My Experience With Eyelash Extensions
Lets just say, I'm addicted. My daily routine in the morning was cut back by at least 6 minutes. For a lazy college student not having to worry about any eye makeup at all, eyelash extensions were a godsend. Were they completely necessary? no. However they highlight my favorite feature and make me feel all the more girly.
What you need to know:
They are applied to each individual lash, providing the most natural appearance.
They are semi-perminant, meaning that they fall out with your natural lashes. As a result of this you are going to return to the salon every 3-4 weeks. I can usually last 3 1/2 weeks with perfect lashes.
The appointment times vary, a full set can be up to 3 hours but touch ups range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. You should want them to take their time as you're going to be stuck with your lashes for a while.
There are multiple types of eyelash extensions: synthetic, mink, and silk. Depending on the salon, you can achieve multiple looks by the type of eyelash extension you choose. You can personally decide on the length and the volume you would like to achieve. Some salons even offer colored and sparkly extensions.
It's very important to have them done by a pro. Aesthetician Olga Mozgovovy of Skintology Skin and Laser Center in New York City explained that, "The wrong technique can cause side effects such as irritation, losing your eyelashes, and gaps or spacing between applied lashes and natural lashes." Yikes. Before you book your appointment, look closely at the reviews. Also, keep in mind extensions can cause allergic reactions, from the material of the lash as well as the glue they use. Ask your technician for a patch test before taking the plunge.
Maintaining your lashes is key. After your appointment, keep your lashes dry for 24 hours to allow the glue to set. Avoid any oil products on the eyes & choose a gentle cleanser. Many places will provide a little spoolie brush to keep your lashes perfectly combed. They are also $2 dollars at your local drugstore.
If your in the Philadelphia area, I would recommend 3,000 BC Spa.