You probably have at least one friend who has dramatically told her horror story about her experience with eyelash extensions. If you’ve been holding off on getting extensions because of what you’ve heard, read up. Chances are, you’ve fallen victim to one of many myths about extensions.
MYTH #1 – EYELASH EXTENSIONS DAMAGE YOUR EYELASHES.
This is the most popular misconception about eyelash extensions, so let’s just get this one out of the way first.
FACT – NO, THEY DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR NATURAL LASHES.
When applied properly, your eyelash extensions will not only look great but have no effect on your natural lashes. It’s all about using an experienced lash stylist who understands the right way to apply for the extensions. If the lashes being applied are too long or too heavy, they may fall out early, and take some of your natural lashes with them.
Another common issue? Too much glue. Since extensions are glued to your natural lash, using too much glue on eyelashes can cause your natural lashes to fall out, along with the wings.
MYTH #2 – THE EYELASH EXTENSION PROCEDURE IS PAINFUL AND UNCOMFORTABLE.
So many beauty processes are so uncomfortable. This one has to be as well, right?
FACT – ACTUALLY, A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKE A NAP.
Talk about multitasking. The process is long—about 1.5 to 2 hours on average—but it doesn’t hurt. Some people take naps or listen to music or podcasts while the lash stylist does their thing.
MYTH #3 – YOU CAN’T WASH YOUR FACE AROUND YOUR EYELASHES.
With the delicacy of the glued lashes, surely water and face cleansers are a no-no while I have extensions.
FACT – WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO WASH YOUR FACE AND KEEP EXTENSIONS CLEAN.
We encourage you to keep your extensions clean. In fact, that will keep your lashes looking fresh and healthy. That being said, you’ll want to be a little more mindful of your products. Find a facial cleanser that’s extension-friendly to ensure the best results. And, make sure you’re not using any oil-based cleansers or makeup removers. Lastly, don’t rub too hard!
MYTH #4 – YOU CAN JUST PICK THEM OFF WHEN YOU’RE READY.
Just like fake lashes, I can just peel them off when I’m tired of them, right?
FACT – NOT UNLESS YOU WANT TO DAMAGE YOUR HAIR FOLLICLES.
Lash extensions and fake lashes you can buy at the drugstore are two very different products with different ways to remove them. Pulling them out yourself could result in damaged hair follicles—and once it’s damaged, hair will no longer grow. So unless you’re willing to lose your natural lashes permanently, visit your stylist to have them SAFELY removed with the appropriate products.