Whether you’re new to lashes or a veteran lash lover, it’s always important to know the latest lash lingo before going to see your lash artist. That way, you’ll be ready for your next lash session and know exactly what to tell them in order to get the lashes you’ve always wanted. Let’s take a look at the different lash options available to you, why they’re popular — or not popular — and how you can get them.
Strip lashes are probably the easiest types of lashes to come by since they can be found at virtually any drug store or beauty store for about $5 to $15. Strip lashes either come with a peel-off adhesive strip or lash glue, which you can apply yourself. These lashes do not require professional help, but unfortunately they usually only last one day and can be messy to apply. Women typically choose these lashes for their convenience and affordability. They’re a great option for a one-time use (i.e. special event) but if you’re looking for more quality lashes that last longer, these would not be the best option.
Cluster lashes are small, fans of eyelashes that are knotted at the base which are applied with lash glue. These types of lashes are popular because they can last up to a week, and like strip lashes, they are sold at a reasonable price. They can be applied at home or by a lash professional. However, the problem with cluster lashes is that if they are not put on properly, they can pull out your natural eyelashes due to their heaviness on the lash line and the risk of glueing multiple of your natural lashes together. And because the lash glue is applied directly onto the skin instead of the lash, you are more prone to skin irritations as well as infections in and around the eyes. Be wary of lash techs marketing volume eyelash extensions but in reality, using cluster lashes. Cluster lashes should never be applied with professional lash extension adhesive.
Lash extensions are becoming increasingly popular due to their quality and durability, lasting up to about four weeks. Lash extensions must be applied by a professional. Using high-grade lash extension adhesive, your esthetician will glue each lash on individually by sticking them on to your natural lash one-by-one. Lash extensions can provide you with full, long, beautiful lashes but there are a few things to consider:
- The lash extension process can take 2-3 hours
- Services range from $100-500 for a full set
- Refills are required every 2-3 weeks for maintenance
Because of this, some women are skeptical to spend the time and money it takes to maintain lash extensions. But even so, the results rarely disappoint.
Semi-Permanent Lash Glue
Semi-permanent lash glue is the high-grade adhesive that is used for lash extensions and bonds your false lashes and natural lashes together. This type of adhesive is used to keep the lash extensions on for weeks if properly cared for. However, semi-permanent lash glue should only be handled by a professional to ensure it is used correctly and safely.
Temporary Lash Glue
Temporary lash glue is used for strip lashes or cluster lashes as we discussed earlier. It differs from semi-permanent glue since its used to place lashes on top of your own lashes, without glueing them together. This type of glue is readily available and easy for everyday people to use. The only downfall is that like the name states, temporary lash glue usually last for about one full day or one use and can be messy to apply.
Now that you know your lash lingo, you can go to your next lash appointment with confidence. Make sure to ask questions and go over all of your options with your lash expert in order to achieve the perfect look tailored just for you. For even more lash lingo, read Lash Industry Buzzword Definitions.
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