Eyelash Extensions – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

No cosmetic procedure comes along without any risks or ‘dark sides’. Of course, rarely do you ever hear about the dark side of lash extensions. And why would you? Unless you know someone who’s had a bad experience, most people are only going to tell you the ‘wow’s’ and ‘“oh my god their amazing’s”! And why wouldn’t they? Because lets face it, when all goes right, there’s nothing that can make you look and feel like a million bucks more that a good set of lashes. But let’s not kid ourselves, its not all glamorous.

The Good

We can’t deny that a good set of lashes are, well, phenomenal. Long, glamorous lashes everyday without even having to touch your makeup? Yes please! Sure, we could use vitamins and lash serums to grow our lashes naturally, but this can take months. Why wait months when within two hours you can have longer, thicker lashes that make you feel like superwoman!? They’re amazing, period.

The bad

Okay, as promised, eyelash extensions are definitely glamorous, but there’s a lot more to them than that. And along with major glam comes major responsibility – and we mean a lot of it. In fact, we’re pretty sure that no one has ever used ‘lash extensions’ and ‘low maintenance’ in the same sentence together – ever. Not only do you need to avoid oil based makeup removers and never touch your eyes, but upkeep rules even go as far as never sleeping on your belly. As for the fills? Expect to be back at the salon every 2-3 weeks, because let us tell you, having a handful of extensions is FAR worse than having no extensions at all. If you’re going to keep them, you’ll have to upkeep them on a regular basis.

The ugly

Okay, here comes the part that no one wants to talk about – you know, the ‘when things go wrong’ part. It’s rare that things will ever go wrong with lash extensions, but when they do its definitely not pretty.  If you’re one of the unlucky ones with sensitive eyes, you could break out in an allergic reaction to the lash glue. Eyelash adhesives use a chemical known as formaldehyde – also used to preserve dead animals! Some people have reactions to it, and this can cause eye redness, or even cause them to swell shut. If you have ANY form of pain during your appointment, say so immediately. Lash extensions should be painless, so if you have pain, theres a problem.

So are lash extensions a lot of upkeep? Yes. Can things go wrong? Of course. But are they to die for when everything runs smoothly? Absolutely!

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