By Beth Hourigan



omen have worn false eyelash strips for years, waking up morning after morning gluing them on just right, or applying coats of clumpy mascara and still not achieving the look they desire. Both of these options are very time consuming in our busy lives and sometimes even after we spend time on them we have messy mascara clean-up to deal with or a strip that starts to come off in the middle of an important dinner, EEK! Eyelash extensions give women an option that saves them valuable time and totally reduces the frustration of these tasks. When women make the decision to get eyelash extensions, they rarely go back. When you select a seasoned professional, the process is relaxing and comfortable and even allows for a nap during application.

There are many different types of eyelash extensions and many people offer the service. It is best to see a lash extension certified professional, one who is an esthetician, cosmetologist or an RN. A lash artist should listen to your wishes, analyze the shape of your eye and the observe the thickness, length, density and desired look before creating the perfect lashes for your eye. Maintaining the health and safety of your eyes should be their top priority. Trained professionals will use medical grade adhesives and supplies and will adhere to strict sanitation guidelines in a professional or medical setting. When lash extensions are applied by a trained professional the weight of the extension, as well as the type of adhesive used, is taken into consideration based on your natural lash. Some people have very fine and thin lashes and cannot tolerate thick voluminous extensions, a good lash artist will know what is best for you and the health of your lashes.

There are three types of lash extensions: mink, synthetic and volume. Mink lashes create a beautiful and natural look, however, if you have a cat allergy these are not for you. A Classic look using synthetic mink or silk lashes is most common and can create more length and volume than mink, while lashing one extension to one of your natural lashes. Volume is where two to five lash extensions are adhered to one of your natural lashes, creating a very full and dramatic affect. After a consultation with your lash artist, you both will determine what is best for your desired look and the health of your eyes.

Lash extensions do have some maintenance associated with them. After your initial full set is applied, fills are required to maintain the look. Fills are normally applied every 2-4 weeks depending on your natural lash shed cycle, exercise, swimming and lifestyle habits. The initial full set takes about two hours and prices range from $250 to $450 depending on the type of lash you select and where you go for your application. Fills are normally a one hour process and cost anywhere from $60 to $100 and should take about an hour. Make sure you seek a professional; the extra cost is worth it.

Lash extensions just need to be brushed and they are ready to go! Throw out your mascara ladies, there is an easier and faster way to looking fabulous!