Are you ready for lash extensions? Look closely at your fave celebs’ photos. Don’t you just love their long, full, and curly lashes? Now you can have them, too!
What exactly are lash extensions? They are semi-
permanent eye lashes glued to your real eye lashes and eye lids to make lashes look fuller and longer.
How are they different from falsies? Falsies or false lashes are attached to the lids, separate from the lashes, and are usually a whole strip. Extensions, on the other hand, are attached individually, and are incorporated into your own lashes so that you do not see where your own lashes end and the extensions begin. False lashes are also meant to be removed after a day, while extensions last longer.
How long do they last? Usually a few weeks, depending on the skill of your salon technician, the quality of glue, and how you take care of them.
How much do they cost? Prices vary from P1500 (Ricky Reyes) to P3000 (Franck Provost Salon, Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati).
Yes, not exactly cheap. I, for one, refuse to spend that much on temporary lashes, and so I kept asking around. Finally, through a friend (thanks, Monica!) I found a low-key salon that has been doing lash extensions since the 70′s.
The salon: GRACE LAGMAN
Location: N. Garcia (formerly Reposo) corner Baler Streets, Makati City (They have a branch in QC. Please call them for location and directions)
Tel: 890-2550 (Makati)
Business Hours: Mon-Sat, 8am to 6pm
Look for Olive or Nanette, tell them Cherry sent you.
What to expect
They can do different styles, thickness, lengths, depending on which you prefer, and the size and shape of your eyes. For best results, bring a picture of the kind of lashes or effect you like. Of course, they’ll advise you whether it will suit you or not.
My first extensions were full and thick, and they were perfect for me since I wear quite heavy eye makeup, especially eye liner. Once I took off my makeup, however, I felt kinda funny–a little bit too wide-eyed. If you do not usually wear makeup, you would be better off with a more natural style. Because I was not used to not scratching my eyes especially first thing in the morning, my extensions started to fall apart by Day 9.
On my second visit, (Day 11) I decided to try the wispier brown lashes. I found them a little too light–they were not visible enough. Also, since the glue is black and not brown, it made my lashes two-toned-black at the roots, then brown midway up to the tips. I ended up coating them with black water-proof mascara. Since I’m more careful now, looks like this second batch will last two weeks or more.