Why Lash Extensions Are Better Than DIY False Lashes

Why Lash Extensions Are Better Than DIY False Lashes

Dramatic lashes have become a must-have, everyday accessory. Everyone from celebrities to the girl at the grocery store checkout are wearing a full set of lashes every day. There are two main choices when it comes to getting these dramatic accessories: lash extensions and false lashes. If you want beautiful fluttery eyelashes, it may be your first choice to go with false lashes you’ll find in beauty sections at drug stores. False lashes are not the same as lash extensions, and false lashes shouldn’t be your first pick. In this blog we will go over why lash extensions are better for you and why you should be choosing to get them.


DIY falsies are applied at home by yourself. These full sets come pre-prepared, some of which have magnetic backs to “stick” to your lash-line better. However, you will still need to make sure that you have lash glue or magnetic liner for either option. While false lashes can be a quick process, they can quickly become irritating or look lopsided if you do not apply them the right way. This can cause you to have to redo the process.

Lash extensions, on the other hand, are always applied by a lash artist. They will use sets of false lashes to layer them into your lash line. Normally, the process can take as long as two hours, and it is a relaxing procedure that allows you to unwind. If you choose to have your lash extensions applied at a locally owned and operated salon, you also are helping support local businesses.

Risk Factor

Most eye cosmetics are safe when used properly. However, DIY false lashes can pose a serious health risk. Specifically, unclean and low-quality false lashes can typically cause infection. Quality control is not always guaranteed when purchasing a mass-produced set of false lashes. False eyelash glues can also cause eye irritation and in rare cases, blindness. To ensure that this does not happen, you’ll have to shell out more for expensive, anti-allergen lashes and glues.

With lash extensions, as long as you ensure your lash artist is licensed, there will be no serious health risk. An experienced lash artist will also ensure to use clean tools to minimize the chance of eye infections. Your lash artist will also do a consultation as well to ensure that you do not have any allergies, and will have you report if you start to feel any sort of allergic reaction happen.


The cost factor of DIY false lashes and lash extensions is where many may choose to go with false lashes. DIY false lashes are cheap, costing anywhere between $3-$20 when not anti-allergen and high quality. However, the quality of materials cannot always be absolutely guaranteed, so it’s important to keep in mind that false DIY lashes are not that pricey for a reason.
Lash extensions cost more. An initial full-set lash application can cost anywhere between $150 – $500 on average. Additionally, the monthly maintenance and refills they require will cost between $50 – $70 per session. Many salons with licensed practitioners may offer promotions, whether seasonally or based on experience. Keep an eye out when looking for a reputable salon for lash extensions.


How do DIY false lashes and lash extensions look? This comparison is almost a no-brainer! DIY false lashes come in a full set, or sometimes will come in parts to mimic lash extensions. They do have a variety of designs, lengths, and thicknesses. However, they will be artificial and may look unnatural. They may also not compliment your eye shape. DIY false lashes can also look wonky on your eyelids unless you know how to apply them correctly.

Lash extensions may not come in a large variety, but their application can vary. Lash extension sets can be shaped to give you a dramatic, bold or natural appearance. An experienced lash technician can create a custom design to give you a set that compliments your eye shape and looks natural.


Maintaining a set of DIY false lashes and maintaining a set of lash extensions varies in price and commitment. When it comes to DIY false lashes, for those who want something to last more than a couple of days, these will not be for you. They can pop off incredibly easily when taking off your makeup, making them good for a single night but not when you want to keep them. They are intended for a single use, and can be costly, if, for example, you wear DIY false eyelashes every day.

Lash extensions last. As long as you do not get your lashes wet for 48 hours, avoid oil cleansers and cotton pads, and do not wear oil-based makeup, you can keep them up to 6 weeks before needing to be reapplied. For those who have a busy schedule and do not have the time to apply DIY false lashes, lash extensions are the best choice for someone who needs a low-maintenance commitment.

Lash Extensions are the Better Choice

With their low risk factor, overall costs, minimal maintenance and customizable appearance, lash extensions outweigh any downsides for application time and initial price. These accessories are the perfect addition to your day-to-day life. Be sure to choose a local licensed salon with experienced technicians so that you can reap the benefits of a quality set of false lashes.

At Lash Up, the happiness and safety of clients are their main priorities. They provide luxury lash and brow services for Edmonton, Red Deer, and Sherwood Park that are customizable to eye shape, face shape, and personal preference. Lash Up prides itself on employing educated technicians who are some of the best and most experienced in the trade, so client safety is assured. For convenience, Lash Up also offers a variety of add-on services in their lash menu and lash packages. Interested in seeing the Lash Up difference? Make an appointment with us by calling 587.524.8772 for Edmonton and 587.457.9955 for Red Deer.