Look, I’m not proud of it, but the first time I got Eyelash Extensions, I forgot to ask all the important questions before my appointment. I was just so pumped to walk out with big, fluttery lashes, no falsies required, that I did absolutely zero research beforehand. “People think they get lashes put on, and they’re done, but there still is maintenance afterwards,” says Dionne Phillips, celebrity eyelash extension expert of D’Lashes.
While it’s true that eyelash extensions require less maintenance than wearing mascara or fake eyelashes every day, they’re still not really a get-and-forget kinda thing, either. To find out how to prep before your appointment, what the proper aftercare is, and all the other important lash facts, we turned to Phillips and other lash experts for their insights. Keep reading for all the basics you’ll be glad to know
What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions are semipermanent lashes that are hand-glued on top of your natural lashes, says Andra Marin, artistic director and expert lash stylist at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in NYC. Unlike strip lashes, lash extensions are glued on individually to your natural hairs, so they’re super customizable and actually look real.
How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?
If you actually take care of them , eyelash extensions can last for six to eight weeks until they naturally fall out like your lashes usually do. Once they start falling out, though, you can go back and have your lash stylist fill in the missing pieces. So, technically, you can make your extensions last indefinitely.
Do Eyelash Extensions Ruin Your Eyelashes?
Not really—there isn’t a ton of evidence that shows whether eyelash extensions actually affect your natural lash length or health long-term. There is, however, a teeny-tiny risk of developing traction alopecia, says Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, which is where your natural lashes can fall out as a result of the constant weight of repeated eyelash extensions. But don’t stress—this isn’t common.
“Usually, it takes years of bad application and improper care for long-term lash damage to happen as a result,” says Marin. So please, only go to legit, well-reviewed salons (no matter how good that Groupon deal is). Make sure your technician follows all the sanitation and disinfection protocols, and don’t feel awkward asking your technician to confirm that all of these precautions are being taken.