This is one of very popular questions/concerns I hear about eyelash extensions, especially for someone who has never done eyelash extensions before.
Jumping to conclusion, the answer is NO. Eyelash extensions do not damage your natural lashes IF IT IS DONE PROPERLY.
Let me explain a little more in detail.
Eyelash extensions are meant to be attached one hair to one hair. (we are talking about classic single application here. I won’t go into volume extensions or flares. That is a whole different topic) What I mean by “proper application” is, is each extension only attached to one natural lash? And is each natural lash separate from one another?
This is the basics of the basics of eyelash application but unfortunately, in many cases, this is not how the extensions are applied. Here are some examples of what I’ve seen …
I think it is obvious that this kind of application will damage your natural lashes… and they don’t look pretty either. I will talk about why these applications causes damages to your natural lashes on anther post on eyelash growth cycle ☺
When eyelashes are applied properly, 1 extension is attached to 1 natural lash.
When it is attached this way, the eyelash extensions will not interfere with the growth of neighboring lashes.
Another important factor is, selection of proper length and thickness of the extensions. When an extension is too long and too thick for your natural lashes to support, your natural lashes may shed prematurely, causing your natural lashes to be thinner over time. I’ve seen super long and super thick lashes attached on thin Asian lashes! Sure a client might ask for “Kim Kardashian” look but as a professional, we have to look at the clients’ lashes and determine what her lashes can handle. On a thin and sparse Asian lashes, it is very very difficult to achieve Kim Kardashian type of look without butchering her natural lashes.
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I see many of horrible applications from nail salons and hair salons that offer eyelash extensions. I am not saying that all hair salons and nail salons do a bad job, but from my experience and from what I see, that is the case so far in Toronto. (I’m sorry if you do an amazing eyelash job and work at hair/nail places! I know there are hard working and talented ladies out there! I’m just basing my opinion on what I’ve seen in the past 5 years in Toronto)
The reason why this is the case is the training. Sad reality is that currently, most companies offer 2 day training to be certified as an eyelash tech. 2 days!!! And you get a pretty certificate saying that you are professional eyelash extension artist…
Please imagine yourself taking a 2 day workshop on hair. Do you think you will be knowledgeable and skilled enough to start colouring and perming someone’s hair after the 2 day workshop? And charge money for your services??
Imagine yourself taking a 2 day workshop on nails. On the 3rd day, are you prepared to do a gel application with 3D art on a client and charge money??
Of course not! Eyelash application is an art and it takes time, patience and A LOT of practice to perfect the skill. At Divine Lashes, sure I teach theory for 2 days to all my staff, but then they go through a 6 months training period, and only then can they touch our clients’ lashes.
Even after they start taking clients, we have a monthly staff training to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, and we address any feedbacks from our clients to further improve our skills. Another thing that helps them is that they have a mentor. When there is a problem, I am here to answer their questions. Most hair/nail places only have one girl doing lashes. Who is she to talk to when problem arises? She has no one, and so she gets no answers and she will end up making the same mistakes over and over again for years and never improve…
So, I don’t want to say that ALL hair and nail places do a bad job in lashes, but unless they dedicate A LOT of their time and energy to diligently study and practice, eyelash application isn’t something that is easy to master… At least not in 2 days! I’d say leave the hair to hair stylists, leave the nail to nail techs, and leave the eyelashes to eyelash specialists ☺ We are proud to bring you the best in the industry and we work hard to do so!
Here are some of our work (Lashes done by Kaoru at the Toronto Location)