The Main Differences Between Lash Extensions and DIY Lash Kits
DIY lash kits can be a great option for those who are on a budget or who want to have more control over the frequency of lash extension process. However, DIY lash kits can be difficult to use if you struggle to apply strip lashes. Also, they often do not last as long as professional lash extensions.
Professional lash services are more expensive than DIY lash kits, but they offer many benefits that DIY lash kits cannot. Professional lash artists are trained in applying lash extensions and can customize the look of your lashes to suit your individual needs. While assessing your facial features and curating a set to make you look your best. Lash extensions applied by a professional could also last longer than those applied with a DIY kit.
But to make the decision process easier for you, we are going to outline specific pro’s and con’s for you to consider.
What Exactly is a “DIY Lash” Kit?
DIY Lash kits come with everything you need to apply lashes that last at home. The best option when looking to DIY is high quality segmented lash extension alternatives. Compared to strip lashes, our segmented DIY lashes are made with the exact same products we use to create our in salon lash extensions. Strip lashes are typically made of plastic or mink therefore, they are either heavy or use animal products.
With a DIY lash kit you receive tiny segments of lashes that you place underneath your own lashes rather than above your lashes similar in style to the strip lashes you get in store. The glue, a sealant to remove the sticky feel of the glue, and an applicator tool.
You place segmented lashes in sections under your own eyelashes rather than above, after applying the glue similarly to how you would apply mascara. The results are seamless lashes that are easy to apply and just as easy to remove. If you are able to apply strip lashes, these are a breeze! Although, if you struggle with applying lashes these may take a bit of practice and getting used to before you get them to last and look their best because with DIY you're the Lash Technician!
For example our DIY Siroki Lash Kits have everything you need for an at-home lash extension look in an array of comfortable lengths and styles: similar to salon lash extensions.
The Pros of Doing Your Own Lashes at Home
Quick application, much faster than being in lash chair/lash bed
Quick removal, you can take them off whenever you like
Speedy touch ups, no need to wait for fill in-s take care of it yourself in under 5 minutes!
No more traveling to a lash studio specialist and taking time out of your day booking appointments.
Great alternative for individuals who have allergic reactions to ingredients in the glue used to apply lash extensions such as; cyanoacrylate and carbon black
Great if you travel often and are unable to make consistent appointments but still want the perks of lash extensions.
DIY lash kits can be a great option for those who are on a budget
The Cons of Doing Your Own Lashes at Home
The obvious Con: You have to do it yourself
Not as relaxing because your doing the work (no lash nap included)
You feel them more than lash extensions
They take practice
If you don't apply correctly they may not last as long. Speaking of lashes lasting longer take a look at our other blog for tips and tricks to prolong your lash retention.
What happens during a Lash Extension Appointment?
At your lash extension appointment, your lash artist will discuss your lash goals with you and help you choose the lash style that is right for you. They will then clean your lashes and apply a gel pad or tape to your lower lash line. The gel pad/tape that protects your lower lashes from the lash extension adhesive. Next, they will prime your lashes for the service then individually attach the lash extensions to your natural lashes. The lash extensions can be made from synthetic materials, silk, PBT, or real mink fur.
Once all of the lash extensions are in place, your lash artist will remove the gel pad and apply a lash sealer or nano mist to help cure the glue and keep the lash extensions in place. They will then give you aftercare instructions and send you on your way!
The Pros of Getting Professional Lash Extensions
A lash artist will usually give you a lash style consultation before starting the process, they will know exactly what lash fits your eye shape best.
Getting Lash Extensions done is a relaxing experience and a time to treat yourself! (At our studio, our lash bed includes a memory foam topper feature, like sleeping on a cloud.An ergonomic memory foam neck pillow, leg pillows, and cozy blankets! It’s a win-win service).
You don't have to stress about getting your lashes to look right, let the professional take care of the lash extensions for you! Literally, just lay there.
A great option if you need a custom style or have something specific in mind,
The best way to ensure your lash extensions stay in place longer, your lash artist goes to great lengths to ensure the longevity of your lash application.
The Cons of Getting Professional Lash Extensions
Professional lash extension services are often more expensive than DIY lash kits
You need to take time out of your day to drive to your lash specialist for an appointment and take time out of your day to make the appointments.
You may be allergic to the glue used during the lash extension application (not used in the DIY Lash Kits)
You need to return to the lash studio for lash extension fill-ins as they naturally fall out over time. Plan for visits every 2-3 weeks.
Lash artists are trained professionals who work to provide you with a great, relaxing experience while applying lash extensions that will enhance your natural beauty.
When searching for a lash artist, it is important to find someone who you feel comfortable with and who will take the time to listen to your lash goals. The right lash artist will strive to give you the lash look you've always wanted, while ensuring the lashes stay healthy. Whether it's long and dramatic or natural and subtle.
They will also apply a gel pad/tape under your lash line to protect your natural lashes, and apply lash sealer/ nano mist at the end of the process, to help keep everything in place. Aftercare is important for lash extensions, so be sure to follow your lash artist’s instructions carefully.
So, if you're thinking about getting lash extensions, be sure to do your research and find a professional lash artist who can give you the perfect set of lashes.
The Final Verdict, Which Lash Extensions Are Better?
There are many lash services and products on the market, but that doesn't mean that one is better than the other. It really just depends on your lifestyle and lash preferences. If you want an extremely custom set, getting a DIY lash extension kit might not be the best for you.
But if you ain't got time for all that, we got you covered! There are plenty of lash extension services that can give you the look you desire without all the hassle. Just pick your style and let them do the rest. [If you are a Jacksonville, FL native, book your next lash extension service at Siroki Lash Studios here!] We even apply the DIY lashes for you and include a lesson with your application if you want to go that route.
We’d be happy to help you take your lashes to the next level. Siroki lash extensions and our DIY lash kits are made with the same lash products, so you will feel as light and comfortable as possible.
It All Depends on your Lash Preference and Time
When it comes to lash extensions, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The best option for you will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. If you want a completely custom lash look, then DIY lash extensions may not be the best option.
However, if you want a convenient and quick lash solution that requires minimal upkeep, then lash extensions might be a better fit.
Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference. So, take some time to experiment with different lash options until you find the perfect fit for you!
Trying out our DIY Lash Kits before the big commitment is also always a great way to try out different styles before committing to something more permanent.
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"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul."
- Audrey Hepburn
CEO & Founder Of Siroky Lash Studio in Jacksonville, FL