I have been asked about this quite a bit, so I decided to go ahead and share my experience with lash extensions.
I got a full set in February and was absolutely floored by how amazing my eyes looked. Long, full, and luscious…I had lashes for days! It took about two hours for my consultant to apply them and it was a pain free experience. I was hooked.
The first two weeks was a challenge in learning how to maintain my new look. It required a significant investment of both time and money. My full set was around $100 and I had to come in for a fill every two to three weeks, which would be another $60 plus tip, in addition to another hour of time.
The lashes had to be washed twice per day with a special solution. Afterward, I had to dry them with a hair dryer (on the cool setting) and comb them into place. I was literally styling my fucking eyelashes. I couldn’t wear any of my regular make-up anymore because it degraded the adhesive and caused early lash loss. The consultants urged me not to use any make-up at all, but said if I absolutely had to it should be the extension safe make-up line they offered. I purchased several expensive products and hated every single one. Eventually, I stopped wearing make-up altogether, which made me sad, because I’m an eyeliner whore.
I was also obsessing over my lashes. They would fall out of place and sometimes poke me in the eye repeatedly, which was painful. I was hyper aware of any lash loss, and I seemed to lose lashes much more quickly than I had previously. At first, I chalked that up to being hyper aware and to the fact that the extensions are much more noticeable when they fall off since they are blacker and thicker. But nope. In the long term it became apparent that I definitely had less of my own lashes than when I started. That is when I decided I was done. I made it about 2 1/2 months being a lash diva. It’s just not for me.
I am currently in the process of letting them grow out/fall off on their own. I’ve gone back to using my regular products and I’m much happier. I haven’t given up on having long, luscious lashes, however. I have a package of Lash Boost from Rodan + Fields on its way to me right now. The before and after pics are amazing. I should likely see results in six weeks, and I will update on whether it is something worth investing in.