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Eyelash extensions are one of the hottest trends of the makeup industry with an extensive variety and multiple different types of extensions being available in the market. However, there are also problems associated with eyelash extensions such as irritation, infection, and damaged natural lashes due to poor hygiene, technique, and quality control. The process is not inexpensive and can be time-consuming which begs the question if eyelash extensions are worth the effort.

What are eyelash extensions?

While the name itself explains the product, eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to the natural eyelashes of a person in order to attain longer, fuller and darker lashes. There are also individual extensions that are applied to each separate eyelash using semi-permanent glue.

Eyelash extensions can be made from synthetic, mink, faux mink, or silk fibers. This varies from manufacturer to manufacturer with most offering a variety of extension lengths, curl patterns, and tints to meet customer preferences.

What are the types of Eyelash Extensions?

There are three main types of eyelash extensions which are mink, silk, and synthetic. Another type of eyelash extension is “faux mink” which are just synthetic extensions designed to look like mink extensions. Studios and users usually tend to have a preference for what kind of extensions they prefer.

Mink and silk eyelash extensions usually are the most natural-looking while synthetic lashes are preferred for a bolder look with the thicker and darker look they provide. However, different lengths and curls are available.

How are Eyelash Extensions Applied?

A specially formulated, semi-permanent glue is used to individually attach the extensions to the natural eyelash. The extensions are only applied to existing lashes and are not applied directly to the skin.

You should choose the length and curl of the extension depending on the type of look you want. In most cases, 3-4 different lengths are used to create a put-together look as longer extensions are applied to the outer corners and shorter lashes are attached to the inner sides of the eyes.

The Benefits and Disadvantages of Eyelash Extensions.

The most obvious advantage of using eyelash extensions is that your lashes look much longer and fuller, offering a more enhanced and pronounced look. The look can be chosen by the individual, varying from natural to dramatic.

They are also waterproof which means that you can wash them without having to worry about them getting off. The application process is pain-free and usually safe although it should be seen that the person does not suffer from any irritations or infections.

The risk of infection or your eye becoming irritated is perhaps the biggest downside when applying for eyelash extensions due to the glue that is used to attach the lashes. To make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the glue, it is recommended that you apply it to your hand and test it first.

Eyelash extensions can be quite costly with the initial payment and require maintenance every 2-4 weeks. 

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