Okay– let me be very upfront about it. This is going to be a rather frivolous post.
Until a few months ago, I didn’t know what eyelash extensions even *were*, let alone had tried them. I suspect that many of my female friends and acquaintances had tried them or at least knew about them long before I considered this silly little beauty service. When I heard about them, I thought “wouldn’t that be fun to have around our anniversary?” We celebrate our anniversary (in June) with several nights out over a week or so, and this year we went to an opera, a symphony concert, and a fabulous dinner out. Of course, having several big nights out in a short time span meant that getting eyelash extensions was easier to justify than it would be normally.
So, what are the downsides, you ask? First of all, eyelash extensions are expensive. The initial set and the touch-up appointments are pricy, and they need to be maintained regularly if you don’t want them to fall out. Since the process is gluing fake eyelashes on your eyelids, there are some inherent risks (such as eye infection); the release form that I had to sign was a bit scary! And if one’s eyes are a bit sensitive (like mine seem to be), they can be somewhat irritating to wear. Not terribly, but in a low-grade annoying sort of way.
Then why get them? Because they are fun and sexy. You get to *wake up* with lovely eyelashes! My eyelashes have always been fine, light and thin, and it hasn’t improved as I have gotten older. It has been a nice treat to have dark, pretty, noticeable eyelashes, even when I’m not “made up”.
Unfortunately, my practical side is likely to win out. I am scheduled for an eyelash extension touch up this week, and I’m pretty sure I’m canceling. I’m a bit tired of not being able to rub my eyes, needing to specially clean my eyelashes every morning, and not being able to put my face toward the shower head. Going forward I might get eyelash extensions twice a year (anniversary and Christmas), but not get any touch ups. That way I get to have fun with big lashes, but I don’t have them for so long that they really start to bug me.