If you watch my IG Stories, some of you know this: but I’ve been wearing eyelash extensions for the past 3 months now (consistent wear!) I did try eyelash extensions back in the spring of 2022, but I was unprepared for the amount of maintenance involved and decided to let them fall out.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about eyelash extensions over the past couple of months. Is it worth it? Read on to find out more in my eyelash extensions 101!
Eyelash Extensions 101- What the Process is Like
First things first: I would do a lot of research before stepping foot into a salon. I usually ask my friends or other local bloggers for their opinions on different salons. Just because someone has a license for eyelash extensions doesn’t mean they’re any good!
Your first appointment for eyelash extensions will take roughly 2 hours. A good salon will chat with you first, have you fill out a form to note any medical/skin conditions, and then go over the different options for eyelashes with you. I’d highly recommend getting eyelashes that are a little more subtle at first and building up toward something more dramatic. My eyelashes are still pretty low-key; I prefer a more natural makeup look anyway, so I didn’t want anything too extra.
Eyelash Extensions 101 – The Maintenance
Oy, here’s the part I kind of hate the most…the maintenance. After you get your eyelashes done, you can’t get them wet for 24 hours after your appointment. I’ve purchased swim goggles that I wear every time I shower so that I don’t get my eyelash extensions wet at all, and I can prolong their life.
Next? The refills. You can get your eyelashes refilled every 2-4 weeks. The longer you wait, the more expensive the refill will be. This part is the most challenging for me since I travel so much, but I’ve just made it a point to get my lashes done every single time that I’m home.
You’ll want to clean your eyelashes daily (especially in allergy season!) I use a makeup brush and baby shampoo when I clean, it’s the only thing gentle enough for the lashes.
Is It Worth It?
My lashes are really, really short, and I do a ton of photoshoots for the blog regularly, so for me, it’s worth it. However, I don’t plan on wearing them forever: in the future, I’d like to start using a serum on a regular basis and learn how to apply fake lashes like a pro. I love my lash extensions for a cool daytime look and photoshoots; however, for special occasions, they don’t give me as much va-va-voom as I’m looking for (I also could switch it up and get the volume lashes my salon offers, but they’re a little too extra for every day!)
Where Do You Get Your Lashes Done?
In Philly, I get my lashes done at Enhanced Beauty By Design. In Northern Virginia, I loved my experience with Bellaluxe. Both salons are a little bit different, but they’re incredibly professional, and they know their stuff!