Even though lash extensions are more popular than ever, treatment prices still vary greatly.
They lift your lash game in under an hour, but the process of application, infills and removal can make eyelash extensions quite the investment.
Especially when a full set often requires a touch up within the first two weeks of wear.
Due to a spike in popularity over the last two years, many beauty salons across Australia, from nail bars to hairdressers, now offer the service, but the price of application still varies greatly between lash artists.
So what exactlly should you expect to pay for a safe, premium service?
We asked Celebrity Brow and Lash Artist, Amy Jean of Amy Jean Eye Couture to help us understand the pricing system and dodgy beauty behaviour to be aware of.
“Classic lash extensions, that are applied one strand at a time, are usually priced between $80-$180 for a full set. Application takes 45-60 minutes,” explains Jean.
It’s important to note, however, that there are many types of lash enhancements now — not just the original we’re familiar with.
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“A popular lash enhancement at the moment is known as ‘Russian Volume Lashes’. These can be applied in 3D or even 6D, which refers to the amount of strands fanned into one cluster, and applied along the lash line. These take the artist considerably longer to accurately position and adhere to the natural lashes. The enhancement is priced anywhere between $150-$300 for a full set and should take 1.5 hours.”
With that in mind, here’s our breakdown:
The price of the initial application should sit between $150 and $300 depending on your desired effect: classic or volume.
Infills should be between $80-$180, again depending on volume and how long you wait between touch-ups. Expect to pay $80 at two weeks and $90 at three weeks.
Removal will cost between $30-$80.
At the least, you should expect to fork out $230 to maintain your full lash look for a whole month. And for some, this is a worthwhile investment!
It’s definitely not the kind of beauty treatment you want to skimp on.
Much like mircro-blade brows, lash lifts and other semi-permanent beauty treatments, application takes A LOT of skill.
To avoid being sucked in by discounted rates, Amy Jean recommends requesting lots of info from the artist before booking in an appointment.
Ask what brand of lashes the salon use and which supplier they are sourced from.
“When salons buy stock from eBay, it is very concerning as there are a lot of replica products produced in Asia that are then listed on eBay as originals. This makes the ingredients very dangerous, ” explains Jean.
It’s important that the lashes come from a reputable brand that have met the requirements of the TGA checklist — you can check that the brand’s reputable here.
Ask your therapist for photos of their work and their certificates. And don’t feel bad for doing so.
“If your artist is a novice or not familiar with the positioning or consistency of the glue, it may come into contact with your eyelid skin, or worse…your eyeball. This is terrifying!,” says Jean.
“Lashes that last the longest are usually a result of three key factors: Artistic experience, good quality products and thorough aftercare between appointments.”