NJ Lash Advice: Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions

Pros of eyelash extensions

Here’s how to determine if eyelash extensions are right for you...make a list of the pros and cons of having eyelash extensions applied. Some perks for having eyelash extensions applied:

  • They enhance the beauty of your eyes – Eyelash extensions, whether they be classic lash extensions, volume lash extensions or hybrid lash extensions, will make your lashes look full, long and fluttery all of the time.  In the morning when you wake  up, you will effortlessly have beautiful eyelashes.
  • The results are immediate – You walk out of your lash extension appointment looking beautiful.  Having long, beautiful lashes after the first appointment delivers instant gratification.
  • No more mascara – Lash extensions are a time saver!  No more applying and removing eye makeup remover to your lashes.  Say good-bye to the smudging, running and flaking of mascara.
  • They’re customizable – Meet with your lash technician to discuss the look you would like to achieve.  Lash color, curl, length and volume can all be tailored to meet your desired look.
  • They can last a long time – Your eyelashes’ natural shed cycle is four to ten weeks.  This will cause the eyelash extensions to fall out along with your natural eyelashes.   As time goes on, your eyelashes’ natural shed cycle will cause the extensions to fall out along with your natural lashes. You can, however, get regular “fills,” in between the cycle, which will keep your lashes looking lovely.
  • The process is painless – You should never experience any pain with the application or wear of eyelash extensions, if applied properly.
  • They can withstand water – You will have to keep your eyes and lashes dry for 48 hours after completion of your lash extension application. Once that time has passed, you should be able to resume normal activities such as swimming, showering, although keeping them dry will help them last longer.
  • Safety  concerns –  Dermatologists and estheticians alike, agree that the application of lash extensions, when administered by a licensed professional, is safe; however, there can be risks.

Eyelash extensions can make your eyelashes look thicker and longer. But risks can be associated with the procedure.

Cons of eyelash extensions

As there are many pros to getting eyelash extensions (including enhancing your appearance), there are also cons to having eyelash extensions applied.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that applying eyelash extensions can cause infection or swelling of the eyelid, infection of the cornea and temporary eyelash loss. Some of the more common risks may include:

  • Irritation and infection risk – Irritation and/or infection can occur if proper sanitation and application requirements are not followed. It is recommended that Lash technicians perform a “patch test” with the glue, before the extensions are applied. The patch test will reveal any allergies to the glue, which will be used in the lash extension application.  Even if the test results show no allergies, the chemicals in the glue may cause your eyelids to become irritated. The entire area around your eyes, including your eyelids, is very sensitive. The weight of the glue alone can cause stress on the eyelashes and cause irritation.
  • The cost – Depending on where you get your eyelash extensions done, the average cost for the initial visit is in the range of $100 and $500.  Refills can cost from $50 to $150.  You could be looking at spending $650 to $3,900 just on fills if you go by the recommended schedule of every two to four weeks.
  • Maintenance – Because extensions are so expensive, preserving them between fills is important. Maintaining lash extensions can be a hassle. Simple everyday tasks such as sleeping, showering, washing your face must be done with care to preserve your last extensions.


Who should avoid eyelash extensions

If you are having a procedure done, such as LASIK, chemotherapy, radiation or any other procedure affecting the eye, you should consult with your doctor before having eyelash extensions applied.

If you have any of the following conditions, please check with your doctor prior to considering eyelash extensions:

  • Trichotillomania – Trichotillomania is a stress or anxiety disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from the scalp, including eyelashes.
  • Eyelid dermatitis – Eyelid dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes eyelid skin to become dry, itchy, and irritated.
  • Blepharitis – Inflammation of the eyelids that affects the eyelashes or tear production, producing red, swollen eyelids and crusty eyelashes.
  • Alopecia areata – Condition that causes sudden hair loss on the scalp and may also affect eyebrows and eyelashes.

D. Sierra Lash Co, has two North Jersey eyelash extension salons conveniently located  in both Passaic and Morris Counties. Among other services, we specialize in classic eyelash extensions, high volume eyelash extensions and We serve such  towns as Ringwood, West Millford, Pompton Lakes, Mendham, Morris Plains, Dover, Roxbury, Totowa, Clifton, Wayne, Hawthorne, Short Hills, Morris, Millburn, Montclair, Verona , Morristown, Chatham and more. Feel free to make an appointment, and/or check our services and product line we offer through our website.