I Had Eyelash Surgery For the First Time
It's 2016 and definitely the year of glam. I'm seeking new experiences and hopping on the blog to share every little detail with you all. My work friends, Tiffany (@TiffanySegree) and Sydney (@SydneyDominiqueee), were up for a beauty adventure! We decided to get eyelash extensions for the first time to see what the hype was all about and to share beauty tips with our beloved followers. So, if you've never had them done, hopefully, lash specialists, @lashesbyvee_ and @queenconnie, will clear up some questions for you.
Sydney and I visited lash specialist, @lashesbyvee_, She's super sweet and a fun fact about her is that she is currently studying Psychology at FIU. She's been doing lashes for a year and is available Tuesday-Thursday. To book an appointment, visit her Instagram page, @lashesbyvee_. Check out the blog below to actually see how the extensions were done.
Q+A WITH @LASHESBYVEE_
Q: How long does the process take?
A: It takes about an 1.5 hours because the lashes are placed individually.
Q: How do you come prepared for your appointment?
A: You should come with a clean face, with no makeup or lash extensions from another lash tech.
Q: How long do they typically last?
A: They last 3-4 weeks before needing a refill. Every two refills, you would need a full set. It's important to take a break in between full sets.
Q: Can you go swimming with them?
A: The first 24 hours, you should not get them wet or get them close to heat. After that, you're free to do whatever you'd like.
Q: What happens when glue gets in the eyes?
A: Nothing serious. The lash tech will fan it out or ask you to wash your face.
Q: Will you go blind if glue gets in the eyes?
Q: What kind of glue is it?
A: It's a black adhesive eyelash glue. Some use hair glue but hair glue is hard to take off and looks like chewed gum when wet.
Q: Can you use makeup remover?
A: It needs to be oil free. Anything oil based will loosen up the glue. However, when you're ready to remove the lashes, an oil based makeup remover is recommended.
Q: Can contact users wear them?
Q: Can you use mascara?
A: It's not really needed, but yes.
Q: How do you remove the eyelash extensions?
A: They fall out over time but if you would like to remove them sooner, oil based makeup removers are suggested.
Q: Can pregnant women get them?
A: If they can handle the fumes and laying down for a long period of time.
Q: Why does it cost so much?
A: The glue runs about $38 and one tray of lashes runs about $14-16. Also, take consideration of how long the process takes.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: It's a painless process. It's actually quite relaxing and great time to take a nap.
Tiffany visited lash tech, @QueenConnie. She was very down-to-earth and we admired that she's only been doing lashes for three months! Not to mention, Tiffany's lashes were full and fabulous. Check out Tiffany's blog, Miss-guided.com, for her review and updates.
Q+A With @QueenConnie
Q: Can you do it on someone with no lashes?
A: Yes and extensions actually helps them grow out, especially if the client is making time for 2-3 week check ups.
Q: How long do they last?
A: Typically 4-6 weeks depending on maintenance and including fill ins every 2-3 weeks.
Q: What's the best way to maintain them?
A: Brush them and wash them gently everyday to keep the crust out.
My Eyelash Journey
When the lash tech first started the process, the tools felt a bit weird. I felt minor stinging but definitely got used to it. It was painless and quite relaxing. However, when the process is done, beware of watery, red eyes from the fumes of the glue.
My first attempt at washing my face was annoying but after a few days I found a hack! When I washed my face, I felt stinging in my eyes and they got red. To prevent this, I started to press my eyes with a dry towel right after cleansing my face. After a wash, I would brush my extensions with a spooly.
I forgot that my extensions were there. They felt super natural and I was able to wash my face normally without the stinging occurring. Every other day, you'll see about one or two lashes fall out. I did try putting on mascara and it didn't really make a difference so Vee was right about not needing a bottle. It washed off easily as well.
They are hanging on strong, but I can definitely see why you would need a refill every three weeks. I would say about 70% of my lash extensions are still on. Some of my friends have said that their lashes have ripped off from the extensions but I haven't had that issue as of yet.
About 90% of my extensions have fallen off and I will not be removing them forcefully. I have found that if I let them fall naturally, my real lashes will not rip off!