Updated: Jul 14, 2019
The most common question I get from first time clients is whether getting lash extensions will damage their natural lashes. I asked this question myself upon my first appointment. Without pause, my lash technician at the time assured me that there would be no damage at all. The truth is, it depends. If your lash artist is not skilled or doesn't adhere to industry best practices, the risk of lash damage significantly increases. For most people, finding a skilled lash technician who knows what they are doing will ensure that their lashes remain healthy.
How your natural lashes react to extensions depends on several factors. Here are just some things to look out for:
1) Skill and Experience of your Lash Technician
Finding a skilled and experienced lash artist is perhaps the most important factor to limiting the damage to your natural lashes. A skilled lash technician will carefully select the right extension size based on your desired look and your natural lashes. Choosing an extension that is too long and heavy will strain your lashes and increase the likelihood of lash damage and loss. This can sometimes be tricky as clients may be interested in getting a look that their natural lashes cannot sustainably support. It's important to maintain an open line of communication and listen to your artist if they are advising you on a particular style.
A good lash technician will have also perfected the art of isolation. When attaching an extension, the natural lash is isolated from other lashes with a pair of tweezers. This ensures that only one extension (or fan if you’re getting a volume set) is attached to a single natural lash. If your technician doesn’t isolate properly or doesn’t allow enough time for the glue to dry, several lashes may clump onto a single extension. Not only will this look bad, but as your natural lashes grow at different rates and directions, you may experience irritation or lash loss in the coming days.
2) Natural Disposition of your Lashes
Everyone’s natural lashes are unique and differ in their ability to support extensions. Some people have lashes and roots that are naturally not as resilient as others. This does not necessarily mean that they cannot get lash extensions. It’s often a matter of working with your lash artist to monitor the condition of your lashes and scheduling removals when needed to give your lashes a break. This ensures that your natural lashes gets the time it needs to reset and never become too sparse.
3) After Care
The last factor that contributes to your lash health is actually in your hands. How you take care of your full set after the appointment will contribute to the condition of your natural lashes. In severe cases, bad habits like picking, pulling, and rubbing of the lashes may cause severe lash loss. There are also little things that you can incorporate into your routine that will ensure your lashes stay in top shape. Getting into the habit of brushing out your lashes helps keep your roots clean and lashes untangled. To learn more about lash extension after care visit my other post here.
In my practice, I monitor the lash health of my clients closely. I keep the lines of communication open and notify them when I begin noticing that their natural lashes are becoming sparse. We work together to schedule in breaks for their lashes if and when it is needed to ensure their natural lashes are always healthy.