Are Lash Extensions Safe?
The short answer? When applied correctly, yes. When applied improperly, no.
Are you ready for the long answer?
When a lash artist has been properly trained and has the understanding of how much weight and length of a false lash that a persons natural lash can handle, then you could, in theory, wear lash extensions indefinitely. Unfortunately, some artist apply lashes that are too heavy or MUCH too long to their clients natural lashes causing the clients lashes to droop, twist, or prematurely fall off. This added weight and twisting over time signals your lashes to say "Oh, you don't need me anymore? OK, I won't grow back." Yes, I"m over simplifying it a bit, but generally, that's what will happen. Another thing that is common is the artist using too much glue causing your lashes to stick together in clumps, or not letting the glue dry in a timely manner. Ouch! If your lashes are pinching when you blink, or just feel uncomfortable, that's a sure sign.
Now, I am here to tell you that there ARE artists out there who DO care about your natural lash health (ahem, me, shameless plug). We are the ones who keep your extensions to only 1/3 longer than your natural lash and stick to a weight/size that we know your lash can handle. I'm sorry to say, but if you have weak, fine lashes, you won't be a 'mega volume' candidate. You could likely handle a nice 3D or 4D (light volume) look, but to expect long, thick black lashes isn't going to happen if you want to keep your natural lashes healthy for the rest of your life.
When you are choosing your lash artist, be sure to look for a few things: Good reviews, a clean location and training certificates help. Once you are there, how do you feel? Does your artist make you feel warm and welcome? Did you drift off to sleep to have a famous 'lash nap' (though not everyone does). Does she explain to you the proper care of your new set of lashes? Ask her about any policies she may have. When I first started out, a lot of my clients were losing their lashes in the first few days. It took me awhile to figure out where I was going wrong, but because of that, I have a policy that if your lashes fall off significantly (over 1/4 of them) within 72 hours, I offer a free 30 minute touch up within 5 days. Thankfully that is rare when that happens these days!
Oh, by the way, I'm Sarah of Beauty Marked. I want you to know that I'm committed to keeping your natural lashes safe and healthy. Through continued education and following the strictest safety standards, you can be assured you are in good hands. I am certified in classic lashes from The Extension Academy and volume trained from SugarLash Pro.
Questions? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org