Long eyelashes are a sign of youth and as we get older they may get thinner and tend to shed. Keeping a healthy amount of luscious eyelashes can help you retain a young appearance and look feminine. Permanent eyelash extensions are the latest trend in eyelash improvement that relies on the application of individual eyelash extensions. The hottest trends in the industry include 3D lashes, flat eyelashes, faux silk or mink lashes, and other semi-permanent lash systems.

What are eyelash extensions?

eyelash extensionsEyelash extensions are fake individual eyelashes that are glued one at a time to your natural lashes at the base – the process is carried out by a trained aesthetician. These extensions actually grow out with your natural lashes and fall out at the same time as yours. They enhance the fullness and thickness of your lashes as well as adding length.

The three main types of eyelash extensions to choose from are silk, mink, and synthetic. The availability of size ranges from 6mm to 17mm, and the cost depends on the type and number of lashes applied. The procedure takes about two hours to complete and the results last for around three to four weeks, after which time they may thin and start to fall out.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of eyelash extensions:

Pros of eyelash extensions

  • The procedure gives you a chance to lie down and relax for a couple of hours whilst your eyelashes are being applied
  • You’ll get the dramatic effects of an extension without an artificial look
  • The lash extension result is apparent within hours
  • You can customise your lashes with a choice of materials from mink eyelash extensions to silk lashes, and the length of the extension from 6mm-17mm
  • They look very natural and give your eyes an open and attractive appearance
  • They last for about three weeks during which time you don’t need to apply mascara or curl your lashes

Cons of eyelash extensions

  • If you have sensitive eyes you may get an allergic reaction to the adhesive used when applying the extensions
  • You need to wait 24 hours before showering after getting your extensions as water can weaken the adhesive
  • You should have eyelashes re-filled every two to four weeks to avoid premature shedding
  • Procedures are time-consuming taking up to two hours, and they can be costly
  • You can’t use any oil based cleansing products that would touch your lashes
  • They need to be removed professionally if you want a faster shedding process


false lashes applicationYou need to be aware of risks that come with the application of eyelash extensions if your beauty therapist doesn’t have the experience or proper training. Damage to the natural lashes, infections, and eyes glued shut are just some experiences, as are red eyes, chemical burns from poor ventilation, and eyelashes stuck together with too much glue.

Shards from eyelash fibres can scratch the cornea and leave fine fibres from mink or silk embedded in the eyelid. Lash extensions can cause eye disorders with loss of vision or permanent loss of natural lashes. Inflammation of the cornea or lids can be caused by glue leakage and conjunctival erosion from the eyelid tape.

If you look for a salon that’s well established and dedicated to providing lash extensions as their primary business you’ll be suConclusionre to avoid all of these issues. The adhesive used should be pharmaceutical grade to be safe to use on the eye area. A softer, lighter mink lash will put less tension on the follicle, and you should ask to have an allergy test done before the actual process, just to be sure.


Eyelash extensions can be high maintenance and expensive, but they can also be the answer to your desire to have the lashes you want, making you feel beautiful. Before you undergo any procedure make sure that you’ve done your research and read reviews for different local beauty technicians. They need to be licenced and certified as well as being highly recommended.

The products your beauty therapist uses should be supplied by a company who manufacture high-quality pigments and lashes that last. You’ll need to follow the aftercare advice given by your practitioner and see a health professional if you experience any discomfort or irritation.

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