What Clients Should Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions

by Joan Wong

Do you remember when you did something for the first time? The combination of being excited, nervous and full of questions is what makes the experience so memorable. This is most likely what your new client is feeling!

Not only are they meeting you for the first time, but getting eyelash extensions will be their first time too. To help ease your client’s mind and increase their trust in you, we’ve compiled a guide to a first timer’s most asked questions!

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers, glued by hand on top of natural eyelashes giving more volume, length, and a darker color. Each lash is applied one by one, all by hand using a specially formulated semi-permanent adhesive that is natural eyelash friendly and will not damage lashes nor irritate eyes.

Some of the famous brands are Max2Originale, LBLA, and LASHGOD.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Depending on how well lash extensions are cared for, they can last for 6 to 8 weeks. They will gradually fall out just like how natural eyelashes do. If eyelash extensions start to fall, going back to get them filled is the best option. It is recommended to get lash extension fills around three to four weeks.

Remember, aftercare treatment is important to make sure eyelash extensions last

How expensive are eyelash extensions?

The price of the lash extension procedure usually depends on the location, volume, curl pattern and length. We can say the average cost of one procedure is around $100 - $300 plus tip of course. This is just an estimate for a full eyelash extension application. 

For lash extension fills, depending on the growth stage, it can cost between $50 and $150.

What are eyelash extensions made of?

The materials used for lash extensions vary depending on the studio and the brands they use. Some use silk fibers, synthetic, mink, or faux mink. Each studio carries various eyelash extension lengths, tints, and curl patterns to achieve the look your client wants.

There are various types of materials used for lash extensions and each studio prefers different ones. And most likely, they will not ask you which type of material you prefer. If you are a vegan or allergic to cats, use vegan lashes and DO NOT go for mink lashes. 

If a natural look is preferred, choose from faux mink lashes or silk lashes but for a bolder look, synthetic lashes are the best way to go because they are thicker and darker.

Typically, lash artists will use various lengths and types of curl. They will use shorter lashes on the inner corners of the eyes while longer ones are used on the outer corners. 

Tweezers picking up individual silk mixed length eyelash extensions on a tray. Cartel Lash

How long does the eyelash extension process take?

Because applying eyelash extensions is hard work, it usually takes one to two hours per session depending on the look you are aiming for. The process includes carefully applying a single eyelash one by one and typically each eye will need 80 - 140 pieces. Which is why the process takes such a long time, but it’s worth it!

Will eyelash extensions cause damage to natural lashes?

There is no evidence that shows whether lash extensions can affect your natural eyelashes even if you have sensitive eyes. As long as the procedure is done correctly and extensions are properly applied they won’t have to worry. But be sure to think about the proper aftercare treatment of lash extensions as well. 

Can clients shower or swim with eyelash extensions?

Of course! But not until after waiting for the 24 hour period after the procedure. Eyelash adhesives' curing time varies between 12 to 24 hours. 

For lash glue’s long-term retention, they should wait for 24-48 hours before getting their lashes wet. But don’t worry, they can take a shower, just make sure that their lash extensions don’t get wet. 

Be careful NOT to get it wet because it may affect lash retention and be very very gentle with lash extensions.

Can clients wear mascara with eyelash extensions?

We do not recommend wearing mascara over your extensions. Wondering why? The problem is when you want to remove the mascara. Friction and your usual makeup remover can damage their extensions. 

If they want to wear mascara or eyelash extensions, it is better to go for extension-friendly ones or non-clumping mascara. This way, it will be easier to remove and will not damage their lash extensions.

The best way to remove eye makeup is by using oil-free makeup remover but it might cause the glue to loosen its bond. That’s why it is better to look for cleansers specifically formulated safe for eyelash extensions.

Woman wearing make up putting on specially formulated mascara for lash extensions. Cartel Lash

Bonus tip: When removing eye makeup, gently wipe down motion, NOT back and forth, using clean oil-free pads. And be careful not to tug and rub the eyes.

How often do you need to redo lash extensions?

Just like natural lashes, lash extensions will follow the natural hair growth cycle and shed around six to eight weeks. But there are ways to avoid early breakage. Here are some tips:

  • Refrain from rubbing eyes
  • Refrain from using a mechanical eyelash curler
  • Don’t stand under the shower for a long time
  • Apply conditioning serum like SUGARLASH Black Glaze.
  • Sleep on your back and use silk or satin pillowcases

Are eyelash extensions worth the money?

Eyelash extensions can be pricey and will require some aftercare treatment, but they will give natural lashes some volume and darker color. Mascara will not be needed because of these extensions. But it is optional.

It is important to stay up to date with changing information and be able to communicate it with your clients, especially first-time clients. With this guide, you’ll be sure to put your clients at ease and make them happy with their first set of lashes!