You see them walking down the red carpet: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton. Is it their designer dress, or those great shoes and handbag? No, it’s those eyes - the windows to the soul. Their lashes are long, thick and frame their eyes beautifully. Ever wish you had gorgeous eyes like they do? Now you can! Eyelash extensions are the latest thing in beauty and it’s not just for the rich and famous anymore. These lash extensions started in Asia but are now sweeping the nation. In New York, for example, people are waiting up to two months to get an appointment
What will they look and feel like?
Unlike false eyelashes, which are applied on a strip and last only one day, (in good weather), eyelash extensions are glued to your own eyelashes individually, one at a time with tweezers. Your eyelashes will be thicker and longer, and because there is no need for mascara, clumps will be a thing of the past. Ironically, they enable you to have a more natural look. They feel no different than your own natural lashes, when professionally and properly applied. They come in many different colors and lengths. You can also choose the thickness. Even flamboyant colors like blue and green are available.
How much will they cost?
The cost for these extensions is usually between $200.00 and $500.00. Plan to spend a good two hours at the salon as they need to be applied with great care.
How long will they last?
Well, for all your time and money, an eye lash extension will only last as long as the eyelash that it is glued to lasts. Everyone’s eyelash cycle is different, but the average eyelash life is about 2 months. Of course, your life style will play a major role in the length of time you extensions last. You can shower, swim and go the spa. Thye can even withstand the sauna or steam room. However, daily or extensive exposure to steam or intense heat may cause the bonding agent to loosen. You may need to go back to your salon to have a few eyelashes touched up, as they may fall off or lift up.
What if I can’t afford them?
There is an alternative to both eyelash extensions and false eyelashes. Semi-permanent eyelashes cost about $50.00 and last about 10 days. They take just minutes to apply, so this may be the way to go if you just want a different eyelash look for a vacation or special event, such as a wedding or prom.