What are eyelash extensions?
Lash extensions are tiny individual black fibers that resemble eyelashes and that are attached to natural eyelashes using surgical grade glue one hair at a time. This makes them tedious to apply but the results are fantastic.
How do eyelash extensions work?
Licensed technicians carefully apply lashes by attaching the tiny extensions one-by-one to create a look that's both dramatic yet natural. After the service, lash extensions will last through a full growth cycle of your natural eyelashes. Though each person’s lash growth may vary, this process is generally between six to eight weeks. However, most technicians recommend touch-ups every 2 to three weeks so that they stay at the maximum density.
What are they made out of?
The most common extension materials are mink, synthetic hair, and synthetic silk. Mink extensions tend to be the lightest and softest, which is why some people believe they're the best fake eyelashes. It's also why they're the most expensive. Synthetic lashes are typically the thickest and heaviest of the bunch, resulting in a more dense look.
How much do eyelash extensions cost?
Lash extensions range for an initial full-set between $125-$200. Monthly maintenance and refills, however, will run anywhere from $55-$65 per session. Mink lashes—reportedly the only type Beyoncé wears—typically cost $250 for a full set.
How many extensions do I need?
You have to decide if you want a full set or partial set. If you want a Glamour Set ( full set) you'll need as many extensions as you have eyelashes—about 80–120 per eye. A full set gives you a highly glamorous, dramatic look. If you want a Natural (Partial Set) set, a good option for newbies and those who want just a little enhancement, you'll need about 35–40 per eye.
How are they applied?
A technician applies patches to the undereye area to help hold down your bottom lashes. She then applies a primer to your upper lashes before using tweezers to fan out your lashes and isolate one of them. With her other hand, the tech picks up a tiny extension sizes for your lash length and thickness and using another pair of tweezers, dips the extension in glue, and carefully attaches it on top of the isolated natural eyelash. Your eyes stay closed throughout the whole process. Vanity technicians ensure your lash health by choosing lengths and diameters that will not damage your natural lashes.
How long does the application process take?
Because the application process is so meticulous, getting a full set of can take 3–4 hours. Most clients use the time to nap. Half sets and touchups take considerably less time.
How long do extensions last?
The lifespan of the extensions hinges on the growth cycle of your natural lashes. Natural lashes fall out every 6–8 weeks before regrowing, which means that extensions fall out when the natural lashes they're attached to fall out. Most reputable salons suggest that extensions can last up to six weeks with proper care, but touchups are recommended every two to three weeks to keep the extensions looking full and wispy.
How can I make them last longer?
- Avoid getting new lashes wet for 48 hours (also avoid getting very sweaty during this time).
- Avoid using any oil-based products, any products that include glycol, and absolutely no waterproof mascara.
- Avoid using anything that's moisture-rich, such as lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and face wash, near your eyes. A pair of goggles in the shower might help.
Can I still wear eye makeup with extensions?
To some extent, yes. You can't use oil-based or waterproof mascara, which can dissolve the glue. In fact, applying mascara can also tug at the extensions, causing them to fall out sooner. Luckily, most people find they don't need to wear it when they have extensions. If you can't face three weeks without mascara, though, go ahead and gently apply it to the very ends of the lashes, avoiding the roots. Using any other eye makeup should be fine as long as you take it off carefully using an oil-free makeup remove without any silicone. Vanity carries their own makeup remover which is specifically formulated to be lash extension safe.
Our Lash Extensions Styles
Glamour Lashes-Full Set
One-by-one every one of your lashes that can hold an extension is applied.
Natural Lashes-Partial Set
This is lighter coverage and makes for a beautifully enhances set that about 60-70 percent coverage.
Volume Or Hybrid Mix-Full Set Mix
This high glamorous look includes volume lashes and classic lashes or all volume lashes to create a denser and more voluminous look. Volume lashes are generally handmade sets of 2 or more lashes to create more drama per lash.