By West 13th Salon Certified Lash Artist, Jessica
Have you ever thought that you wanted to have thicker, fuller, more dramatic lashes or just a little bit more length to your lashes but wanted them to look a little more natural? Lash extensions are a great way to achieve that goal! There are many different types of lashes from classics, which are individual lashes put on your eyelashes. To volume lashes, which are the same concept as classic lashes instead it’s a cluster of lashes ranging in different diameters to achieve a bigger look to make them more full and dramatic.
To upkeep lash extensions you would need to come back every 2-3 weeks and get a fill. A fill is when your lash artist will remove any lashes that need to be removed due to your growing lashes and replace it with a new lash and putting new lashes on the lashes that had shed off and baby lashes that now can have an extension on them.
What you should know before getting eyelash extensions:
Coming to your appointment with clean lashes is a must! Not only will this save time with your lash artist, it will also create more time to apply lashes which means a fuller set for you!
Make sure that you are filling out the consult form as much as you can to your best ability. Some medications can cause your lashes not to grow which makes it hard to have extensions.
Avoid any caffeine consumption for 2-3 hours before your appointment. This can cause you being jittery and fidgety during your appointment.
Clean lashes daily
Use oil-free makeup and skin care products
Comb and groom lashes daily
Follow the advice of the lash artist
Do not sleep on the face
Comb through lashes when wet
Wash eyes or get lashes wet within 24-hours of application (including fills)
Directly apply heat to eyelashes (BBQ, hairdryer, ovens, ect.)
Rub or pull eyelashes
Use eyelash curlers on extensions
Remove extensions yourself
After your Appointment:
You do not want to get your lashes wet within the first 24 hours of the application. What happens is when the adhesive has water added to it it can break down the bond and your extensions wont bond to your natural lash and might come off.
Wash your lashes! Washing your lashes is very important to help the health of your natural lashes. Dirt and dust build up can lead to infection so washing your lashes daily will keep your lashes looking amazing and help retain them.
Mascara is not good for your lash extensions especially volume lashes. Try to refrain from putting on mascara on your lashes unless it is our extension safe mascara. Most mascara has oils that can break down the bond on your extensions and your lashes will slide off. Our mascara doesn’t have oils in it which helps with keeping your extensions but also it has Intelliseal in the ingredients which acts as a sealant to help your lashes last longer.
Your eyelashes fall out
-Eyelash extensions should not damage or make natural eyelashes fall out any faster than they would naturally. Most people do not notice their natural lashes falling out because they are not easily visible. Eyelash extensions are much larger than natural lashes, making them easier to see and thus more noticeable when the shed out.
Your eyelashes won’t grow back.
-Eyelash extensions, if applied properly will not damage or prevent new lash growth. All eyelashes follow the hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle consists of lashes growing in and falling out on a consistent basis. Picking and pulling on lashes can hinder hair growth.
Eyelash extensions hurt
-Eyelash extension will not hurt if applied correctly by a certified lash artist. If there is pain or discomfort, it is usually due to poor application or because the extensions were placed incorrectly.
They take too long to apply.
- In the beginning and learning stages, the application process will take longer. Like learning anything new, the more experience a lash artist has, the faster and more efficient the process becomes.
Anybody can do Eyelash Extensions.
- Most states require cosmetology or esthetician license as well as a certificate from a lash course to be certified in doing eyelash extensions. Lash artists need the ability to pay attention to small details for long amounts of time as they are working with sharp tweezers on delicate hair.