As we get set for summer, along with the fake tans and waxing, another great beauty treatment is eyelash extensions- the semi-permanent option for giving your lashes mega-volume, length and va-va-voom without applying even one swipe of mascara.
If you’ve ever considered getting eyelash extensions but feel more than a bit bamboozled by all the different options, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, I visited Waterlooville salon, Diamonds Beauty, to find out everything you need to know about eyelash extensions.
How are they applied?
A lash extension treatment involves applying individual synthetic lashes onto each natural eyelash to add extra length and volume. They’re perfect for holidays, a big event or just perfect lashes every day.
It takes around two hours for a full set to be applied, so it’s definitely not a lunch-break treatment. But you’ll be surprised; it’s ultra relaxing and a lot of people fall asleep whilst they’re being applied. So plan your time wisely and enjoy a nap at the same time.
How long do your lashes last for?
Lash extensions typically last the same lifetime as your natural lash cycle, which is between 4-6 weeks. However, to avoid them looking patchy as they grow out, my therapist at Diamonds Beauty recommended top ups after 2 or 3 weeks to keep lashes looking completely full and uniform.
Do lash extensions damage your lashes?
I’ve had the treatment a few times now and I was starting to worry that I may have damaged my lashes. However, one of the first things my therapist at Diamonds Beauty commented on was the fullness of my own natural lashes. If you look after your lashes properly and follow the correct aftercare and removal, then your natural eyelashes should be absolutely fine. But, if you’re a lash picker and start twiddling with them as they fall out then you can risk losing a few of your own at the same time.
How do you make your lashes last longer?
We get it. You’ve invested on a full set of flutter-worthy lashes and you don’t want them to go any time soon. So how do you keep your lashes for longer? Well, like any treatment, it’s important to follow the advised after care.
Diamonds Beauty recommend:
– Stay away from the water
With eyelash extensions this involves keeping lashes away from water for 24 hours and heat treatments, such as saunas or steam, after having them applied.
– Avoid oil-based beauty products
You’ll also want to avoid any products that contain oil, as this can begin to break down the bond between the lash extension and natural lash. Lots of eye make-up removers contain oil so make sure you get a lash-friendly cleanser to remove your make-up.
– Comb them in the am
It’s also worth mentioning that your lashes might get a little twisted in the morning (the perils of having a super-full flutter) so it’s a good idea to use a little spoolie brush to give them a brush into place.
Do you need a patch test before your extensions?
Most of the the time you will need a test. This is because in the same way as when you get your hair dyed which can cause different reactions, the glue used for lash extensions can sometimes cause sensitivity so it’s always best to go and do a patch test 48 hours beforehand.
What are the differences between Russian and classic extensions?
Russian lashes are ultra-fine synthetic lashes that are made from the same soft fibre as classic lashes. Because they’re much thinner, the therapist is able to apply more lashes to each natural lash – anything between 2-8.
Russian lash extensions are applied in a fan-like shape, which gives more volume too. Plus, because they’re so lightweight, they can often last up to 50% longer than classic lashes.
How much does it cost?
Individual Full set of Lashes £42 (90 mins)
1 week infill £17 (30 mins)
2 week infill £22 (45 mins)
3 week infill £27 (1 hour)
4 week infill £32 (1 hour 15 mins, must not be a day over 4 weeks or will class as a full set)
Removal and condition from £12 (15 mins)
Regular removal and re-application of Individual Lashes £47
Russian Volume Full set of Lashes 2D-4D £62 (150 mins)
1 week infill £22 (45 mins)
2 week infill £32 (1 hour 15 mins)
3 week infill £32 (1 hour 15 mins)
4 week infill £42 (1 hour 30 mins, must not be a day over 4 weeks or will class as a full set)
Click here to book your treatment and find out more about Diamonds Beauty