Are Eyelash Extensions Worth It?

Do you want longer, fuller lashes? But you keep wondering ‘Are eyelash extensions worth it?’… We did some investigating to find out everything you need to know before making an appointment.

Nerina from Bella Lash South Africa helped us get all the answers we needed.

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Meet our eyelash expert, Nerina from Bella Lash.

What should you consider before applying lash extensions?

It is vitally important to have a pre-consult with your stylist. She needs to know if you are allergic to rubber, adhesives or band-aids, stickers etc and if so, a patch test would be needed.

She would also need to know if a client is a suitable candidate for lash extensions as there are some contra-indications that she has to be made aware of i.e Lasik surgery, botox and fillers, permanent makeup, eye-lift, chemotherapy.

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What are the different types of lash fibres available?

You get mink lashes which are from animal fur, silk lashes and faux mink or synthetic lashes.

What type of material is used in Bella Lash eyelash extensions?

All material in the actual extension is synthetic. Bella Lash is an animal anti-cruelty company – we do not use Mink eyelashes or animal products whatsoever

How long does the application process take?

Anything from an hour to 3 hours depending on the stylists’ level of skill.

How long do the lashes last?

2-3 Weeks

Can you apply mascara on the lashes?

Yes, but only mascaras that are lash extension safe (oil free). Bella Lash makes three different types of mascaras.

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What are the pros and cons of lash extensions?


  • Eyes look beautiful with thicker and fuller lashes
  • No need to wear mascara
  • You’ll get immediate results


  • Requires maintenance
  • They have to be filled every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Can’t use oil based skin products
  • You would need to avoid steam rooms and saunas

If you don’t feel that you’re ready for eyelash extensions just yet, why not try false lashes instead:

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By Tracey Kroukamp

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