I’ve decided to hop onto the bandwagon and see what’s the craze about having lash extensions. This is only my second time trying it out. Let’s just say I had a really bad first experience and had no idea why lash extensions are so popular. And so, I decided to give a go again. I am in no way a lash extension expert but here to share my experience.
WHY I DID IT
Well, I wanted long nice long voluminous lashes without having to go though the hassle of applying falsies every morning. I simply don’t have the time! Plus, it wasn’t comfortable wearing those one strip falsies . Can’t seem to handle the falsies well!
And, did I mention that I’ve tried all sorts of mascara including the popular Benefit They’re Real Mascara which none of them has given me those awesome lashes?
First, consultation. This is where you tell the lash technician how you would like to look and pick the lashes accordingly.
Then, I was escorted into a semi room (no doors) to lie down on the bed. The lash technician put on strips of tape on the lower lid and brow so that she can clearly see the upper lash. She then takes individual lashes and applied onto each lash with a special lash glue.
Tip: Becareful when choosing a salon. Pick one that does that tedious job of applying an extension on each lash and uses good quality products.
It took about 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Yes, it was that long! So, patience is what you need my friends.
In PJ/KL area, it can cost anywhere from RM150 TO RM250. It depends on the location, how nice the setup is and the products they use. I’ve seen and heard of ridiculous prices that goes up to RM1,500.
The salon that I went to charges RM198 for the set of lash chosen with a free touch within 5 days if any of the lashes drops.
Purrrrdy isn’t it?
- No mascara
- No falsies needed
- No eyeliner needed
- Saves time
- Look pretty when you wake up in the morning
- Natural looking
- Great for special occasions; weddings, anniversaries and dates
- Difficult to take off makeup
- Can’t use waterproof makeup
- Cannot use oil-based makeup remover; shortens the lifespan of the lash extensions
- Hard to wipe the face after washing it especially when the water is trapped in the eyes and you will have to gently dab your eyes.
- Cost; Can be expensive in the long run. Based on the place I went to, it will cost me RM198 x 12 months. That’s RM2,376 to exact. I rather spend that on makeup and diapers.
- When your lashes are wet and you close your eyes, it feels pokey
- Only lasts 2.5 weeks to 4 weeks
- Thinning of lashes
Touch ups are available. It can cost anywhere from RM120 to RM200 depending on the salon you go to. Sometimes, it is just a tad bit cheaper than getting a new full set of lashes. So might as well, pay for a new set right?
Mine would cost RM168 to touch up and RM30 to remove.
DOS & DON’TS
- Don’t use oil base makeup removers; it will shorten the span of the lashes
- Don’t go with waterproof or hard to remove eye makeup prior to your appointment; it will be hard to remove once you get home
- Dont rub your eyes; no matter how itchy it is
- Don’t sleep on your eyelashes or sides; you might end up with wonky eyelashes or fallouts when sleeping in such positions
- Ensure that the salon has provided you with proper information of their products and after care
- Do ask about your lash technician if she is experienced enough
As you all now know, based on my recent post 50 Random Things About Me; I am claustrophobic. So, the moment the lash technician applied the tape and told me to close my eyes for the next 2 hours; I felt like everything was closing in on me. No, I didn’t go screaming like a crazy claustrophobic woman if you’re wondering. I dealt with my fears, closed my eyes and picture my happy baby calling me mama.
My lashes were done in 1.5 hours. I think it was too long for me to lie still and do nothing productive (apart from getting pretty). Although, I must say I was really happy with the result. The lash technician who did it for me was really helpful and cheerful. The only thing I didn’t quite like was her humming to the music while doing my lashes.
I had a few lashes fall off within the 5 days. Some just the extension and some with my actual lash. Because I had waterproof eyeliner on prior to the service, I had a hard time removing it and had some some cotton stuck to the lashes. Throughout the duration of having these lash extensions, I had many of my natural lashes fallout with the extensions. It scares me to the core that my lashes are dropping and getting thinner although I did take good care of them.
The lashes looked good for 4 weeks and were completely gone by the 5th week. And since I opted not to continue with having them on, I simply used an oily based makep remover the next few days and the lashes were completely removed. Save RM30 there.
One of the fallouts that was attached with my natural lashes
Overall, I liked how I save 5 minutes on my usual makeup routine. Every mother needs that! Best of all, I felt sexy , confident and empowered.
But, the cons outweigh the pros for me. So, I’ll only get them done on special occasions. I prefer comfort and less expenses. I’m a mother (if you don’t know) so I’d rather spend it on diapers and milk. Typical mom. I know.
Do share your experience in the comment section below.