What are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash Extensions are a glamorous new way to enhance the length and thickness of natural eyelashes, and are a practical, convenient and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara and/or eyeliner. Unlike decades-old, traditional false lashes, lash extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily, without nightly removal. Extensions can only be applied to natural lashes, and are not applied to skin.
What's the difference between classic and volume?
Classic extensions are 1 extension per 1 natural lash, generally in a 0.15mm thickness, which is most comparable to a natural lash.
Volume extensions are between 2 to 6 extensions per natural lash, which is determined according to you natural lash health. I typically use a 0.05, 0.06 and 0.07 mm volume diameters. For example, if you have fine lashes, I might only put 2-3 extensions, or 2-3D, per lash. If you have strong, thicker natural lashes, I may put up to 5-6D. The number of extensions will also be determined by your desired look and your natural lashes.
How long do extensions really last?
The short answer: indefinitely with monthly touch ups. Touch ups are recommended every 3 weeks.
When properly applied, eyelash extensions can be worn throughout the year with minimal monthly maintenance. Touch-ups are recommended after the initial full set application to refill any natural lashes that have shed. Shedding occurs every 60-90 days. We lose 1-5 lashes daily. To maintain the full, thick appearance of a new set of lashes, a touch up visit is recommended every 3 weeks, though some folks can go 4-5 weeks, and others only 2 weeks. It varies by individual and how well lashes are taken care of on a daily basis.
What happens during the application?
After assessing the best curl, thickness, and length for you, I will apply under eye gel pads to keep your lower lashes down during the procedure. Talking should be kept to a minimum simply because facial movements will affect the time it takes to apply extensions and could potentially move the eye pads. We'll listen to music and usually clients fall asleep because the procedure is relaxing and generally painless.
Can eyelash extensions harm natural lashes?
When applied properly, lash extensions will not harm natural lashes. Make sure not to pull or rub eyelash extensions to avoid premature shedding of your natural lashes.
Can I use mascara/eyeliner with my eyelash extensions?
Mascara is typically not needed with lash extensions, but may be needed when you're nearing a touch up to camouflage lash gaps. Whatever you do, just do not use waterproof mascara! Pencil or powdered eyeliner is best because it can be removed easily. Gel liners are harder to remove and not recommended.
I carry a mascara from Novalash that is healthy and nourishing to your lashes and won't break down the adhesive as it does not contain glycol or carbonates.
What's the proper way to take care of my lashes?
Cleansing lashes every other day with an eyelash cleanser is highly recommended to keep lashes clean from makeup or other debris. If you wear lower eyeliner and/or mascara, every time you blink, that makeup is touching your extensions and building up at the base of your lash line and slowly breaking down the adhesive. I have seen clients with cosmetic buildup on their upper lashes, simply from make up applied to their lower lashes.
Using a lash wand to comb the lashes free of tangles in the morning and evening is strongly recommended.
If you're a wild sleeper, sleep on your sides or stomach, consider a sleeping eye mask to protect your lashes.
DO NOT wear waterproof mascara, or any oil-based cosmetic product like makeup removers, cleansers, or moisturizers.
DO NOT use eyelash curlers or tint eyelashes. Extensions are already pre-curled.
DO NOT pull your eyelash extensions. Pulling could damage your natural lash root.
How do I remove the lash extensions?
You can either let the extensions shed naturally over the course of 2-3 months, or come in to have them professionally removed. A removal can take between 30-45 minutes depending on the amount of lashes to be removed, and simply involves applying an adhesive remover which will dissolve the adhesive, and the extensions will slide off. DO NOT attempt to pull out the extensions yourself as this could damage the natural lash root.
Why is the cost of volume more than classic?
The appointment time is a longer duration and the skill set to do volume lashes is much higher than classic lashes. It is a monotonous process and definitely a specialty. I have done a cost comparison with other lash stylists in the area, and have noticed some are charging classic sets and touch ups at volume prices. If you're new to eyelash extensions, I would suggest the following: try the classic or hybrid sets before doing volume lashes. If you already wear classics and are curious about volume, get a volume touch up and then decide which look you prefer. Either way, there is a lash option just right for you, and together we'll find it!
When I hear volume, I think of fake looking lashes.
Truth be told, volume doesn't have to look fake. Some folks prefer a thicker, somewhat 'gaudy' look, and others prefer a naturally fuller look that unfortunately cannot be accomplished with classic (1:1) lashes. Volume is especially great for clients who may not have a lot of natural lashes.