Everything to Know About Getting Eyebrow Extensions

You've heard about hair extensions, you've heard about eyelash extensions, but what about eyebrow extensions? With added pressure put on brows over the last few years, we've been busy trying to make those little strips of hair the centerpiece of our faces. The thin angular brows of the 90s are long gone. It's all about those voluptuous shapes - the bushier, the better.

There are numerous products and treatments on the market to help us achieve that Insta-worthy arch, including microblading. If the idea of someone coming at you with a sharp blade and some ink isn't your bag, then eyebrow extensions might be the next best thing. Here's everything you need to know about the latest trend in brow fashion, according to ELLE.

What are brow extensions?

This is the million dollar question. Similarly to lash extensions, small false fibers are individually placed on the face with a strong adhesive. Most lash extensions are thick to mimic the look of dark mascara, but eyebrow hairs are much finer. As a result, applying them is a tricky and time-consuming process. By using finer hairs, the overall effect is something much more natural and refined.

Are extensions better than microblading?

As with any beauty treatment, there are pros and cons to both. Microblading is brilliant if you're looking for something that lasts a long time, however, there are risks. The internet is rife with photos of treatments gone wrong, or horribly infected patches of skin where brows should be. That's not to say that the majority of people don't have positive experiences, but it's not a procedure that should be undertaken lightly. As brow extensions aren't permanent, if you don't like them then there's nothing to worry about. Microblading is essentially a type of tattoo, so it doesn't provide any texture. Eyebrow extensions offer texture, as well as depth.

How long do they last?

As with any hair or fiber extensions, these bad boys will last longer if you take care of them properly. Avoid getting them wet for the first 48 hours and keep those hands off, no matter how tempting it might be to stroke them. Oil-based products are a no-no, as is applying make-up over them. Your skin type can factor into how long they last, too. As these fibers are attached directly to the skin, oily complexions are their worst enemy. Similarly, if you're athletic and work out frequently, sweat can have an effect. Washing your face has to be done with great care, only dabbing the area with a damp cloth if needed. The average shelf-life is two weeks.

How much does it cost?

If you decide to go down this route, then you'll need a fair few dollars in the bank. Depending on the shape you want, prices range between $150-$350. As a one-off cost for an event, this isn't too bad. However, as a regular treatment, it's simply unaffordable for most. The bigger the brow, the higher the bill as it takes more time to complete.

How long does it take?

This really depends on what you want your brow to look like. Fuller brows understandably take longer than thinner ones as they require more hairs. The process can take 30 minutes to two hours, so pack snacks if you want bushy brows.

What do they look like?

There's no doubt that eyebrow extensions look beautiful. The time it takes to create them really pays off and the shape is fully customizable. You have total control over what look you opt for, which is a huge bonus. The end result is a clean, beautifully sculpted brow that frames the face. Even more importantly, it looks incredibly natural.

What to look out for:

It's essential to research potential salons before going in for any type of treatment. Reputable beauticians will gladly show you photos of previous work and will explain the process to you in full. With that being said, there are some places out there that try to cut corners. If the salon suggests tinting the skin underneath the brow first, then walk away. By darkening the skin, fewer fibers need to be applied which could result in patchy, wayward hairs. No one wants to pay a small fortune for that.

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