For those of you who love your lashes, you know the difference that lash treatments can make. They help to add tone, depth and make them look longer and fuller. No wonder it’s one of our most popular treatments, especially when they say that eyes are an attractive feature to the opposite sex …
Yet what type of treatment is best? Which one will make your eyes sparkle and stand out from the crowd? Well primarily, you’ve got 2 options: Eyelash Extensions and Lash Lifts. We’re here to help you figure out which one is best for you.
So, What’s the Difference?
Whilst both lash treatments aim to make your lashes longer and lovelier, they work differently. Eyelash Extensions, for example, work by adding extensions to your lashes to make them physically longer and thicker.
A Lash Lift, on the other hand, is where your lashes are naturally curled to make them appear longer and fuller. Because it’s your natural eyelashes which are being used, Lash Lifts can look a lot more natural, whilst Eyelash Extensions have a more dramatic effect. It really depends on what you prefer.
Lash Lifts: The Benefits
It’s already been mentioned that one of biggest benefits of Lash Lifts is that they just look more natural. Lash Lifts are also great for helping to sort out any problems with longer, untamed lashes. If your lashes seem to crisscross or are twisty, a good lash lift can help to make them straighter and more manageable.
Lash Lifts are also free of maintenance (apart from returning for another one every 6-8 weeks), and because you’re using your natural lashes, they are free of irritation.
Lash Lifts: The Drawbacks
The only real obstacle with a Lash Lift is that some people’s eyelashes can’t be lifted due to being too short. You’re really limited by what your natural eyelashes are capable of. If they are too short, then no amount of curling is going to help achieve an effect you want. That said, Medik8 Lash serum may be used to help nourish and stimulate the lashes to improve their growth.
Eyelash Extensions: The Benefits
Eyelash Extensions have gotten a bit of a bad reputation since Lash Lifts have become popular. They can be branded as fake and unnatural. Sure, a poorly done Eyelash Extension treatment does the opposite of enhancing your eyes, but one done well (by Nik at Mojo Beauty for example) will look amazing,
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Eyelash Extensions are great for those looking to give their eyes a dramatic look. They can also make mornings a lot easier by giving you a mascara look without even having to get out of bed! Fantastic for weddings, formals and any special events.
Eyelash Extensions: The Drawbacks
If you are considering Eyelash Extensions, you need to do your homework and find a proper professional lash artist to do the best application for you. If they haven’t been professionally applied they may appear clumpy, stuck together, excessive amounts of glue and may cause your natural lashes to be pulled out.
Which one is right for me?
This really depends on what type of look you’re going for and what type of lashes you already have. If yours are particularly short, the eyelash extension is a great option. It’s also perfect for those looking to achieve that dramatic lash effect.
If, on the other hand, you want something more natural and longer lasting, then the Lash Lift is probably going to suit you much better. Making your lashes look fuller and longer.
Eyelash extensions have become hugely popular in recent years. From celebrities and stars to the women at your work, and ones you see on the street, ladies everywhere are obtaining beautifully full and long lashes with lash extensions. If you’re wondering whether you should try it out yourself, here’s everything you need to know before diving in and getting glued.
Eyelash Extensions Pros and Cons
Like any beauty treatment, eyelash extensions can have both pros and cons. Their biggest benefit, however, is the way they look. There’s no denying that eyelash extensions are a great way to get the lashes of your dreams without having to apply them every morning. They’ll also save you time on your makeup routine as you won’t need to curl your lashes and apply mascara. Some lashes do need maintenance, though, including regular brushing, special cleansing and sometimes even blow drying. Although they’re incredibly long lasting, eyelash extensions also need regular touch ups, which costs money. They can be somewhat pricey, a lot of women find that they’re worth the investment and provide great results.
Are Extensions Bad for Your Natural Lashes?
It’s a common misconception that eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes. If the extensions are applied correctly and not pulled out, they will not damage your lashes or your eyes. Just make sure to visit a professional technician for the application. Although the glue used in the process is safe, be aware that some women can experience allergic reactions and tell your technician if you experience any stinging or pain. Once the eyelash extensions have been applied, they will take some time to grow out. If you decide you don’t want to keep up with the upkeep of your new lashes, you will experience an awkward growing out phase as your lashes naturally grow out with the extensions attached.
Getting eyelash extensions should always be a pain-free experience when done right. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your eyes, make sure to ask your lash technician about the glue before beginning. The glue shouldn’t contain anything to harm your eyes, such as formaldehyde.
Types of Eyelash Extensions
There are three types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Which type you receive will depend on your natural lashes and desired results, as well as your technician’s preference. Some technicians like to use a synthetic and silk combination while others stick to one or the other. These artificial lash types will create a uniform look with ease. Mink lashes, on the other hand, are 100% natural fibre lashes. This means that they’re lighter and appear more natural than artificial lashes, but their length and thickness cannot be controlled. Although they might sound appealing to you, be aware that mink lashes come at a higher cost.
Eyelash extensions can come in a range of sizes from around 6mm to 17mm. The length and thickness of the eyelash extensions you can receive depends on your natural lashes. A professional technician will be able to best advise you on the right lash extensions for you. As you want to ensure that your natural lashes remain healthy, it’s best to start with smaller and fewer extensions and add more later, particularly if you have naturally short and thin lashes.
How Long Does it Take to Apply?
In the process of eyelash extension application, each lash is individually adhered to a single natural lash using semi-permanent glue. For a full set of lashes, this process will generally take around two hours. During this time you will need to keep your eyes completely closed to ensure correct application and safety. If you’re wanting eyelash extensions on a budget, or are looking for a more subtle effect, consider getting a half set of lashes instead. A half set will still have a great thickening appearance on natural lashes without the drama of a full set. It will also take less time to apply and cost less.
When do I need an infill?
One of the great things about eyelash extensions is that they’re long-lasting. A set of lashes can easily last year-round with the right maintenance. Since a single lash extension is attached to a single natural lash, the extensions should each last through the whole growth cycle of your natural lashes (generally six to eight weeks). To ensure they always look their best, however, it’s suggested that you get light touch-ups every three to four weeks. Also, make sure you don’t pick or pull at your extensions as this can ruin both them and your natural lashes.
Products to Avoid
Once you’ve received your eyelash extensions (including touch-ups), you’ll need to avoid water (showering, washing your face and swimming) for the first 12 to 24 hours. Water can weaken the glue before it’s completely set and cause lashes to fall off. After that time, it’s fine to get your lash extensions wet, but be sure not to rub or pull at them. Avoid using oil-based products and makeup removers around the area as they can also affect your extensions. Likewise, using waterproof mascara is not recommended as it’s hard to remove and can lead to lashes falling out. Regular mascara, on the other hand, can be used when you have lash extensions but is best avoided if possible as it can shorten the life of the lashes.
Find a Salon
When looking to get eyelash extensions, it’s essential to find a professional technician. Only someone with the proper training, like Nik at Mojo Beauty, can guarantee the right products will be used and that the lashes will be applied without damaging your natural lashes or causing harm to your eyes.
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