Eyelash extensions have increased in popularity thanks to their use by some of today’s top female celebrities. Semi-permanent lashes will not ruin natural lashes. However, certain things need to be considered if you decide to try individual eyelash extensions.

Size and Types of Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions come in sizes ranging from 6 mm to 17 mm. There are also three different types of eyelash extensions to choose from: synthetic, silk and mink. Mink eyelashes are the more expensive, but they may be the most popular. They have a more feather-like look to them. They are also lighter and therefore put less pressure on your natural lashes.

The Experience
Adding lash extensions to your natural lashes should be a pain-free experience. It is always best to have lash extensions done by a professional who knows what they are doing. Lash extensions are attached one at a time with glue to your natural lash. If done any other way, eyelashes will only look clumped.

To apply a full set of lashes will take approximately two hours. It may be more economical to have only a half set applied as a filler to your natural lashes. It is also suggested to keep lash extensions to a certain length or thickness to prevent damage to your own natural lashes.

A specially formulated, semi-permanent glue is used to attach the lash. As your eyes are closed during the application process, the glue will not irritate your eyes or do any damage to your natural lashes. You also cannot go blind from the process. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the type of glue used. It is best to use glue that does not contain formaldehyde, which can build up during the shipping process if glue being used is shipped in from another location.

Maintenance
After the application process is complete, it is best to avoid water for the first twelve to twenty-four hours. Water will weaken the adhesive. If glue for sensitive eyes was used in the application process, it is recommended not to use oil-based or makeup remover around eyes as this may also weaken the adhesive. It is also best to avoid using water-proof mascara as it will be hard to remove and can pull off extensions prematurely. If using mascara at all, mascara should be used lightly, and only on the tips of the eyelashes as extensions should already provide that full look desired. Using mascara on the base of the lashes will only clump.

Semi-permanent lashes should last the full growth of your own natural lashes, which is about six to eight weeks. As they are attached to your natural lash, they will fall out as your natural lashes fall out. They will also fall out if picked at or pulled at. It is recommended not to rub eyes to avoid lash extensions from falling out. Eyelash extensions can be maintained year-round. Touch-ups can be done every three to four weeks.