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Eyelash Extensions

Updated on July 13, 2009

If you're a woman than you want longer fuller lashes, unless you've just been lucky enough to be born with them. So many women want them that a whole industry has grown up around them. Not just eyes in general, but eyelashes specifically.  Think about it, we have devices like eyelash curlers, and mascara. Every time you turn around the beauty industry is coming up with some new mascara gimmick, or mascara brush. There are even women who get eyeliner tattooed on themselves. If you'd like something less permanent than a tattoo, but more permanent than mascara, then maybe eyelash extensions are for you. Originating from Asia these false eyelash extensions have swept across the Pacific into Europe and now you can get eyelash extensions in the U.S. through Hollywood. There are salons that offer the extensions popping up in a lot of cities. Lets take a look at some the benefits and drawback, who should and shouldn't have them and what the cost might be.

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By ang.d via Flickr

Who Should Avoid Eyelash Extensions

First off there are certain situations when women should not get eyelash extensions. If you have been under general anesthetic or had any form of surgery. Also women who have recently given birth. If you fall into any of these categories then you should wait at least a year. If you have any sort of allergies to chemicals or any immune diseases then you should consult a doctor to make sure that the extensions are safe for you. The application is painless and will not hurt your natural lashes.

Cost of Eyelash Extensions

You're probably wondering about the cost of eyelash extensions – well, they aren't cheap. The cost for a full set can be $250-450 depending on the area of the country you live in, the experience of the technician, and the salon itself. The good thing is that you won't have to pay the upfront price every time you get your lashes touched up. Lashes fall out every 2-3 months or so, so you'll need to go in every three weeks, or at least once a month. The cost for touchup usually runs about $50-100 for each touch up.

How Eyelash Extensions are Attached

If you're wondering about how eyelashes are attached, it's really pretty simple. They are glued on to each individual lash, which as you can imagine is a time extensive process. That is part of the reason the price is so high. It's also the reason you need to make sure you find a tech that has had eyelash extension training. The glue is the same type of glue used by cosmetic surgeons so there's minimal risk of allergic reactions. The procedure involves 60-80 lashes, the touch-ups will involve less that's why they cost less. Do not try to do the extensions yourself with eyelash extension kits, make sure you find a salon with technicians that can supply you with eyelash extension services.

Care of Your Extensions

After you've gotten your eyelashes extended make sure to keep them dry for the first twenty four hours, don't let water touch your lashes. No steam until after 48 hours. Don't use makeup removers with oil or alcohol you don't want to remove the eyelash extension glue. You don't need eyelash extension mascara, it can affect the glue, and eyelash curlers can break the extensions, so make sure not to use one.

So if you think eyelash extensions are something you'd like to try take a look around for a salon in your area. Don't be afraid to ask for references. Remember, you're going to be paying a lot of money for your extensions. You will be saving yourself from the hassle of putting on mascara every day, and curling your lashes. Your eyelash extensions will look just like your real lashes, without as much of the work. You will have to take some care with them, but if you are careful they can be a good alternative to someone who wants fuller looking eyelashes, that also look real.

Eyelash Extension Procedure


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      Eyelash glue 

      7 years ago

      Dollar for dollar, Latisse - which allows you to grow longer, thicker lashes, may turn out to be a better investment.

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      Eyelash extensions cost 

      8 years ago

      Longer lashes may be a bit pricey, but they sure could be worth it since they last a longer time. That means dramatic and alluring eyes for a longer while.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      These extensions are booming right now. Me and so many people I know just can't live without them anymore!

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      8 years ago

      Eyelash extensions are a boon to women to want a more luxurious look with lashes. Whether you explore glam extensions to make a fab statement for a special event, or wear the 'minx' look daily with human or mink extensions, the results will be eye-catching.

      If you have a salon and want to know more about this popular and profitable service, you can be trained by the best via a two-part DVD series, Eyelash Extensions from Aesthetic Videosource.

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      skintology ny 

      8 years ago

      If you don’t have interest in wearing eyelash extensions but wanted glamorous eyelashes always, then you’ll be pleased to learn several simple things that you can have those long luxurious lashes you always dream of having. Every one wants sexy, long, luscious lashes and, in today's world, there is nothing impossible that you can’t do. Just a couple of hours is needed to have eyelash extensions applied and this allows people with weak, thinning or shorter lashes to experience beautiful full lashes.

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