What You Need To Know Before Getting Eyelash Extensions and My Personal Experience With FabulashbyKary

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What Are Eyelash Extentions?

Defined as semi-permanent extensions adhered by a technician to your natural lash, lash extensions come in many shapes and sizes – from synthetic to silk, and from long and curled to short and thick. If you are confused on which ones to pick no worries. Your lash technician will determine which are the best ones for you. Not everyone’s natural lashes can handle the weight of really heavy or long extensions, so it’s best to listen to your technicians’ recommendations’.

What Is The Difference Between Lash Extensions And Temporary Lashes?


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How Long Do Eyelash Extentions Last?

Your eyelashes are each on their own growth cycle, typically six to eight weeks. That’s why they don’t all fall out at the same time. So when you have extensions, you get them filled regular as the extensions will fall out with your lashes that are already shedding. That said, because each person's lash growth is somewhat variable (just hair growth), It is suggested to have light lash maintenance every two to four weeks to maintain a full look.

Here Are Tips My Lash Technician @fabulashbykary Gave Me

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What Styles of Lashes Are There?

In addition to various types of extensions, there are also different styles. Whereas the more classic, widely used technique involves applying single lash extensions over you natural lash, the Russian Volume technique (also referred to as the Volume Technique or 3D lashing) is a newer trend where the technician places up to eight ultra-fine extensions onto each natural eyelash for a fluffy, thick, sultry cat-eye look where your lashes fan out on the ends. They actually last longer, too, because the extensions are so light, since you have to put multiple on one lash.

Do Eye Lash Extensions Ruin Your Natural Lashes?

The biggest myth is that lash extensions ruin your own lashes. They do not. If applied correctly and properly, they are safe and do not ruin the health of your natural lashes. Be sure not to rub your eyes or tug or pull on the extensions because this can cause lash loss and even damage to your natural lashes. Keep in mind that extensions aren’t a one-size-fits-all situation. So you want Kim-Kardashian-level lashes? Great! – but that doesn’t mean your eyes can handle the weight. The type of lashes you can get all depends on the length and strength of your natural lashes. Wearing lashes that are too long or too thick for your lashes can actually cause damage in the long run, so you need to make sure your extensions aren’t too long or thicker than your natural lashes.

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How Much Does It Cost To Get Eyelash Extensions?

Your first appointment for a full set will be the most expensive. A full set of extensions runs anywhere from $150 - $400 dollars, depending on the style and type of lash. And since all of us lose two to three eyelashes a day naturally, every two to three weeks you have to come back for fill-in lashes. In total, it could run as little as $300 or as much as $600 a month to apply and maintain it.

Can You Wear Mascara on Eyelash Extensions?

In general it is not advisable to use mascara with your eyelash extensions. It is also recommended that you do not wear mascara for 24-hours before you get lash extensions. Translation: your extensions won’t last as long. If you do wear mascara before an appointment your technician should clean them as thoroughly as possible otherwise mascara residue can weaken the bond of the adhesive. In other words, they're made to look like you've already used mascara at all times. One of the biggest benefits of eyelash extensions is that you'd never have to apply mascara while you still have them.

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Whether you want to eliminate mascara from your routine or add a little more glam into your life lashes are the way to go. Lush long lashes are one of the most desired traits and are difficult to come by naturally.

How Do You Care For Your Lashes?

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If you do get extensions, it’s important to care for them properly. Kary, my technician and owner of Fabulashbykary recommends cleansing your lash extensions with a mixture of 1/3 Prolong Lash Extension Cleanser and 2/3 water – it’s gentle enough not to ruin the adhesive and powerful enough to remove the dirt and build up. It is important to cleanse your lashes to avoid any buildup, which can lead to irritations and even infections like conjunctivitis. If you wear eye makeup, make sure you don’t use an oil-based makeup remover. Doing so will destroy the bond and make your lash extensions fall out. Also avoid touching or messing with them too much. Avoid pulling out your lashes yourself. If you want your lashes removed, schedule an appointment with your technician and have them removed properly. Pulling off your extensions can actually pull out your own lashes, which is not good.

Are You Allergic To Eyelash Extensions Or Adhesives?

If you are thinking about getting lash extensions, but you’re concerned you might be allergic, ask your technician to see if they’ll let you do a patch test first. It’s difficult to know until they’re applied, but if both eyes swell and get red, you probably have an allergy. So get them off! Longtime extension wearers can also develop contact dermatitis. Take a break from extensions if you notice flaking, redness, or swelling to prevent developing an allergy.

Why Wear Eyelash Extensions?

There are plenty of reasons to get lash extensions. For one, lash extensions can also make you appear more awake and alert. And since long flirty lashes are often associated with youth, one application can instantly take years off your face. To top it off they are the ultimate convenience. Wake up, splash your face, and look like a million bucks – no makeup required. No need to spend time or money on mascara eye shadows, and eyeliner when you have long luscious lashes.

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While no one needs eyelash extensions to look gorgeous, they’re great and convenient way to feel good about yourself. If you’re wanting to add a little oomph to your look, give extensions a try!

My First Time Having Lash Extensions

There is nothing like trying something out of the ordinary for the first time, especially if you are in good hands. Thank goodness I had a wonderful experience at FabulashbyKary. Kary is a perfectionists when it comes to lash placement. She is very skilled at her craft and takes the utmost care for her clients. Kary has been in the industry for 3 years. She is very knowledgeable and taught me so much information about how to care for my silk lashes and what to expect.

How Long Does It Take To Apply Lashes?

It took about 3 hours to apply my silk lashes. Take into account that lash extensions are individually placed onto your natural lashes. Kary however, did not only place one lash extension at a time, she applies 5 lashes at a time. This technique is known as volume. Kary fans out 5 lash extensions that are bonded together and then glues the lash extensions onto my natural individual lashes.

What To Expect When You Get Your Lash Extensions Done By Fabulashbykary

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You are required to lay down on a pillow, face up and relax. Kary then explained the importance of cleansing my natural lashes to rid of any oils. With a disposable lip brush she lathered up a cleansing solution onto my lash line and down onto my natural lashes. She then pat dried my eyes and explained to me that she was going to tape down my bottom lashes. This was an awkward feeling at first, but I got used to it short after. The reason your lower lashes are tapped down is to prevent them from getting in the way of the lash application. Once both of my bottom lashes were tapped down I was then informed to keep my eyes shut the entirety of the session.

 How Long Do Lash Extensions Last?

There are a lot of factors that come with the longevity of lash extensions. You want to get your lashes done with a professional that is knowledgeable and offers only the best services and products. Honestly, I was so fortunate to have my first set of lash extension by @fabulashbykary. Kary honestly set my lash extension standards high and educated me on a subject I was completely new to. She went over how to properly take care of silk lash extensions so that they will last with minimal fall out.

How To Cleanse Your Lash Extensions?

What you will need:

Step 1: Create your cleanser. Add 1/3 of Prolong Lash Complete Care into the foam pump container and then add 2/3 of water. Close and shake.

Step 2: Cup one of your hands with lukewarm water and rinse your lashes

Step 3: Add 1 pump of foam onto the top of your hand and with the disposable lip brush lift some of the foam cleanser to your eye.

Step 4: With one of your eye’s closed start brushing the cleanser gently downwards from your lash line to the end of your lashes/lash extensions. Make sure to work up a good lather.

Step 5: Cup lukewarm water into the palm of your hand and rinse your cleansed eye.

Step 5: Pat dry your eye with a Kleenex and brush though your natural lashes and lash extensions with a spoolie.

Remember Bigger Isn’t Always Better

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When you think of lash extensions you automatically want the biggest and longest lashes available - what you aren’t thinking about is how they will affect your natural lashes. Kary only recommends lash extensions for your length and eye shape. She goes above and beyond with your best interest in mind. Thus resulting in long lasting lashes, which for me, with proper care as mentioned above, lasted 2 months. If you are in the San Antonio area, you can reach out to Fabulashbykary here and follow her work. Also, make sure to let me know your thoughts on this blog post in the comments below and subscribe to my newsletter if you are interested in beauty topics such as this. 



Annakaren Alderete founder of The Glamour Addict LLC

Annakaren Alderete 

Founder of The Glamour Addict, Beauty Blogger, Model, and Influencer

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