What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are synthetic or natural fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes one by one with a medical-grade adhesive to give the appearance of longer, fuller and thicker eyelashes. The extensions come in different lengths, thicknesses, and curls, which can be customized to create a variety of looks.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

The application process for eyelash extensions is really quite simple. Here is how they are done:

  1. Isolate one natural eyelash at a time: La Rae will use tweezers to separate the individual eyelashes, in order to ensure that each extension is applied to a single natural lash.
  2. Pick one extension from the lash tray: La Rae will then pick one extension from the tray and dip it into the adhesive.
  3. Attach the extension: Using tweezers, La Rae will attach the extension to the natural lash. It’s important to note that the extension never touches the skin.
  4. Repeat the process: La Rae will repeat this process until she has applied every single extension to each natural lash.

What are the different types of eyelashes?

Classic Lashes

Classic eyelashes are created for giving a natural look to the eye, this technique uses a 1:1 combination of individual lash extensions to natural lashes. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to create the complete look using different lengths, thicknesses, and curls for both eyes. Classic lash extension sets are carefully created to match the characteristics of your eyelashes in the best way without being too long or heavy.

Volume Lashes

Volume lashes are when several extensions are affixed together to make a fresh fan that’s then added to your eyelashes to create a lush, thick, and curly set of lashes.

Wispy Lashes

A combination of classic and volume lash extension styles, the wispy style is heavily customized to create unique looks. It uses a classic lash style of one extension per natural lash mixed with handmade volume fans affixed per lash using an eyelash extension adhesive.


This is a lash style where the classic set is applied (sometimes mixed with the ‘volume’ technique) based on the natural appearance of your lashes. We follow the natural lengths and patterns of your lashes and simply extend them by a few millimeters.

Do eyelash extensions damage natural lashes or your eyes?

Eyelash extensions don’t damage your natural lashes when they are applied by an experienced technician using the proper techniques and tools. It is critical to use extension lengths and thicknesses that the client’s natural lash can support.

Do eyelash extensions hurt?

When an extension is correctly applied on the natural lash, it doesn’t hurt. That’s because it doesn’t come into contact with your skin at any point. The application process is so relaxing that many clients often fall asleep during the session.

Are eyelash extensions only for special occasions?

While lash extensions are a great choice for special occasions, they are also perfect for daily wear. Unlike strip lashes, lash extensions last for weeks. You don’t have to remove and re-apply your extensions constantly.

Can you wear eyelash extensions over long periods of time?

Yes, you can wear lash extensions for two to six weeks without any hassle. Regardless of when they shed with your natural lashes, they don’t cause any irritation to the eye or lashes.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Lash extensions typically last the same lifetime as your natural lash cycle, which is between 4-6 weeks. However, to avoid them looking patchy as they grow out, most lash salons usually recommend top ups after 2 or 3 weeks to keep lashes looking completely full and uniform.

How do you remove eyelash extensions?

First things first, DIY is almost never the way. To avoid damage to your natural lashes lash extensions are best removed professionally by your lash technician. A special gel or cream remover is applied and the process usually takes between 10-15 minutes.

What should I expect during my first eyelash extensions appointment?

  • Consult first: Always have a long chat with La Rae who will work on you to relay your preferences first. This will help her design a custom style for you.
  • Wear comfy clothes: As most lash extension treatment requires clients to lay down, it’s best to wear comfortable attire that doesn’t restrict your body.
  • Make a playlist and get the headset: If you find music relaxing, create a playlist and take your favorite headset when going for the appointment.
  • Remove your makeup: Makeup products often contain oils and other conflicting components that can degrade the lash extension treatment. Remove mascara, eyeliner, or foundation before going to the salon or sitting down for the beauty treatment. Eye makeup should be non-existent for your appointment.
  • Disclose your allergies and do a test: Always share your seasonal allergies, past allergic reactions as well as cosmetic allergies with La Rae before doing an allergy patch test to ensure you’re on the safer side.
  • Be relaxed: To sit still for a few hours, you need to be well-rested and tension-free. Also keep in mind to avoid having excessive amounts of coffee, chocolates, and other stimulants.
  • Take out your contacts: If you’re wearing any contact lenses, you’ll be asked to remove them before the appointment due to safety concerns. You can re-apply your contacts once the lash treatment is complete.
  • Turn your phone on silent: A good way to limit distractions is by placing your cell phone on silent mode. You can also let your friends, family, or others know that you’ll be unavailable for the next couple of hours.
  • Go to the restroom before you start: To make yourself most relaxed over the next couple of hours, it’s good to empty your bladder before you sit down for the session.
  • Understand the procedure: Ask La Rae about the procedure and they’ll explain when they will apply gel pads, tapes, extensions, and what you need to do during that time. Typically, you’ll be asked to keep your eyes shut for the next couple of hours.
  • Take before-after pictures: Don’t forget to snap a few before-after pics of your lashes too!

How do I maintain my eyelash extensions?

Apart from avoiding water for four hours after getting your extensions done, there are many aftercare techniques to extend the life of lash extensions nowadays.

  • Cleaning: First off, you need to clean your eyelashes one to two times every day with a compatible cleanser. There are some excellent makeup removers specifically designed for extensions that you can include in your morning routine. Poor hygiene of the eye area is the #1 enemy of good retention. Keep in mind to avoid water pressure directly on lashes when showering with extensions.
  • Brushing: Combing your dry lashes will prevent them from tangling besides cleaning debris and avoiding clumps. The best way is to gently brush them daily.
  • Curling: Never use a mechanical curling device on your eyelash extensions as it can pull and snag on them, leading to premature falling out. Instead of a mechanical eyelash curler, you can use a heated curler with care.
  • Keep off the eyes: It’s best to avoid rubbing or scrubbing your eyes harshly as it can also cause extensions to shed early
  • Refill: Going for a refill at the right time, typically every two to three weeks to reduce the cost of having to do a full set and maintain a beautiful lash line.
  • Hairdryer: Never use the hairdryer on the hot setting and always go for the cool setting. You could also let them air dry on their own before using a spoolie brush to comb them.
  • Avoid heat, oil, and salt: From swimming in the ocean to avoiding the sauna and using cosmetic products with oil around the eye such as waterproof eyeliner and mascara, there are many ways to maximize the retention of your extensions.
  • Sleeping etiquettes: When sleeping with eyelash extensions, you can start sleeping on your back or side. You should also replace your cotton pillow covers with a soft fabric like silk or satin to prevent lashes from snagging on them.
  • Eye makeup: When wearing eye makeup, make sure to avoid oil-based products around the eye area and lash line as these products can weaken the adhesive used to adhere the extensions to your eyelashes. The extensions could eventually fall off with repeat exposure to oily eye cream, mascara, foundation, etc.
Your Eyelash Extensions procedure will be performed by our team at the White Diamond Medical Clinic.

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