Eyelash extensions: Everything you need to know

Eyelash extensions have the impressive ability to transform your face

So you weren’t born with gorgeously lush lashes, or you can never get the falsiesthing right no matter how hard you practice? Welcome to the club. A more permanent shortcut to amazing lashes, eyelash extensions have gained in popularity over the years.

They can last for weeks at a time (sometimes they can last over a month), and if you want to make your eyes appear larger, they can be a godsend. Instead of elaborate cat-eye liner tricks or smoky eye shadow to brighten the eyes, the extensions virtually do all that for you. They also don’t feel heavy against your eyes like falsies or look clumpy, as with dozens of coats of mascara.

You maybe be wondering: Can they really make a difference? Are they really worth the money? The short answer is yes. But as amazing as extensions can be, there’s a few things you should know before making your appointment.

Things to Know Before Your Appointment

They can be an expensive habit.Once you have experienced the convenience of waking up with instantly beautiful extensions it is going to be a “once you start, you never stop scenario”, because, yes, they’re that great.
Be prepared to spend about 100$ a month to keep them looking beautiful.

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it, going into debt over eyelashes is never a good idea, so if you intend on getting them refilled, set aside extra out of your paycheck as a monthly expense.

Read the reviews.The demand for eyelash extensions has reached a fever pitch; now you can walk into just about any nail or hair salon and walk out with a full set of lashes. Needless to say, not all of them do a great job, which is why sites like Yelp can be good resources if you’re starting from scratch.

See Lash Pilot Yelp reviews here

So You Booked Your Appointment, Now What?

Know what you want.Natural, cat-eye, wispy: believe it or not, there are TONS of ways to apply extensions. Do you have smaller eyes and want them to appear larger? Or maybe you have deep-set eyes and want them to be more prominent? We offer many different curl patterns: J curl (a straight lash), D curl ( a completely curved lash) or C curl (which is the Goldilocks of D and J curl). And a big selection of thickness, length and material in the for our lashes to to suit your wishes perfectly.

If you have no idea what you need, a consultation might come in handy. When in doubt, a good old picture on your phone is always the easiest way to communicate what you want.

See our services and various lash applications here

Come with a bare face (or at the minimum, no eye makeup).Which means no eye shadow, eye liner, and ESPECIALLY no mascara. Don’t wear any oil-based eye makeup, as it prevents the extensions from adhering as strongly.

You may have to plan your activities strategically.You can’t get your extensions wet for 24–48 hours, so if you’re intent on getting in an workout or have a trip to the beach, plan it before or take a rain check.

And Now You’re at the Salon

We will analyze your eye shape for a good few minutes before deciding which style would best suit your features and eyes. Everyone has a different face shape and bone structure, so it’s important for women to understand that lash extensions are an enhancement of your own natural lashes. For a full set of extensions we could use between three and five lengths and two different curvatures, and a range of 80 to 130 lashes depending on the client’s requested effect.

Application is key. Application plays a key role in whether your lashes stick or fall off like leaves. A good application will have the extensions attached firmly to the base of the natural lash with the smallest amount of glue. Too much glue will leave your eyes looking clumpy.

How to Care for Them

Don’t get them wet for the first day or two. Yes, that includes sweat. If you’re a person who likes to work out, schedule your appointment after your sweat session or during a rest day. The same goes for plans that include the beach or the pool.

Brush them consistently.Following your appointment your technician will give you a spoolie to brush them every few days. This will keep from clumping, should they become twisted or bend, and keep them looking neat.

Facial wipes are your friend.Washing your face becomes a little bit more precarious now. You don’t have to keep your lashes entirely dry during your wash routine (which is nearly impossible!), but to extend the life of your extensions it’s good rule of thumb.Follow up your regular cleanse with a face wipe to thoroughly and gently remove the makeup around your eyes without being too harsh and exposing them to excessive amounts of water. A Q-tip dipped in micellar water can also do the trick! Oil-based skin products should be avoided around your lashes, as they can break down the bonds of the glue.

Never, EVER tug at your extensions.That can also lead to damaging your natural lashes. A few more things to remember: Never EVER use a mechanical eyelash curler, and opt for a silk or satin pillowcase which will provide more slip, and won’t dry out or snag your extensions.