Monday, 9 April 2018

Where to Get Lash Extensions in London and How Much Do They Cost?

If there was only ONE beauty product I could wear for the rest of my life, it would be eyelash extensions. Well, eyelash extensions or bronzer. (This bronzer, to be precise.) They just make me feel so much nicer, and my make-up routine takes a fraction of the time it used to. Well, my daytime routine does, I still enjoy trowelling it on at weekends.

I get asked so many times if I’m worried about damaging my natural lashes, how do I find out the best place to get them done, are they safe, am I worried that I’ll get addicted etc etc, so I wanted to share my tips to anyone who’s tempted to invest (and yes, it is an investment!) I’ll start with the easiest question: am I worried I’ll become addicted to them. No I’m not, because I already am. And I’m 100% ok with that! Now on to the rest…

Hybrid lashes- a mix of volume and classics

How do I know they won’t damage my natural eyelashes?
If you go to an accredited technician, they will have been trained to apply the lashes safely and professionally. The 1-1 method means each synthetic lash is bonded to each natural lash, so it will grow out naturally as your own eyelash does. You shouldn’t see or feel ANY clumping and they shouldn’t feel heavy (I can’t even feel mine at all, they’re weightless!) so if you feel any discomfort, get them removed, or go back to the salon to get them sorted. A standard set of classic extensions takes about 60-90 minutes, and volume takes around 90+ (depending on how full you want them) so if your appointment is taking any less time than this, question it.

Where do you get them done?
I get mine done by the lash queen herself, Shareen. (Check out her Instagram here, or Facebook page here.) If you are London local and can travel to Purley, then you need to book in. she’s won multiple awards, lives and breathes lashes, and always creates the exact look I want, so I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my lashes now! When you’re looking for a new tech, check out their work first. If they only have a handful of examples of their work, I would probably look elsewhere, and remember to see if they have an official training certificate and insurance.

How are they such a game-changer?
Where do I start?!?!?! I always get an extra 20 minutes in bed, I look half decent when I’m doing high intensity training in the gym (which is a HUGE benefit, especially in London because everyone is so beautiful and every gym studio is like a cult so I don’t wanna be the ugly newbie), and I don’t have to bother with sticking on false lashes every day like I used to. 

Can you still sleep/shower/wash your face properly?
No, I don’t shower for the whole 3 weeks I have them on until I get them infilled. *eye roll* Honestly, I get asked this so many times it baffles me. Yes, I shower every day, FYI, but I just take more care around my face. Instead of lathering up my wash with cleanser and washing it off with my hands, I use a my Magnitone MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth around my eyes. With regards to sleeping, try not to sleep directly on your face, at least for the first few nights as you will manipulate the lashes and they will look like a squashed spider. The more you get lash extensions, the more your body will adapt to sleeping in a position that won’t crush them.

How much do they cost?
This is completely dependant on your location, and experience of the technician you choose. In London I would say you’re looking at £80-£120 for volume, and £50-£70 up north.

If you could only have one beauty product or treatment for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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