NEED-TO-KNOW: Lash ex­ten­sions

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These have grown in pop­u­lar­ity, last­ing for weeks at a time, but – as amaz­ing as they can be – there’s a few things to con­sider be­fore your ap­point­ment: 1 Ev­ery lash ex­ten­sion is cus­tomis­able. Don’t worry, you won’t end up look­ing like Bette Davis – most sa­lons will of­fer ex­ten­sions from 9 to 15mm in length, and you can pick your type of curl, too: it’s all very easy to per­son­alise. NB: They can take up to two hours to ap­ply. 2 They last longer than you think. With proper care, they can last up to a month. Most places rec­om­mend you go back ev­ery two to three weeks for a touch-up, but you can pro­long their life­span by not us­ing wa­ter on them 3 or us­ing oil near your eyes. You can’t wear mas­cara with them. Liq­uid-based eye prod­ucts can dam­age the ex­ten­sions and mas­cara will just leave lash ex­ten­sions crusty and dam­aged. It’s only al­lowed if you’re ap­ply­ing just at the tips or 4 right be­fore hav­ing them re­moved. They can ruin your lashes, but they don’t have to. If ap­plied cor­rectly and prop­erly, they are safe and won’t ruin the health of your nat­u­ral lashes. The big­gest no-no is tug­ging or pulling on them as this is when the dam­age is done. 5 Re­moval needs to be done pro­fes­sion­ally. You should never at­tempt it your­self. How­ever, some will fall out nat­u­rally over time along with your nat­u­ral eye­lashes, which shed just like the hair on your head.

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