I don’t think anything can quite beat waking up to pretty eyelashes every morning. Because eyelash extensions add length and volume to your natural eyelashes without the need for mascara, more women are now trying lash extensions for the first time.
But let’s be honest, eyelash extensions come with a price tag.
Before giving eyelash extensions a go, you probably want to know if eyelash extensions are worth it.
As a lash artist myself, I have come to appreciate the numerous advantages of lash extensions that make them worth every penny.
In this article, I will share my top 13 reasons why I believe eyelash extensions are worth the cost.
Let’s dive in!
13 Reasons Why Eyelash Extensions Are Worth It
While eyelash extensions hit the world market over two decades ago, it’s still trending hot in beauty circles.
Today, eyelash extensions are a billion-dollar industry that’s expected to continue growing at an annual rate of 6% according to research from Grand View Research, Inc.
But what actually makes eyelash extensions such a successful trend? Are eyelash extensions worth it? What makes it worth the expensive costs?
The following 13 key points will help you understand what makes lash extension treatments worth their weight in gold.
#1 Look gorgeous 24×7
Eyelash extensions are designed to draw attention to your eyes in such a way that you don’t need to put in any extra effort. You can walk out without any makeup and still look drop-dead gorgeous if you’re wearing extensions.
Lash extensions are designed to enhance the face and eyes semi-permanently. That means, you’ll look gorgeous day, noon, and night with lash extensions without having to take them off at the end of the day. You won’t even have to hit the salon before a big function or even once you have these lashes on.
What I love most about eyelash extensions is how you can pull off a no-makeup look while wearing them.
#2 Say GooSay Goodbye to Eyeliner, Mascara, and Lash Curler
When you switch to eyelash extensions, you get dark, long, thick, lush, and shapely eyes and lashes that don’t need you to apply a million coats of mascara or tweak the smudged eyeliner a hundred times.
Moreover, your eyelash extensions come with a pre-set curl and hence there’s no reason to use lash curler with extensions anymore.
While you can use eyeliner and mascara with lash extensions, it’s important to know what you are doing as most eye makeup products can turn out to be a hassle or affect the retention of extensions.
#3 Save a Lot of Time
According to the Today/AOL “Ideal to Real” body image survey, the average woman used to spend about 55 minutes per day working on their appearance. That is equivalent to two weeks per year! A big chunk of it owes to hair, skin, and eye makeup specifically. 
Eyelash extensions naturally define your eyes and automatically make them look bolder and fluffier without eyeliner or mascara.
Moreover, when you don’t need to do eye makeup with perfect lines and shapes anymore, you end up saving a huge chunk of time every day.
You can focus on other aspects of your makeup like contouring your face or styling your hair with the time you save.
Some of my clients say they’ve saved 20 to 30 minutes of eye makeup time per day after switching to false lashes. If you do the math, that’s about 182 hours or about a week per year!
#4 You Can Sleep With Them
If you’ve ever used strip lashes, you know why getting a pair of eyelashes that you can sleep in is a pretty big deal.
Falsies were indeed great once upon a time; but, you and I both know it takes a long time to remove strip lashes at the end of the day and reapply them again in the morning.
On the flip side, you can go straight to bed when wearing eyelash extensions. They won’t come off as easily as strip lashes during sleep because of the medical-grade glue used to stick them to your natural lashes.
In fact, eyelash extensions fall out only when the natural lash they’re on, sheds on its own.
That being said, it’s possible to lose more extensions than usual if you sleep on your stomach or your eyelashes smooshed against the pillow.
Read more on the things you should keep in mind when ‘sleeping with eyelash extensions’ to retain their lifespan in this article.
#5 No More Makeup Mishaps
Our eyes are one of the most sensitive areas in the body. That’s one of the reasons why lash techs need to be certified to work around to offer lash treatment services.
Truth be told, it’s hard to keep your hand steady given how poky eyeliner and mascara wands are.
If you have a problem drawing straight lines with the eyeliner or keeping your eyes/hands from trembling while applying mascara, you’ll fall head over heels in love with false lash extensions.
Forget all about smudged eyeliners, shivering hands, and watery eyes ruining your eye makeup. You won’t even have to do any more eye makeup!
#6 Get a Personalized Look
Everything doesn’t fit everyone, period. Hence, no matter how well you put it, strip lashes would never look as customized as individual eyelash extensions.
That’s because a lash tech maps the best length, curl, thickness, size, and several extensions strictly according to the traits of your natural lashes so that it perfectly fits you.
For instance, longer lash extensions are added towards the middle of the eye to increase its size. However, if you add long lash extensions towards the outer corner of the eye, it helps to taper and define the eyes.
In short, depending on the shape of your face and eyes, the lash tech will create a customized style to suit you.
Moreover, you can’t just select random sizes or lengths of extensions for anyone and everyone as it can make the extensions weigh down on your natural lashes and damage them or even poke into your eyes.
Here’s our comprehensive article on eyelash extension 101 that will help you get familiar with different styles.
#7 Lash Application Isn’t Painful at All
Does applying eye makeup hurt? Not unless you’re doing it wrong or using the wrong products. In the same way, eyelash extensions are a non-invasive process that’s completely painless.
Basically, a lash tech will attach eyelash extension fibers onto your natural lashes with medical-grade glue in a couple of hours.
Do you know eyelash extensions used to hurt back in the 1899 century when artificial hair was sewed into eyelids? Nowadays, there’s absolutely zero skin-to-skin contact.
In fact, lash techs are so well-trained that even a speck of glue doesn’t fall on the skin.
All you’ve to do is keep your eyes closed and the lash tech will do all the rest.
Truth be told, the treatment itself is so cozy that an unusually large number of my clients doze off.
That being said, eyelash extensions can end up causing pain if poor products are used or untrained tech applies them. Check out this article on ‘do eyelash extensions hurt’ to know more about it and what to watch out for.
#8 They Last Really Long
While strip lashes can’t be worn consecutively for a second day, eyelash extensions last a long time proving their worth.
Do you know the shedding time of your natural lashes? Our eyelashes have three phases of growth that last around 90 days (give or take five days). During this time, your lash hair grows from brittle to strong, thick, and long before falling out. 
If you ask science, eyelashes fall out and grow new fibers every six to ten weeks depending on lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors. That’s why some clients come for refills within three weeks, others every four weeks, and some even after a month.
To know the truth about how long lashes last, we assessed over 1,100 clients of Divine Lashes. Upon tallying the results, we found over 60% of clients turn in for refills every three weeks, over 20% walk in every two weeks, and over 16% once four weeks.
Explore this case study further in our recent post ‘how long lash extensions last’.
Clients with weak natural lashes can benefit from lash serum to increase the strength of their natural lashes and prolong their retention. You can read more on lash growth serums safe for eyelash extensions next.
#9 You Can Get Them Wet
When you’re wearing strip lashes, showering and swimming can turn utterly disastrous. On the flip side, eyelash extensions adhere to your natural lashes with the help of a cyanoacrylate-type of glue (the same component as seen in superglue) that’s waterproof.
The same is why you can do most things you do while wearing lash extensions, unlike strip lashes.
For instance, you can get wet in the rain with lash extensions, you can shower with lash extensions, you can cry while wearing eyelash extensions, you can swim with eyelash extensions, and much more once the initial cure period of 4 hours is complete.
Just make sure to clean and detangle your lashes after they get wet.
But remember not to soak in chlorinated pools or saltwater for a prolonged time as it can negatively affect the lash glue. You should also avoid sauna and hot showers as they can break the bond created by lash adhesives.
Eyelash extensions made of synthetic fibers don’t lose their shape and curl after getting wet. But that’s not true for extensions made of natural fibers like mink or sable lashes as they typically lose their curl with moisture.
#10 They Are Completely Safe
Eyelash extensions are glued to your natural lash after they’re carefully isolated by the eyelash technician.
While it’s completely safe when done by a licensed technician, eyelash extension treatments can damage your lashes and even your eyes when done by uncertified or untrained people.
The most common problems of getting it done by an uncertified tech are allergies, balding/thinning of natural lashes, infections, and damage to the eyes.
If you feel any pain, redness, swollenness, or discomfort after your lash extension appointment, contact the lash tech or an ophthalmologist for quick remedies.
If you’re new to the whole process, this post on ‘do eyelash extensions damage your eyelashes?’ will help you set out in the right direction.
#11 Convenience at Its Best
People say lash extensions are high maintenance but if you ask most long-term users, it’s as easy as the chores that we do daily anyway for the wellbeing of skin, hair, or body.
First off, it takes a maximum of two hours to do a full set while refills take merely half of that. The best thing is once you’re done with a session, you don’t need to head to the salon for at least a month.
Added benefits of eyelash extensions include saving up on all your expensive eye makeup and even enhancements or treatments like lash lifts or perms.
Lash extensions come with the necessary length, curl, and fluff so that you no need to worry about them anymore.
If you have the habit of washing your face at night and overall good hygiene, that’s all you need with lash extensions too.
Here’s a quick guide on the dos and don’ts to remember when wearing eyelash extensions to keep in mind when starting with individual lash extensions.
#12 Transform Your Look Every Month
Have you ever tried the winged look? Perhaps you’ve tried both cat eye and even colorful eyeliners months or years ago and are tired of spending time or effort on it anymore.
That’s why eyelash extensions are the perfect fit. You can get a cat-eye, doll-eye, natural sweep, and many more styles every time you go on for a refill or a set.
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent; meaning, they don’t last forever like freckle tattoos or lip blushing. In fact, one of their most popular merits is the instant gratification you get.
Most of my clients who are new to the world of lash extensions typically try out different styles over the span of a few months before settling on one.
With the eyelash extension market evolving every day with innovative techniques, colored fibers, and so on, there’s a lot to pick from.
Talk with your lash artist or check out our detailed article ‘Classic Vs Volume Vs Hybrid Lashes Compared’ to decide on which style might look good with your facial features and lifestyle.
#13 Uplift Your Confidence
Sometimes spending 20 minutes with the best eyeliner or the fanciest mascara won’t wake up your eyes enough. But with the right set of personalized eyelash extensions, you can look alert, bright, and flawless every day.
Lash extensions bring about an impressive transformation that highlights your best features.
If you ask me, there’s nothing so dramatic as much as fluffy or long lashes. It can make people with thin or short or weak lashes look prettier, younger, and radiant!
Gone are the days when lash extensions were reserved for jobs in the show-business sector. Nowadays, every woman in every field can wear eyelash extensions confidently.
Eyelash extensions are a semi-permanent lash enhancement that uses synthetic or natural fibers to increase the length, curl, or volume of your natural lashes.
Although the average price is $164 for a full set of classic lashes, they’re worth every penny whether you compare them with strip lashes or lash lifts. Read more if you’re interested in the cost of different eyelash extension treatments across the U.S.
The best thing about lash extensions is you can sleep with them unlike having to take off strip lashes at the end of the day. Not to mention you’ll wake up gorgeous every day for at least a month before going into the lash salon for a refill.
Some clients love their lash extensions because they save a lot of time during daily makeup and others love them because they can get a personalized look.
Also, there’s no need for eyeliners and mascaras anymore. It’s a safe and painless lash treatment done within two hours or less by certified lash artists.
Besides being convenient and the best boost for confidence, you can try out different styles every month too. For those of you still wondering about eyelash extensions, just drop what’s bothering you and we’ll share all that we know about it.
Continued Readings on DivineLashes.ca: If you want to get started with eyelash extensions, check out my comprehensive lash guide for beginners, a case study to find out how much eyelash extensions cost on average, and my comparison of classic vs volume vs hybrid lashes.
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