Eyelash Extensions – Are they Worth It?

November 18, 2013

Hello sweets!! This post is about my personal experience with eyelash extensions and if you’re interested in getting them yourself, I’m sharing it in the hope that it helps you make a calculated decision.

Eyelash extensions are a treatment where a qualified professional attaches individual lash strands onto natural lashes with a cosmetic grade glue – to add volume and length which is supposed to last between 4-6 weeks.

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To put it simply, I’m a lash freak. I love thick, long, voluminous curly lashes so when I first heard about the lash extensions, naturally I thought “I have to have them!”. I did some research and found a salon which specialised in lash extensions – with fully qualified consultants of course.

I went in for my treatment which took about an hour and a half.  The process was tedious but relaxing nevertheless. When I looked in the mirror afterwards, I was ecstatic to say the least. I had thick, dark, voluminous long lashes which was exactly what I expected.

The consultant told me they would last between 4-5 weeks on average, they would then start falling off as my own lashes naturally shed and I could come back for top-ups every 3-4 weeks thereafter.

For the next few days, as I went about my daily activities, I fell in love with my extensions even more. I didn’t need any mascara or curler, I was going to bed with gorgeous lashes, waking up all glam; getting out of the shower…again, all glam. As I was fluttering my fabulous new lashes about, I was thinking…this is almost too good to be true!

About 10th day onwards, things started to change. As I was expecting to continue my blissful relationship with my extensions for at least 4 weeks, some of the lashes started to twist and turn, where I was having to comb them back into place. By the end of the second week, they already started to shed quite a bit. Considering I wasn’t using any mascara, any oil based products or cleansers, no tugging, no pulling, I wasn’t impressed at all. I barely made it to the end of the 3rd week before I had to go back for re-fills as I also wasn’t ready to give them up yet.

I told the consultant about the shedding issue but she said it varies from person to person as the extensions fall off with the natural progression of our own lashes. And so I continued, every 3 weeks to go back for more refills and naturally it started to get quite expensive.

Lash extensions can cost between $150-$180 for the initial application and anywhere between $30-$80 for refills depending on the amount of extensions you need.

What concerned me more was that the extensions started pulling at my own lashes which hurt a lot – almost like a pinch at the base of my lashes. If I didn’t pull that particular extension off, I would end up with a red irritated spot on my lashline. It started to bother me too much so I decided to give my own lashes a break. And this is where things got even worse…

When all the extensions fell off, I realised I barely had any natural lashes left. The glue had practically melted my lashes away. Some were burnt off halfway, the rest were so thin and lifeless – I even had bald patches! They’d never ever been in such a poor, almost non-existent state as this before. Needless to say, I was distraught!

It’s only afterwards, when I started researching more into eyelash extensions, that I realised no matter how professional the consultant is, how well the lashes are applied or the lash quality, the glue is the culprit! Regardless of the brand or quality, it literally sufficates the natural lashes and stomps their growth. It made sense when I thought about it; here’s a foreign substance which is like super glue, coating and hardening over the natural lash preventing it from freely doing its thing: growing, shedding, growing again…without any obstacles in the way, such as hardened glue or extensions.

As I went into panic mode of trying to nurse my lashes back to some normality…and fast! I discovered a DIY lash/brow potion which I now swear by. If you want to grow thick and healthy brows and lashes, stay tuned for my lash/brow growth serum DIY coming up this week!

So in summary, although so many women get lash extensions and everyone has different opinions, this was my personal experience. As much as I loved the initial results, the constant maintenance, the price, twisting, pinching, shedding but most importantly affecting the health and growth of my natural lashes and the damage it’s caused was not worth it for me in the end.

If you’re thinking of getting lash extensions, make sure to do your research, go to a salon that’s recommended by friends who had successful results, read reviews such as this post to weigh up the pros and cons, and make sure you’re prepared to accept the good with the potential bad. Until then, just like me, make the most of the traditional products at our disposal, including the amazing variety of false lashes to achieve the lash look you’re after ;)

Note: I had my lash extensions done couple of years ago so I don’t have any pictures that show the damage they caused; however, if you search “eyelash extension damage” in Google Images, you’ll see many examples of exactly what my lashes looked like. Very sparse, brittle, thin with bald spots.

 

Have you had lash extensions done? I’d love to hear your story

 

 

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5 comments

Shelly October 2, 2015 - 6:30 am

Sorry for all the typos! I didn’t even check my writing! Lol xo

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Shelly October 2, 2015 - 6:30 am

Hi love! I had literally the same experience! When I first did it I was sooooo in love! Felt so beautiful even rolling out of bed! But mine went even less time then you before looking funky and getting twisted together and making my eyes sore so I wnet in every 2 weeks or less for a fill and my eyes were itchy almost immediately but I fought it until they pretty much got infected! I took such careful care of them never pulled in out or anything… The main reason my reaction went from a but itchy to full blown itch and swollen was my last full she went extra crazy and did some on the eyelid directly which is a NO NO… I finally removed them and couldn’t believe the damage in only a month!!!! My lashes are more than half gone and all so short!! I still feel so embarrassed and have to use eye antibiotic and cream for a week… As much as I loved them I would tell others to run away! Just stick to awesome mascara & falsies now and then!!! Xoxo

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Sarah October 2, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Hi Shelly, oh I cringe every time I hear about bad experiences with eyelash extensions…and they seem to happen more often than not. I know exactly what you went through and I totally agree…mascara and falsies are the way to go. I’d rather put in some extra time but still have my natural lashes. By the way, I nursed my lashes back to their healthy state with a natural lash/brow concoction I created. I shared the recipe if you’d like to take a look; it really helped me: http://beautypointofview.com/diy-lash-brow-growth-serum/
Please update me on your lashes, wishing them a speedy recovery!! :)

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shirley April 30, 2015 - 2:13 am

Lash extensions didn’t work for me either. Very interested in yoi DIY serum

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Sarah May 1, 2015 - 8:51 am

Hi Shirley, I think many people experience the same issues with extensions sooner or later. The DIY serum really makes a huge difference. Please let me know your results if you try it ;) xx

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