A few months ago, I met one of my girlfriends for lunch and noticed that she looked especially beautiful even though she was bare-faced and makeup-free, but I couldn't place what had changed. She told me that she just got lash extensions and ever since that day I have been dying to try them for myself. I heard so many rumors though about how they can damage your own natural lashes among other things, so I always put it off. After going back and forth, I finally decided to learn more about it and give it a shot!
I went to Beautyful Lashes in Beverly Hills and asked Mydygma all of my burning questions so I could share the scoop with all of you. She is a lash specialist and certified trainer who specializes in the Russian Volume Technique and man, does this girl know what she's doing! She is planning on opening up her own school to train in both classic extensions and the Russian Volume Technique in Beverly Hills. Mydygma was so knowledgable about lashes and beauty in general, not to mention super sweet and fun to hang out with.
My first question was whether or not the extensions damage your own natural lashes. She emphasized how important it was to do your research and make sure you are going to a technician who is credible and certified. If you go to someone experienced who really knows what they're doing, this won't be an issue at all.
Next, I wanted to know how long these babies would last. She told me on average about 3-6 weeks before you would need a touchup, but this really depends on a few factors. One is the type of glue used. For example, if you have sensitive skin or this is your first time trying out extensions, she usually recommends a clear glue which is gentler but has a bit of a weaker hold. Care is also a huge factor. If you wear a ton of makeup and don't cleanse it off properly, the lashes can clump and come out sooner. (She recommends Tom Ford and Stilla liquid eyeliners because they glide on smoothly and don't tug at the lashes. Make sure to avoid pencil liners which can pull your extensions.) Furthermore, she sends her clients home with a small lash brush to gently brush their lashes through every day. Sleeping face down on your lashes is a no-no, as is rubbing your eyes. Mydygma also noticed that some of her clients who go to hot yoga regularly have shorter retention periods, because the heat and humidity can weaken the bond of the glue. (Once a week at hot yoga, should be fine though.)
What happens if I get the lashes and for one reason or another, I don't want them anymore? Removal is a super easy process taking 5 to 15 minutes where a special gel is used to dissolve the glue. Mydygma always offers free removal to her clients but check with your technician to see what their policy is. Most places seem to offer the same.
Now that summer is coming up, people want to know whether they can go in the pool and ocean with their new lashes. This is not a problem at all and you can totally go swimming. In fact, most people opt to get lashes before their beach vacations so that they can have a lower maintenance beauty routine while still looking awake and beautiful.
What is the difference between Classic Basic Lashing and the Russian Volume Technique? Russian Volume uses less glue, which is a big plus for girls who are more sensitive to it, and also feels much lighter on the eye. Furthermore, she recommends that girls with very sparse lashes go with Russian Volume because it gives immediate volume (whereas with the classic technique the amount of lashes you get depends on how many natural ones you have.) Lastly she says that lashes placed with the Russian Volume Technique tend to last longer.