On average it takes about 2 hours to have a full set of them done, and it takes about an hour to get them filled every 2-3 weeks. You have to lay down, typically on a massage table or on a facial chair. Your bottom lashes are taped to your face to ensure that your eyelashes aren’t glued together throughout the process. There are many different lengths and thicknesses of eyelashes extensions. Typically at least three different lengths are mixed together to create a natural look. There are also volume lashes that can be applied, these have a fuller and whisper look to them.
First, the pros. Your eyes truly do look amazing after having them done. They even look ten times better than what most mascaras can do for you. If done correctly, the lashes are applied to your individual lashes one by one. This is a tedious process, therefore stellar results are typically achieved. When I got mine done, I loved how they looked. The fact that I didn’t have to apply mascara while I had them was great, it saved me time in the morning, and my eyes looked like I had a great sleep the night before. I was complemented frequently on how great my eye makeup looked. I did have to brush them with a mascara wand every morning to keep them from twisting around each other, but that was no big deal. It looked like I had eye makeup on when I woke up, when I got out of the shower, and if I went swimming. My eyes also popped in photos, it was great!
Now, the cons. Being that I am a lash artist, I am going to be completely truthful. These look amazing, however, they are a commitment. In order to keep them up, you have to get them filled every 2-3 weeks to keep them looking good. If you let them go longer they start looking sparse and strange. Most lash artists will tell you that they don’t damage your own eyelashes if done properly, but I am here to tell you that they do. They won’t if you just get them done once for a special occasion or vacation, but repetitive fills will cause damage. When I had mine done, I made sure that I went to the best lash artist with the best reputation in the area that I live. She did a wonderful job, but after filling them 3-4 times I decided that I really did not have the time to keep them up and had them removed. My own eyelashes were shorter and more sparse than when I started. They grew back in a couple months, but for the time being they were hideous! I compare the lash extensions to acrylic nails. Any woman that has ever had acrylic nails on knows that when they are removed your own nails are weak and damaged until they grow back out. There can also be issues with the adhesives that are used. A lot of people are sensitive or allergic to it. The part of the process that was the worst for me was having my bottom eyelashes taped down to my face. It was uncomfortable, but they looked so good when I was done that it made is worth it afterwards.
If you have the time and no issues with the adhesive, I would try them out for an occasion and see if you like them. Always do your research and make sure to find a lash artist that is experienced and educated properly. Being a lash artist, I have heard horror stories. Be sure that wherever you go sanitizes their tools properly, they are working by eyes with them and infections can get spread easily. Ask your lash artist to do a patch test on your inner elbow with the adhesive if you are concerned about the adhesive. I do this regularly for new clients. They really do look beautiful if done correctly, I would recommend trying them out!