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Eyelash Extensions 101


Eyelash extensions are a great way to draw attention to your eyes. While many avoid them as they think these extensions are cumbersome, they certainly don’t have to be. If you are interested in eyelash extensions but have never tried them, you’re not alone.

Adding extensions can really make your eyes pop, plus you also look more alert and focused during your day. If you think your eyes are one of your best features, extensions are a fantastic way to highlight them!

If you’re looking for these high-quality lash extensions, check out the professionals at Mill Pond Salon. Though we are new to the area, our staff has years of experience and specialty and is ready to apply new eyelash extensions that you’ll love.

Having eyelash extensions applied isn’t difficult, or at least not as complicated as many people assume. Getting show-stopping lashes doesn’t have to be scary or painful. A trained and educated professional makes the process smooth and painless.

What are Eyelash Extensions?


You might not even be entirely sure what an eyelash extension even is. Let’s look into that first. Eyelash extensions use synthetic fibers to create fuller, more dramatic lashes that attach to your natural lashes. These faux lash applications bond to your eyelid with high-quality, medical grade adhesives.

When you choose eyelash extensions, you can pick from a variety of sizes and curl options. Typically, the sizes come between 6mm and 18mm. When eyelash extensions are applied correctly and well-cared for, they should last up to six weeks.

As your eyelashes naturally shed, the extensions will eventually fall out. If you are concerned about losing your enhanced lashes, don’t worry! Refills are always available. In fact, if you schedule a refill for two to three weeks in, your lashes will never miss a beat.

One thing many potential eyelash extension wearers wonder is if there is harm to their natural lashes. If you schedule an appointment with our licensed and certified professionals, your natural lashes will be just fine.

Remember, an improper application by anyone less than a trained professional could result in damage to your natural lashes. Doing some research ahead of time on the stylist should ease any concerns. Your stylist (like the stylists at Mill Pond Salon!) should have plenty of trained experience in choosing the correct type of lash, as well as one that is not too heavy. This will significantly increase the likelihood of these gorgeous and successful extensions. Don’t forget to avoid rubbing your eyes, though, which can lead to breakage.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

The day of your appointment, you should avoid wearing mascara both the day before or the day of your appointment. Using oil-based makeup around your eyes could also affect how well the extensions adhere. Plan on being at the salon for one to two hours for your first appointment. The style and volume you choose can also affect the duration of the appointment.

During the actual application, you will likely feel very relaxed. Similar to getting a haircut, or a pedicure, you’ll get a little time to yourself to get pampered. After the initial consultation where you and your stylist agree on the style of lashes, you’ll be asked to lay back on a reclined chair or bed.

Next, a hydrating pad will be applied to your lower lid to separate your bottom lashes from your upper eyelashes. These gel pads will keep your lower lashes from interfering with your top lashes while the stylist works. These gel pads are applied so lower lashes do not become entangled.

Next, your stylist will use different pairs of tweezers, which might seem slightly frightening as they are near your eyes, but don’t panic. You keep your eyes closed through the entire process. These tweezers are used to separate, grasp, and apply your new eyelashes.

During the application, your stylist will likely rotate between your eyes. It might feel like she is skipping sections, but don’t worry. In the end, you’ll have full, lush lashes that look fantastic. Typically, a sealant is used at the end to reinforce the adhesive. Additionally, sometimes your stylist will use a fan to ensure your new lashes are completely dried.

As a side note, to prepare for the appointment, consider using the restroom before beginning. The duration can be anywhere from one and a half hours to three or four hours, depending on the type of lash extension and your natural lashes. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during the appointment.

After the gel pad removal, you can open your eyes and check out your new lashes. You’ll be surprised what a difference high-quality extensions make.

Addressing Common Concerns


A common fear many people report before getting eyelash extensions is the fear of going blind. The lashes themselves will not cause blindness. If the adhesive gets into your eye, it could cause issues, but is unlikely to happen, especially with professionals.

This fact alone is why it is crucial to go to a respectable salon with a licensed stylist. However, because the application is such a small amount of adhesive, this possibility is an infrequent outcome.

Additionally, some people wonder how long until they can shower or wash their face after application. We recommended you avoid moisture and steam for a full 48 hours. You can take a shower; just take precautions to keep water away from your eyes.

Similarly, try to avoid crying for the first couple of days. Tears can also cause the adhesion to break. Avoid any sappy movies and shows at girls’ night for two days or so.

Another common question is whether or not one can wear mascara with eyelash extensions. Most stylists do not recommend mascara as removing the mascara can break the bond between the extensions and your lid. However, the beauty of extensions is that you should not have to wear mascara. Your eyelashes will appear naturally full and lush all on their own. It is okay to wear mascara on your lower lashes if you want but steer clear of waterproof mascara.

When you wash your face or use makeup removers, choose products formulated for eyelash extensions, or specifically mention they are safe to use with extensions. Many products have ingredients that can weaken or break the adhesion.

Some people also wonder about the upkeep, and if it is necessary to remove and redo extensions every couple of weeks. Surprisingly, this isn’t necessary. As your natural lashes grow and shed, typically on a six or eight week cycle, your extensions do eventually fall out.

A trained professional will be able to apply new lashes that blend in with your natural lashes, as well as any current extensions that haven’t fallen out yet. If you want to maintain a full and lush look, a refill is recommended every two to three weeks.

Final Thoughts

There are a few things you can do between appointments to extend the life of your lashes. To start, being gentle with your lashes is the most important thing. Avoid harsh cleansers or mechanical eyelash curlers. These can damage the extensions or even cause them to fall out.

Try not to touch the extensions as much as possible. Whenever you manipulate them, you risk weakening the bond. Also, avoid using cream-based liners on your upper lid.

Surprisingly, using a silk or satin pillowcase can also help maintain your extensions. Using a cotton or synthetic pillowcase could actually cause your extensions to dry or snag or the material.

Call Mill Pond Salon

Eyelash extensions are definitely not as high maintenance as you might initially thought. They are a brilliant, sophisticated way to enhance your look without having to apply mascara daily.

If you are interested in eyelash extensions, contact us at Mill Pond Salon. We’re ready for you! We have the professional experience you need at a price you’ll appreciate.

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