I very often get asked lots of questions about extensions (which I never mind answering) so I thought I would answer a few here on my website for those of you who are curious.
Do Eye Lash Extensions hurt to apply?
No! Having your lashes done should never hurt. It is a relaxing treatment, Most of my clients sleep through their appointments.
Do the Extensions hurt when they are growing out?
Not at all. I use the proper technique for applying lashes where the one extension is applied to an individual lash. When your natural lash falls the extension falls with it. If your lashes are hurting as they come out it’s probably because it was glued to your eye lid, hasn't been groomed correctly or was glued to two of your natural lashes and one of the lashes it’s attached to is not ready to come out when the other lash falls.
What types of lashes are there and what do I use?
The type of lashes used in a salon really depends on what the technician prefers to work with. There are a few different kinds of lashes. One is Mink. I will not ever use Mink lashes. Companies will claim cruelty free but when investigated the conditions that these animals are kept in is appalling. These companies boast they do not kill the Mink when they harvest their fur (this is the only reason they say cruelty free), the harvest process is cruel and their lives between harvest is similar to that of a battery hen. I will touch down in future articles about Mink products that are actually cruelty free and tell you a little more about the animal.
Other lashes used in salons are Silk (not actually silk as their name suggests), Synthetic and faux mink which is a cruelty free synthetic Mink lash. I use the faux Mink as they are light, soft and natural looking.
Will I need to wear mascara while I have the Lash Extensions on?
I find that most of my clients do not need to wear mascara while their lashes are on but for my ladies that love to add a little extra I recommend they only use a mascara specially developed for Eye Lash Extensions. You can get these online or at any good make-up retailer or chemist. Regular mascaras have oils and other ingredients that break down the adhesive and shorten the natural life of your lashes. For ladies that leave it more than the recommended three weeks between appointments and start to notice gaps, then I would say go and buy a nice mascara to fill them in until your next appointment. Soon Divine Eye Lash Extensions will be selling a special brand of Extension Mascara so keep your eyes on our website!
How long do the Eye Extensions Last?
This depends on a few things. One is the natural growth cycle of your own eye lashes. Your set will be almost completely shed in six weeks. To keep the full look I recommend you have a refill at three weeks, four at the latest to keep them looking full and the price affordable. If you care for your Extensions by keeping them clean, not playing with them, grooming them every day, not twisting or pulling and keeping oil based products away from them you will get a longer lash life. I will show you how to get the longest life out of them in your appointment.
How do I care for my extensions?
Don’t worry, I will send you home after your appointment with a full care sheet that has everything you need to know from grooming, make-up and cleaning. We will go through it together so you are completely confident.
If I have sore watery eyes or an eye infection can I still have my lashes done?
No. Wait until you are completely recovered from any sickness or skin irritations before coming to have your Lash Extensions done. Not only is it not safe for you to have a beauty treatment while you are unwell, its also not good for your technician and my other clients. If you are unwell, postpone, rest up and I will see you when you are 100%. If you are not sure what is considered a no no then have a look at my article on Contraindications.
Can I wear make-up to my appointment?
Unless you would like to pay for a $40 make-up removal service then I would say please don’t . Make sure all eye make-up is removed before your appointment. Do not wear eye make-up the day of the appointment and try to have a break from water proof mascara and strip lashes at least a few days before your appointment. Water proof mascara leaves a residue on the lashes and the adhesive will not stick on as well. Strip lashes no matter how much you clean your eyes after them, will always leave a dirty latex glue residue on your lashes for days after. This is hard to remove and cuts into the time I have to apply your extensions.
How do I know I won’t have a reaction to the glue?
Ok, so I have had girls tell me that they have had a reaction at other salons days after their appointment. If you were going to have an allergic reaction to the products used it will happen almost immediately. When you come for your appointment you will fill out a questionnaire that will ask you if you have sensitivity or are worried about sensitivity. If so I will do a skin patch test and we will know within 10 minutes if you are sensitive to the products used. If you are really worried, pop in 24 hours before and I will do a patch test and by the morning all your sensitivity questions will be answered. The most likely cause of an irritation the days following is not properly cleaning your lash Extensions, technicians that have not applied the lashes correctly or in a sterile environment or allergies/sickness not related to the extensions.
What about the fumes from the glue?
I have never had a client tell me they have had problems with fumes from my glue. My studio is well ventilated and I will always use my air puffer to blow air onto the extensions while I am working to get rid of any fumes. The glue I use is a product only available to professionals from a professional salon supplier and is fairly gentle.
How long will the appointment take?
The appointment can take between 1-2 hours depending on the treatment and how many natural lashes I have to work with.
How long can I go?
I can only work with what you have. The extension can only go as long as twice the length of a strong, healthy lash.
What about beauty spots or scars that leave gaps in the natural lashes?
Don’t worry I can work with bridging most gaps and make them look natural and full again.
Cluster/party/flare Lashes, do I use them?
No! Never go to a technician that uses cluster/party/flare lashes. They are cheap, nasty, dirty and damaging to your natural lashes. They should only be used with a glue that will wash off after one use to avoid damage. Have a read of my article on these types of lash treatments and why they should never be used as a semi-permanent extension.
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