If you want to look glam 24/7 without any make up and if you are a relatively high-maintenance girl who is happy to take extra care of her lashes.
Why should extensions be limited to the hair on your head? Eyelash extensions were a well-kept secret in the beauty world for years but have recently become more mainstream. The treatment involves glue-ing individual lashes onto your actual lashes, giving you the false-lash look that lasts for six to eight weeks.
One of the many pros of extensions is that they are totally customisable to your personal preferences. You get to choose how long you want them, how much of a curve you want them to have and the density of the lashes. So if you want to look like a Kardashian even when you're not wearing mascara you can simply ask for super long lashes, and loads of them. Conversely if you just want to subtly enhance what you've already got ask for medium length lashes spaced in a natural way.
How does it work
It's always best to take in a photograph of the kind of look you're going for. If you want to look extra cute go for medium-length lashes that curl upwards and away from your eye, and if you want a sexy look taper the lashes so that they get longer towards the outer corner of your eye.
The application process takes a long time, but all you have to do is lie back with your eyes closed for two to three hours. Unlike falsies you buy in the store that are applied in a strip these semi-permanent extensions are applied one by one and the lashes are glued to your actual lashes. Once you're done you can't get your eyes wet for 12 hours to give the glue a proper chance to dry.
They're expensive, especially because once you're addicted to them (which you will be, sorry) you'll be going back for touch ups every few weeks. You won't, however, need to apply mascara at all, and the thickness makes eyeliner pretty unnecessary too so at least you'll be saving money on eye makeup.
The lashes are going to fall out slowly, that's normal, but there are steps you can take to prolong their lifespan. Comb them with a clean spoolie brush every day to untangle them and comb out any debris. Some technicians recommend you coat your spoolie brush with a small amount of diluted baby shampoo to gently wash them before bed.
Also, if your usual makeup removal technique is some vigorous rubbing that won't fly with these extensions. You will need to make the switch to makeup removing wipes and be really gentle with your wiping, going in a slow downwards motion.
In Joburg - Allure Lashes and Aesthetics
, Flutter Eyelash
, The Lash and Brow Bar
and Sandton Lashes and Permanent Makeup
In Cape Town - Urban Beauty Loung
In Durban - Vogue Lashes
and Angel Lash Extensions
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