eye lashesSemi-permanent fibers can be used for attaching eyelash extensions onto your natural eyelashes. They can make your lash’s fringe appear thicker, more long and darker. Individual lash extensions are applied to each of your individual natural eyelashes by applying glue that is semi-permanent. The type of material used varies from studio to studio, however, eyelash extensions glue can be made of synthetic, faux, mink or silk fibers. Numerous studios offer customers a range of extensions, curl patterns, tints and lengths to customize their appearance.

There are a variety of eyelash extensions

Lash artists employ three kinds of eyelash extension materials: mink, silk, and synthetic. Some studios also have “faux mink” extensions, which are technically just synthetic extensions that mimic mink extensions. Many salons will have a preference on which type of lash extensions they use, and will not always request you to state your preference. If you’re vegan, or allergic to cats make sure you ask that you don’t have mink extensions. While every extension of lashes is unique in appearance, silk and mink are more durable than other lashes. Synthetic lashes are thicker and more dramatic and can be used for people who want a more striking appearance.

What are the steps to apply?

Lash extensions are carefully applied one at a time (typically 80-140 per eye) using a specially-formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash. The lash is only applied to an existing lash, not to the skin. The exact procedure may vary from salon to Salon and can be different from salon to salon These are the guidelines:


Prior to applying the extensions, the technician should go through all the risks and advantages of wearing eyelash extensions before applying them. Additionally, they should ask about any conditions you may have that would make eyelash extensions incompatible for you. They’ll also ask you to remove your contacts if you wear them.

Choose Extension Length and Curl Strength

Begin the process by explaining to your lash artist the look you’d like. Depending on the look you want the length and curl the strength of your extensions will be decided. The artist may employ 3-4 different lengths extensions. It is recommended to focus longer extensions towards the outer corners, while shorter ones towards the inner eyes.

Eye Cleansing

The artist will ask you to lie down so they can ensure you are comfortable. They’ll then wash the area, removing all oil and makeup. Your artist will appreciate it to not wear makeup or other items on the day you schedule your appointment.

Apply the Eye Gels and Tape

Eyes are closed during the process, which typically takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the amount of extensions your professional is applying. To prep for application your lash artist will apply an under-eye gel to the lower lash line in order to keep the lower lashes out of the way and provide an uncluttered background for working against. The eye gels are then fixed with medical-grade tape.


The artist using your lashes will use tweezers to dip each extension in the glue and then apply it to your own eyelash. One volume lash extensions extension is generally applied to every natural lash. However, more complex looks may require multiple extensions. The application isn’t painful but you could be a bit nervous when tweezers are operating so close to your eyes even though they’re closed.


The glue for lashes dries quickly, but your lash artist will likely need you to wait for approximately 10 minutes after all the extensions are in place. To speed up the drying process some lash artists point a small fan at the extensions. Others prefer to let glue dry naturally. At this point your eyes remain closed.

Get rid of the Tape and Gels

Your lash artist will remove any gels or tapes for under-eyes after your lashes have dried completely. After the tape is removed the lash artist will apply a lash brush using an brush that is spooly. After that, you’ll be asked to blink slowly. Et voila!

Lash extensions work, plain and simple. You can get larger, darker, more full extensions and they can enhance your eyelashes. However, you can’t get it for free. Extensions can be costly and even if you follow the rules when it comes to aftercare, it’s still very possible that you’ll sustain the effects of your natural lashes which could include breakage or fallout.