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Lash Extensions: Your New Beauty-Must

Mar 01, 2018 07:00AM
By Kelsey Casselbury

Light, skimpy lashes can be a real nuisance when it comes to your beauty routine. You either layer on mascara and deal with the smudges it brings, or you go without—and then heave a sigh when people ask you why you look so tired. 

There’s another solution, though it does require upkeep: lash extensions. Within an hour — the average time it takes to apply extensions, despite the myth that it’s a long, long process — your eyes go from lackluster to fully framed, with an effect that only lush, full lashes can create. Extensions are super popular in the Annapolis area, says Johnny Kenyon, operations manager at Lash Moi in Gambrills, because they open up and frame a person’s face. Here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge (spoiler alert: You just might become addicted). 

Like so many other beauty procedures, whom you visit matters. For the best quality, visit an establishment that specialize in individual lashes, not strips or clusters—individual looks the most natural. The technician will discuss with you what look you’re going for—a simple flutter is a little different than the ultra-luxe Kardashian look. “What’s critical in the process is working with someone experienced who can explain proper width, diameter, curvature,” and other facets, Kenyon notes. After all, you don’t want to damage your own natural lashes. 

Unfortunately, lash extensions don’t last forever. Just like natural lashes, they shed. It’s worrisome
to think that the extensions might be making your own lashes fall out, but that’s not the case. You probably don’t even notice when your natural eyelashes shed, but that does happen every 60 to 90 days. The life cycle of the extensions are about four to six weeks of the extensions are about four to six weeks, depending on how well you take care of them. However, Kenyon says that customers who really like the full lash look come in every two to three weeks for a fill appointment. “We do have some people that go longer, and some that come every week,” he adds. 

That maintenance process is really darn important, though, both in keeping the lashes on as long as possible and for safety reasons. Lash extensions aren’t without concerns—there are allergies to be aware of—but you can do a lot to minimize the risk by following the salon’s instructions. The attachment to your eyelids is known as the “bond,” which must be kept clean. Oil-free makeup remover is a must to avoid weakening the bond. 

When you’re done, you shouldn’t add regular mascara to the faux lashes—but you probably won’t need to. Those luxe lashes will be all you need for a well-place bat, wink, or flutter, so you can let up on that lengthy beauty process and just enjoy.