Lash Extensions – Are they worth it?

I’ve been hearing about lash extensions for so long now and literally have thought about getting them for years.  Well, I finally decided to try it and see if it lives up to the hype.  I wouldn’t say I have short lashes but I absolutely would not leave the house without mascara on.  I have larger, deep set eyes so it looks much more balanced when my lashes are noticeable.  I put off getting this done because from researching the process, I think it is not only expensive, but a big time commitment to maintain them long-term.  I’m already anxious about the 2 hour time I was quoted on the phone for the initial appointment.  This is why back in the day I stopped doing acrylics on my nails – I got fidgety sitting there for the fill-ins at the salon.  I decided to download an audio book to listen to because I didn’t think I would take a nap during the appointment.

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Top picture of my lashes before the extensions; bottom is the after.

The application process did take the full two hours and having the book on audio to listen to is what got me through.  The tape that they used on the bottom of my eye (see before photo) was initially a little uncomfortable, but the process itself was not painful.  I’ve read some other articles about lash extensions and most people say they are addictive and once you see the results you will want to keep going.  When I first saw the final product, I did like it but was not “blown away.”  You could see that my lashes were more noticeable but I thought the shape of them was off – they were long in the middle but not on the outer corner.  I asked about that and my natural lashes in the outer corner were not long enough to apply the extensions was the reply I got.  I wanted to get used to them before I rendered a final opinion and really see how it was to live with them on a daily basis.  I was sold the benefits to “membership” where you can maintain the lashes for a fee of $69.99/mo (initial application was $89.99).  While pricey, if you research lash extensions, it actually is a competitive rate.  I decided to go ahead, even if I just maintained the lashes through the holidays.

Pros

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Here’s another angle on the extensions – see how long they go – almost to my eyebrow!

As time went on I really began to love the lashes.  Waking up and looking like I already applied mascara is a big advantage!  It makes those days when you aren’t wearing makeup much easier and gives me more confidence not having makeup on.  Not dealing with mascara removal in the evening was a nice benefit also.  Not needing mascara also shaves off some time getting ready in the morning which I enjoy as well.  And, the best pro is that they just look beautiful!  I chose the natural lash, so with makeup on, it just looks like I have a couple of coats of mascara on.  I didn’t want anything too dramatic, but there are lashes available that can accommodate someone who wants full on glam lashes.

Cons

I noticed after the second week wearing them that the glue can look a little clumpy at times.  Following the instructions so that the adhesive can dry was a bit inconvenient also (no water on the eye, no steam, sweat or rubbing eyes for 48 hours after initial application.)  I still apply mascara to the bottom lashes. so you aren’t really saving $ by not having to purchase mascara anymore, but it is a lot faster than doing the whole eye.

I wore the initial set of lash extensions for 3 weeks before returning to get them filled.  They still looked pretty good but after the 2 week mark I definitely started to see more lashes coming out each day.  Filling in the lashes was a much more pleasant experience and only took 45 minutes.  The shorter time span and also knowing what to expect is what made this more pleasant the second time around.  I was pleased with how they came out and this time my lashes on the outer corner grew so she was able to get some extensions there which improved the overall appearance.  I have, however, noticed more shedding of the lashes in the week since getting the lashes filled in.  Not sure if this is due to the natural growth cycle of my lashes or if the adhesive is not working as well this time.

Conclusion

Overall, I was glad that I gave this a try.  I am enjoying them and plan to continue to maintain them for now.  Although an investment, I think Amazing Lash Studio allows them to be more affordable than a lot of other places in my area.  The staff is very friendly and helpful so it is a pleasure to go there.  The decision to get them is really a personal one.  I think they are great if you have a special event or are going on vacation.  They are expensive to maintain, so if you are looking for more of a long term investment in lashes, I think using a place like Amazing Lash Studio is a way to enjoy the benefits while defraying the cost.