must check the labels and be very careful when applying eye makeup, especially near the lash line. The more makeup you apply, the more you’ll have to remove, which means rubbing more over or near your eyelashes, and that means lashes will fall off.
- They’re hard to quit. Once you have lash extensions, it’s difficult to phase them out of your life. Not only because you’ll miss the lush lash line you’ve grown used to, but also because, not unlike growing out a bad haircut, the in-between stage doesn’t look the best.
Essentially, there are two options when you want to stop: You can either let them fall out on their own (which can take two months or more) or you can pay to have them removed at a nail salon that applies lashes (not sure about price) OR your aesthetician (about $50).