Who doesn’t love thick, dark, beautiful, long lashes? While some lucky ones may be blessed with eye-popping lashes from birth, we know that more often than not people opt for drugstore products such as lengthening serums to do the trick. Over the years, eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular with more salons offering them than ever before. However, there are some things you should keep in mind before heading to the salon. The following are some essential tips and know-hows before you decide to invest your time and money in to your lushes lashes. How does it work? Lashes are individually glued to each one of your existing eyelashes on your upper lid. A cyanoacrylate-based glue is used to apply the lashes, which is similar to a surgical adhesive a doctor would use. Customers tend to double the length of their natural lashes, because any longer and the extension along with your lashes may fall out. Although lashes come in widths of 0.10 to 0.30 millimetres, beauticians tend to caution against anything over 0.20 for fear of damaging them. The beautician will place pads over your lower lashes, eyes closed. They will dip a fake eyelash in to the adhesive and apply it to the natural lash, one millimetre above the root. Since each lash has to be applied individually, a full set for both eyes’ upper lashes should take about two hours. Remember - anything less means they’re slacking. Pick your design carefully Studios offer a bunch of different lashes options for their customers. These come in numerous lengths, thickness, and curls. Lashes also range in color, from natural-looking blondes and browns to deep blacks. Some salons even offer colored tips such as purples and blues via extensions - ombré for your lashes! Your beautician may study your natural lashes before deciding on a design that would be most flattering and enhance your natural look. Others may ask you what you are looking for before starting the procedure. As a rule of thumb, its always important to come prepared! Know what you’re signing up for Some people have actually gotten allergic relations to the glue used to apply the lashes. This can cause redness and swelling. Make sure to figure out if this applies to you before going in for the procedure. Salons should be licensed and regulated. Eyelashes pose absolutely no health risks if they are applied professionally. As long as your beautician knows what they’re doing - you won’t have a problem. However, fakes lashes definitely irritate more than natural ones if they get in your eyes. If this happens, carefully rinse your eyes out with water, and make sure not to tug at your lashes.