5 Myths (and Truths) About Lash Extensions

July 16, 2012 at 10:48 am , by

One experience with lash extensions and we were hooked. Of course there were skeptics who initially warned against them, but after almost a month of bombshell peepers, we seriously contemplated reducing our monthly grocery budget to make room for the new addiction. Then we came back down to earth and decided against it.

As with any beauty revolution there’s bound to be an abundance of myths, which is why we went to lash expert Courtney Akai to set the facts straight. Here’s the truth.

Myth: Lashes don’t hold up in the summer heat.
Courtney uses Novalash platinum blonde glue that holds up amazingly in the summer. Humidity, as well as water and oils from your sunscreen and the beach, actually enable lashes to hold up better. If someone comes in who is sensitive and needs to use another glue, Courtney suggests using oil-free products and more care. Either way, lashes are a great, easy way to look natural and glamorous in the summer heat, without mascara and makeup dripping down your face!

Myth: Lash Extensions damage your own eyelashes and cause them to fall out.
When someone inexperienced applies lashes, they often apply one synthetic lash to three to four natural lashes, causing clumps and the lash to break and fall out. Lashes naturally grow at their 30 to 60 day cycle and can fall out at this time. Lashes do not fall out from extensions, because if you’re separating each one-by-one, there is no way for this to happen.

Myth: It’s safe to apply lashes yourself.
Never. The process includes really strong glue that’s semi-permanent. Since application is done one lash at a time, you’d have to use tweezers, which is very difficult to do by yourself.

Myth: Lash Extensions aren’t safe because of the glue used.
Courtney Akai’s glue, approved by ophthalmologists, is made in the United States, verses many lash houses that use glues produced in China. Shipping glues across the world often lead to buildup of formaldehyde by the time they reach the salon. Since Courtney’s glue is made in the US, it’s fresh and safe. If you’re allergic to the glue, you’re still going to be allergic – this doesn’t mean the glue is harmful. Additionally, it’s safe for pregnant women, as there are no cancer-causing agents.

7 Responses to “5 Myths (and Truths) About Lash Extensions”

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  2. Thanks for your sharing,I would learn it by heart!


  3. Thank you for being honest & sharing this info! So many lash stylists have jumped on the bandwagon and sadly we do see a lot of repair work come through our doors. It is so important to go to an experienced Lash Extensions Stylist. The appropriate extension weight (thickness) and length also play a big role in the health of your natural lashes. A good lash artist will care about the health of the natural lash and make adjustments accordingly. Lash extensions WILL be easy to maintain with a great application!! So enJOY them, they are so fun and gorgeous :)


  4. Another factor to add to Myth: Lash Extensions damage your own eyelashes and cause them to fall out.
    This will happen if the synthetic lashes are either waaay too thick and too long for your natural lashes. They have to be the appropriate length and thickness or else there is too much extra weight on the natural lash causing the lash to fall out prematurely. So in fact, this myth is a little true.


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  7. Can you please tell me where I can learn to do these extensions professionally. I am licensed, but have not used my license with the exception of doing nails and years ago I did some theatrical makeup when I first received my license. I wanted to start doing some manicures and pedicures and the things I love to do, but I don’t really make money doing those things. I need to do something that makes me money so I can afford to work again and live comfortably. I have been disabled for the last three years and I am finally on the road to recovery. I want to love what I do and have it not feel like a job. I no longer want to be in property management. Can someone give me some direction in learning this and brushing up a little on my skills. I live in Boca Raton, Florida and I want to wake up in the morning and love every part of my day!!! I am older but I am fortunate enough that even though I was very sick I still look younger than I am and I love fashion, so I hope that I will be able to still make it in this industry at my age. I would love to get those lashes and I think I may have them put on to see what it feels like not to have to worry about mascara for awhile. Thank you in advance for taking the time to advise me on how to get started living again. Enjoy each and every moment! Cheers!