As a disclaimer, I have a lot of friends that have lash extensions and have had a good experience. My experience may not be the norm but I wanted to share it anyway because it can happen to anybody. Since sharing this, I have also received a lot of feedback from women that had the same experience I did.
I was at an event a couple of months ago and met some fellow bloggers that had gorgeous lashes. I learned they had lash extensions, which I had considered in the past, but I didn’t want to deal with the maintenance. So, when they told me I could have my lashes applied in the comfort of my own home via their lash tech, I was all in.
The actual experience of having them applied was not bad at all. It took about two hours. It was the aftermath that made me regret my decision.
I liked the way they looked, especially in photos. However, looking back, I wish my lash tech would have applied lashes in a more natural length since my extensions were very obvious. Of course I wanted them to be noticeable, but it basically looked like I had applied super long fake lashes daily and you can see “gaps” between the super long lashes and the others. I had expressed wanting full/voluminous lashes over long ones, but looking back at photos, you can definitely tell that there should have been a more consistent fullness to them.
Below are some examples of eyelash extensions that have the fuller look I’m talking about:
The first couple of days, my lash extensions hurt a little bit. Not consistently but I did feel some “pulling.” I was told that some of the areas where the lashes had clumped together a little bit would separate and I used the lash brush I received to comb through them as instructed (they didn’t separate, the clumping just got worse).
The main issue with my lashes is that as they began to fall out, my real lashes came with them. I didn’t like the way they felt on my eyes and it was more difficult to do simple things like wash my face because they project so much from your eyes and they’re very firm/stiff.
Now that I’ve had them removed, I’ve lost a significant amount of my real lashes and the ones left are at least half the length they were before, if I’m being generous. Below are my pros and cons of lash extensions.
P R O S
You can wear less makeup:
With lash extensions, I never wore eyeliner on my top lash line and didn’t have to curl my lashes in the morning or wear mascara. My morning routine was SO fast. However, the time you save getting ready in the morning is negated by the time you have to spend to get (fairly frequent) fills.
Your eyes look so open:
I loved that the curl of the extensions really opened up my eyes since naturally, I have stick-straight lashes and smaller eyes.
C O N S
They’re high maintenance:
Ideally, you’d get a “fill” every 2-3 weeks, which basically means that your lash tech will fill in the areas of your lashes that have grown out or fallen out (lashes have a natural growth cycle and each lash grows at a different rate based on where they are in the cycle). I barely have time to get my hair trimmed every 8 weeks, so thinking I would make the time for regular lash appointments (fills can take an hour) was unrealistic for me. I mean, I’m the girl who paints her nails at night, in bed, while pumping. So time consuming beauty regimens may not be a good fit for me, ha.
Most lash salons charge around $150-$300 for a full set and $35-$85 per fill. I paid much less for mine since they were not done at a salon and I received a discount, but the cost to maintain lash extensions month after month really adds up.
They can be uncomfortable:
My lashes always felt heavy and I knew they were there even after I got used to them. I didn’t like the feeling and it was hard to wash my face, use a cotton ball to remove eye makeup on my lower lash line (cotton would get caught in my lashes and was difficult to take out since I had areas of clumping) and if I accidentally pressed them the wrong way (like when drying my face) the feeling was uncomfortable.
You can ruin your real lashes:
I never thought this would happen to me, but here I am. I only had my lash extensions for a little over three weeks and in that time I lost a lot of my real lashes and the ones that were left were literally half the length of my lashes before. It was honestly shocking how short they were. It wasn’t an illusion either— a lot of women feel their lashes are shorter/stumpy simply because they get used to seeing themselves with very long lashes, but it is very clear that mine are sparse and very short now. It was a lesson learned, and it sucks, but I have to be patient until they grow back.
(my lashes, post removal of the extensions after just three weeks with no makeup on—notice the gaps, broken areas and overall decrease in length. To be honest, they actually look shorter in person than they do in this photo).
I had my extensions removed by a lash tech recommended by a friend that had hers for a long time and he did a great job with the removal. He did mention that I had several areas where there was clumping/too much glue, which can cause real lashes to fall out. It made sense but who knows, maybe I just didn’t respond well to them.
Everything I have read online (and believe me, I googled the crap out of this) is that when lashes are applied correctly (ie: one extension per one real lash, no clumping together, no overuse of glue), then they should not in any way damage your real lashes and should grow out with your lashes like they naturally do. The guy who removed my lashes also said he would have not used that size of lash on me (I believe mine were 14mm C curl). I personally prefer thicker/voluminous lashes to super long ones, so be sure you communicate your preferences to your lash stylist instead of just assuming there’s only one way to go. Lash extensions are very customizable and a good lash tech should be able to provide guidance based on the look you’re seeking and whether or not those lashes are an appropriate weight for your own lashes. There is a good article on the topic of proper application, here.
(my lashes now, with mascara primer and a couple of coats of mascara. They look a little bit longer with mascara on, but they’re still quite stubby without it)
Would I do it again?
After what happened this first time, I’m extremely hesitant to ever try extensions again. I don’t think it’s worth the risk of ruining my lashes, as I had nice lashes before I had this done. When I’m done nursing in October, I plan to start a cycle of Latisse. You can read my (very old) review of it here.
I realize that having them done at a different lash place might mean that my results would be better and not cause damage to my real lashes, but I think I would rather just use growth serums and mascara because I don’t want to go through this again as repeated damage to the eye lash follicles can cause permanent hair loss.
In the meantime, I have read a lot about the benefits of castor oil in helping to grow your lashes so I ordered this one and this one. The reviews speak for themselves! Let me know if you’re planning to try it as well— I’m going to document the progress.
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about that.. I have always been so hesitant about eyelash extensions. I hope you contacted that lady that did them and let her know how upset you are
I did text her to let her know I was having issues and that I wanted to have them removed but I just decided to go elsewhere to have them removed because it was more convenient. I do not feel upset with the person that did them. I think everyone can have an off day and maybe my lashes just weren’t ideal for extensions. I’m just glad I was able to get them off.
You are doing amazing work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts ❤️. After more than 10 years of wearing false eyelashes my natural lashes took a serious beating. My friend recommended Careprost. Just search on..Google for “GETLASH247″ 👍 (same as Latisse, but it’s a way..cheaper) and after trying it, I will NEVER be without it! My lashes are twice as long and thick and I am already being asked if they’re natural, to which I can happily respond…..”Yes”!
I think that the major issue here was that you had your lashes put on by a sloppy mobile Tech. The adhesives used for eyelash extensions are air temperature and humidity controlled. Controlling humidity in a clients home is impossible for the mobile tech. They are risk takers, which explains their cheaper costs. When humidity is too high, the adhesive dries too quickly, leaving no alternative but to slap more glue on. When the humidity is too low, the adhesive does not cure at a proper speed, causing all of the extensions to stick together.
Many people over weigh the extensions (there are rules) like never 3mm longer than natural lash and they are dishonest enough to put their pocket before safety of the client. This tech should have: taken longer to apply your set, control temperature, and or let you know that the service was not working and offer to return for repair. I would not have trusted her to remove my lashes either. Eyelash extensions are a luxury service that has gone very wrong. No one would ever want their tattoo artist or their Botox person to hurry up, but lashes sure they think 2 hours is long. Now with premade volume fans, the risks are even higher.
A Master Artist takes 3.5 hours to complete a volume set on a client with an average (150 per eye) amount of lashes. The unskilled do it in two hours or less and brag about it. Lash extensions NEVER hurt, pull, tug, or irritate the eye. Eyelash extensions are weightless when handmade specifically for the client at hand. They will also last 4-5 weeks, meeting the regular lash cycle. And yes the natural lash will shed, taking the extension with it, but with no pain from being stuck to the adjacent lash. Be beautiful, and be careful. Lash lifts look like shit after 3 weeks when your straight natural lashes poke through. Professional lash extensions are the way to go. No Bargain or Speed shopping.
To earth tier own, but I would never get them again even with a better lash tech. It’s a time intensive and expensive process, so just not for me. But I agree if you ARE going to do it, it’s better to go to someone who is a master at what they do. I use lash serums now to grow my real lashes and it’s a much easier, less expensive and natural option for me 🙂
Have you ever considered getting a lash “lift”? They just tint your existing eyelashes and basically perm them so they stay curled. The results last for about 2 months, and even if you don’t have super long lashes it’s amazing how much longer they look when they are permenantly curled. The cost is around $75 where I’m from. To me sooooo much better than extensions!
I did look into this but I watched a video about it on YouTube and it just scared me away from it. I know it’s just a tiny bit of perm solution but after going through this I am just too scared to do anything with my eyes so I’m back to my lash curler. Have you done it before? Please share your experience with me and more about the process!
I currently have lash extensions; however, before I put on extensions I did a lash lift and tint. I LOVED it. Because I also tinted, there was no need for mascara. The process was super easy. I’m pretty sure I feel asleep. You can smell the perm solution they use but that was the only negative. Even then once they take it off and neutralize the lash, the smell is gone. I also trust my esthetician wholeheartedly. She does all my skin related services – waxing, facials, eyebrow tint – so it was seamless adding lash treatments.
I have before and after of the lift, lift with no tint and lift with tint if you’d like.
I’m sooo glad you posted this! I have been wanting to take the plunge and get extensions, but I just wasn’t sure. I have lost lashes after giving birth to both of my babes. At about the 2 month mark, they are just like your post extension lashes. I was looking for natural ways to grow my lashes and discovered castor oil (I watched the same video). As long as I use it consistently, I can notice a difference. It takes a few weeks and I still don’t have mega lashes, but I am happy Hopefully they will continue to grow since I still have about 8 months of nursing to go. I hope it works for you as well!
I’m so glad the castor oil is working! I am on day three of using it 🙂 I definitely wouldn’t try extensions now especially being postpartum and hormones all over the place. I am not really against lash extensions, it’s just crucial to really do your research and make sure you select a tech that is highly trained and does this daily. Ask to see examples of their work, etc. Have a great week!
I just got it done for the second time, and I am personally loving it. I totally understand the fear though- especially after such a bad experience with lash extensions! I was really anxious the first time I went, but went to someone who had a lot of experience and training. The hardest part is just keeping your eyes closed for the whole procedure (about 45 minutes). The curling part is easy- they just put tape and cotton down to make sure the solution doesn’t go anywhere. The tinting part was harder because the solution stings really badly if it touches your water line- which it inevitably will. The technician said it’s basically impossible for the solution to not touch the water line as she’s applying it, so she just went in with some water on a cotton swab to get it off. As soon as she wiped it off my water line, the stinging stopped. The results are great! I’m pretty hard on my eyelashes (taking off makeup, touching them when I’m tired, etc) and that doesn’t affect the perm at all. The results lasted for over two months, and there’s no special care or maintenance needed.
As someone who had lash extensions poorly done and had them removed to be left with almost no lashes of my own (seriously, it was baaaaddd!) I totally feel your pain. Everything you’ve read and what the lash removal tech did tell you is true though. After giving my lashes time to repair themselves, I sought out a proper place with very professional techs. They did a consult to talk about the volume of lashes they’d need, and they also explained the process (one lash adhering to each of my indiv. lashes vs. little groupings of lashes being attached to my lashes using wads of glue!) The difference is night and day!! I love my lash extensions now, and I definitely don’t feel them at all, even when some of them are starting to grow out and I’m in need of a fill. They never feel heavy or sharp, like their poking me when I wash and dry my face. I can also stretch fills to 4 weeks as the falling out of a single extension is MUCH less noticeable to the groupings of lashes that were applied in my previous experience. Anyway, all this to say, if you do muster up the courage to give them a try again, I think you’ll find (after sourcing a great place with good recommendations and going for a consult first so you feel comfortable) I think you’ll be surprised at how its’ supposed to feel and look. I love them!! (The ones I use are a brand called Misencil)
Hi Lara! Sorry you had an experience similar to mine. I totally felt the “poking” every single time I washed my face. I’m so glad you found a place/tech that works for you now. How did you find a new lash place? How long have you had them?
Oh the poking is the worst! Almost like to have to sensor how you open and close your eyes! 🙁
When I did decide that I just had a bad experience and lash extensions that are properly done can’t be this awkward and sore, I did a lot of googling online to learn what is the proper technique of application and also what the end result should look like. I also asked around. I live in Bermuda so it might be a bit easier with word of mouth as it’s a small island, but once I got some great recommendations for one tech at a local Beauty Clinic & Salon I booked a consult. (With the previous set, I booked after just one recommendation from someone who, in retrospect, isn’t very picky about how she feels about things but is more interested in cost savings and appearance. While those are important to me, my comfort is also important!). At the consult the tech showed me the individual lashes, explained how she applied them, showed me the glue, and also removed my mascara to have a good look at my natural lashes to determine what level of application she needed in order to achieve the level of fullness I said I wanted. Being cautious, I started slow and worked to a more full set as I went for in-fills. She has been awesome! If I ever end up with a lash or two that are doing crazy things and are annoying me (nothing compared to the poking, but even just being sideways from sleeping funny or whatever) I just stop in, and she’ll remove them for me at no cost. She believes that you should never feel uncomfortable, and I agree! Lashes are awesome, and it totally shaves so much time off my morning routine, it’s worth the cost to me.
Sorry for the long blurb, but just do your research and try to ask people around you that seem to have good looking ones. One trick I learned is that when the person looks up and you look at their lash line, you shouldn’t be able to see glue!! (The wads of glue are a baaadddd sign!) Good Luck!!
I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I hope your lashes return to normal soon. I had eyelash extensions for about 6 months. The lash technician asked what I was looking for in lashes, measured my natural lashes, and then selected an extension based on that. Sounds like maybe your lash technician selected extensions that were too long and heavy and didn’t apply them correctly. I never had any discomfort with mine. But I do agree they require extra maintenance when washing your face and removing makeup, and the monthly maintenance of refills is a lot. I stop refilling mine because it was too time consuming and expensive to keep refilling. But I loved them when I had them!
It sounds like you chose a great place to get them done 🙂 I feel you on the expense and time consuming nature of it. I can see why people do it though— they really are beautiful when they’re done well!
Rachel @ Better LIVIN says
Oh ouch! I did extensions for a couple years and the difference between a good technician and bad are so very important! For a year I had the same kind of pain and pulling like you described and I thought that was what it was like having extensions and then I switched technicians and I never had that problem!
That is so good to know that you had a good experience the second time around. Glad you found a place and tech that works for you 🙂
The same thing happened to me~ stubs! The lasstise was a lifesaver~ Its so sad since the results were amazing!
It is actually starting to become a little bit alarming how many people have had this experience. I have heard from women here, on IG, email, snapchat, etc… many of them were also left with gaps and stubs as a result of getting lash extensions. I wonder if it’s truly an application/skill issue or if there are other factors at play such as the strength of one’s own lashes, etc. I am thrilled Latisse worked for you! I can’t wait to use it again.
I am SO sad you had such a bad experience! I absolutely LOVE mine. And one of my favorite parts is having a lie on a table with my eyes closed for an hour and a half every 3 weeks. because quiet, alone, time is impossible! My girl puts on 2 extensions per lash, and I got the mink kind. NOT the synthetic kind. Which might also make a difference? Overall I think you have to find an amazing lash person! Just like anything else- find a good one and hold on for dear life 😉
I feel ya on the relaxation time! I barely make the time to get pedicures so I think I was a little too optimistic with thinking I would get the lashes done so often. However, I can totally see why people love them when they’re applied well— they’re gorgeous! I’m so glad you found someone great 🙂 pretty lashes for the win!
Very similar to my first experience with eyelash extensions.
I told the tech to go with what she thought would look good with my eye shape. She had been referred to me by several girls I knew so I trusted her. I guess she saw potential for a very dramatic look with my eyes so she went at it! She used cheap eyelashes (I found out later that there are different types of lashes, some are stiffer and cheaper, some are more expensive and feel light and soft) and she used 14mm C for the curve as well. The initial appt. cost 150, for reference. She put 3 lashes per eyelash, and she filled up my entire eye, she didn’t leave any of my natural lashes free (you’re supposed to apply 1 extension per 3 real lashes, to leave space for the fills). I had clumping with the glue as well, and my eyes felt so itchy, I couldn’t even deal! Oh and mine didn’t fall off, and as my eyelashes grew so did the extensions up to a point where I had to go get them trimmed because they were reaching my eyebrows. I remember three months post that initial appt. (and I didn’t get any fills) having a few of them left and just pulling them out because I was SO SO fed up I wanted to cry!
I went two years without extensions but whenever I shared my experience people would tell me to look into it again. And I just recently had them done again – 9mm, B (less curvy) more volume and a lash that feels soft and light. This tech charged me 55 for the first appt. My fill ups are 25$ every 2 weeks and I enjoy the time off (some people get their hair done or go to the spa, I do this). I don’t wear makeup with the extensions and I don’t have to deal with the cotton ball issue myself. I wouldn’t wear eyeliner on my bottom lid with or without the lashes so all I do is wash my face clean now and lightly pat my eyebrows with warm water. I don’t even have to brush them, they’re always perfect.
Overall my second experience was amazing and I’m glad I looked into it and tried again.
stephanie donnell says
THIS! I could have written this (aside from the fact that mine were applied properly). Lashes after removed are sad! I could not STAND how they felt wet and hated not being able to wash face. So glad it’s not just me. LOVE LOVE LOVE the look but couldn’t deAL with the cons.
Considering your experience, I’m surprised you have left your original post live which gives rather a contradictory view compared to this and in fact you state how much you love them. It kinda seems like you jumped the gun on that post which is really a bit disappointing. Not trying to be a troll / hater here, I have followed you for years both here and on YouTube and I’m genuinely a little disappointed.
I will update the original post on my blog with a link to my updated experience and I also edited my original IG post several days ago. Thanks for the reminder.
I’m sorry You had a bad experience. From my experience it is not so easy to find a good person who knows what she’s doing, but when you find her your lashes will look perfect and you wont feel them at all 🙂 Btw. those you had were definetely way too long.
Thanks for your commment! Yes they were definitely too long. I felt self conscious sometimes because from afar/in photos they were okay but closer up they were very unnatural.
I don’t know if you have heard yet but Rodan + Fields has a new product that helps tremendously for sad lashes like mine! I just started using it but I have several fellow consultant that are seeing jawbdropping results with it in as little as 4 weeks! It’s amazing! It’s better than anything else on the market and has no eye color changing side effects like some of the other brands out there. Right now we have a Holiday Bundle with the serum and our eye cream for $135. The Serum is a 2-3 month supply and the eye cream is a 30+ day supply. Way better deal than lash extensions and the upkeep! If you want more information you can contact me! I have a facebook page called Turning Heads Skincare or you can visit my R+F page at HRohrbach.Myrandf.com Sorry, not trying to come off as a saleswoman but I love sharing helpful alternatives for those who are looking for more natural results!
Hi there! Yes I do know about it 🙂 My neighbor sells it and I won her contest so I have a tube of it! I have not used it since I am using neulash first 🙂
Oh you lucky lady! 🙂 Please keep me posted when you do use it finally! I know you will love it! And what an awesome giveaway!
My eyes are my best feature. I constantly got asked if they were real eyelashes, yes, my real ones. Then next what mascara I use. I decided to give this extension thing a whirl since the idea of not having to wear makeup was appealing. I was instantly hooked. I had eyelash extensions for almost all of 2016. I went to 4 different lash artists based on whoever could get me in when I needed a feel. All of them were always amazed at how long I could go between fills. My secret was that I never let my eyes rub on my pillow and I never rubbed my eyes or let anything get on them when I showered. I would wash my face separately instead of in the shower just to be careful. I considered them a big investment since they weren’t exactly cheaper than mascara. so I was determined to take pristine care of them. October I had my final Phil. Sun Financial budgeting needed to get shifted around. I actually have horrible eyesight so didn’t really pay attention as they started falling out. Only today I got really up close into the mirror to see if I even had any more. I just got used to giving up makeup so hadn’t put on mascara yet. I was shocked and heartbroken to see how short my lashes or. They are less than half of what they normally are. I whipped out the mascara hoping that it would make me feel better and give it some length, but that actually made me want to cry. They look like tiny little stubs and it is awful. Couldn’t even get any lift out of them. How is your progress now? I am so saddened.
Hi there! I only had my lash extensions for about 3 weeks which minimized overall damage (even though at the time it felt horrible and they did look really stubby). I have been using a product called neulash to help them grow back and they look great now! You can also consider latisse, but it requires a prescription. I will not use extensions again and will instead use lash serums to enhance and grow my real lashes.
Taryn Berglund says
How did the castor oil work? I just made a castor oil and coconut oil mixture I’m going to try out and see if it helps my lashes.
I was getting my lashes done for awhile but they were barely lasting two weeks and with paying that kind of money, it wasn’t worth it.
Well, I ended up getting a chalazion on my lower lash line so I stopped using it. Now I use neulash and am also trying rodan and field’s lash boost. I love neulash!
Hi, I’ve gotten mine done three times in the past two years. The first two times was awesome. Done in the same place but by different techs. The first two times I did a 9 or 10mm and let them eventually fall out (no fill in’s) This last time I went back to the same place (different tech) and had them done again, but this time she suggested 10, 11 and 12mm C, who knew!! Well they looked amazing so after three weeks I decided to keep them and went for a fill in. As they started to fall out after quite a few weeks I noticed my own lashes were looking quite short, but I thought it was because I was just used to seeing them so long. Well to my horror that was not the case. After steaming and using oil to get the remaining extensions off, I was left with my own lashes being 1/2 the length they used to be, I can’t even get them in an eyelash curler anymore. Needless to say I am so upset, I cry everytime I look into the mirror. I’m hoping the lattise will kick in soon and they will grow back. I just dont understand why the first two times I had no problem with them and this time i did. Glad to hear yours grew back!!
Kathy— sorry this happened to you! Latisse is great and works. I hope they grow back soon!
I have had mine done by at least 5 different technicians. I have only found one in those to be adequate. If the lashes lay on your skin— it is not done right (that hurts). I recently had them done and the person who did them put on lashes that were too thick, My eyes watered through the process and she took 4 hours to do them. For some reason, she believed she had to do all of them (I have lots of lashes, just wanted a few more to add). I ended up with pain, bloodshot eyes and lashes that were too heavy for me (I wanted a natural look). I didn’t say anything while I was there because I thought it was just the glue. She was also rough at putting them in. This process will make your eyes a bit tired but should not hurt. Now I debate—do I take them off or do I take the pain for 2 days until they grow out enough to be comfortable? After all, I paid $200 to get them done (tip and lash lifter included). There is only one technician that I trust doing it now, I just haven’t been to her because it is an hour drive to get them done *sigh*. I have found that if I look up the size of the lash, I can be more specific about the length and the thickness that I want them to be with out them having to do the guesswork. Mink and silk are the most popular used. If the lash is in contact with your eye lid-it is done improperly, there should be a very slight space between your eye lid and where the lash begins Google eyelash extension size and you will find the different sizes and thickness.
Irresponsible reporting. Totally. You cant go to a shoddy lash therapist and say all lash extensions suck. When you remove extra long extensions they will seem like your own are so terribly short afterwards. PLUS when the therapist fiddles around with them to do fills they often peel off the very tips of your own lashes in the process, this obviously grows back! The comment you made about the extensions “pulling your own out with them” is not true, when a natural lash falls out the extension is still adhered. Your head hair falls out doesnt it? So do your natural lashes. Clumps of glue is a sure sign of a cheap and inexperienced lash tech. She clearly didnt warn you about using lint anywhere near your new extensions, cotton balls are probably the worst thing you can bring near them as they catch on the fluff.
In order to write a story, choose good therapists rather than shitty ones as it skews the view of the experience and I can see tons of girls replying with ME TOO – they also chose the wrong salons. You dont get a more complext treatment than this one, it is a specialist field. Pulling and hurting is NOT at all correct as it means they have stuck two lashes of your own together, as the week progresses the lash yanks even more as they grow at differing paces.
I am sharing MY experience. All of my friends who have had extensions, even the ones who went to goo techs, over time, experienced loss in their natural lash volume and length. I would not get them again, even if I went to a better lash tech, because I have been using lash growth serums and now my real lashes are long and thick, no extnesions needed.
It is not “irresponsible reporting” to share your own experience. If anything, I feel like I’m encouraging people to do more research and search for the best of the best so they don’t have this experience. I know mine were applied incorrectly — so I’m sharing my story in the hope that others won’t have this experience.
Also the fact that a lot of women “chose the wrong salons” as you said, indicats that this practice should be more highly regulated than it is.
I think she was just sharing her experience, not reporting on the subject as a whole and I am sure that she states that in her opinion. In your reply you may have chosen better by giving her information on how to choose a better salon or technician instead of criticizing her personal experience. Maybe spend some time listing the things to look for in a good lash person or what pitfalls to sidestep. You also have experience to share, be responsible in how you present it as someone with more experience than the person you are criticizing. Just a suggestion. Share your knowledge, it helps.
Agreed! This post is offensive and angering to me as a Lash technician because you are uneducated in what you were having done clearly, and had a bad experience with a terrible lash tech and you are reporting ” your experience” as fact back to others who are also uneducated. Sorry that you went to someone who did horrible work on you and you chose not to speak up and have that work removed. Lashes shouldnt ever clump…ever! Lash extensions are not damaging and dont make yours fall out. You lose about 7-12 lashes a day due to hair shed cycle just as you do when from you head. Lots of different factors come into play as to why peoples lashes might clump such as, you didnt listen or werent informed of some things: the right cleanser, you used mascara or other eye makeup, you dont wash your lashes enough/thoroughly, you work out and sweat a lot. There are tons of reasons why clumping CAN happen but a good lash artist wont send you home with clumped lashes EVER and we like to discourage too much brushing as is CAN pull out lashes if done too excessively. No one can help you tho if you dont ask questions. No one should be “having an off day” performing a service on you that’s an unacceptable excuse and you wouldnt accept that from say a dentist, and we as lash techs are no different. Sounds like you cheaped out and went to someone underskilled and got what you paid for but i resent that youre putting this out there for others to read like its how everyone lash artist works. Im seeing things like “oh im glad i read this because i was considering getting mine but after reading this now im not”. You didnt even know what you should have gotten and walked out with garbage and now youre scaring off others because you have a public platform to use?
Listen, ive had lash extensions for over a year, my lashes do not fall out any faster than they did before i got them its just that i now notice the shed because the extensions are dark and longer and thicker than my natural lash. I have no lash damage or gaps to my real lashes. Never ever evveerr any clumping. Shouldnt ever hurt. Yes they can twist due to sleeping or washing but a gentle brush with a spoole sorts that right out. They are lush, soft and i constantly get complements on how gorgeous mine are. Having said that, as a lash tech, it angers me that someone did bad work on you and i am sympathetic but i just dont like when people dont know what theyre talking about and then lump the whole experience as fact that then can effect other peoples decisions. Im here to answer ANY questions if anyone is interested. Im a certified lash tech and a licensed Esthetician in the state of NY.
Have your lashes grown back?
Yes and they look amazing and almost as good as extensions! I used neulash serum follows by Rodan and fields lash boost. I get compliments all the time now!
I just had partial eyelash extensions applied, for the first time, two days ago and I hate them. While they look okay, I hate how heavy they feel on my eyelids. I have already set an appointment to have them removed. I just hate that I have to wait until after the holiday to get these things off.?
I just googled lash extention issues and came across your blog!
The exact same thing jsut happened to me and I am so upset ! 🙁
My once full and long lashes are now sparse, short, stumpy and some are just fluffy, no length at all!
Did yours grow back? How long did it take?
Kerry Clark says
Try Arbonne’s mascara it helps your lashes grow and conditions them while making them volumized without clumping 🙂
Found your blog while Googling for the same reason. I’ve had mine since early July (it’s now October) and I am truly shocked at how thin and short my natural lashes look. My natural lashes used to be so thick and long.. I can only hope they grow back. Thanks for sharing!
Hi katie! The great news is that yoy CAN grow your natural lashes back- lash serums have been amazing for me — I get asked if mine are real now and they are– all due to lash serums! I love Neulash and Lash Boost. Latisse is great too, but requires a prescription.
Oh I 100% agree. With all you said. I had mine done for first time. … I am extremely upset with thinking of my natural lashes. .. I can tell as these little lashes fall off I see the results of the damage .. I can tell it’s obviously pulling on natural lashes .. I feel it and it’s uncomfortable in a unusual way.. you are 100% right .. no I think i will stick w natural applications of mascara…. I am so waiting to see the damn damage. Not to happy about it .. it is quite worrisome..
I would have them professionally removed ASAP if you are worried! Then use a lash serum to re-grow them.
I had extensions and it ruined my eyelashes. I was told to restore them with castor oil but I am too impatient and nervous to tolerate this sticky substance with the weird smell on my eyelids. )) So I followed another advice and bought Cherish Lash serum – thanks God it healed my poor eyelashes and they started to grow much longer than before!.. I really think falsies and extensions came directly from hell to spoil our beauty eventually. )))
Honestly it sounds like not only was your lash tech not as skilled as possible and didn’t do the application correctly, it also sounds like she didn’t equip you with appropriate aftercare instructions. IE using cotton near your eyes, not touching your extensions with your fingertips, washing your face, etc. Eyelashes have a natural growth cycle and the extensions will fall out when your natural lashes normally would, and that should’ve been explained to you as well. It’s a bummer the tech was inexperienced and didn’t provide you with correct aftercare instructions!
Yes I agree it was the tech- however I do not know one woman in real life who did not experience noticeable and/or significant damage to her real lashes, even going to the best techs and caring for them. All of my friends said their lashes were totally fine…until they took them off to “take a break” and realized that wasn’t true. I’m just not for lash extensions- I’m glad some women have good experiences but it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
I know this is a very old post, but the same had happened to me.today i could cry. Did your lashes go back to how they were before?! x
After eyelash extensions ruined my eyelashes I thought I would give dermalmd eyelash serum a go and I’m glad I did. Very Happy with the results. Give it a few weeks to work fully.
Same my lashes are ruined and I went to an experienced tech.. I think everyone who gets them has this problem .. some worse than others .. I just brought a lash serum, fingers crossed they grow back better than before..
Yep…same thing happened to me…now using latisse….I do think really good technicians are hard to find and no matter how good they are there will always be some damage…but if you can find a really good technician damage would be a lot less minimal ..after only 2 months my eyelashes are so short and sparse…
My eyelashes have been sparse and short after a few months of having lash extensions. So I tried eyelash serum enhancer of Dermalmd due to public reviews. And trust me It works pretty speedily (within a week or so) and it continues working. I’ve been the usage of lots of mascara since I was 16 but I’ve needed to discover a lighter mascara and apply it sparingly as otherwise, my lashes appearance cartoonishly thick and long. It does what it says and it lasts more than one month.
Thank you for sharing your experience!! I wore extensions done by a highly reputable lash extension franchise for a year and loved them. I had them removed 2 months ago for financial reasons. My lashes are plentiful, but very stubby. Its taking them a very long time to grow. I asked my tech and the salon owner on more than one occasion if i should have them removed sooner to let my lashes “rest” and the CD response was “no”, we woukd tell you if the condition of your natural lashes indicated that you needed to have the extensions removed. Well, shame on the me for not recognizing the obvious conflict of interest in having the lashes removed. In my opinion, lash extensions are no different than acrylic nails/dips; It doesn’t matter how amazing and skilled your tech is, it still comprises the integrity of your natural lashes/nails. Yes they looked amazing, but to me they are not worth the damage or the cost. I caution anyone considering extensions to find a reputable salon/lash tech, not wear them more than 6 months without taking a break, follow the salons care instructions and always have them professionally removed. After this experience I will seek other lash enhancement options.
My short stumpy eyelashes, have changed beyond recognition, they are now long with help of dermalmd eyelash serum….. & lovely! It’s a very good price anyway, certainly in comparison to other brands, but now, after using it, I would definitely pay more. Can’t praise it enough ….. & I can’t usually be bothered to write reviews.
you should go to a professional eyelash artist that uses best products. The eyelash extension glue shouldnt touch the skin and the lashes should be cleaned before the treatment with a lash primer and a cleanser. I think you will have a lot of fun with you eyelash extensions after that.
Claudie Mayert says
My Doctor recommended that I try eyelash growth serum of dermalmd as my lashes seems to be more fragile as I get older. This product is AMAZING! I saw results after 3 weeks and literally have people ask me if my lashes are real- even my husband noticed! I can’t live without this serum.
Belinda Simonian says
VERONICA, thank you so much for sharing. I also had eyelash extentions for two weddings a was going to last October. I loved the look! However, as they were falling out I developed a horrible delayed hypersensitivity reaction to the glue. My eyelids swelled up and I was teary eyed. I could not bear them any more and just pulled them out and my lashes with it!! NEVER AGAIN!!
Im using growth serum and much prefer that over extentions. You dont get the full look but its much better than having a reaction and pulling your eyelashes out!!
Ladies beware before getting extentions. Its not for everyone.