The Official Beginners Guide to Eyelash Extensions


Have you been thinking about trying eyelash extensions? You’ve come to the right place.


Let’s start with a quick background. Eyelash extensions have been around since ancient Egypt (in fact, men used to style their lashes just as often as women), however didn’t start becoming popular in the United States until the 1930s and have only grown in popularity since then. From Elizabeth Taylor to Madonna, Jennifer Lopez to Kim Kardashian, every era and cultural icon adds a little something extra to enhance, curve, taper, or comb eyelashes to capture a new and impressive look.


Eyelash extensions offer so much to enhance your look and style, but the best part I hear from most of my clients is the convenience. Whether it’s to give you a little extra boost in confidence, to impress someone special, or to give you that amazing feeling of seeing your beautifully done eyes when you wake up in the morning, there are plenty of reasons why getting eyelash extensions makes sense.


Have you been thinking about trying eyelash extensions? Well, I hope you’re ready. Welcome to The Official Beginner’s Guide to Eyelash Extensions, where we tell you everything you need to know before you make the jump.


What, exactly, are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are made up of individual synthetic fibers or mink hair. A trained eyelash technician (or as I prefer to be called, “Eyelash Artist”) applies these individual extensions to your natural lashes and secures them with a semi-permanent, sensitive glue.


There are 3 basic types of eyelash extensions:
Synthetic or Silk: These lashes are heaviest and are great for a really full, thick look.(see below)
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Mink: These lashes are more light weight and provide a really fluffy, natural look.
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Making the right choice for you depends on the look you are going for and what you can afford. Synthetic is standard and most often used in eyelash extensions. Mink lashes are newer to the eyelash scene and are generally more expensive.


What will my new lashes look like?
That depends on what you go with. Make sure you sit down with your eyelash extension artist and look at some examples of the different looks they provide. A good eyelash artist will have a portfolio for you to look at and compare the styles side by side. Here are a few photos of my clients at Lash Up Studio in Honolulu, HI.


How long will they last?
Eyelash extensions will last for the entire growth cycle of your natural eyelash, which is typically 6 weeks. All of your natural eyelashes are on different stages in their growth cycle, and everyone has a eyelash growth cycle that can vary depending on their lifestyle. I recommend quick and easy lash maintenance every 2-4 weeks to keep your lashes looking full.


How long does it take to apply eyelash extensions?
A typical first time appointment will take about two hours and will be started with a short consultation from your lash artist. Lash extensions can be maintained year round with much shorter touch up appointments, or as I call them, a “mini relash”.


Can I swim with my new lashes?
For the first 12-24 hours, it’s best to avoid getting your lashes sopping wet. Water can weaken the adhesive before it has time to completely set and can cause some of the eyelashes to fall off. After you’ve waited that day, you’re completely good to go back to your normal water activities. I have several clients who surf daily with their lashes.


What about using products with my new lashes?
When it comes to your makeup and skin care, avoid products that have an oil-base, as they will loosen the bond of your new lashes. If you are going to add mascara to your new lashes, be sure to only use water-based mascara and only apply the mascara lightly to the tips of your lashes, avoiding the root.


It’s also best to avoid shampoos and conditioners getting on the eyelash. Tilt your head back when taking a shower to avoid getting the shampoo in your eyes (or you can always wear goggles!)


What else should I know about caring for my new lashes?
It’s recommended that you sleep on your back to prevent the lashes from rubbing on your pillow and prematurely falling out. If you’re like me and that’s impossible, then it’s ok. Use a silk pillowcase. While cotton pillowcases causes more friction, the smooth silk pillowcases let your lashes glide more smoothly and help prevent them from falling out.


Try and avoid rubbing your eyes. I suggest using a clean spool brush to keep your aligned and looking clean.


How much do eyelash extensions cost?
In this industry, like any other, you get what you pay for. The price you pay is almost always going to dictate the quality. Make sure you take the time to look at the quality of your lash artists work. Most eyelash salons will offer specials for first time clients that can be found on their website or by giving them a call. My eyelash extension studio, in Honolulu, HI, always posts new specials here.


How do I find a good Eyelash Extension Artist?
Finding the right eyelash extension artist for you is very important. Treat it as you would if you were choosing a tattoo artist, hairstylist, or cosmetic surgeon. There are a lot of inexperienced lash artists out there and clumsy work can cause damage your natural lashes. It would be worth your time finding a good one.


I suggest using Yelp to help you in your search. Dig deep into the reviews and look for artists who are able to keep a highly satisfied customer base. If you find a deal somewhere, just be sure to research the facility and artist before agreement to having any extensions applied.


If you are in my area (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii), it would be my pleasure to make sure you are taken care of by my Lash Up Studio. You can easily schedule an online appointment here.