Updated: Feb 19
So you have decided to try eyelash extensions for the very first time, read this article to find out more about the procedure, and what to expect during and after your appointment.
I understand it can be nerve wracking getting your lashes done for the first time, because the entire procedure is done with your eyes closed! So it is only natural to have these concerns:
Are they going to look too long and stupid?
Are they going to look too fake?
Is the procedure painful?
Are there different sizes to choose from?
What happens if I don't like them? Can I get them removed?
Well, first of all, you should only go to a Lash Artist based on a recommended from a trusted person. Go check out their work on Instagram, Facebook and website before booking in. Do they look professional? Do you like her work? Make sure you check out their Facebook and Google reviews as well if any.
Many salons are now asking their clients to book online, I would suggest you speak with them on the phone, email or through DMs to get a better understanding of the sets they offer. Sometimes their 'natural set' may not be natural enough for you, and sometimes their 'dramatic set' maybe too dramatic for you. Eyelash extension is an art, and every Lash Artist will have their own unique style, hence this is the reason to have a conversation before booking in.
Let's say, some Lash Artists love a more organic look (like myself) while others may have a strong preference in the cateye flick, or love using a super strong curl, or love using super long lashes because that's what the Lash Artist want for herself.
Before I go on further, I must reiterate that eyelash extensions are bonded onto your natural lashes, so it is impossible to create a very full look if you have challenging eyelashes. And if you do have quite sparse, short, fine or soft lashes (like myself) then it pays to see a more experienced Lash Artist.
Your Lash Artist should first discuss with you some options and find out the desired look you want to achieve with your new extensions. The more information you could provide at your consultation the better.
It is a good idea for you to show her some images that you like, preferably from her own work so she can recreate them for you. However lashes do look differently on everybody due to different eye shapes, so remember even if you get the exact same lengths and sizes as your friend (and going to the same Lash Artist) could still give you different results.
A great Lash Artist will always listen to your needs and desired look, then assesses your natural lashes before giving you recommendations on what would be suitable.
What sizes are available?
Your Lash Artist should carry at least 3 different diameters for Volume (0.05mm, 0.06mm and 0.07mm) and Classics (0.10mm, 0.12mm and 0.15mm). Anything thicker than 0.15mm is NOT RECOMMENDED!
The lengths of the extensions used should be 50% longer than your natural eyelashes at the most, so she should also carry lengths from 8mm to 13mm.
Remember again, using extensions that are too long for your natural lashes to support could result in breakage and damage.
Not only the lashes come in different diameters and lengths, they do also come in different curls as well, the more standard curls are B, C and D.
So if you want a more lifted, open eye look, you could go for a stronger curl. However if you have straight or downward pointing lashes; using a strong curl can limit the bond area, which could result in poorer retention.
A great Lash Artist should always keep her communication open with her clients, advising what is or is not suitable rather than just giving what her client asked for. She should be assessing your lashes at every single appointment, as the condition of your natural lashes do change throughout the year, and can deteriorate with age, stress levels and health.
Is the procedure painful? How long does it take?
The procedure itself should be comfortable, many of our clients fall asleep while getting their lashes done. You will need to keep your eyes closed during the entire appointment, to stop any fumes from going into your eyes. You will be asked to lie down on a massage table or a recliner.
Your appointment can be between 1 to 2 hours or sometimes longer depending on the speed and skill level of your Lash Artist, and how full you want your set of lashes to be. Generally speaking, lash artists with more experience will cost more because of their speed and precision. You should always ask about the experience of the Lash Artist you are booking in with (if you are booking with a salon with multiple staff) as Trainees can take 2 - 3 hours to apply a set (and they aren't even a full set).
I am aware that some salons are charging their clients full price to see their Trainees, so make sure you do your research and ask to see the actual work of the Lash Artist before making your booking.
Communication is the key, I know it can be quite daunting to trust someone while you have your eyes closed. If you experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure, you should ask her to stop politely and leave.
Read my next article to find out what to look out for when you get your lashes done.