What are lash extensions?
Eyelash Extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural eyelashes. Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent synthetic fibers used to create volume and extend the length of natural eyelashes. They are applied to each individual natural eyelash one by one for a natural, beautiful and luscious look, no one will suspect they’re not yours! Eyelash Extensions are perfect for daily wear or special occasions.The result: you won’t believe your eyes! You will have instant volume along with long, luscious lashes.
How long do they last? Why I have to have them fill in?
Properly applied extensions should last as long as your natural lash life cycle, anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the individuals aftercare, daily routine, age, and genes. Believe it or not, your natural lashes do grow and shed, all at different lengths and times.We generally lose between 3-5 natural lashes a day, though we do not notice them -- However, when you are wearing eyelash extensions, you will become more aware of how many you are shedding. Don’t worry – it’s all part of the natural process our bodies go through on a regular basis. Most clients, depending on their natural growth cycle, preferring a fuller lash line, schedule their relash appointments every 2 weeks. This will ensure a cohesive appearance. Where as other clients have a slower growth cycle and can maintain their extensions with a perfection session (relash) every 3-4 weeks. A relash every 2-3 weeks is required to maintain your initial full set look. Lash extensions can last for as long as you maintain them. To maintain the look, Relash appointments are necessary every 2 to 3 weeks to replace the lashes that have shed or outgrown naturally
Much of how long they last depends on how you care for them at home. This includes eye-make-up choices, cleansers, exposure, etc. Aftercare is the key to longevity!
Do eyelash extensions damage the natural lashes?
Generally, damage is caused from poor application. Eyelash extensions are not harmful to your natural lashes when applied by a licensed, properly trained and skilled responsible lash stylist who properly isolates the lash, chooses an appropriate lash length and weight for your lash hair strength, and you do not pull, twist, or rub the lashes.The lash extension is carefully placed on the natural hair and not the skin. Therefore, your lash follicles are not blocked, like they are with other lash enhancement options, such as lash strips and clusters. Each natural lash will receive its own extension. Thus, each natural lash is able to continue in its own natural growth and shed cycle.The adhesive used is undetectable. Once your natural lash is ready to shed, the extension that is placed on your lash naturally sheds with the extension so there is no pulling or breakage.
The extensions can cause stress on the eyelashes. This is why we pride ourselves on a clean and precise application. Wearing extensions that are too large for your lashes can cause undue stress on your follicles. We recommend a design that works best to maintain the health of your natural lash. The natural lashes that you are born with are the building blocks of your new lash look. Their health is extremely important. If you have concerns about keeping their health and want to take extra care we recommend a growth serum that helps to keep your lashes as strong and healthy as possible.
If at any time you would like your lash extensions removed, please get them removed professionally to ensure lash integrity is maintained.
How do I take care of them?
The longevity of the eyelash extensions depends on how well you take care of them. The maintenance depends on you; therefore, we cannot guarantee how long the extensions will last. For best results, we recommend a relash every 2-3 weeks.
The First 24 Hours
It takes 24 hours for the adhesive to cure (dry) thoroughly and yield a strong, durable bond. During this time, the adhesive bond is vulnerable to moisture, steam, excessive heat, cosmetic ingredients coming into contact with the adhesive bond, and friction from rubbing and cleansing.
The following activities will result in a weaker bond, premature eyelash extension loss and/or irritation and therefore should be avoided during the first 24 hours:
Showering (If you shower, your lashes will prematurely shed immediately)
Wetting your eyelashes
Working out (includes low impact, any sweat will prevent the adhesive from curing)
Exposure to heat, humidity or steam (includes cooking, heat from opening the oven, opening a dishwasher, taking a bath, sauna, hot yoga)
Application of eye and eyelash cosmetics (includes eyeliner and concealers)
Touching or over-brushing the extensions
Sleeping on side or stomach
Receiving facials or any irritating eye-area treatments, such as: chemical peels, skin resurfacing procedures, or laser treatments
After the first 24 hours, and for as long as you want to maintain the duration of the eyelash extensions, please keep the following in mind: persistent exposure to moisture, steam, oils, heat, incompatible cosmetics, or friction from rubbing and cleansing may impact the durability of the adhesive bond, even though the adhesive has fully cured.
The following activities will weaken the adhesive bond and result in premature eyelash extension loss and, therefore, should be avoided completely:
Cream based eye shadows, primers, concealers and gel eyeliner
Excessive exposure to heat, steam, sauna, and friction
Use of oil-based eye care products on or near your eyelashes, such as: eye creams, eye serums, Vaseline, and cleansers
Use of waterproof cosmetic products on or near the lashes, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner
Excessive mascara application (including compatible mascara)
Using mechanical curlers
Picking or pulling on your eyelashes
Excessively rubbing your eyes or eyelids (your lashes may fall of when you unconsciously apply pressure to the eye area)
Sleeping on side or stomach
*The oil contained in eye makeup remover or hair conditioning weakens the eyelash extension and will cause the extension to fall off quickly
General Maintenance and Tips
Wash your face at the sink to ensure total control of your cleansing products. Use a facecloth to wash your cleansing products from your face - also great for a gentle daily exfoliation. Wipe around eyes, completely avoiding your lashes.
Oil-free make up wipes often snag the lashes. We recommend to use lint free micro brushes (we have them at the Studio) for removing eyeliner. Wipe around eyes completely avoiding your lashes
Avoid shower water directly hitting your lashes. Be cautious with hair conditioner and shampoo dripping into your lashes. Lean your head back in shower to avoid contact with all hair products.
Try to keep oil under control, especially in the T-Zone and around the eyes. We recommend oil blotting film that won’t smudge your makeup. Use them on upper eyelids and below your eyes too. Keep oil-based products away from your extensions, and limit the use of oily products on your face if possible. Oily products are absorbed into the skin and these then leave your body through pores in your skin, including your eyelids. This oil can travel onto the extensions and break down the glue.
Avoid getting close to heated oven, grill, or fire pit. If you are a smoker, be careful when you light up-- sometimes the flame can get too close to the lashes and they will singe.
Use a headband when you’re hitting the gym or working up a sweat to prevent sweat from dripping into your eyes.
Although mascara is not necessary, eyelash extension mascaras can be used (sparingly) on the tips of your CLASSIC eyelash extension ONLY, to achieve an even more dramatic look. You may also use the eyelash extension mascara on your lower eyelashes.
*Note: you must remove the mascara from your lashes with oil free makeup remover after each use.
Keep your extensions clean – clean them gently, and with a designated lash extension cleanser. Bodily oils that travel onto your extensions will break down adhesive if not removed by cleaning. Failure to clean your lashes will not only result in poor retention, but the buildup of bacteria, and can lead to eye infections.
Brush your extensions daily, brush gently to keep them looking neat, tidy and uniform.
Always arrive with clean extensions. The job of your artist is not to clean your lashes due to the lack of aftercare. Unclean extensions will either require: an additional cleansing fee, or less lashing time due to the cleaning time needed.