The defintive answer to “Do eyelash extensions damage my natural Lashes?”

The Question asked by women all over the world considering Eyelash Extensions. The answer is NO and if you go to a properly trained lash technician he/she has been taught techniques that follow these guide lines to avoid damage:

Proper hygiene Protocol

Every Lash technician has been taught how to sterilise their work area and tools to minimise the risk of infection which can cause damage to the lashes, conditions such as Blepharitis can cause your lash line to become swollen,weep and lashes to become weak and fall out prematurely. Your tech should also give you after care instructions for cleaning your lashes that will prevent build up of bacteria, shed skin, make-up and oils.

Choosing proper lengths and weights for the natural lash

This is a vital step in avoiding damage to the lashes by choosing lashes that will be too heavy for the natural lash. Your technician should have a range of lengths, weights and curls to suit your natural lashes. The thinner or smaller the natural lashes are, the lighter the extension should be. A general guide to correct maximum length is to go two sizes above the natural lashes longest length. However an experienced Technician may be able to give you more length if a lighter extension is used. Many clients want a look that is the total opposite of what they have and in order to avoid damage, they need to readjust their expectation. Lash techs can work wonders but we are limited to what you actually have. Be wary of a lash tech that will give everyone crazy long lashes using the heaviest extensions possible, you will be able to tell a lash techs style by their photos, look out for spidery long, clumpy looking or too thick lashes that look “wrong” for the eye.

Lashes should be applied in a minimum of four to five lengths throughout the set. Watch out for sets that look like they are one length all the way through. This is improper technique.

Correct Lash application techniques

Here is where a lot of things can go wrong for an untrained Lash technician.

Eyelash extensions should be adhered to the natural lash approximately 1mm from the lash line. Never onto the skin nor touching it. For one a lash extension that is touching your eyelid will prick, scratch or itch, secondly the adhesive is not meant for delicate skin in the eye area and can burn or cause an allergy.

By far the biggest cause of damage to your natural eyelashes with badly applied extensions is over use of adhesive causing extensions and lashes to stick together and improper isolation of one natural lash before the extension is adhered. An eyelash extension should to be adhered to one natural lash. Every lash on the lash line is growing at a different rate which means that if a bunch are stuck together with one extension, as they grow out, the faster growing lashes will pull out the slower growing lashes, resulting in loss of lashes, gaps and even possible damage to hair follicles. If this has happened, you will feel pain, pulling, itching and inevitably you will end up trying to pick at the extensions thereby causing further damage.

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true for eyelash extensions. Salons offering very cheap sets offset the cost by not training employees, using low quality products, only stocking a small range of extensions, and working so fast on a set that any proper technique goes out the window or was never applied in the first place. Your eyes are important and they really are not an area to” scrimp” on. Clients who are concerned with their lash health would already understand this but there are many so-called techs out there giving eyelash extensions a bad name.

The above mentioned guidelines will ensure you do not have damage from extensions, I have had clients for 3 years now who’s lashes are actually in better condition with eyelash extensions than before due to overuse of eyelash curlers and not cleaning make-up off well, others have maintained the same lash health and density they had. I like to call myself a “lash nurse” sometimes as well as a Lash Technician. I hope readers are now more informed, do their research and find a tech that makes their lash health a priority to avoid damage.