As some of you know, I've had eyelash extensions for a little over a year now, and they're something that a lot of you ask about regularly so I wanted to put all the info in one place for you! But since I am just a consumer and only know so much as my own personal experience with extensions, I decided to bring on an expert to give you the best info possible.
Stacey Diaz is impressive- not only is she a badass CrossFitter and coach, using her Instagram account @boomfamf to discuss things like confidence, beauty, body image, self acceptance, feminism and personal growth, but she also has a booming business as an eyelash extension artist in Pasadena California, @StaceyDLashes. (If you're not following her already, really what are you doing with your life?) She was kind enough to answer some FAQs for you guys about lashes, and I included my video below as well.
Q&A WITH STACEY DIAZ
HOW DO YOU FIND A GOOD SALON? WHAT'S THE RESEARCH PART LOOK LIKE BEFORE GOING IN FOR YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT?
The key to knowing if you're in good hands is really going to have to do with what the customers have to say about the service. You've gotta look at an artist's work before you go in, and you have to be sure they take the time to answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT SIZE OR VOLUME TO GET?
Sizing and volume really depends on preference. You've gotta go in knowing what you want and then you can ask your lash artist if your natural lashes can handle the length and volume. A good artist will always be honest and tell you what they can and can't do. If anyone agrees to do whatever you want them to do without examining first, they're most likely doing whatever they want without even looking at your lashes first.
DO EXTENSIONS DAMAGE YOUR NATURAL LASHES?
Extensions will only hurt your natural lashes if you pluck your extensions off of if your lash artist doesn't do correct isolation. I always tell my clients that they can be confident that their lashes are ok because I can leave them looking fluffy with every fill. If you notice fills start to look less and less full, you should ask your artist why that is and to take a photo of your natural lashes.
DO YOUR NATURAL LASHES EVER NEED A BREAK? IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW LONG YOU CAN WEAR THEM?
Breaks are only necessary if you feel like you need a break. Your lashes can handle it as long as you can handle it.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU REALLY CAN'T OR SHOULDN'T DO WITH EXTENSIONS?
You should never put mascara on them. It's messy and impossible to clean them when you come to your fill. Crying, getting sweat on them, sea water, saunas and anything salty or oily will make them fall out faster. Also, never pluck them off! Let them run their natural cycle.
And I also included a super quick brow tutorial for you guys as well. I don't spend a ton of time on my brows- I prefer them to have a more natural look most days, bur I wanted to show you how I do them! (And side note: I completely forgot to include that the first step is applying clear brow gel, letting it dry completely, and then following the steps in the video.)
If you have any other questions please comment below!