Can you Wear Strip Lashes on Eyelash Extensions?

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Whether you have a costume party or special occasion coming up, sometimes it can be tempting to wear strip lashes on top of your eyelash extensions for a more dramatic look. As qualified lash artists, we strongly recommend you avoid doing this. 

But first, what are strip lashes? Strip lashes are a horizontal line of lashes attached to a fabric band – they’re applied with a removable adhesive and should only be worn for one day. 

Example of strip lashes

While strip lashes are a good alternative on their own – they shouldn’t be worn on top of eyelash extensions. Keep reading to find out why… 

They add too much weight

We assess the health of every client’s natural lashes before each appointment to ensure we aren’t overloading the natural lash with extensions they can’t support. The problem with adding strip eyelashes on top of your extensions is that it adds extra weight which hasn’t been accounted for. This extra weight can cause damage to your natural lashes.

The glue can stick your extensions together

Eyelash extensions are carefully applied to your individual lashes. At The Lash Spa, we isolate each individual lash and bond an extension directly to it. However, strip eyelashes (also known as fake eyelashes or fakies) are glued to the skin along your lash line. If you apply them correctly, it’s fine but more often than not, there is excess glue that can seep into your extensions causing them to clump together. This makes the removal of the strip eyelashes very difficult. 

Applying strip lashes

They can cause issues at your infill appointment

If you regularly wear eyelash extensions and have opted to glue strip lashes on top for a recent event, your lash artist will be able to tell at your next infill appointment. If they’ve caused too much damage with the excess glue, we may need to remove all of your lashes and apply a new set of lashes. 

Strip lashes are made from low-quality materials

Most strip eyelashes are often made from plastic or rubber and don’t look as natural as extensions. If you apply these heavier, synthetic materials over your fluffy eyelash extensions, it will put unnecessary strain on your natural lashes. This can cause them to be brittle and weak. At the Lash Spa, our eyelash extensions are the highest quality on the market which means you’ll achieve a natural look that makes your eyes pop.

If you have an event coming up that you want extra volume in your lashes for, talk to your lash artist. We can customise a look that’s perfect for the occasion – without causing any lash damage. Our master artists have lots of techniques to change up your lash style to suit any event.