Many people think that there is no difference between an eyelash extension and false eyelashes. They think that the two achieve similar results and look similar. While the function of the two is the same (to give the lashes a fuller look, thus opening the eye), the results vary and the manner in which the goal is accomplished is different. In fact, when one views the results of both products side-by-side, there is no comparison; the eyelash extension is much more natural and better looking.
Most false eyelashes come in strip form. The strip contains a sticky adhesive that you apply to your upper eyelid. All of the lashes are arrayed on this strip and then attached to the lid. It is possible to purchase false eyelashes at almost any corner drugstore and beauty outlet. An eyelash extension, in contrast, comes individually. Each extension is made to look identical to a natural lash, and each is placed on top of the natural lash it is meant to extend. A special bonding solution is used to hold the extension in place. It should not touch the skin of the eyelid. Because each lash extension is precisely placed, it requires a professional to apply extensions, and it is not a procedure you can do yourself.
Unlike false lashes, eyelash extensions do not feel heavy on your eyelid. False lashes can weary the lid and feel heavy. They can also damage the natural lashes and cause them to fall out prematurely. Because an eyelash extension is an exact replica of an eyelash, it weighs about as much as a natural lash: practically nothing. You will not notice the addition of the extensions to your lashes, and they will not cause your natural lashes to fall out ahead of their natural cycle.
An eyelash extension will remain in place until the natural lash on which it rests falls out. This can be as long as two months or more. False eyelashes last only about a week at most. Additionally, there are many activities that you cannot do while wearing false eyelashes: swimming, heavy workouts, sometimes even sleeping. With lash extensions, however, it is possible to do any activity that you would normally do. The special adhesive creates a waterproof and sleep proof bond that will not break no matter the level of your physical activity.
Finally, false lashes tend to look, well, false. They are often glaringly fake and stiff, proclaiming to all that you are wearing false eyelashes. Eyelash extensions, on the other hand, look remarkably natural. They are flexible yet crimp-resistant and they can be supple and bouncy. This means that they move with your natural lashes. As long as you keep up with the applications, it is almost impossible to tell that you are wearing the extensions.
After seeing and feeling the differences between false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, you will know that choosing the eyelash extension will help you more effectively and naturally enhance your eyes and their natural beauty.