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Beginners Guide to Lash Extensions in Chicago: Eyelash Extensions 101

Updated: Feb 20

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If you are new to lash extensions in Chicago, or just want to learn more about maintaining your eyelash extensions in Chicago for as long as possible, then you have come to the right place! This beginner’s guide to lash extensions is thorough and will answer everything from how much eyelash extensions cost to how long eyelash extensions last and even the three most common mistakes with getting new lash extensions in Chicago.

What are Eyelash Extensions?

Lash extensions are semi-permanent synthetic, faux mink, or silk fibers that are applied strand by strand to natural lashes. The application is fairly tedious as the extensions are carefully applied one at a time using a specially-formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash. There are different types of glue that different lash extension experts use.

Unlike false eyelashes, where the strip or individual lashes are applied to the skin, lash extensions are attached directly to the lash itself (this is the hard part). The results are more lush, dense lashes that may even let you skip mascara.

How long do Lash Extensions Last?

Because extensions are attached to the lash itself, they last as long as the natural growth cycle, or about six weeks. There are other ways to extend the life of the extensions. For example, you can use a lash conditioner to gently comb through your lashes with a dry brush. Also, many people will get refilled every two to three weeks to fill in any sparse areas where some lashes may have fallen off.

How long does it take to attach lash extensions?

Expect the treatment to take one to two hours, depending on your desired look. A good lash technician will take their time and wants safety to be the utmost important part of the process.

How can I maintain my lash extensions?

Avoid water for the first day or so until the glue has a chance to dry fully. Treat your new lashes with love—don't curl them, slap on mascara, or rub your eyes. Basically, avoid anything that requires you to touch your lashes, and stay away from oil-based products and cleansers as well. Mascara can be applied to just the tips of lashes if you'd like, but it's best to skip it altogether. After all, your new lashes should be dramatic enough on their own.

Can I wear mascara with Eyelash Extensions?

Yes, but you probably don’t need to if your lashes and extensions are applied correctly. The point is to wake up and not need to do as much to look make-up ready.

Also, Not all mascaras are good for false eyelashes, regardless of whether yours are made from synthetic or natural fibers. For example, waterproof mascara, tube mascara (tar-like), mascara with oils (can take the glue off), and fiber mascara (hard to remove) can all damage your lashes as they all can pull the lashes off easier.

What are some common mistakes people do with lash extensions?

The 3 most frequent mistakes an eyelash technician can do that cause damage to your natural lashes are:

1- Extensions are too heavy in either thickness or length: The most important factor in choosing the appropriate lash extensions is not only the natural lash length but also the natural lash thickness. This is done by understanding your current lashes and how they grow.

Accounting for these two variables will allow you to select an eyelash extension that will balance out with the natural lashes.

A good lash technician will know if your current lashes are thin or thick and how long they can properly take in your new addition. If the extension is too heavy, it will stress the natural lash to which it is attached. This could eventually lead to premature shedding and natural lash loss.

When an extension is too long and too thick for your natural lashes to support, your natural lashes may shed prematurely, causing your natural lashes to be thinner over time.

2- Stickies: A sticky is when two or more lashes and/or extensions are glued together. Stickies are a very common culprit amongst less experienced lash artists and a frequent cause of damaged lashes. This is why doing your research and trusting your lash technician in Chicago is research well done.

What happens when you have stickies?

Step one, you got some lashes glued together. If a natural lash in the sticky is still in the growing phase, it will continue to grow and pull on the other lashes glued to it. It can even pull out those other lashes.

After the natural lash completes the growth cycle it will eventually shed. However, by doing so, it also pulls on other glued lashes and extensions. Pulling out natural lashes prematurely can affect and/or damage the hair follicle. Eyelash techs who have too many stickies will find their clients’ lashes very damaged over time.

3- Nailheads: A nailhead is when the eyelash extension was glued to the skin. This should never happen. A properly attached extension is carefully glued to a natural lash and the skin should never be in contact with the glue.

Do eyelash extensions damage your natural eyelashes?

The short answer is No. However, there are ways a stylist can damage your lashes and there are ways you can damage them when maintaining them.

Because eyelash extensions are applied one lash at a time to a single natural lash, the natural lash can freely go through the growth cycle and eventually shed with the extension attached to it.

When the growth cycle of your natural lashes is carefully respected, eyelash extensions will not cause any damage to your natural lashes. This is a fundamental concept that every lash stylist should master.

If you have gone to a stylist that did not master lash extensions and they got pulled out and you are wondering what to do. Here is what the future may entail.

Just like any hair on your body, your eyelashes will grow back on their own. The growth rate of your natural eyelashes is around 1/2 inch per month though some may grow faster and others slower under different circumstances.

It will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks for your lashes to return to their original state.

You can use some growth serums to help the damaged lashes regrow more quickly. Certain lash serums are known to have a faster rate that aids in the recovery process.

How much do eyelash extensions cost?

Costs vary wildly from salon to salon but expect a starting point around $120 for the basics and up to $300. Because everyone's eyes are different, you'll want a set that complements your eye shape, lashes length, and lifestyle.

In conclusion:

I hope this was helpful and informative. Please feel free to reach out to us at Rize Beauty Lab for any questions regarding permanent makeup in Chicago or lash extensions in general. You deserve your questions answered! Here is another blog post I found helpful for when you are ready to make your first appointment on how to prepare more for the session. Check out our other blog posts on permanent makeup in Chicago and styles of lash extensions to learn more about your beauty regimen in Chicago.

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