Lash Extensions

I frequently get DM’s about my lash extensions, so I thought I would dedicate a whole post to answer ALL of your questions!

I first got lash extensions about 4 years ago and have gone through periods with and without them. Mostly without them, but for the last 7-8 months I’ve worn them full time and don’t see that changing anytime soon!

For me they work great because I wear minimal make up especially during the week days and having them on saves me SO much time in the mornings (#wokeuplikethis). Also, I have blonde (borderline transparent) eye lashes so if I am not wearing mascara they are nonexistent.

Having them on ensures I always have a great lash day. When I would wear mascara before extensions half of the time my lashes would either be too clumpy or I wouldn’t get enough volume and end up with black circles under my eyes. With the extensions I personally do not wear mascara at all.

The Con’s:

  • Refill time – it typically takes about an hour and a half for the re-fill (but I only go once every 3-4 weeks!)
  • Cost (about $90-$110) but all salons vary in price!

There are many different lash styles you can with the extensions- more natural to dramatic. I personally get longer lashes on the outside of my eyes and ask for them to be shorter towards the inside.

I asked my very talented lash extension queen, Madison (of Madison’s Avenue – Houston ladies she’s the best!) to answer all your pressing questions! These are the most common questions I get, see Madison’s responses below.

1.Does it hurt when getting the lash extensions?

Absolutely not! There is no pain when getting Eyelash Extensions. In fact, its very relaxing! You are laying down with your eyes closed as the extensions are placed on top of your natural lashes. The process is painless! 

**IF your lashes hurt you, they are not being done properly!

2. Will getting the extensions ruin my natural lashes?

No! If done correctly with proper isolation your extensions will fall out naturally as your natural lash sheds. 

However, an inexperienced lash artist with improper training could do damage by; using extensions too long or too heavy, using too much adhesive, improper isolation making lashes stick together and premature shedding or pulling. This is why its so important to make sure your lash artist is trained properly and your lashes ever hurt.

3. How long will they last?

With the NovaLash adhesive I use, your extensions will last you 3-6 weeks! To keep them full, you will want a refill (touch-up) every 3-4 weeks. 

4. Can I wear mascara on top of my lash extensions?

Mascara is typically not needed with lash extensions. Mascara should only be used when a touch-up is drawing near. Water-soluble mascara can be worn; however constant use of mascara may shorten the lifespan of lashes. Waterproof mascara is not recommended for use, as it will dissolve the bond with the lashes. NovaLash glycol and carbonate free mascara is specifically formulated for use on extensions without interfering with the adhesive. I sell the NovaLash Mascara in my studio!

5. Can I get lash extensions while pregnant? 

Generally speaking, eyelash extensions are a safe and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. Allergic reactions to the adhesive are very rare (1 in several thousand) and when they do present, are easily treated. In saying this, I do not recommend that pregnant women who have never had eyelash extensions before test out the procedure during their pregnancy. The reasons are two-fold – firstly, the lash extension procedure requires you to lay flat on your back for over one hour; a position that is not recommended for women in the advanced stages of pregnancy. It also requires that you lie quite still – which can be hard if you’re heavily pregnant! Secondly, if you were unlucky enough to have an allergic reaction, your doctor may not be able to give you the required treatment due to your pregnancy, prolonging the reaction.

**However – if you have been getting your lashes done prior and you become pregnant, there’s no problem continuing with the extensions! Just let your artist know so they are aware and can keep you comfortable during.

6. Do the extensions come in different lash colors?

They do! Believe it or not, there is every color in the rainbow! They also make Ombre lashes! I have some that gradually go from black at the bottom to purple on the tips, so pretty! There is also brown extensions for a lighter look for blondes or red heads. I currently don’t carry all of these colors but if you ever want to try something out let me know and I can order some! 

I personally think the summer is a fun time to add some color to your lashes!

7. Are they waterproof?

Yes! NovaLash extensions are 100% waterproof immediately after your service. You can go home and shower or workout! However, this is not the case for all lash extensions! Depending on the products, some require that you wait 24-48hrs before getting them wet. 

8. I don’t live in Houston but what should I look for in a lash technician? 

If you want a NovaLash artist you can go to their website and search for an artist in your city!

If there isn’t a NovaLash artist or you want a different look, I would google and search on IG using hashtags for your city. Personally, I like to look at pictures of their work! I would stay away from big chain salons, I’ve found that the quality of their work is poor and they rush through clients. I would find a solo lash artist or a small local business. 

Make sure they have experience, ask questions, if their prices are super low.. they probably aren’t they best. 

Lash Extensions are a luxury service that take a lot of time. A full volume set should take any artist 2-3 hours. My refills are anywhere from 1-2 hours. Do not cheap out with your lashes, your lashes could be permanently damaged or even worse, your eyesight. 

With the right lash artist though you can have lash extensions forever!!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it helped to answer all your lash extensions questions! A big thanks to Madison for answering all of the questions!


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