What Can Ruin Your Eyelash Extensions and How to Avoid It

Eyelash extensions can be the perfect way to take your look to the next level, but if not done correctly, they can cause permanent damage. Stress can cause natural eyelashes to fall out prematurely, and when that happens consistently, it can cause permanent damage. To avoid damaging natural eyelashes, eyelash extensions must be carefully selected (length and thickness) and correctly applied to one natural eyelash at a time. It's a myth that eyelash extensions ruin eyelashes.

Eyelash extensions should be applied to natural eyelashes and peeled off when they do. Eyelashes have a natural growth cycle in which they grow to a certain length and then fall out once they have reached their maximum length. That's why we never have to trim our eyelashes to keep them long because nature does it for us. False eyelashes usually come in strips that are glued to the top of the natural lash line and removed at the end of the day.

The process is painless: if applied correctly, you will never experience any pain with the application or use of eyelash extensions. The area around the eyes and eyelids is very sensitive, which means that the weight of the glue can also pull the hair on the eyelashes and cause irritation. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, some dangers of using eyelash extensions include eyelid infection or swelling, corneal infection, and temporary loss of eyelashes. Another unfortunate reason why people say that eyelash extensions ruin eyelashes is because they went to an inexperienced eyelash specialist who glued the eyelash extension to the skin of the lash line instead of to their natural eyelashes.

If you're an eyelash technician, be sure to ask each customer about any allergies or sensitivities. If you are not sure, watch for signs of irritation during application, as this may indicate that it is better to switch to another type of adhesive. If you're a customer, express your concerns right from the start. Tell your eyelash technician about your sensitivities to certain eyelash adhesives.

If you start to feel pain or discomfort during the eyelash application process, let your technician know right away. Having irritated eyes causes a lot of chafing and pulling that could damage natural eyelashes. When you receive eyelash extensions, the cycle continues normally. Because each eyelash extension is connected to a natural eyelash, the extensions fall out in the same cycle as natural lashes.

Once applied, eyelash extensions should last the half-life of natural eyelashes, which ranges from six weeks to two months. While false eyelashes can also achieve this look, there are some key differences between false eyelashes and eyelash extensions. They can last a long time: as time goes on, the natural cycle of eyelash loss will cause extensions to fall out along with natural eyelashes. When eyelash extensions are applied correctly, they must absolutely respect the natural growth cycle of natural eyelashes.

Because eyelash extensions are applied one eyelash at a time to a single natural eyelash, natural eyelashes can freely go through the growth cycle and eventually come off with the extension attached.

Kirsty Matthews
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