I have to admit, I was skeptical about why anyone would want to get eyelash extensions? I mean, I have been known to throw on a couple strips or a few individual lashes for a birthday celebration or New Year's Eve, but what would I look like walking around in the middle of the day batting my eyes like Minnie Mouse?
I also had questions about how they were applied, how long they'd last, if the application hurt and how much would they cost? After hearing about a place from a friend called JJ Eyelashes I decided to give it a try.
I visited JJ Eyelashes at their new location on Wooster Street in Soho and was instantly impressed. The salon felt more like a luxe boutique spa. I was greeted by the owner May Lee, who gave me a consultation and asked me what kind of look I wanted. Natural or dramatic? Long or short? Curly or straight?
She showed me a examples of various lashes and we settled on a lash that was a bit longer than my natural lash and because my lashes are naturally curly, we chose a straighter lash so that the lashes wouldn't clump together.
The application was painless, relaxing and needless to say I almost fell asleep - that was until my complimentary foot and leg massage began, which felt so wonderful I was determined to stay awake to enjoy every minute. After prepping my face and applying tape to protect the skin around my eye, the synthetic lashes were applied individually to my own lashes (not the skin) with a special glue. There were between 150 lashes applied to each eye and the entire set took about an hour. *Tip - show up makeup and mascara free to cut down on a lengthy cleansing process before hand.
See the application in the video below.
May Lee was gentle and professional. She applied each lash with precision and answered all of my questions and concerns regarding application, after care and maintenance. It felt good to lay down and be pampered but when it was time to get up - Viola! I could see amazing results. It was instant gratification! I loved the lashes and they looked and felt natural. They definitely made my eyes pop. I even got rave reviews from my friends and family.
See for yourself. Below are my before and after pictures.
BSF take away:
It's been three weeks since I had my lashes done and I am still loving them. I was told that most people come in every two weeks or so for fill ins and to replace the lashes that have naturally fallen off. I could use a fill in now, but I still have a noticeably longer lashes with the ones I have left.
JJ Eyelashes also offers other services such as permanent make-up, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. You can even schedule to have a manicure while you get your lashes done to save time! Love that!
You should know...:
Price: Ranges for a full set $ 120 - $200, Refills - $45 - $150 (depending on how many weeks you wait to refill)
Care: Use oil free eye makeup remover and avoid mascara if you want them to last a longer length of time.
Duration: Lashes can last over a month.
Removal: You can have them professionally removed at the salon but it is reccommended that they fall off naturally.
Tour JJ Eyelashes Soho location
Book your appointment online or call JJ Eyelashes at 212. 966.1160. You can also email them directly at email@example.com.