A little less than a month ago, I was part of a good friend’s wedding party. Of course, as a bridesmaid there are certain things expected. Oftentimes, you have to shill out for a dress that’s not necessarily your style. Additionally, the cost of having your hair and make up done are often part of the deal. However, in this case, my friend requested that all the ladies in her bridal party get eyelash extensions. What?! As you can probably guess, I wasn’t happy about it, but I felt guilted into relenting because it was her big day.
You’re likely wondering what my issue was? I mean, what woman doesn’t want long, luscious lashes, right? I emerged a mere 2 hours later with a full fill that made my eyes pop, no need for mascara…
Okay, so my issue with eyelash extensions is that it’s generally an unregulated industry, which means that anyone so called “technician” with a pair of tweezers and some glue can promise a full set of stunning, eye popping lashes.
However, the problem is that without the proper training and attention, those stunning fake lashes can cause all sorts of issues—from eye infections to irritations, to ending up with lashes to long and heavy that they look fake and completely ruining your real lashes underneath (I’m talking worn down to nubs). The main issue for me was that the salon had already been decided upon, and I was expected to jump on the eyelash extension train without doing my own research.