While eyelash extensions are a treatment predominantly for women, it’s growing in trend among male clients. The first male lash extension studio was opened in Los Angeles, California in 2019 and had queues of men wanting to get lash extensions.
Men have been venturing into the world of personal maintenance for years now, with waxing, spray tanning and hairstyling. So, why should eyelash extensions be any different? If you’re interested in finding out more about eyelash extensions for men, read on.
Why should men get eyelash extensions?
Lash extensions are a great solution for men with sparse, damaged, weak, or fine eyelashes. Just as for women, it can help make their lashes look fuller and darker. Before going ahead with treatment, it’s important to have a consultation with a lash artist to discuss your needs and requirements. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns.
Do I need a patch test?
Your lash artist must give you a patch test at least 48 hours before your appointment. The purpose of a patch test is to check if you’re allergic to the adhesive or lash material.
How are the eyelash extensions applied?
Eyelash extensions are applied the same way for both men and women. It involves putting individual eyelash extensions onto each natural eyelash using an adhesive. This means the natural eyelash will continue to grow, move, and fall out with the extension attached to it. Depending on what type of style you’re going for, the treatment can take up to two hours.
How long do they last?
Like with all grooming, eyelash extensions require maintenance to keep them looking healthy and full. Eyelash extensions fall off when the natural lashes shed, which can be any time between four to six weeks. To keep them lasting longer, make sure you schedule and attend regular infill appointments every two to three weeks. Infill appointments involve the lash artist filling in any gaps in your lashes and making sure they look brand new again.
3 things to do at your first lash extension appointment
Be clear with your lash artist
We understand everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to eyelash extensions. Not all male clients want long, fluttery lashes. Be sure to let your lash artist know what style you’re after, for example, whether you’re looking to enhance your natural lashes or fill in any natural gaps.
Follow the aftercare guidance
Be sure to follow the aftercare guidance outlined by your lash artist after your treatment. This helps keep your lashes lasting longer and looking brighter.
Always check your lash artist’s credentials
We can’t stress the importance of checking your lash artist’s accreditation and certificates. This ensures they’ve completed the relevant training, understand the rules and regulations that apply in the industry and will give your lashes the care and attention they need. If a lash artist isn’t trained, there’s a risk they may apply the eyelash extensions incorrectly, which can damage your natural lashes or – worse still – your eyes.
It’s also important to check if they’ve performed the treatment on male clients before. While the application process is the same for men and women, it can be challenging for an artist to shift from applying lengthy, dramatic lashes to shorter, more subtle lashes. If a lash artist has an established male client base, it’s more likely they’ll do a good job and achieve the result you want.