Do Lash Extensions Damage Natural Lashes ?

Jul 3, 2017


Uhhhh yes and no. I was nervous to try them out in the past because I was worried about damage, and I just couldn't understand how glue sitting on your lashes for a long period of time could do them ANY good. I did my research for like a week and I kept reading articles that claimed that eyelash extensions were totally safe and that there should be no damage if done properly. I went to Lash Bash here in Philly late March and decided to try them out. After the first appointment I was hooked, I always had long natural lashes but since I suffer from seasonal allergies my mascara was constantly smudging throughout the day so I thought this would be prefect for me ! I had their "Vixen" lashes which was about 140 lashes extensions glued on each eye. You pick your curl and shape, the lash tech decides on lengths. The first appointment cost $250 and refills were between $65-$115 depending how long you wait. I made sure I made the extensions last four weeks because I just couldn't imagine myself paying for a refill every two weeks when I already get monthly waxes, gel manicures and pedicures every other week.


What I did to take care of them & to make them last longer

Lash Extension care


Add lukewarm water in a cup with a little bit of tearless baby shampoo, mix it with a mascara wand and brush through your lashes. Rinse and use tissue/paper towel to gently dab the lashes to remove water. Brush out the lashes with a clean mascara wand, this is important because wet lashes tend to stick together. Then apply the sealer, this adds shine to the lashes and helps seal the glue so it can last longer. Lashes have to be brushed and cleaned everyday, the sealer I used three times a week. It's not necessary to use it everyday. Using mascara, itching your eyes, playing with the lashes are all things you shouldn't be doing. 


Pros

No longer needed mascara so that meant no smudging or fall out

Makeup routine was cut in half 

Looked like a Disney princess


Cons

High maintenance 

Couldn't itch eyes AT ALL

Gets expensive (especially if you already do all the extra shit I like to do for myself) 

I had to be so careful with washing my face to the point it got extremely annoying, cotton pads couldn't get anywhere near the lashes. I just felt like washing my face took too long. 




Recently I removed the lash extensions, I wanted to see if there was any damage. After two months of having lash extensions there wasn't necessarily any damage but I noticed that my eyelashes were definitely shorter. I was a bit disappointed especially since I did a lot of research before getting extensions, but I realized that lash extensions is such a big business that there's no way in hell anyone is going to flat out say "hey this shit will damage your lashes" that's all a girl needs to hear for her to not even think about getting lash extensions.  There's a lot of things we do that isn't toxic but definitely isn't something we should be constantly doing. So do I still recommend them ? Yes ! But I don't think they are meant to be worn all the time. They should only be used for special events, vacations etc. I wouldn't recommend wearing them all the time. You could wear a lash serum with the extensions on but I'm not sure how effective that is. 

Since I removed them Ive been applying castor oil on my eyelashes every night and I do feel like its made a difference. In my May Ipsy Glam Bag they sent me Mascara from Grande Cosmetics and it has been a life saver. The company is known for having amazing lash serums that are supposed to give you dramatic results in just three weeks. They also offer hair growth products for your brows and your hair which I am definitely going to be trying cause you can NEVER have too much hair. The mascara gives you length, volume, and conditions the lashes with their peptide infused formula that is also found in their lash serum. It's also water resistant but is very easy to remove (I use micellar water to remove it). No smudging or fall out. For now I'm just going to work on growing insanely long lashes so I won't start missing those long Lucious extensions. I'll update you more on lash growth and if anything changed. 




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