Beautiful Lashes for Every Budget: Eyelash Extension Options and Aftercare Tips

By Salon Gold on July 1st, 2024

Whether you’re about to set off on a beach-babe holiday, have a luxurious event coming up or simply just fancy treating yourself, eyelash extensions are a pick-me-up like no other. Readily available almost anywhere, extensions are a convenient way to add volume and length to your lashes without having to apply mascara.

However, extensions aren’t always the most budget-friendly beauty treatment. To make the most of your investment and ensure they last as long as possible, aftercare is essential. This article will guide you through the different extension options and provide the ultimate eyelash extension care routine.

Different Types of Eyelash Extensions

Depending on what type of lash look you’re going for, the type of extensions you’ll need can vary. Here’s an overview of the three most common eyelash extensions you can consider.

1. Classic Eyelash Extensions

As the name suggests, the classic style is the most popular and widely worn type of eyelash extensions. Individual synthetic lashes are applied to your real lashes to give you that natural lift. They can be customised to accommodate your desired curl, thickness, and length creating an enhanced mascara-eque lift of your dreams.

2. Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions

If you’re looking to make a statement with your lashes, then Russian volume eyelash extensions might be the one to give you your desired look. By applying multiple synthetic lashes to every natural lash, volume extensions result in a fuller, fluffier, and more dramatic look, creating an eyeliner-like effect by adding a darker lash line. These extensions are perfect for those seeking a striking lash lift.

3. Hybrid Eyelash Extensions

A combination of both classic and volume lash extensions, hybrid lashes are the perfect choice for those looking to achieve volume in a more subtle way. Combining the natural effect from classic lash extensions with the drama from Russian volume lashes, hybrid lashes are completely customisable.

How to Take Care of Your Eyelash Extensions 

Being diligent about eyelash extension aftercare can prevent eye infections, save you money, and keep your lashes looking as good as the day you got them done. Here’s an overview of our top eyelash extension care and maintenance tips.

Cleaning

Keeping your lash extensions clean is the best way to ensure their longevity. Avoid getting them wet for 48 hours after application — including during showers — because water can affect the glue and cause the bond to become brittle and break. After this two-day period, it’s important to wash them regularly; otherwise, residue will start to build up around the lash line, potentially leading to eye infections. To clean them, let the water from your shower run down your face and over your eyes, and apply a special eyelash extension cleanser every few days.

Brushing

Use a clean dry spoolie to brush your eyelash tips every morning. This will keep them looking plumped up and remove any residue built up from the day and night before. You can usually pick up spoolies from your lash technician after your appointment, or buy packs of them from various online retailers.

Using Skincare and Makeup

Be careful when it comes to applying products to your eyelash extensions — anything oil-based is a big no-no. Make sure to double check that your eye creams and makeup removers are water-based to avoid any oil interfering with the glue. It’s a similar story when it comes to makeup; opt for water-based eyeliners and eyeshadow that isn’t too powdery in texture to ensure that your lashes stay perfect.

Making Your Eyelash Extensions Last

Following the aftercare tips above will maximise the lifespan of your eyelash extensions, helping you make the most of a costly aesthetic procedure. However, that’s not the only way to ensure long-lasting extensions. Like any beauty procedure, getting eyelash extensions isn’t always fail-safe. When applied incorrectly, eyelash extensions can lead to swelling, skin irritations, eye infections, and, in some cases, permanent loss of eyelashes.

Using a qualified and insured technician is the first and most important step in preventing any problems arising with your lashes. Taking time to research your technician and discerning whether they’re insured can reduce the risk of corrective procedures, and if an unfortunate situation does occur, Salon Gold’s comprehensive eyelash technician’s insurance ensures you’ll both be covered.

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