Will Eyelash Extensions Ruin My Natural Lashes?

One of the most common issues I've encountered in my career is clients damaging their own eyelashes by pulling and touching them. If you attempt to remove the extensions, you're more likely to pull out your own natural lashes as well, which can make them look thinner and less plump than before you had extensions. It's also important to emphasize the importance of proper aftercare in keeping your eyelashes healthy. Good aftercare will not only keep your lashes healthy, but it will also extend the time between fillers and make your lashes look fuller for longer.

If eyelashes are not cleaned regularly, microscopic mites can cause inflammation of the eyes and itching. Just like head hair, eyelashes can become greasy and oily if not washed, creating an ideal environment for Demodex mites to thrive. One of the reasons why some people avoid wearing eyelash extensions is the myth that they will ruin your natural eyelashes. But do eyelash extensions really ruin your natural lashes? The short answer is yes, if they are not applied correctly.

Excessive use of glue or incorrect application of the extensions can put pressure on the eyelashes and cause breakage. However, this is unlikely to happen if you go to a licensed and experienced eyelash technician. The biggest misconception is that eyelash extensions will damage your own lashes. If applied correctly and with care, they are safe and won't damage the health of your natural eyelashes.

Make sure you don't rub your eyes or pull or tug on your extensions, as this can cause your natural eyelashes to fall out or become damaged. If the extensions are applied correctly and individually to each lash, they should not fall out. Wait a few weeks for your natural lashes to recover before looking for a new, more experienced technician to avoid any future issues. Eyelash extensions are designed to stay in place for 5-10 days, depending on the formula used, which puts less stress on natural lashes.

Unfortunately, some states have yet to establish regulations on the service, leading to cases of irritation, infection and damage to natural lashes due to poor hygiene and technique. If you have naturally thin eyelashes, dramatic extension styles such as Russian volume are much riskier. The material used varies from study to study, but eyelash extensions can be made from synthetic fibers, mink, synthetic mink or silk. The Skin Institute offers lash lifts that will enhance the beauty of your natural lashes and give you the desired look without any damage. When extensions first became popular in the mainstream market, it seemed like a relatively easy way to achieve long, wavy lashes without any of the drawbacks of false masks or mascara. Since extensions are added to existing lashes, people believe that their natural lashes become shorter when they fall out.

All of your lashes are at different stages at any given time, meaning some are about to fall out while others are in a growth period (this is true whether you have extensions or not). In fact, if you love the look of your extensions, refilling them every 2-3 weeks will keep costs low and ensure that your lashes always look fabulous. While great lash extensions should leave natural lashes in good condition, there are a few factors that can cause lash loss. When an inexperienced professional applies extensions, they often attach a synthetic lash to three or four natural ones which can cause them to break off or fall out in clumps. Many people come back time and time again for refills without suffering any damage to their natural lashes.

A licensed and experienced technician won't allow an infection to occur but if you're allergic to glue then you'll still be allergic - this doesn't mean that the glue itself is inherently harmful. This began a tumultuous relationship of almost two years of love (of my extensions), loss (of my natural lashes) and uncomfortable in-between stages before I could get my fill again. On the other hand, if you're losing your natural lashes at a rapid pace or if your extensions feel heavy and uncomfortable then it's best to take an extended break.

Kirsty Matthews
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