Life after Eyelash Extensions
I want to be honest with my readers and so you can be aware of what may happen after your next lash extensions.I wish I had known this truth before.
What they don’t tell you.Read on.
Ahh, eyelash extensions life’s fluttery beauties.Those cute creatures that frame your face. Instantly transforming you from ham to glam whether you just woke up or you’re in the midst of a workout.If you’ve had them before you’ll most likely have loved them.Unless you had the misfortune of booking an unskilled budget technician but that’s a story for another time.
What happens when you decide it’s time to reclaim your natural lashes?
Starting with that cliche answer lash technicians almost always give when we ask… Will it ruin my own lashes?“No not at all it might actually be better for your lashes as you will look after them more”.It now makes me laugh for when that fateful day arrived and my last set of lashes came off the HORROR ohhh the H..HHORROR!! yes, it was real my dear readers.Short stumpy and barely visible lashes were all that remained.It was naive of me to expect anything less.Having had hair extensions and knowing all too well the possible risks for damage.
Now first off let me get this out there I did visit one of “The Good & Highly Recommend Salons” and I wouldn’t say they did a bad job, in fact, I loved my lash extensions they were amazing, and I was soon a devout disciple. I was addicted to their beauty. But like Ikarus flew too close to the sun, I too got a bit cocky and also came undone, now I’m left worse off than when I started.
As I stared at the eyelash genocide occupying my face the words escaped through pursed lips -“Omg! what has happened to me !I have such short lashes they are ruined”.So I did what any self-respecting beauty gal in 2017 would do and googled it.
And low and behold tons of horror stories flew into my visual sector! Not only was I not the only one but apparently this is common situation.I wish that I knew of this before I had them installed.I’m not saying I wouldn’t have done it but I would have liked to have known what I was getting myself into and not just the monthly cost.
I now feel like some preternatural creature wandering the countryside with balding lashes what to do….Get another set on very short lashes?I decided against the latter as they were already too short I don’t think they would support the weight of the lashes even if I wanted to .And I wasnt willing to damage them any further.
So I’ve decided to grow them back to there former glory giving them a much needed break ,yes R&R while I pray to the gods “why have thou forsaken me”.In the meantime, for photo shoots, I can glue on my favorite falsies Ardells.And to assist in there recovery I’ll use a lash enhancing serum.
Lash Enhancing Serum 101
I was not sponsored by any brands I mentioned in this article Genie lash building Duo was gifted to me without any conditions of me doing anything in return, and until this beauty mishap, it was relegated to back of my beauty cupboard until I made the metamorphosis into Peter Garette eyes bald as a badger.I reached out with joy to give this product a shot in the hope it would work.And share my honest experience with you.I don’t mind being the proverbial guinea pig for the better good of the beauty community.“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”Starship log, stardate 8130.4.
Hmmm, let’s try the MILLION DOLLAR LASH KIT Genie lash building Duo which combines a Lash Booster and Mascara.Just comb on the white lash booster then you comb the black mascara over the top.Sounds simple
This is what they state on their website –
Infused with ultra-hydrating beeswax and soft, velvety Silica fibers, GENIE’s Million Dollar Lashes Mascara visually adds volume, length, and thickness to dramatically transform sparse and thin lashes into lush lashes that look like a million bucks!
Sounds great right?!
So far I’d say maybe it helped them look a bit healthier and when I put on both the serum and mascara as directed they did indeed look better but I wasn’t seeing much of a justifiable difference.
Maybe if I started off with regular lashes and not damaged it could of helped them look better. But in all honesty when it comes to Mascara my no.1 of all time will always be YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils. I’ve been using this on and off since high school from the very first time my mum and I swung by DJ’s and asked the lady behind the YSL counter what she used since hers looked too good to be Au-naturel. This was “The” product, but sadly the formula was changed several years ago, it’s still good not as amazing as before but a damn good mascara .Did I tell you I love the scent of Ysl beauty products but I digress?
Celebrities must be right… right?
As I was doing my research and reading other blogs on this exact situation the brand and product that came up time and time again were FDA-approved eyelash growth serum, Latisse a popular product amongst celebrities.The studies that were carried out on healthy individuals, found that after 16 weeks the average study participants lashes were 25% longer, 106% thicker and 18% darker.
But with a $525 price tag (3-4 month supply when used every day) coupled with such side effects as permanently changing your eye color, irreversible pigmentation, and unwanted hair growth!I’m not sure I’m game enough to risk being bearded women with glow in the dark eyes.Although being a risky product it appears to still have a strong cult following.
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To Be or Not to Be
False lashes or nort
- The convenience of putting on barely any makeup and looking great
- not having to stick on falsies
- Opens up your face
- Instant glamour
- Takes less time to do a full makeup look.
- Looking good with no makeup on
- Application takes a long time
- Cannot use any oil-based makeup/skincare products on eyes.
- Can’t rub your eyes
- Can’t get them wet for 24 hrs after you have had them done.
- Constant maintenance
- They do not all come off at once so you’re left with ugly looking stray ones or pay removal costs.
- Most likely you will lose some of your own lashes.
Lash extensions for the future?
I’d like to think I would but only a month at a time with a break in between.
I wont be shocked this time. Because now I have a good lash booster on hand. Like any good beauty junkie, some things are hard to give up. Thick full lashes happen to be one of them.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not bagging Lash technicians. I love what they do and there is definitely Salons that do an amazing job.
But after doing the research for myself (this includes visits to both the best Lash Tec’s and the lesser). I’ve since returned to natural lashes there was still the telltale signs of weak short damaged hair.
Dear reader now that your informed you can choose to lash or not to lash.Have you experienced this with eyelash extensions? Have you used Latisse? Are you addicted to eyelash extensions? Still keen to try them?
3 month update
My lashes have grown a little longer but are still not what what they were before hand .
Im seriously considering getting eyelash extensions soon to coverup how short they are. Which is a catch 22 if I never started then I wouldn’t need them now.
A good technician can reduce further future damage.
If you have any personal experience with this situation or can tell me how to grow them back quicker. Please leave a comment below.
Natalia K XXXX