FAQ: our answers to your common lash extension questions
What are lash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are individual strands of synthetic or mink fibers that are replicated to look like a natural lash. The extension is applied individually to each single strand of your natural lashes, one by one. When applied properly, lash extensions feel and look completely natural because of the accuracy and placement of each lash.
Are eyelash extensions safe?
Yes. When applied correctly eyelash extensions are completely safe. The procedure is pain free and the extensions are feather light, so they will not disturb your natural lashes. We also use a medical grade adhesive that is applied to your natural lash about 1mm to 2mm away from your eyelid and use only the needed amount to ensure multiple lashes aren’t stuck together. You can definitely find horror stories online about lash extensions but like many things, this is why it’s so important to go to a professional with a good reputation.
How long do lash extensions last?
It varies but with proper care lash extensions can last 4-6 weeks. Everyone has a different lash growth cycle and over time oils and your day-to-day routine will cause lashes to fall out. We recommend getting a touch up every 2-4 weeks to ensure that your lashes continue to look as full. If it’s a one time thing or you choose to no longer have them, they do look a bit uneven toward the end of their timeline.
Can I exercise, swim, shower or get a facial while wearing my eyelash extensions?
Of course! You can live life normally with lash extensions but we do ask that during the first 24 hours after they’re applied you keep them as dry as possible to ensure that the adhesive dries properly. However, oils break down the bond so avoiding those around the eye area is important. In addition, continual use of saunas or certain types of facials or hot yoga may shorten the longevity of your lash extensions. Clients that do this regularly usually choose to come in more frequently for a fill.
How often do I need a touch up?
Every 2-4 weeks is what we recommend but it truly depends on the person. Each person’s lifestyle and natural lash cycle are different which will determine how often a fill is needed to achieve a full lash look.
How long does the application take?
Your first visit will take 1-2 hours to ensure a full consultation but varies depending on the amount of lashes you’ve made your appointment for. Your lash fill appointments will be about an hour but may vary depending on which style of lashes you have. Volume lashes take more time.
Do I have to do anything to prepare for my first appointment?
No. Although it does help to have no eye makeup on when you arrive, we can always remove it before we begin. We do ask that you avoid any oil treatments around your eyes a few days prior to your appointment.
Can I wear makeup with my lash extensions?
Yes, definitely. As far as makeup you are free to use whatever you’re used to with a few exceptions. When it comes to anything that might touch the lash line like eyeliner, we suggest to products without oils that are formulated for eyelash extensions. We carry several types of award winning eyeliners and a fabulous mascara that is created specifically for lash extensions which some people like for a night out or to help fluff their lashes when a fill is needed.
What is the difference between Volume lashes and Classic lashes?
Classic lashes are when one synthetic lash is attached to one of your natural lashes for a 1:1 ratio. This look is very natural and comfortable and for many people achieves a dolled up or mascara look, adding length and thickness. Classic lashes come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Volume lashes involve taking 2 or more thinner and lighter lashes and applying it to one of your individual natural lashes. This style of eyelash extensions can create a more dramatic and full look. This method is great for people with very few natural lashes or have bald spots on their lash line. We also recommend this look for those of you used to wearing false lash strips.
Here in Portland, at Lash and Beauty Lab we also offer a Hybrid set which is a combination of both the Volume and Classic set of eyelash extensions. This look is for those who don’t want an extreme look but might need a little more volume than the Classic style offers.