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My eyelash extension journey

Hi guys and happy Saturday!  Today I am sharing my personal experience with mink lash extensions as well as a round of questions and answers to help you better understand the process.

A few weeks ago, I went to see Destiny (a professional at Paradigm Salon & Spa in Pier Park, FL) about getting eyelash extensions because I was curious about the whole process.

While my eyelashes are full, they are also blonde which makes them harder to see and not as long as I would like for them to be.  I’ve tried many different types of mascaras, but I have yet to find one that will accomplish what I am wanting and wear well throughout the day so I figured what the heck, let’s give it a try!

I had so many questions for her and I also had a few of your questions that I wanted to get answered too before I proceeded with the process.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen and heard some pretty scary horror stories regarding eyelash extensions so this Q&A was extremely important for me to sit down with her and get her professional opinion

Here are the questions that both she and I were able to answer for you below.

Does it hurt?

It isn’t meant to hurt, the key is to make sure that the patches that they put on top of your bottom lashes are on right, otherwise they can be a little pokey.

How long did it take?

For Classic lashes it can take up to 2 hours, so wear something comfortable.  Also, Destiny was extremely concerned that I be as comfortable as possible, so she offered a blanket and the table was heated.

How long do they last?

They can last anywhere from 2-3 weeks.  She recommended coming in for a fill-in appointment on the second or third week.

How much do they cost?

A Classic Full Set of eyelash extensions are $145. Two week fills are $65 and three week are $75.

Will they damage my lashes?

If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes.  You can however damage them if you pick or pull at your lashes and do not follow the aftercare instructions.

Can I shower with them or get them wet?

After a 24 hour period of not getting your lashes wet from the time of the procedure, you may return to your normal routine of showering, swimming, etc.  Just keep in mind the less wet the better.  For best results, try not to get them wet unless you are cleansing them.

How do you care for them?

The best ways to care for your lash extensions and to help them last longer are as follows: Brush and cleanse your lashes with their recommended cleanser kit at least once a day.  Avoid rubbing or picking at your extensions and keep your fingers off your lashes as much as possible.  Every time you touch your lashes, you are transferring natural oil and germs from your fingertips.  Also, sleeping on your back at night is crucial to avoid smooshing your lashes into your pillow.  

Can they get infected, if so how do you prevent it?

Yes, if they are not properly cleansed on a daily basis and you do not follow the care instructions.  Some people may have an allergic reaction to the glue used for the extensions.  This is very rare and is explained to every client before the procedure.  There is also a consultation form that every client must fill out and sign prior to the procedure.

Are extensions better for your lashes than mascara?

Depending on what type of issues/allergies you may have with certain mascaras, eyelash extensions can be a great alternative.  They weigh less than your lashes do with mascara.  Also, if you sleep in your mascara, you may be subject to eye infection and sometimes even mites.

*Quick Tip– Do not wear makeup or lotion on your face before heading to your appointment and wear something comfortable.  I would also recommend flip flops as you will need to take off your shoes before getting on the table.  After the first 24 hours of no water are up, brush and cleanse right away and I like to use a blow dryer to dry them on a very low warmth setting (this is my own personal opinion of what has worked for me so far, I want to be clear that I am in no way a professional and advise you to ask before proceeding with blow drying your extensions).  Check out the before and after below. 

This after photo was taken a week later to give  you a better idea of what they look like while wearing them after some time.

My experiences have always been great when under the care of the ladies at Paradigm Salon & Spa.  I love knowing that I can trust their services and that they always do a great job!  If you’re interested in more reviews like this one or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment for me below!

Cheers- Ashley Nicole

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