Are there long term effects from eyelash extensions?

If your eyelashes are too long or too heavy and you have them for a certain amount of time, there is a risk of traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is caused by the tension or pulling of the hair for a long period of time, leading to hair loss. The hair loss caused by this could become permanent if not corrected in time. Unlike other permanent makeup procedures, eyelash extensions are expensive.

Starter kits can range from 8K to 15K, depending on the type of extensions you choose and the technician's professional experience. In addition to that, you have to do retouching every two or three weeks. Because they stick to natural lashes, they can come off quite easily and good quality replacements can cost up to $7,000. Numerous reasons for the procedure can lead to a person having blood-injected red eyes.

From faulty equipment to something as simple as having sensitive eyes can cause this side effect. To avoid damaging natural eyelashes, eyelash extensions must be carefully selected (length and thickness) and correctly applied to one natural eyelash at a time. If you're not sensitive to any of the ingredients used, your eyelash extensions will feel comfortable. If, unfortunately, an eyelash technician made your eyelash extensions that didn't apply them correctly and made one of the three mistakes above (extensions that were too heavy, sticky, or nail tips), your natural eyelashes could be damaged.

Eyelash extensions won't cause your natural lashes to fall out faster than normal; natural eyelashes simply follow their growth cycle. During the procedure, eyelash extensions are applied to natural eyelashes, away from the root. When you carefully respect the growth cycle of your natural eyelashes, eyelash extensions will not cause any harm to your natural eyelashes. There is no need to give your natural lashes a break between eyelash extension sessions when applied correctly.

To help you decide if eyelash extensions are right for you without relying on rumors from the beauty gossip industry, I chose Andra Marin (opens in a new tab), artistic director and expert eyelash stylist at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique (opens in new tab) in New York and ophthalmologist Alberto Distefano (opens in a new tab), M. Eyelash extensions should be done by a professional eyelash technician if you want to avoid ruining your natural eyelashes. When eyelash extensions are applied correctly, they must absolutely respect the natural growth cycle of natural eyelashes. So, consider these flaws before booking your next salon appointment for an eyelash extension session.

While eyelash extensions eventually come off on their own, professionals can remove them if necessary. Asako (left) and Naoko (right) are certified eyelash stylists and the owners of Divine Lashes, a site for eyelash lovers to meet and learn more about eyelash extensions and lifts. You can get false eyelashes that stick together in a bunch with an adhesive or you can get eyelash extensions from a professional who manually places an individual eyelash for each of your natural eyelashes. Unlike false eyelashes, eyelash extensions are designed to be a more durable solution for beautifying your natural eyelashes.

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