WHAT ARE LASH EXTENSIONS?
Lash extensions are imitation singular eyelashes that are dipped in glue and adhered to your own individual lash one by one. I use mink, synthetic and volume lashes. Synthetic lashes are the most popular because they look very natural but come in thicker widths should you want a fuller, darker more dramatic look.
What could prevent me from getting lash extensions?
-Eye surgery in the last 6 months
-A recent eye infection
-Glaucoma, Blepharitis, Alopecia, Conjunctivitis, Hay Fever, Dry Eye Syndrome
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS ENTAIL?
First, I will talk with the client about their desired look: long, natural, wispy, dramatic, bold, a "cat eye" or "big eye" look. Always feel free to bring in pictures but if you aren't sure I will customize a look just for you. I typically use a sensitive glue for the initial visit just to make sure there are no irritations to the eye. If there are no issues I will use the regular strength glue on the next appointment. I'll have you lay down and place a collagen eye pad against your lower lash line to keep them separated from the top lashes. Then I will have you close your eyes and get to work. Most people fall sleep during the process.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
The lash glue adheres the extension to your own natural lash and they will fall out with your natural lash. So don't worry if you see an eyelash with an extension fall out, that is exactly what is supposed to happen. I recommend a fill every 2-4 weeks. Everyone is different but I do find the clients that get the mink lashes, choose a more natural look and follow the recommended aftercare get better longevity.
DO'S AND DON'TS
-No water directly on your lashes for 48 hours because the glue needs to dry completely. This will also make sure your lashes last as long as possible.
-No hot showers, steam room, sauna, hot yoga or working out (oh darn) 48 hours after application.
-No saline eye drops. The salt/sodium chloride content in saline eye drops and our tears can loosen the glue. No sad movies either.
-Do not curl or perm your lashes.
-Do not sure waterproof mascara.
You can use oil free mascara and makeup remover. Eye shadow and eyeliner are perfectly fine too. Just make sure it is thoroughly removed.
You don't have to change your life completely just because of the lashes. The first 48 hours are very important and after the glue has cured, resume your normal activities with those few exceptions.