So I used to have lash extensions but when I noticed that my lashes seemed to be really suffering and becoming more sparse I jumped ship. I have few enough lashes as it is and I didn’t really want to risk losing more of them!
Once you’ve had them though, it’s hard to go back! I never really got used to going without so I started wearing falsies more and more.
Once Billy came along falsies seemed like a far cry for me so I considered getting extensions again. I wondered if there had been any advancements that would be safer for my lashes and in my research I learned some great tips.
1. You have to be careful with your length choice.
I’d always request 12’s or 13’s (long/glam) but my fine feathery natural lashes really couldn’t handle that much weight. They would turn into each other (which creates a clumpy spidery look after a while) and were stressing my baby lash hairs out big time. Now I compromise on the length so I can keep them looking better longer without the damage.
2. Find an artist who does volume.
Volume lashes are the newest advancement in extension and they are amazing! I can go twice as long between fills (4 weeks now – before they looked sparse after 2) They are lighter and thinner so they tend to look more natural. They’re especially good for people who don’t have a ton of hairs to begin with.
3. Don’t touch them with your fingers, ever!
Nervous habits beware: there is nothing to be gained from picking at, arranging or petting these guys. It wreaks havoc on the glue and pulls at the follicle. You can always use a spooly to brush them when you feel like they need it:)
4. Try not to sleep on your face
Face sleeping seems like a hard habit to break but it’s gonna cause fall out. After a couple nights of forcing myself to sleep sideways instead and adjusting the pillow a bit so it doesn’t rub my eyes I got in the groove pretty well.
7. Not all applications are created equal.
I never thought about requesting anything besides length on my lashes until I’d used falsies for a few years. I have a really specific taste in those so why wouldn’t I want mine done in a similar way? I asked that she do varied length (8, 9 & 10’s I believe) I prefer that because I think they can look a little broom-like when they’re all the same. I also wanted the longest ones in the center of my eyes. A lot of people prefer the longest to be on the outer corner but for my eye shape I prefer center.
6. Find an artist with GREAT reviews.
Photos are nice and I definitely scouted a bunch of them before I found my girl but an actual referring is much more assuring. I feel like it’s a really specific talent of being very patience and paying attention to finite detail. I also asked to see a photo of one of her clients lashes after removal. They looked great! For St. George & Salt Lake Gals (she travels to both) my lash artist is Kaitlin she does a really beautiful job! Tell her I sent you:)
Let me know if you have any questions!