Can eyelash extensions damage my lashes?

Have you been thinking about booking an eyelash extension appointment in Vancouver, but you’re still a little bit unsure of the risks associated with it? I hope this post will help reassure you and help you take the plunge. Before we go into details, one thing to make clear is that false eyelashes (aka falsies, or strip lashes) and eyelash extensions (aka extensions) are not one and the same.

What are false lashes?

False eyelashes are strips of lashes you can buy and apply yourself. You would generally wear them on a night out or every once in a while for a dramatic oomph and you would remove them yourself. Falsies are meant to be applied on the eyelid as close to the lash line as possible and they are without a doubt very convenient for short term use. That said, you may rip out some of your own lashes when you remove the strip lash if some adhesive got to the lash base.

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are single lashes applied to your natural lashes. You can either have classic eyelash extension (one lash extension applied to one individual natural lash), or you can have volume eyelash extension (a fan of lash extensions applied to one individual natural lash).

What are the most common types of eyelash extensions?

There are 3 types of eyelash extensions: silk, mink, and synthetic mink. As there is no “one size fits all” with eyelash extensions, these 3 types come in different curls, thicknesses and lengths. This is why every new eyelash extension appointment should start with a thorough consultation to find out more about the look you’re going for.

Here are some of the risks (or myths!) about getting eyelash extensions:

  1. Getting adhesive in your eyes Keep in mind this shouldn’t happen, because your eyes should be closed at all times once the application process starts. Some clients who have “fluttery” eyes during the appointment might have a little bit of redness after, but that is only caused by the fumes of the adhesive drying and the redness will dissipate within a few hours.
  2. Having a reaction to the adhesive You can still have an allergic reaction to the adhesive though, which you would notice by having swollen eyelids. If this happens, contact your eyelash extension artist and have your set removed. If your eyes hurt and you notice some discharge, go to a doctors for a diagnosis and ask them if it would be safe to have the extensions removed. If your eyes water at any point during the appointment, speak up! It should be a comfortable and pain-free experience. Watery eyes could be caused by adhesive sensitivity or by the pads and tape riding up and touching your eye.
  3. Will I end up with no lashes if I remove the eyelash extensions? Because you will have been used to seeing yourself with longer and/or fuller lashes, you’ll feel like you have no lashes left once you remove them (isn’t that why you want lashes in the first place?). If your lash artist follows the rules of length and thickness for your natural lashes, they will be able to handle the extension and not shed prematurely. It is also very important that your eyelash extension artist isolate the lashes properly. If several natural lashes are bound to an extension, they will fall off prematurely and you are likely to have a gap in your lash line.
  4. Will my natural lashes get damaged or harmed by lash extensions? If they are not applied properly, eyelash extensions can damage your natural lashes. If they are applied correctly by a trained lash professional, they are completely safe and will not ruin the health of your natural lashes.Your lash artist will ensure you will get extensions that are the correct length and thickness for your natural lashes to handle. Make sure that you don’t pick at your lashes, because you are likely to prematurely rip your natural lash off or damage it. If you follow all after care instructions explained by your lash professional, you’ll be fine!

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 604 418 7835! I would be happy to answer any questions you have about eyelash extensions or booking an eyelash extension appointment in Vancouver.

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