Long, luscious eyelashes can be the perfect accessory to step up your flirting game. Before you bat those lashes, here are a few things you need to know about eyelash extensions. The latest beauty obsession, these flirty,sex-kitteny cousin to acrylic nails can look fabulous and can make an eye-opening difference in your appearance. However, they do require consistent upkeep, says The best ones look totally real, but if you go to the wrong tech, you could be putting yourself at risk for permanent damage.


What Are Lash Extensions and How Much Do They Cost?

Lash extensions are a way to add thickness and length to your own lashes. In 13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions, explains that there are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. They come in different thicknesses, lengths, and levels of curl to perfectly blend into your real lashes. The lashes are applied one at a time to the lash line using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue designed to not irritate the eye or damage the natural lash. Unlike fake eyelashes of days-gone-by, they are not removed nightly. The application process can be a bit tedious, taking two hours or longer.

The old adage "you get what you pay for" is true when it comes to eyelash extensions, and price dictates quality. Prices typically range from $75 to more than $500 depending on the type of lash extension, the desired look, and where you live. This initial cost does not include follow-up visits for maintenance. Remember, you are paying for both the materials and the time it takes for the lash extension specialist to apply them properly.

Lash extensions shed with the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes, which is about six to eight weeks. Since everyone sheds differently, it is usually recommended to get your lashes filled every two to four weeks to maintain a full look.

Who Applies Lash Extensions?

The application of eyelash extensions is not a do-it-yourself Sunday afternoon project. They are carefully and meticulously applied by a certified esthetician or cosmetologist. But, be sure to check for credentials and references. If you go to an inexperienced lash stylist, you risk ending up with uneven, clumpy looking lashes. Even worse, they can damage your natural lashes. Badly done extensions can easily tear out your real lashes, which can deaden the root and prevent regrowth.

 Dos and Don’ts Of Eyelash Extensions Care And Maintenance

  1. DON'T Get Your Extensions Wet For 24 To 48 Hours After Application: Avoid working out, steam rooms or hot yoga. According to beauty department gurus, the adhesive will reactivate and may cause the lashes to stick together and look like caked-on mascara.
  1. DO Sleep On Your Back: Where have we heard that before? It’s kind of our mantra around here. Sleeping on your back can decrease and prevent facial sleep wrinkles. And, now we know, thanks to lash salon technicians and 7 Ways To Make Your Lash Extensions Last Longer, sleeping with your face pushed into your pillow crushes and tugs your extensions causing them to crimp and fall out more quickly. Always try to sleep on your back, so your lashes stay untouched while you snooze. If you find it difficult to stay on your back throughout the night or are a relentless side sleeper, then JuveRest is the answer!

 Although our focus in creating the JuveRest® Sleep Wrinkle Pillow was to prevent damage to the skin during sleep, we were surprised by how quickly we started hearing from those sleeping with JuveRest to extend the life of their lash extensions. Even more surprising is the number of lash salons now using JuveRest on their tables during lash application. The technicians use the pillow to support the client in comfort during the long application process and it's a great opportunity for client to try JuveRest and understand how it prevents damage to their lashes AND delicate facial skin. The short term is beautiful, healthy eyelashes and saving time and money on fills. The long term is beautiful firm and clear skin!

  1. DON'T Let Moisture-Rich Products Get Onto Your Lashes: Shampoo, conditioner, heavy creams or anything oil based will eventually loosen the bond. Tilt your head back when washing your hair or take a bath to avoid getting them wet.
  1. DO Resist The Urge To Pull: If you pick, tug, twist or excessively touch or brush your extensions, it could damage your natural lashes. If at any time you want to remove the lashes, let a professional do the job.
  1. DON’T Use Waterproof Mascara: You don’t have to wear mascara with extensions, but if you do, avoid waterproof formulas at all cost. They’re much harder to remove and all that tugging is bad news for the life span of your lash extensions.
  1. DO Reshape Your Extensions After You Shower: Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on "cool" to fan them back in place. Hold it arms-length away from your face.
  1. DON’T Use Lash Curlers: Ever.
  1. DO Use A Lash Approved Cleanser: The lash-obsessed editors at suggest a brand called Sterilid. It keeps any yuckies at bay and helps the extensions last to their full potential.
  1. DON’T Use Cotton On The Lashes: Fibers like those in cotton balls and Q-tips can create tangles.
  1. DO Comb Daily With A Clean Silicone Or Bristle Spoolie Wand: It helps to keep the lashes separated.