As long as your own lashes are at least three millimetres long, you can get extensions.
Prices vary. For lash clusters, the cost is R200, and R5 per fill cluster. Individual lashes are R350 per set and R5 per fill lash. Most lashes are synthetic mink made of polyester.
You can double the length of your lashes. But any longer and the extensions and your natural lashes may fall out faster.
You should be lying down, with pads placed over your lower lashes, eyes closed. Using fine tweezers, the technician dips a fake eyelash in adhesive and then applies it to a natural lash, one millimeter above the root of your lash. A full set for both eyes’ upper lashes takes about two hours. For best results, lashes should be applied individually.
Some people might be allergic to the glue, which can cause redness and swelling. Extensions pose no known health risks when they are applied professionally, but if they get in your eye, they are more irritating than natural lashes.
You should be able to comb through your lashes with a clean mascara wand. And you should not be able to feel them.
Extensions can last a month; they simply fall out when your natural lashes do. Oils from makeup will shorten the life of the glue bond, as will rubbing, which might pull off your natural lashes, too. You don’t need to curl them or even wear mascara, but if you want mascara, apply a water-based one to the tips only (don’t use waterproof). Water- or gel-based cleansers can be used with a sponge-tip applicator or lint-free cloth to remove makeup around the eye. You can also use a baby wash to keep your lashes clean. Keep lashes dry after application—no sweat-inducing exercise for the first 24 hours, and avoid swimming, and saunas, for the first 48.