Happy Friday y’all! Today I’m talking about a hot topic… lash extensions!
I recently went to Peachy Keen Studio in Dallas to get a full set of lash extensions, and let me start by saying their studio is SO adorable! It’s super cute but more importantly, CLEAN. I saw Brandy (who is AH-MAZING) but all the girls there are super nice and helpful.
The process was super easy, but LONG that first time. It took us about 3 hours to get my full set on, so be prepared for that. Of course, it depends on your natural lashes (how thick they are, how many lashes you have, etc.) but most likely it will take a few hours.
When getting your first full set, you should go in with no makeup on to ensure your lashes are as clean as possible. I went in, and laid down on their super comfy chairs. They gave me a blanket and a pillow and made sure I was as comfortable as possible! You may have seen on my Instastories, but the first thing they’ll do is put some sort of tape or barrier down between your lashes and your bottom lashes. They basically tape down your bottom lashes so it’s easier to see your top ones as they are applying each lash. It feels a little weird, but nothing is painful or uncomfortable. Then, they will prime your lashes before getting started to make sure they are super clean.
After that it’s pretty simple! Just relax and let them do their thing. You will have your eyes closed the whole time, so it’s easy to fall asleep, LOL! It’s actually very relaxing.
What you need to know about lash extensions:
1. Don’t put anything with oil in it on your lashes.
The biggest change I had to make when I got my extensions was the way I remove my makeup every night. I used to just use my Purity cleanser and wash my face, removing my makeup and everything at once. But, with the extensions, I can’t use my Purity cleanser on them because it has oils in it. So, I purchased the Philosophy Just Release Me eye makeup remover (it’s oil free, so safe for lash extensions!) and I use that with Q-tips every night to remove my eye makeup. Then, I still use my Purity cleanser but I just don’t rub it all over my eyes. I put it every where else and rinse carefully either in the shower, or with a wash cloth.
It may seem annoying, and like it’s a lot of work (I was a little annoyed by it at first, lol!) but once you get used to it, it’s really no big deal! I actually feel that it’s better this way because I remove the eye makeup (which is the most stubborn) without rubbing and tugging at my lashes and skin.
2. Don’t mess with or pull at your lashes.
This is SO important. If you’re someone that does this… you will really want to stop if you get extensions. You want your lashes to shed naturally for the lashes to remain looking good, so pulling them out before they are ready will just make your lashes look splotchy and not even.
3. Keep your lashes/lash line clean.
You can do this by making sure you are cleansing your face regularly either with a mild soap or oil free cleanser. I had a pretty hard time finding a cleanser at Ulta or Sephora that DIDN’T have oil in it, so I just use a mild soap every time I shower to make sure I’m cleaning in that lash line under where the lash extensions are attached. Bacteria can build up and cause infection if you don’t keep this area clean, so don’t skip this step!
4. Brush through your lashes in the morning and at night. They will give you a little mascara wand to use!
It’s super important to keep the lashes from getting tangled, or turned the wrong way (this can hurt if it pokes you in the eye!) so make sure to brush through your lashes at least in the morning (I do it after I put my makeup on to brush out any eye shadow or makeup that may have gotten on them) and at night before bed.
5. Try to avoid sleeping face down where your lashes would get squished.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, this might be hard to get used to! I am a side sleeper so I don’t really have any issues. The first few nights I slept with my lash extensions, I was worried, but it really isn’t a huge deal. I sleep normally and haven’t had any issues… but like I said, I don’t typically sleep with my face shoved into my pillow!
6. Lashes falling out is NORMAL.
Your lashes naturally go through a shedding phase (much like you hair) so you WILL see lashes fall out (extensions attached to your natural lash). Don’t freak out, it’s totally normal! You may even have a few extensions fall off your lashes, which is also totally okay. Obviously, if there are a LOT coming out, you may need to call up your lash place and ask whats going on, or see if you’re using something you shouldn’t be on your lashes.
Questions to ask before getting lash extensions:
Do you glue each lash to ONE individual lash?
How much training/experience does the studio have in applying lash extensions?
What type of glue do you use?
What is the recommended fill frequency?
If you have any allergies to stuff like this around your eyes, you need to be very careful and make sure you know what irritates your eyes/skin and what doesn’t! I’ve had some people tell me that their lash extensions caused serious allergic reactions and it was a long process getting back to normal. Just be informed and make sure the place you go is careful and very well trained. The glue should never be touching your actual eye or skin.
Make sure if you go to Peachy Keen, you let them know I referred you, and that you read the blog!
A huge thanks to Peachy Keen for sponsoring this post!