Eyelash extensions are one of the most beloved beauty products on the market. It’s easy to see why, too: they add volume, length, and fullness to the lashes, creating that “doe-eyed temptress” look without the having to cake-on layers upon layers of eyeliner and mascara.
If you’re using high-quality eyelash extensions, they can last for a long time, too; heck, they can even stand up to showering and swimming and look fabulous when you wake up, too! With so many benefits, why wouldn’t you want to wear eyelash extensions?
After wearing artificial lashes for years and being a huge supporter of them, recently, I’ve changed my tune. In fact, I’ve completely ditched the falsies and now I’m urging others to do the same. Why? Read on to find out why I stopped eyelash extensions and why you may want to, too.
First, My Backstory…
Before I dive into why I stopped eyelash extensions, I’d like to shed some light on my backstory and experience with false lashes. I’m a mom of two young kids and I also work a full-time job. As any working mom knows, there literally aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done on that seemingly endless “list of things to do”.
Between getting the kids up, fed, dressed, and packing school lunches; answering emails, showering, ironing, making beds, washing dishes, and setting the crockpot up so that dinner’s ready when we get home; feeding and letting the dogs out (we have two)… all within a 2-hour window (I even set my alarm a full 45 minutes before anyone else gets up in the morning so that I can indulge in a glorious cup of coffee and scroll through my newsfeed before the chaos of the day ensues), I definitely didn’t have enough time to do a full-face of makeup.
Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely apply some makeup, but just enough to disguise that “mombie” (you know, the “zombie mom” look), which included foundation, cover-up, a swipe of eyeshadow and a quick coat of mascara. Despite my best efforts, though, I still felt like I looked tired, drained, and just didn’t feel my very best.
My lashes are short and thin, and not having enough time to really focus on applying my eye makeup the way I usually would to create that illusion of long, lush lashes, I kind of felt self-conscious about my appearance. Then I remembered how great I looked for weeks after my wedding, right through the end of our two-week honeymoon in paradise (Calgon, take me back!), and I had hardly applied any makeup on our trip.
What was it that made me look so fab without having to apply tons of glob to my lashes (well, besides the fact that I wasn’t a mom yet and was still able to get a solid night of sleep)? I realized, it was the eyelash extensions! I had them professionally applied the evening before our wedding and those babies really made such a huge difference.
So, short story long (lol!), I realized that maybe lash extensions would be the solution to my makeup working mom makeup dilemma. I got the name of a girl who does artificial lashes from a friend (whose lashes always look amazing) and I decided to go for it! Needless to say, I was delighted with the results and for three years (yes, THREE!), I religiously wore lash extensions. The results were amazing and I looked and felt great!
However, fast forward and I started to think about ditching the fake lashes, and ultimately, that’s exactly what I did. What is it that made me quit? Here’s a look at some of the reasons why I decided to stop eyelash extensions.
First and foremost, it was the expense. Applying eyelash extensions isn’t cheap; especially if you’re having high-quality lashes professionally applied once every three weeks. Nope. Not cheap at all. Not even a little.
Sure, at first it might not seem like a huge expense – $80 to $100 bucks a month is totally worth it when you always look amazing – but when you calculate the expense over the course of a year (around $960 to $1,200), you realize, “Holy crow, it really is pricey!” And then you start to think about how much better you could have spent that money, or how much you could have saved; over the course of three years, I could have saved up an extra $2,880 to $3,600!
I Looked Too “Done Up”
Yes, one of the benefits of lash extensions is that they make it look like you’re wearing mascara and eyeliner, or that your lashes are just naturally luscious. That’s great for when you’re out on the town, going to a special event, or even for a date night, but for every day, not so much.
I’m an elementary school teacher, and while I certainly like to look my best for my students and co-workers, the fact is that I just looked too “done-up”. The falsies were dramatic and I’m a pretty natural girl; I don’t wear tips on my nails, hit the tanning bed, go to the hair salon on a regular basis (or even do much more with my hair than toss it back in a ponytail most days), or wear the latest designer clothes.
Of course, I’m not saying there’s anything bad about being perfectly coiffed at all times, but it just isn’t me. Add in the fact that I’m an elementary school teacher and the false lashes were just too much. Maybe if I worked in a different industry it would work, but not teaching.
It Got Irritating
If you’ve ever had eyelash extensions put on, you know how irritating the adhesive can be. Most adhesives are filled with chemicals (some even have formaldehyde!) that can seep into your eyes and make them burn, itch, water, and even swell.
Applying lash extensions as frequently as I was, and for as long as I did, the irritation the glue caused certainly couldn’t have been good for my eye health; and even my overall health. Exposing myself to harmful toxins in exchange for looking good just didn’t seem like a wise tradeoff anymore.
My Real Lashes were Destroyed!
And that brings me to the final reason why I stopped eyelash extensions: they completely and totally destroyed my natural eyelashes. I never had long, thick, perfectly curled lashes, which is one of the reasons why I decided to start wearing extensions in the first place.
However, after wearing false ones for so long, I can definitely say that my natural lashes look 10X worse than they did before I started with the extensions. The chemicals in the glue combined with the extensions coming lose and having to be pulled off when it was time to reapply wreaked havoc on my natural eyelashes.
Since I stopped wearing them, I’ve been applying some avocado oil and coconut oil to my eyes every night to heal the damage and encourage new healthy growth, and a month out, I’m already seeing the results. Yay!
Summing It Up
So, there you have it; the top reasons why I stopped wearing eyelash extensions. I’m not saying that everyone is like me and that if you wear them you should totally stop too, but if you’re thinking about making falsies a part of your regular beauty routine, or they already are and you are considering ditching them, maybe the reasons why I ditched them will help you reach your own decision.