We often get asked if eyelash extensions ruin your natural lashes – and it’s a fair question to ask. Eyelash extensions are placed onto your existing eyelashes using a specialised type of glue. If it’s not applied correctly, there is a chance it could damage your natural lashes.
Here’s how eyelash extensions can damage your natural lashes
The eyelash extension used is too heavy for the natural eyelashes
Eyelash extensions come in different thicknesses, or diameters, to allow a lash artist to match the right extension to your natural lash. So, for fine or weaker natural eyelashes, a finer and lighter extension should be applied. If the lash artist applies a heavy, or thick, extension to a weak or fine natural eyelash, it weighs down the natural lash and can cause damage over time.
Too much glue was used
If too much lash glue or adhesive is applied to the extension and then placed on the eyelash, this can also weigh it down and cause damage. Too much glue can also cause an allergic reaction and redness to the eye area due to excessive fumes. You shouldn’t be able to see any beads, blobs or chunks of lash glue on the eyelashes.
The lash extensions are too long
If a lash artist makes the mistake of applying extensions that are too long for a client’s natural eyelashes, this can cause twisting and drooping of the lashes and irritation to the skin. Ideally, you would only add 2-3mm of extended length to the natural eyelashes. While 2-3mm doesn’t seem like much, this still provides clients with a beautiful set of full and fluffy lashes. And, this length won’t cause irritation or damage to the natural lashes.
How to prevent damage when getting eyelash extensions
Choose a respected, experienced lash artist
The best thing you can do to make sure your natural eyelashes stay in the best condition possible when getting extensions is to choose a well-respected, experienced, and accredited lash artist. They will have experience matching the right extension weight and length to your natural lashes and be able to apply them correctly, with minimal amounts of glue or adhesive. They’ll also be able to give you the best advice on how to keep your extensions in tip-top shape.
Follow the aftercare plan
Your lash artist will tell you how best to look after your lashes in the hours, days and weeks after having your extensions put on. For example:
- In the first 48 hours, try not to get your eyelashes wet. This makes it trickier to wash your face, but it’s worth it.
- With your new, long, luxurious lashes you shouldn’t need to apply mascara. However, if you can’t resist, make sure the mascara you use isn’t waterproof. Ask your lash artist if they can recommend one to you.
- Try and avoid rubbing your eyes, as this will certainly damage the extensions, and likely your natural lashes.
Check out our at-home maintenance tips here for more information on how to care for your extensions.
Don’t remove the extensions yourself
Your eyelash extensions will naturally fall out when your lashes come to the end of their growth cycle. This may take a few months, so if you can’t wait that long, it’s best to go back to your lash artist to have them removed professionally.
Luckily, there are plenty of well-respected and experienced eyelash extension specialists out there, like Graft A Lash, that will make sure your new extensions last as long as possible without ruining your natural lashes.