There are a lot of myths out there about eyelash extensions—from it being a painful process to the notion that your natural lashes will all fall out and cease to grow back ever again. As your trusted beauty editors, we’re here to set the record straight. We tested the process ourselves, and spoke to licensed cosmetologist Arianna Montazem, a lash extension specialist who applies six sets of extensions per day, to bust the common misconceptions.
Meet the Expert
Arianna Montazem is a board-certified cosmetologist who practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been seen on celebrities such as Olivia Holt and Halsey and has been featured in publications like Nylon Magazine and Violet Grey.
If you have ever considered getting them done, read on!
First things first, your eyelashes fall out anyways. You just don’t realize it because they’re small and fine, but our natural lashes fall out every four to six weeks just like the hairs on our head. Eyelash extensions only get a bad rap because it’s more noticeable to spot natural eyelashes that have shed when they’re glued to long, thick, synthetic, and solid black fibers, and people don’t realize the process is normal and not a result of extensions.
Your eyelashes will, in fact, grow back. Because of the lash shedding cycle, new natural eyelashes are always growing in, hence why you get "fills.” “If new eyelashes weren’t always growing back, there would be nothing to fill,” explains Montazem. In other words? If eyelash extensions really made your eyelashes cease growing, refills wouldn’t even be possible, because there has to be a natural lash for the extension to adhere to.
Take it from someone who has gotten them done several times: Nothing about the process hurts! It’s not a matter of tolerance levels; there simply is no pain involved in the eyelash extension process. If you are worried about someone using tweezers close to your eyes, you might feel anxiety, but pain is not part of the deal.
“Getting eyelash extensions does not affect the natural growth cycle during or after you decide to stop getting them applied,” says Montazem. Many people feel that their natural lashes get thinner or shorter afterwards, but it’s essentially an optical illusion. “You get used to waking up every day with thicker, dark, curled, longer lashes,” says Montazem. So, understandably, you think your eyelashes are thinner and shorter after the extensions have ended. In actuality, that is not the case and getting extensions has no chemical effect on the thickness or length of the lashes you were born with.
“But just like it was something you got used to when you first had them applied, you will also have to get used to not having them on again,” she says. That, or continue to pay for extensions.
Many people think that you have to take breaks from getting extensions in order to let your natural lashes “breathe.” The idea that it’s not good to get repeated extensions because your eyelashes need breathing room is mere myth. “Your eyelashes do not know that extensions are being applied to them, and they continue to shed off like normal, and a new natural lash will grow back,” says Montazem. “However it is completely up to the client whether or not they wish to take a break.”
False. It can take forever if the technician you’re seeing is just starting out at eyelash extensions or is inexperienced and untrained. However professionals who fully specialize in eyelash extensions can perform a full set in just an hour.
Are you going to get eyelash extensions now? We have to admit, we’re pretty addicted to them here at Byrdie!