Eyebrow Extensions: What You Need To Know
Known as “eyebrow extensions’, this is by far the most natural looking solution to making eyebrows bolder and more voluminous. If you have sparse, uneven, patchy brows this might be a great temporary solution!
Eyebrow extensions were a natural segway from the uber popular eyelash extension procedure. Similar to eyelash extensions, eyebrow extensions are done with tiny fibers of mink or synthetic hairs. The brow extension fibers are then attached to either bare skin or to existing hairs, giving them a fuller, stronger look.
An eyebrow extension session takes around 1-2 hours, and can utilize up to 200 new hairs per eye. If you want to take a break from filling your eyebrows in using different brow kits and products, keep reading!
How Long Do the Eyebrow Extensions Last?
Eyebrow extensions last anywhere from one to 3 weeks. It all depends on your own personal habits, as well as how much hair you’re starting out with. If you are starting out with absolutely no hair, the eyebrow extensions might fade away after less than a week.
How to Make Eyebrow Extensions Last Longer
With eyebrow extensions, like with most cosmetic treatments, proper aftercare is very important for their longevity. Here are some key parts of the eyebrow extension aftercare:
‚Äö” Keep them dry for the first 24-48 hours. This means no showers, no pools, no heavy exercise, and no saunas.
‚Äö” Avoid putting anything on your eyebrows that contains oil, especially oil-based makeup removers.
‚Äö” Avoid rubbing your eyebrows too much when cleansing the face, and definitely avoid exfoliants.
‚Äö” Be careful when changing clothes. Make sure shirt and dress collars don’t come into contact with your eyebrows.
‚Äö” Sleep on your back or on your sides. Avoid resting your face on the pillow.
What Materials Are Used for Eyebrow Extensions?
Like with eyelash extensions, the hairs used for eyebrow extensions are usually made of mink, although good synthetic options also exist. Hairs are available in a variety of natural colors, including dark and light brown, black, blonde, red, and auburn. The most frequently used hair lengths are 5-8mm.
When it comes to adhesive used, you want to make sure the salon you go to uses a formaldehyde-free glue, preferably made in North America or Europe.
How Do I Choose My Salon/Aesthetician?
When trying to find an eyebrow extension technician, look for a mixture of pictures and reviews. By looking at your future best friend’s picture gallery you can make sure that you like their eyebrow design style, and you can become confident that they will give you exactly what you want.
When you read reviews, you want to specifically see what people say about the longevity of their eyebrow extensions. While you should remember that a big part of the eyebrow extension longevity has a lot to do with the aftercare, if you see that many people complain about hair coming off too early you can know that the problem might be with the salon itself.
How Much Do Eyebrow Extensions Cost?
Eyebrow extensions normally cost between $80-$400. Refills are recommended after about 3 weeks, and will normally cost between $40-$150.
‚Äö” Eyebrows look very full and natural.
‚Äö” The procedure is totally painless.
‚Äö” Extensive aftercare.
‚Äö” Terrible for fidgety people.
‚Äö” Doesn’t last for a very long time/requires frequent touch-ups.
I think eyebrow extensions are the perfect solution if you have serious commitment issues, if you only need your eyebrows looking good for a special occasion, or if you’re prepared for monthly/bi-monthly salon visits. If your eyebrows are completely missing, or if you have large bald patches, you might be better off looking into eyebrow microblading, which lasts for much longer and also looks quite natural.
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