Eyelash Extensions: A Worthy Beauty Investment?



There’s a long list of semi-permanent beauty treatments available these days. All designed to save you time and up your daily glam factor. Eyelash extensions are not a new concept, but they have a pretty shaky reputation.


Once touted as the ‘biggest beauty secret in Hollywood’, the idea of waking up with Kardashian-esqe lashes is ridiculously tempting. Tempting enough that despite horror stories of eyelash alopecia I caved and tried the trend myself.

The result: Game changer.

I’ve officially converted to a life of eyelash extensions and at this point, turning back is not an option. The time it takes to do my makeup has halved and most days I feel like I don’t need makeup at all. When done by a trained professional and cared for correctly, eyelash extensions are amazing.

If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself you must do your research and find a reputable salon. I spoke with lash expert Merryn Calear from Elegant Lashes to find the best tips on how to have lash extensions, and keep your eyelashes too.

Do eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes?

No. If you go to a reputable place eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes. Damage is caused by inexperienced or unskilled technicians and is usually caused by too much adhesive. The natural lashes are glued together in clumps, it’s uncomfortable and natural lashes are yanked out prematurely as the clumps come out. Luckily we are seeing less of this work around. The industry is maturing.

Are there any long-term negative effects?

We have clients that have been regularly coming to us since we opened in 2010 without any negative effects.

How do you maintain the extensions and keep them looking fresh?

Avoid oil-based products, don’t sleep on them and don’t pick at them! Give them a brush in the morning or after you shower to sweep them back into place using a lash brush.

Do different types of extensions suit difference people?

Yes, absolutely. That’s why there is such a vast range of curls, lengths, thicknesses and styles. A skilled technician will design your lashes to bring out the most of your natural beauty. They will choose which lashes to use and where along the lash line to place them. It really is an art.

Can you swim, workout and shower as usual with eyelash extensions?

You can get your lashes wet a few hours after you get them done and showering, exercising or swimming will not affect the longevity of them. It’s safe to get water on them and it’s better for your eye health to keep flushing them clean with water.

How long do extensions last?

Lash extensions will last as long as your natural lash cycle which is approximately 60 days. However because your natural lashes are continually growing out and being replaced, the extensions will thin out gradually over this period. Most clients come back for infills within 2 to 3 weeks. Expect to lose a few extensions each day, in line with your natural lash cycle.



How long does it take to apply the lashes?


Depending on what type of set you get, lash extensions can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours, with it most usually being 1 hour. Infills take less time and you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes with an Express Infill.

Our clients love their “lash naps”. There is something about the gentle movement along your lashes as your technician works, it sends you into a state of deep relaxation. It’s really quite pleasant and a nice opportunity to stop everything for that moment and just be.

What is the difference between silk, mink and volume lashes?

Silk lashes are glossy and great for that wet mascara look. Mink lashes are lighter on the natural lash and slightly matte. They look the most like natural hair. Make sure you get Faux Mink. Real mink is not ethically harvested, don’t believe what they might say, can trigger fur allergies and will lose their curl after a few days.

Volume lashes are most popular. Instead of a single extension per lash, multiple finer lashes are fanned and placed onto the natural lashes. Shorter extensions are normally used for Volume lashes and the result are full fluffy lashes which are lighter on the natural lash than single classic lash extensions and they look stunning. Volume lash extensions are what most celebrities wear.

Can anyone have eyelash extensions?

No, not everyone can have lash extensions. If you are a stomach sleeper or pick at your lashes they are not for you. If you have a medical condition that concerns the eyes or surrounding area we advise checking with your doctor first. A very small number of people are allergic to the glue and or eye patches used during the application. We offer patch tests for anyone that would like to check first.

What are the dos and don’ts of lash extensions?

Don’t ask for long thick extensions if your natural lashes are short and fine. It’s too much weight on your natural lashes. It’s like a heavy fruit on a thin branch. Follow your technician’s advice. We have magic ways of using our range of finer or shorter extensions to produce the same desired results of length and fullness.

Do maintain them. Infills are required every 2 to 3 weeks to retain the full lash look.

Can you wear mascara with the extensions?

You can wear mascara with extensions. You will find you won’t need to however. It’s best to wear a water based one so it’s easy to remove. My tip for using mascara; if you have left it too long between infills, use the tip of the brush to coat the natural lashes in between your remaining lash extensions. It should give you a couple more days until you can get to your appointment.

How do you remove the extensions if a client wants them off?

You can allow your extensions to grow out or have them removed at the salons. Never pull them out. We use a gentle remover. The client’s eyes are closed, the remover is applied over the extensions and then we gently and safely remove the extensions. There is no damage to the natural lashes and there is no discomfort.


To book a consultation with Elegant Lashes click HERE.

Written by Sophie Howe.