Monday, March 7, 2016

The Skinny on Lashes

Lash extensions are definitely my favorite beauty secret. I first gave them a try when I was competing for Miss North Carolina in 2013, as it alleviated the need to apply lash strips each time I went on stage. I definitely fell in love with them, but ultimately did not keep them up and decided to switch back over to using mascara.

About a month ago, I decided I would try them again and visited Kelly at Seagrass Salon. I showed her a few inspiration photos that I found on Pinterest, and she nailed it. At first, you may think whoa, those are some serous lashes, but you quickly get used to the ease and volume of your new lashes. I've had the most comments, inquiries, and questions in regards to this beauty secret -- so here's the skinny on lash extensions. 

How long does it take to get them applied?
For a full set, it can take anywhere from 2 to three hours, depending on the look you are going for. I've chatted with my gal or just taken a quick nap. It goes by more quickly than you think. A fill in takes a little more than an hour.

How long do they last?
Two to three weeks on average. I get fill-ins every three weeks but I'm very careful in not touching my lashes. 

How much do they cost?
This isn't a cheap endeavor - a full set can run between $150-300 depending on where you are located. Fill-ins are generally less than $100, between $40-$65 in this area.

Don't your lashes fall out?
You may not realize it, but you naturally lose lashes every day. So yes, you will see some shedding, but no more than you normally would (should you go to the right technician). After stopping application the last time, I didn't notice any difference in the fullness in my natural lashes - though I of course missed my extensions!

Do you still wear eye makeup?
I personally hardly wear eye makeup now - if I'm going somewhere special, I'll add a little liner to my top lashes and mascara for my lower lashes, but for the most part, I'm sans-eye makeup with lash extensions.

How do you wash your face?
The same as I normally do aside from staying away from my lash line. I keep any oil-based products far, far away (oil will loosen the bond), and gently use a q-tip to get any hard to reach places around my lashes. There are also certain makeup removers that are created just for eyelash extensions, like this one by Xtreme Lashes. 

Where should I get them done?
You'll see ads for lash extensions all over the place - nail salons included - but I would highly recommend seeing a certified technician. Kelly is certified by both NovaLash and Xtreme Lash, two esteemed brands in the beauty industry. Because these are going by your eyes, double-check before your technician gets started and make sure you are 100% confident in the person who will be doing them.

Anything else?
I would highly recommend taking photos of what you want and getting advice from your technician as to what works with your features. That will eliminate any surprise or confusion when you look in the mirror!

Feel free to ask any other questions! NC gals - go to Kelly at Seagrass if you are ever in Wilmington! If you book with Kelly, receive $50 off your first full set - don't forget to mention Southern Style! 


  1. So fun! I've thought about getting eyelash extensions a few times because they look so amazing but I know I'd never keep up with the upkeep on them. Thanks for the tips girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. I think it's great that it cuts your routine down and still looks like you've done up your eyes...the cost is a little much, but for a vacation it would be great for me! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Oh this is so informative! I have lost nig lashes, so I'd never even thought about this. Yours look amazing and so natural.

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  4. So fun!! I would try them for a special occasion. I can't believe that you haven't worn eye makeup since you have had them too!! That is amazing and a time saver. :-)

  5. Ahhh, I love these! Yours look fabulous. I've been going back and forth this past year on trying them, but I think I'm finally going to do it in time for my baby shower. And I love the idea of saving time every day since after baby, there probably won't be near as much getting ready time!

  6. I am so glad you shared this post! Your lashes look lovely, and it's great to have a review of what you think about them.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. Your eyelashes look amazing! I've recently been looking into getting my eyelashes done, so I'll keep what you said in mind!

  8. I am loving this post so glad you shared this post! Happy Monday!

  9. Your lashes seriously are amazing - thank you for doing this post! I may look into this further.

  10. I have wanted to try them for so long now, I don't wear eye makeup just mascara so this would be perfect for me. I just have to find someone good where I live.

  11. I've also wanes to try eyelash extensions! I've heard they are awesome !

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  12. I loved having the extensions when I tried them years ago! I have to admit that it felt darn good to really rub my eyes though once I decided to stop getting them filled in ;) Yours look fabulous!

  13. I love your lashes! I have a ton of friends that do this and love the outcome.

    XO Chelsea

  14. Your lashes look amazing! I must have been living under a rock, because I didn't know there were lash extensions that were semi-permanent. I've only known about the ones that I've worn for events when getting my makeup done. How much fun! Love that they last for a few weeks and cut back on the amount of eye makeup :)
    Green Fashionista

  15. This post was very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Beautiful lashes! I've always thought of getting extensions for my future wedding day - no crying off mascara! Great tips lady - thanks for sharing!

  17. I never knew you got eye lash extensions! They look so natural! Great tips! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  18. Great post!! These look amazing and I've been on the fence between trying these and Latisse.. these are just so pricey but the length and fullness are amazing!!

    xo, Kristina

  19. Lovely images!

  20. Ohh great review!! I always get them at benefit/ultra but this would be amazing.

    Sara Kate Styling

  21. Your lashes look great! Thanks for sharing! been meaning to get lash extensions done :)

    Xo Raina

  22. They look great! Not sure if you have ever looked at any "lash growth" type products, but I have recently fallen in love with and seen some great length added to my lashes using Neu Lash. Worth checking out!


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