Semi-permanent eyelashes are fantastic for those who want to wake up looking made up, saving time doing their eye makeup of a morning. They accentuate your eyes, making them look bigger and brighter. Definitely a low-maintenance way of looking high-maintenance. Perfect for women with busy lives!
Recently, there has been a lot of controversy in the news surrounding semi-permanent eyelashes. I have been a qualified lash technician for 6 years now, and I have some clients I have seen regularly over 5 years now without any breaks. I can tell you, and they will tell you, their lashes are still happy and healthy after all this time.
If you and your lash artist look after your lashes, they are perfectly safe!
Some myths about lash extensions…
1. Eyelash extensions damage your lashes and cause them to fall out, never to grow again.
When applied correctly, this will not happen. You must use lash extensions that are the correct weight for your natural lashes to support. If they are too thick or long, they will damage the lash and possibly the follicle which will affect the future hair growth. Listen to your lash artist’s advice, longer and thicker is not always possible if your own lashes are short and very fine. You can still have extensions, but they might not be as long and thick as some you see on social media.
2. Lash extensions cause serious eye infections, and even mites.
Hygiene is very important when you have eyelash extensions. You must clean your lashes daily with gentle soap and water, using a soft flannel or soft lash cleansing brush to remove any eye gunk. You should brush your lashes with a clean lash wand every morning when you wake up, after a shower, or whenever they are a bit untidy. Obviously, not following this advice can lead to problems or infections of the eyes and lash follicles.
3. You should have regular breaks from eyelash extensions.
Maybe, it depends on you, your lashes, and your lifestyle. If you can keep up with the infills every 2-3 weeks, maintain good hygiene, and have happy and healthy lashes, there is no reason to take a break from looking amazing every day!
4. Lash extensions only give an extreme, false lash look.
Again, depending on your personal style. I always do a full consultation with my new clients to find out what type of look they want from their lashes. Do you want to wake up looking like you have natural lashes with a really great mascara on? Or do you want big, fluffy, wispies that are very glam? Of course, it depends on your natural lashes as well, but we will create a style that suits you.
5. You can remove your lashes simply by picking them off.
This is a HUGE no no! If you do this, you are guaranteed to cause damage to your natural lashes. If you want to remove your lashes, you will need to book in to have them removed using a special product designed to dissolve the lash glue and remove them safely.
6. You don’t need a patch test.
New lash clients must have a patch test 48 hours prior to their treatment, so do not ait to book your lashes last minute. For one, my diary gets pretty busy, and for two, you will need to have a patch test 48 hours before to be sure that you do not have any allergies or sensitivities to the lash glue. Trust me, you do not want to have a reaction prior to your holiday or special event!
7. Anyone can learn how to apply semi-permanent lashes by watching videos online, buying a kit, and practicing.
Absolutely not! Lash artists use very sharp and spiky tweezers as well as extremely strong glues around the delicate eye area. You want someone who knows what they are doing, who understands the contraindications of performing the service, and also is following the proper hygiene practices. All of this is taught on professional eyelash extension training courses. You also need a professional qualification to be covered by insurance in case of any accidents or problems. I trained at Chill Out College and have insurance with Professional Beauty.
If you have considered getting lash extensions, but have had reservations, I hope this blog has helped you realise that they are perfectly safe. Check out my Do’s and Don’ts of Semi-Permanent lashes for more tips and advice.
I currently have space for only THREE new lash clients, so I am running a special offer from now until May 31st, 2019. New lash clients booking a full set of lashes (£50) will receive their first 2 week infill worth £20 for free. Contact me now to book your patch test and appointments. The infill must take place within 14 days of the application of the full set.
Wishing you happy, healthy, and beautiful lashes!