A ton of my friends have tried eyelash extensions and it seems like every blogger/vlogger on the internet has them too. I have to admit, I was intrigued. My eyelashes have always been something I’ve been self-conscious about. Despite having dark hair, my eyelashes for whatever reason are lighter and very thin/short/sparse.
The eyelash extensions seemed like the perfect solution. But I was also on the fence in such a big way. I totally think that people should do whatever they want to do. Personally, however, I’m not really into dying hair, getting botox, etc. And this seemed like borderline.
That said, my curiosity got the best of me. I gave it a try. Here’s the pros, cons, and bottom line (from my experience).
Pro (and con): They looked natural. I ONLY wanted natural looking lashes. The spider-leg look is just not for me as it looks completely fake (and distracting). I sat down the with the technician and she walked me through each length. Ultimately I did a mix of the two shortest lengths and chose a “J” curl instead of the “C” curl, which in my opinion looked the most natural. A “C” curl will look like you used an eyelash curler and the “J” has the same shape as your natural lashes. It was exactly what I wanted. I looked like I was born with great eyelashes, not like I had eyelash extensions.
Garrett– who thought I was insane for doing this– didn’t realize I even I had it done. I asked him what he thought and his exact words were, “Well, yeah. They look pretty good. Like you applied mascara evenly.”
Because I went with such a natural look though, it felt like too extravagant of an expense for something so basic.
Pro: Waking up in the morning with great eyelashes is kind of awesome. I wish this is how I looked normally to be honest. My eyes looked brighter and I just overall looked more put together, even without makeup. It was nice having them at the beach the other week too… I didn’t have to worry about makeup or runny mascara!
Con: I don’t know if anyone else has had this problem, but I was having legitimate nightmares about the eyelash extensions. NIGHTMARES. Every. Single. Night. (Still having them since I still have the extensions in!) Some of the dreams are me plucking my eyelashes out one by one– and I wake up pulling on my eyelashes. Some of the dreams have something creepy dropping into my eyes– and I wake up intensely rubbing my eyes. It’s bizarre and probably the biggest reason why I’d hesitate to get them again.
Pro: It looked great.
Con: There’s a long list of “nos” that come along with eyelash extensions and they all seemed to be things I normally do. You can’t use beauty products with oil. You can’t sleep on your stomach. You can’t stand in the shower with the water hitting your face. You can’t rub your eyes.
Con: If they fall out (instead of growing out) your regular eyelash comes off too. I actually think this is kind of normal as I find an eyelash or two normally on my face every now and then. Still it worried me that I’d end up ruining what eyelashes I did have. Verdict’s still out on this.
Con: It takes a while to have the extensions put on. It was really boring. I have since heard that it’s a good idea to download an audiobook or podcast to listen to. Wish I had thought of it for my almost two hour appointment.
Pro: The application does not hurt at all. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it seemed to be. I felt nothing. And I didn’t feel the eyelashes once they were on either.
Con: It’s so expensive!!! After a 10% off first time customer discount and then with a tip, it was just under $200. That alone just seems insane to me. (I realize I still paid it but I instantly felt a strong guilt for spending that.)
Bottom Line: Not worth it. I’d consider it again if I had a big trip or a special event, but not for everyday. I kept having a recurring thought: putting mascara on isn’t that hard.
Has anyone else tried the extensions yet?!