Lash Battle: Latisse vs Extensions

posted on: January 8, 2017

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 My lashes by Amazing Lash Studio in Eastvale (I ask for natural)

Eyelashes make such a difference to a women’s appearance, more than you even realize. Overall they feminize the face and compliment anyone’s complexion. Most women already incorporate mascara into their beauty regiment , but in recent years women have really stepped up their lash game. While there are tons of lash boosters and serums that claim to make your lashes grow, in my opinion there are 2 options that really get the job done: Latisse and Eyelash Extensions. They are both great options, but two very different options and everyone has a personal preference. Let’s break down the each one so you can see which one is best for you.

Lash Basics

The upper eyelid has approximately 90-150 eyelashes on it, while the bottom has between 70-80 eyelashes. Most eyelashes grow to be about 10mm long. Lashes are like other hairs found on the body. Every hair on your body has a growth cycle. It will grow to a specific length and eventually reach its full cycle, and then fall out. There are three phases to all hair growth cycles.

Anagen (Active Growth Phase)– This is when the hair is growing. About 40% of the upper eyelashes are actively growing at any given time. This phase lasts for about 4-6 weeks.

Catalan (Transitional Phase) During this phase the eyelash stops growing and prepares to fall out.

Telogen (Resting Phase)- During this period the eyelash falls out.

This information applies to how Latisse and eyelash extensions work. Let’s compare the two.


My personal results with Latisse:

matisse after 12 weeks

How does it work?: Latisse is a medication that is applied directly to the lash line. Latisse works by lengthening the anagen phase. While the normal phase is 4-6 weeks on Latisse it lengthens to 8-12 weeks. This means your lashes are growing for for a longer period of time which enables them to grow longer than normal. Latisse was originally designed as a glaucoma medication. Doctors observed that patients using the medication in one eye had really long lashes on that side, and that is how latisse was born.

Time Commitment: Latisse does not work overnight. It takes approximately 4 months to see the full results of thicker, longer and darker lashes. You apply Latisse to your upper lash line before you go to sleep. The medication from the upper lash line will spread to your bottom lash line so you don’t have to apply it there.

Side Effects: There is a lot of talk about Latisse’s side effects, so let me set the story straight. The most common side effect seen with latisse is eyelid irritation. Most of the time it goes away after using the product for a few weeks. If someone is really irritated I recommend backing off to using just 1/2 drop per eye every 2-3 days then building up to every day. Latisse also has the potential to darken your iris, the colored part of your eye. Now while this sounds scary, it’s not what it seems. When people were putting the drops directly into their eyes for glaucoma they only saw this side effect 0.1% of the time. It has never been reported when using Latisse as directed for eyelash growth.

Can you use while pregnant?: No, it is not recommended to use while pregnant.

Mascara?: Most people who use Latisse will still use an eyelash curler and mascara for a more dramatic effect.

Customizable?: Latisse will affect everyone differently. You cannot choose how long or thick Latisse will make your lashes.

Cost- Latisse runs about $120 for a small bottle. The average person will use 4-5 bottles per year.

Maintenance: Lashes enhanced by latisse are your own lashes. No special treatment is necessary.

Lash Extensions:

How does it work?: Lash Extensions have become extremely popular the past few years. Lash extensions are synthetic strands that are made to replicate a natural lash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural lashes. Single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural. When applied by a professional, lash extension will last as long as your hair’s growth cycle. Everyone’s body is different and depending on your daily activity you may need a refill every 2-4 weeks.

Time Commitment: The initial application of lash extensions take 1-2 hours. During the process they make everything as comfortable as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for an extra pillow or a bathroom break if necessary. Refills of lashes are typically 30 min-1 hour every 2-4 weeks depending on the amount of lashes needed.  

Side Effects: Rarely people can be allergic to the adhesive used to bond the extensions to your natural lashes. If you have a history of allergies to adhesives you should let your lash expert know before application.

Can you use while pregnant?: Yes, you can get lash extensions while pregnant.

Mascara?: Most people do not need mascara as the extensions give the illusion of mascara, but if you do make sure that you only use water-based mascara.

Customizable?: Yes! You can choose if you want a very natural look or something more dramatic and glamorous.

Cost: Depending on your area an initial set of lashes can run $100-$200 with refills running $30-$100.

Maintenance: You should take special care of your lashes for best results. You should not rub your eyes excessively, avoid steam or saunas, don’t use an eyelash curler and don’t pull on your lashes.

The Ultimate Question: Latisse or Lash Extensions

The question I get all the time is: Which one is better? Latisse or Lash Extensions? I really don’t have an answer to that question. They are both very different and what is good for one person may not be good for the next. I personally do a “double dip”, I have lash extensions and use Latisse simultaneously. The Latisse keeps my lashes thick and strong and extensions give me the dramatic look I desire. I used Latisse for years, but stopped using when I was pregnant. I wanted to give lash extensions a try and was so lucky to find Amazing Lash Studio in Eastvale. If you’re looking for a place, I highly recommend them. In summary, good lashes are universal to beauty. You just have to decide which option is best for you.