1. It’s a very luxurious process.
Really—it’s enjoyable. You lie down on a bed or a recliner and close your eyes for an hour and a half, sometimes 2-3 hours while calming music plays in the background and a technician attaches little feathery nothings to your lashes. It’s the most socially acceptable nap time a working adult could ask for.
2. Every lash extension experience is customizable.
When you're done, you will not end up looking like you just got a permanent strip lash attached to your lid. First, you can choose the length. Most salons will carry extension lengths from 9 to 15 mm (or, from natural to Kardashian length). The sweet spot for most is 10-12.
After you pick your length, pick your curl. A “J” curl is for a more natural, awake look, while a “C” curl is a more dramatic. Now, in terms of material, you have a lot to choose from: Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink, and last but not least, Real Human Hair. The differences between these looks are negligible so ask your stylist what they are using if it’s important to you, but if you’re like me, you just want the lashes, in any way possible, however you can get them.
3. Eyelash extensions last longer than you think.
With proper care, you can get the most out of your extensions. Most places recommend you come back every 2-3 weeks for a touch up, with good aftercare, you can go 4 or 5 without looking spidery.
4. Yes, you can wear makeup with them.
If you can't stand the thought of ditching your smoky eye, don't worry, you don't have to. Only liquid-based eye products can be damaging to the extensions, but you can get away with a tiny wing of liquid liner as long as you're not dragging it along the lash line. Make sure to carefully remove the shadow or liner with oil-free makeup remover and Q-tips for precision. Most importantly, stay away from mascara entirely as it leaves the extensions crusty and damaged. It's only acceptable if you're at the end of your cycle and will be getting a fresh set in a few days.
5. Extensions can ruin your eyelashes—but they don’t have to.
That is, if you don’t play by the rules. I am one of the many people who have made the mistake of pulling out the extensions myself–not only is it extremely painful but it leaves you with few to no natural eyelashes left and that isn’t very pretty! Aftercare, aftercare, aftercare!
6. The only way to get rid of them is to get them professionally removed or have them fall out naturally.
Having the extensions removed is as easy as having them put on–painless and relatively quick. Every salon will have this service available. If you're not looking to spend any more money, however, the extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes. This is a much slower process, but it is $free.99, so there's that.