What to know....my personal experience with individual lash extensions. I am a Master Aesthetician and have been practicing for the past 27 years. I have preformed brow waxing, lash tinting, lash perming and brow tinting. When I heard about permanent lash extensions I was all in. All that curling, mascaraing and smearing every day was gonna be a thing of the past for me. I signed up with one of the best companies Lavish Lash and was ready to go. First I had my right hand Aesthetician go to a down town Portland shop and have a pro install some permanent lash extensions on her. I'm big on going deep into something I really want to study. I Guess that's what make me a really good Aesthetican. I'm a perfectionist and love to explore every detail until it's perfect. When she came back I wanted to know everything. Her lashes looked great, but took 2 and 1/2 hours of sitting still. The cost was in the $200 range but did not include her first fill, she couldn't get them wet for 24 hours and she looked amazing. So now I'm super excited about class the next week. We were trained by the head of the company and she was one of the people who actually brought the technique over from Asia. We spent 16 hours studying and practicing, learning little tricks like how to apply lash extensions to the bottom lashes.....my fav BTW. I already have really good lashes naturally but they are straight and not as much volume as my dramatic self likes. The instructor was happy to use me as a model and it was relaxing. My eyes were covered with wet soft gel pads to protect you from any poking with the lash tweezers. Then they used tape to keep them shut and then slow methodical preening and gently gluing each lash to a lash base. It's really cool. We can make your lashes twice as thick and correct uneven lash angles to make a perfect semicircle of your lash line. The glue is super important. This is where the term "permanent" come from. Only the best surgical glue is used or you may loose your extensions too soon. The glue is not normal lash glue that peels easily in a day or two. This type of glue lasts the permanent life of the lash. Lash extensions shed when you normal lash shedding happens about 2 a day for healthy eyes. This is important too, your lash technician needs to screen you for health issues so that lashes will be a successful fit for you. After one look in the mirror, I was hooked. All I do is gently brush them in the morning and I'm off to start my day. Who would have thought that my biggest problem was my lashes are so long now that the get criss-crossed.