Kirst Bisset

The 411 on Eyelash Extensions
10 February 2016

What are your thoughts on eyelash extensions? I've always been a little nervous of them, to be honest. What if I look like Twiggy's dejected cousin? What if they stab me in the eyeball? What if I don't have time?

I recently met up with my beautiful friend, Daniella, and after not seeing her for a while, the first thing that came outta my mouth was, "OMF, lady! Your lashes look incredible!" And by incredible, I didn't mean fake. They looked like she'd spent hours with a mascara wand.

This piqued my interest. I decided to bite the bullet and head to where she had hers done. LushLash is a lovely studio in Bryanston, Jozi (in the Virgin Active complex). It's run by the even lovelier Kaelee. No, really. She's insanely gorgeous. I felt sad that I had to keep my eyes closed during my appointment.


So here's how it all goes down

You lie down (perfect for a nap) and your bottom lashes are taped so they don’t get caught in the top ones during application. Don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt at all. I have very sensitive eyes and I wear contact lenses; there was no discomfort at all.

The process takes about an hour and a half.

There are various lengths and shapes available. Kaelee will assist with this according to your eye shape and the state of your natural lashes.

I have the c-curl shape on - this is the most common one. She is very gentle and I didn’t experience any discomfort.



How much does it cost?

A full set costs R550, but keep an eye on LushLash’s Facebook and Instagram feeds for specials.

Your natural lashes fall off regardless of if you have extensions or not, so you will need to go for a fill every 2-3 weeks to “fill the gaps”.

Depending on how many lashes need to be replaced, this can range from between R150 and R300 per fill.


What happened afterwards?

Once the application is complete, there is nothing you need to do, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

- Don't swim for 48 hours following your application.

- Avoid very hot showers. The steam will break down the glue.

- Avoid oil-based products on your face.


My Pros and Cons

Like any analytical thinker, I weigh the good up against the not-so-bad.


- You spend A LOT less time doing your make-up. I wake up in the morning, shape my brows, and I’m out the door. Really. I didn’t realise how much time I spent on my eyes to achieve the same “wide awake” effect as I have with eyelash extensions.

- You’ll save on your mascara bill. And if you’re anything like me where only Lancôme or a trip overseas to Sephora will do, you’ll save a fair amount.

- You can sing. “I woke up like this” and mean it.



- You’re going to spend 2 – 3 hours a month on you lashes. If you’re not prepared to do so, don’t bother.

- Yeah, it costs, but see pros above.


A few funny comments I’ve received

"Your eyes are so cute." - The receptionist at the Slow Lounge

"Kirst, did you sleep for 39 hours last night?" - One of my clients.

"At what point is eyelash envy an acceptable feeling?" - Friend.


I won't lie, I'm pretty hooked. My days are so full and I truly love how much time I've saved in the morning with these. And I think I look pretty, so excuse me while I slay.

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