Eyelash Growth Serum vs. Eyelash Extensions

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Eyelash Growth Serum vs. Eyelash Extensions - ForChics


So, you are trying to add length to your eyelashes right? That’s how you ended up on this article. You may be considering eyelash extensions or eyelash growth serums, and you aren’t sure which ones to go with. No worries - we’ve got you covered with a pros and cons list for both! 

Eyelash extensions are typically more expensive than eyelash growth serums. However, they offer instant length while eyelash growth serums take a few weeks to start seeing results. Eyelash extensions sometimes take your lash extensions out with them, while some eyelash growth serums come with negative side-effects. How are you to choose?

Don’t fret - by the time you finish this article, you will have a much better idea of the pros and cons of both eyelash extensions and eyelash growth serums. You will be able to make an informed decision yourself! So, let’s get started :) 


Eyelash Extensions vs. Eyelash Growth Serum


Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions come in many different forms. There are semi-permanent eyelash extensions that last for 3-6 weeks, and then there are falsies, that you just put on for the night. In this article, we will be discussing the eyelash extensions that are semi-permanent. 

Eyelash Extension Pros

What are the pros of getting an eyelash extension treatment? Well, for one, this treatment is a fast and easy way to enhance your eyelashes. The treatment takes about 1-2 hours to complete, and you have a technician applying the lashes on for you. You can take a nap/relax and wake up with beautiful and long lashes! 


Eyelash Extension Process

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Additionally, eyelash extensions last for a while! They are great to get if you have any big events coming up: weddings, work conferences, vacations, etc. Some lash extensions even use super-powerful glue that makes them last for up to 8 weeks! That is 2 whole months of long, luscious lashes. 

The last pro for eyelash extensions is that it pretty much removes the need for mascara. This is AWESOME if you know you are going to be somewhere where you don’t want to put mascara on: think tropical vacation! If you have a job where you like to go make-up-less (yoga instructor, fitness instructor, etc.) then this can also be a major plus! 

Eyelash Extension Cons

There are definitely a few cons associated with eyelash extensions. The first would have to be the cost! Depending on what type of lash extensions you get (and the studio that you go to) and full set could run you anywhere from $100-$250. Then, you will probably need to get them filled in if you want to maintain the look. Fills can be anywhere from $60-$120 dollars! 

Another huge con of the eyelash extensions is that they can take your normal lashes out with them. Since the lash extension is glued on pretty strongly to the individual lash, it can cause your lashes to fall out faster than if they didn’t have extensions on them. Also, when they fall out, they fall out unevenly, so one eye may have more lashes, and there may even be some “bald spots” left on the lash. 

The last cons of eyelash extensions include the risk of infection or permanent hair loss. Infection is the most common side-effect of lash extensions. If you have lash extensions, you need to make sure that you still are cleansing the lashes, and if a lash extension falls in your eye, make sure to get it out! If you get lash extensions too frequently, you also run the risk of permanent hair loss. Make sure to be careful with where and how frequently you get lash extensions! 


Eyelash Extensions Gone Wrong

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Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelash growth serums have been hitting the market like crazy, and for good reason. Eyelash growth serums are any type of serum that you apply to your lashes to accelerate growth. Like anything, there are pros and cons that come with them as well. 

Eyelash Growth Serum Pros

Eyelash growth serums have many pros. The first pro is that most are much less expensive than eyelash extensions. The average eyelash growth serum runs anywhere from $25-$75. However, prescription eyelash growth serums aren’t any less expensive than eyelash extensions, running about $120 for a one month’s supply. 


Prescription Eyelash Growth Serum

Another huge plus of the eyelash growth serums is that it grows your real lashes, and keeps them in longer! While eyelash extensions make your lashes fall out quicker, eyelash growth serums can even make your lashes stay in their telogen phase longer (the phase between growth and when they fall out). Not to mention, your lashes will be 100% your own, and you won’t need to worry about what you look like when they start falling out. 

Eyelash growth serums can also be much more natural than eyelash extensions, but it depends on the one that you get. Eyelash growth serums with Biotin and Castor Oil extracts are great for providing natural growth to the lashes. Some eyelash growth serums can have harmful chemicals in them, so make sure to do your due diligence when shopping for an eyelash growth serum. 

Eyelash Growth Serum Cons

Eyelash growth serums have a few cons as well. For one, you will need to apply them every day for maximum results. It will take you a few weeks to achieve the same look that lash extensions will give you. Also, remembering to do something every day can be difficult, but if you set an alarm on your phone, it shouldn’t be too bad! 

Another con comes with the prescription eyelash growth serum. This formula has bimatoprost in it, which can cause the side effect of changing eye colors. The prescription eyelash growth serum has a few different side effects, but if you choose an over-the-counter natural growth serum, you won’t have any risk of these side effects. 


In conclusion, eyelash extensions are much more expensive and come with risk for infection and permanent hair loss, but they give you quick results. Eyelash growth serums take longer to get results, but they are much less expensive and grow out your actual lashes. 

Whether you go with eyelash extensions or eyelash growth serum is up to you! You may even want to utilize eyelash growth serum while you have eyelash extensions on, to mitigate the damage that the eyelash extensions will do. It never hurts to double up! 

When picking an eyelash growth serum, you will want to select one that is natural and uses amino acids and polypeptides to grow out your lashes! ForLash by ForChics is a great choice, as the formula is 100% vegan, paraben-free and cruelty-free. ForLash works by utilizing special plant extracts (like Biotin and Castor Oil) to nourish, moisturize and lengthen lashes from the base of the follicle to the top! 

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