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The 411 on Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are all the rage. Everyone in Hollywood is getting them, and NYC's most fabulous socialites swear by them. They take the fuss out of applying false eyelash with messy glue, and they save tons of time getting ready if you're a fabulous gal with a busy schedule. With so many brands advertised on the market now, here's some helpful information to read up on before you invest in a pair of your own.

Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural eyelashes with a bonding agent, such as an adhesive or permanent glue. Having a full set applied takes about two hours. They are safe to wear with contact lenses; you can sleep, swim, and spa in them; and they're not so long that you'll be batting into your sunglasses every time you blink. You don't have to wear mascara with them, and they last for about two months. Also, the glue doesn't touch your skin, so you won't have any weird remnants when you're finished. Eyelash extensions come in a myriad of colors and lengths. To learn about the different types of extensions,

Extensions can cost anywhere from $200 to $500 depending on whether they are made from synthetic or human hair. If you don't want to pay this kind of a price, you can always get semi-permanent lashes applied for about $50 and they last up to 10 days.

Synthetic Eyelashes lengthen and thicken your lashes using single strands of synthetic fibers that are shaped to look like real eyelashes. Synthetic lashes are good because they are less susceptible to oxidation and they won't take to dye if you are getting your hair or eyebrows colored. Xtreme Lashes come highly recommended.

Human Hair Eyelashes are a little bit more expensive, but lots of beauticians believe that there is nothing better than the real thing. They won't frizz, and they can sustain heat and wear and tear a little bit better. A great brand to try are Lavish Lashes, like those offered at La Petite Day Spa's in Los Angeles. Ultimately, you aren't going to be wearing these lashes forever, so the choice is yours.

ricarantsandraves ricarantsandraves 5 years
the trick is to find a really good lash technician. i've tried XtremeLashes and i'm very happy. i don't feel a thing! in fact, i forget i have them. before a session with a new technician, specify that you don't want too much glue, just 1 extension for each lash, and definitely no glue on the lash line. you can even specify the length you prefer if you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses most of the time. they can even design the extensions to give your eyes a more natural "cat eye" look. full details of my experience with lash extensions at my blog:
monkfish monkfish 9 years
Eyelash extensions don't have to be "expensive." I had mine done at Angelbare in Newton, Ma. and they were reasonably priced. I know...I shopped around a lot! Here's their website for anyone in the area: Be good, Lori
rolos85 rolos85 11 years
it's for girls with short/thin/light lashes meh mine are super short and stick straight i'm going try extensions in the very near future!
LaLaLola LaLaLola 11 years
They LOOK fantastic, but I'll stick with what I've got for now
My-Opinion My-Opinion 11 years
ouch! I would be afraid they would fall off during a conversation or while driving or something!
eleven11 eleven11 11 years
i had them done before a reunion...i don't think the woman that did them was as well trained as she should have been. they were clumpy (the glue) and only lasted for 3 days.
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 11 years
I wish I could afford a luxury like this. Mascara is my fave makeup, my eyelashes/eyes are my fave facial feature. ----------- “Buy me a dream: Shopping for clothes isn’t about the things you need, it’s about the woman you’ll become when you wear them.”
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 11 years
oooh those look real nice! if it lasts for like 2 months then its okay, i doubt it will mess up your eyes or anything
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 11 years
I don't like the idea of this. It kind of creeps me out for some reason.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 11 years
These would definitley hit my sunglasses (they hit them already w/ mascara on). I bet they would damage your real lashes. I think I'll stick with mascara. :)
ttulip ttulip 11 years
Permanente glue sounds scary. I question what is going to happen to your natural lashes when you're 85 and the eyelash pores are all clogged. Ouch!(^_^)
bluejeanie bluejeanie 11 years
huh. this morning i read an interesting story about eyelash implants, they're the new breast augmentation apparently.
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