7 Signs Your Eyelash Extensions Could Be Better
1. Brushing your lash extensions causes discomfort and snagging
When this happens it's a sure sign too much glue has been used and perhaps your lashes are stuck together at the base. This can lead to lash damage and breakage. You should be able to brush your lashes daily without any problems. Too much glue means poor isolation of your lashes during application. Your lashes should always be easy to brush through and is key to keeping your lashes looking beautifully separated.
2. Your lash extensions poke and irritate your eyes
This happens when the lash extension hasn't been properly applied to your natural lash. When this happens it causes the extension to spin, twist and turn causing the lash to sit in every way but nicely while poking you in the process. Not fun! Lashes should always be comfortable and unnoticeable to wear.
3. Your inner corner lash extensions are too long and unnatural looking
This comes down to the lash technician choosing far too long a lash for such a short area of natural lashes. When too long lashes are used in the inner corner it creates an almost fake appearance to your lashes which is not what you want. Lashes should always look believable, natural and beautiful.
4. Your extensions appear all one length across the length of your eyes
This happens with the lash technician hasn't considered eye shape or thought about what would suit you best when applying your lashes. A mix of 2-3 or more lash lengths should be used to avoid your lashes looking like you've applied a cheap fake lash strip. Often you'll feel a little like Barbie when you have had these types of lashes applied! Your lashes should always suit your eye shape and when they don't you'll often want them off sooner than you should.
5. The application process burns your eyes, even after it's over!
I've had many clients tell me they've had bad experiences when the fumes from the glue were burning their eyes badly during, and even after the application was over. One client told me she got in her car afterwards and had to sit with the air conditioner blowing in her eyes to stop the burning. This isn't normal! Slight eye watering can occur but constant discomfort is unusual - the process should be relaxing, pleasant and comfortable.
6. Your lash extensions only last a week!
This happens when not enough lash extensions are applied. If you think you've found the cheapest technician around then the chances are they aren't spending enough time with you to provide a long lasting, full lash effect. A true lash application should take 1.5-2 hours and include lashes applied to all your natural lashes (those that are long enough). Any application shorter than this you're likely to be getting a quick treatment that will start to show wear within a week and by 2 weeks all your lashes are gone. Keep in mind though if your natural lashes are very sparse, delicate and fragile your extensions may not last as long as other people's. Unfortunately lashes can only accentuate what you have naturally.
Lash extensions will last 3+ weeks with proper care and a great application. Refills are recommended every 2-4 weeks to keep your lashes looking full, time between fills will always depend on your after care, your natural lash cycle and how many lashes you have to work with.
NOTE: following at home care advice is key to your lashes lasting, always follow this advice.
7. Your lashes aren't extensions, they're lash flares or cluster lashes
This is the worst type of "lash extensions". Never should cluster or flares be applied with permanent lash glue. Lash breakage and infections are common when lash flares are applied and not to mention the look is not desirable as your lashes appear more like spiders than the pretty, luscious lashes you should have.
An example of bad lashes
The below client came to me with the worst lashes I've ever seen (image 1).
Her friend had used cluster lashes on her which are not true extensions and should never be applied with permanent glue, ever!
Fortunately I was able to save her natural lashes (image 2) with little damage done and create the natural set you see below (image 3).
Another example of bad lashes that I've had to remove...