Debunking Lash Myths: Who Can Actually Have Eyelash Extensions?

You've probably encountered clients who think they can't have eyelash extensions for various reasons. But guess what? Many of these concerns are often based on myths and misconceptions. So let's debunk these myths and discuss why eyelash extensions are suitable for just about anyone!

Anyone Can Get Eyelash Extensions!

First things first, the good news is that eyelash extensions are not exclusive to a select few. People of various ages, backgrounds, and lash lengths can enjoy the beauty and convenience of lash extensions. Whether they have naturally short lashes or just want to add some extra oomph to their look, eyelash extensions might be the solution for them. 

Eyelash extensions models with different lash mapping styles

Short Lashes: “My Natural Lashes Are Too Short."

One of the most common misconceptions is that people with short natural lashes can't have eyelash extensions. This couldn't be further from the truth! In fact, eyelash extensions can work wonders for clients with shorter lashes. Skilled Lash Techs can choose lash extensions that are perfectly suited to their natural lash length to make those lashes look fuller and longer.

Sensitive Eyes: “Eyelash Extensions Are Not For Me."

Sensitive eyes can be a concern for some, but it doesn't automatically disqualify them from enjoying the beauty of eyelash extensions. As a skilled Lash Tech, you can customise the lash extensions to ensure they don't irritate your clients’ eyes. With proper aftercare and the right lash products, even those with sensitive eyes can flaunt gorgeous lashes. 

Close-up of an eyelash extension client with sensitive eyes

Busy Parents: “I Don't Have Time For Maintenance."

Being a busy parent doesn't mean they can't enjoy the benefits of eyelash extensions. In fact, lash extensions can save them time on their daily beauty routine. With a good aftercare routine and maintenance, your clients can wake up with fabulous lashes, eliminating the need for mascara and curling. It's a time-saver that can boost their confidence and make them feel fantastic!

Mature Clients: “I’m Too Old For Eyelash Extensions.”

Let's talk about our mature clients. Age is just a number, and eyelash extensions can work wonders in enhancing the natural beauty of our more seasoned clientele. As we age, our lashes may become thinner and sparser. Lash extensions can bring back that youthful, full lash line, making the eyes pop and giving a more vibrant appearance. Mature lash clients also often appreciate the low maintenance aspect of eyelash extensions. No need for mascara or lash curlers, which can be tricky to use. Many mature lash clients find that eyelash extensions give them a confidence boost, making them feel more attractive and rejuvenated. It’s important to remember, when working with mature clients, to consider their specific needs and comfort. Communication and a gentle touch are key!

Mature lash client with eyelash extensions

Male Clients: “Men Can’t Wear Eyelash Extensions.”

Now, let's break down the stereotype that eyelash extensions are exclusively for women. Men can absolutely benefit from lash extensions, too! Eyelash extensions can provide a subtle, natural enhancement to a man's appearance without appearing overly feminine. Just like anyone else, men appreciate looking and feeling their best. Eyelash extensions can give them the confidence boost they need. Many men also opt for lash extensions for special occasions or photoshoots. It's a fantastic way to enhance their look without the hassle of mascara. You should also keep in mind that your male clients might not be as familiar with the application process for eyelash extensions, so take the time to explain the procedure to them and address any concerns they might have.

Glasses-Wearing Clients: “They’ll Get In The Way And Annoy Me.”

Don't let glasses hold your clients back from trying eyelash extensions! Lash extensions can, in fact, enhance their overall look, making their eyes pop even when behind those frames. As a Lash Tech, you can tailor the lengths and styles of the eyelash extensions you use to complement your clients' glasses, draw attention to their eyes, and make them look more prominent and captivating. Clients who wear glasses often struggle with smudged mascara, and eyelash extensions eliminate this issue, providing them with a hassle-free solution. Depending on the type of glasses they wear, you can customise the lengths and curls of their eyelash extensions to complement their frames and not interfere with the lenses of their glasses.  

Close-up of a client who wears glasses with eyelash extensions

Beauty On A Budget: "Eyelash Extensions Are Too Expensive."

While eyelash extensions may seem like a luxury, there are options to fit various budgets. Some Lash Techs offer different pricing tiers and packages, allowing their clients to find a solution that suits their financial situation and enables them to still receive a high-quality beauty treatment. Plus, when you consider the time and money saved on mascara and other lash-enhancing products, it might be more affordable than they think!



Who Can’t Have Eyelash Extensions?

While eyelash extensions are incredibly versatile and can enhance anyone's natural beauty, not everyone is an ideal candidate. There are a few instances where they might not be suitable for a safe and satisfying lash experience:


Damaged Natural Lashes:

Let's start with the basics. Your client's natural lashes should be in good health. If they have any underlying lash issues, such as severe lash shedding, eyelash mites, or weak and damaged natural lashes, it's best to address these concerns during the consultation before you begin applying any lash extensions. Eyelash extensions can exacerbate these existing problems, leading to discomfort and dissatisfaction.

How Lash Technicians can see if a lash client has damaged natural lashes

Recent Eye Surgery or Infections: 

If they've recently had eye surgery or currently have an eye infection like Blepharitis, it's best to wait until their eyes are fully healed and healthy before considering eyelash extensions.


Allergies and Sensitivities:

Ask your clients if they have any known allergies or sensitivities to adhesives, lash products, or solvents. Allergic reactions can be painful and lead to lash loss, so it's crucial to always conduct a patch test on clients who’ve never had lash extensions before and even clients who claim they have had lashes before but are a new client for you and your services.

Lash Technician patch testing a lash client for eye lash glue

Skin Conditions: 

Be cautious when working with clients who have skin conditions around the eye area, such as Eczema or Psoriasis. These conditions can make the eyelash glue less effective and may lead to premature lash loss. It’s important that they consult a doctor before getting eyelash extensions to ensure their safety.


Heavy Rubbing or Pulling of Lashes: 

If they tend to rub or pull on their natural lashes frequently, lash extensions may not last as long for them and will most likely cause even more damage to the natural lashes if they’re pulled out. It's important to break such habits or consider alternatives like a lash lift and tint.

Lash client with eyelash extensions and natural lashes prematurely shedding

Pregnant or Nursing: 

While there is limited research on the effects of eyelash extensions during pregnancy or while nursing, it's always best to consult with a healthcare provider before making any beauty decisions during this time. Clients who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions, or take medications may experience some side effects when it comes to the growth and overall suitability of their natural lashes.


Expectations and Communication:

Effective communication is key as this will help you provide a customised experience that suits their needs. During their initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your client's lifestyle and habits to make sure they understand the time and effort involved in maintaining eyelash extensions. Some individuals may have a lifestyle that makes it difficult to maintain extensions, such as athletes who sweat excessively or those who frequently rub their eyes. 

Lash Technician having a consultation with a lash client for eyelash extensions

The idea that eyelash extensions are only for a select few is a myth! As a Lash Tech, you have the skills, expertise, and solutions to cater to a wide range of clients. With the right approach, you can make eyelash extensions a reality for anyone who desires them. So, embrace the diversity of your clientele and help them discover the magic of eyelash extensions – because beauty knows no boundaries!