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I wore eyelash extensions for over seven years straight through, no breaks. I’ll share why I loved eyelash extensions, why I decided to remove them, and what I did to recover my eyelashes after eyelash extension addiction. Ready? Let’s go!
Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions
My love affair with eyelash extensions started over eight years ago. I had great eyelashes at the time, but a few of my friends had extensions, and I loved the way they looked. To this day, I still believe this is one of the biggest game-changers you can do for your appearance. You’re ready to roll out of bed every morning and are prepared to go with zero other makeup.
Pros of eyelash extensions:
- Always look fantastic with no effort
- No need to use an eyelash curler or mascara
There are a few reasons I decided to get them removed – the main one was psychological. When I was getting close to an eyelash fill, when there would be fewer eyelashes or gaps, I would feel ugly and bad about myself. In my twisted head, I had connected the fullness of my eyelashes to my confidence. Also, price and time were significant factors for me. I recently got married, and the extra cash I was shedding out for eyelashes became more meaningful. Extensions need to get filled every 2-3 weeks, which costs around $75 + tip depending on your area and the experience of your technician. During that hour, you lay down with your eyes closed (forget multitasking).
Cons of eyelash extensions:
- Cost around $75 every 2-3 weeks
- The time it takes to get filled (usually 1 hour – 1 1/2 hours)
- Cannot sleep on your stomach
- Don’t look natural
Here’s how I regrew my eyelashes after extensions:
When transitioning from extensions to el natural, I recommend having extensions removed by your technician. A few days before, order this serum (also linked here but sometimes sold out) and start using it over the extensions and on your real lashes afterward. I researched and read reviews for over 15 different serums, so I did the leg work for you! Lots of reviews claimed the results are similar to the effects of Latisse (which I read is excellent too, but requires a prescription). Its been three months, and I’ve used it every night religiously. You only need a small sweep on each eyelash line. Also, make sure to eat a healthy diet of whole foods so that your body has all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to grow healthy lashes!
When I go out, I curl my eyelashes and then coat them with this primer. The primer is also a lash conditioner, which contains Vitamin E and micro-fibers to help lash health. Then I top with a big coat of mascara. Viola! Beautiful lashes that look natural.
I’m not going to lie to you, transitioning to my natural lashes after seven years of extensions was very tough. I had a lot of anxiety around it. I felt like a bald egg for the first few weeks, but after that, my eyes adjusted, and I started loving my natural lashes again. Would I get eyelash extensions back? Yes, absolutely. However, for now, I’m enjoying rocking the natural look!
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