Eyelash extensions are one of the hottest beauty crazes around right now, and for good reason — who wouldn’t want to have long, full lashes 24/7? But proceed with caution; lash extensions can be unsafe when applied incorrectly, so it’s important to know what to look for before you go racing off to your nearest salon. We sat down with lash expert Rochelle Magno of The Lash Gallery to get the scoop on everything extension-related, from safety to timing to cost.
Q: Why should brides consider eyelash extensions?
A: Lash extensions give you the look of a surgical eyelift without the surgery, making you look camera-ready at all times with or without makeup. Brides have tons of things to worry about; lashes shouldn't be one of them. With a never-ending wedding to-do list, the convenience of never having to apply mascara can’t be overstated.
Q: How long before your wedding should you get extensions or have existing extensions touched up?
I would suggest getting them two to three days before your big day. Getting lashes is very relaxing — most people actually fall asleep during the process, so it’s a great chance to catch some beauty rest in the midst of the last-minute hustle and bustle.
If you’ve never had eyelash extensions before, I would recommend trying them out at least a few months before the wedding. Lash designs are not created equal, so you may want to try a few styles to see what you like best. It’s also helpful to have the lashes in place during your bridal makeup trial so you can see how they’ll complement your look.
Q: How long will the extensions last?
This can vary for each person. Factors like allergies, medications, health conditions, vitamins and overall lifestyle can influence the longevity of the extensions. Most people schedule relash appointments 2 to 4 weeks after the initial application.
Q: What qualifications should brides look for in a lash stylist?
The eyelash extension industry is in its infancy and is currently unregulated, so it's important to know that your technician has been properly trained and will enforce health and sanitary practices to the highest level. A lash stylist should have a state license and/or cosmetology license in addition to a certification from a reputable training program (Xtreme is the most well-known). Make sure you do your homework!
Q: Are there any risks involved?
If you do not select a properly trained stylist, there can be risks of infection, premature natural lash loss, irritation and permanent follicle damage that leads to balding. A trained stylist will provide a consultation to prevent any of the above from occurring. You typically lose an average of 4 to 5 lashes per day, and your lashes should stick to this cycle whether or not the extensions are attached, as long as they have been applied by a qualified stylist. One important thing to note is that your eyes should always be closed during the application process. If they’re not, you’re risking your health.
Q: How much do extensions typically cost? Should you tip your stylist?
Prices can vary based on location, type of lashes, style of lashes and level of certification. If you’re happy with the service, it's customary to provide a gratuity.