Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Lash extensions have been my savior. No more clumping! No more smudging! No more panda eyes! One less thing I have to do in the morning. If applied properly they will shape your face, enhance your eyes and make you feel a million bucks.
However, the lash industry is not regulated. So, anyone, and I mean anyone can pick up a lash, dip it in glue and apply it to your eyelash. Now I don't know about you but that's scary to me, my eyes are precious. Some technicians are self-taught, which is totally fine with a lot of hobbies but when you’re working on someone’s eyes that's a different story. Some people even decide that they can become a technician through YouTube videos and from a $10 mail order kit from eBay.
SHOULD LASH EXTENSIONS HURT?
"Don't get lash extensions, they will destroy your lashes!"
"I got lash extensions and all my lashes have fallen out!"
Does this sound like something someone has told you?
If so, then they haven't gotten lash extensions from me! Properly applied lash extensions should not pull, hurt, destroy your natural lashes, or god forbid fall out.
Poor isolation is one of the main causes of pulling or soreness. A good way to quickly asses if this is the case, run a mascara wand through your lashes and if there is any catching, you have poor isolation.
Another issue that can arise is alopecia, or more specifically, traction alopecia. This occurs when the natural lash is overloaded with an extension that is too long or too thick. Like dress sizes, one lash does not fit all!
Now for a quick lash Fun Fact: our natural lashes do not all grow at the same rate, they grow individually at varying speeds. So, imagine an extension being attached to multiple lashes, what do you think would happen here? Well let me tell you, you'll have a serious case of pain and premature lash loss.
Also, you should not experience any burning during or after application. If you do, your lash technician has not followed proper safety precautions to prevent chemical fumes from coming in contact with your eyes. It is very important to make sure your eyes are closed throughout application. Another reason could be the eye pad holding your lower lashes down is rubbing on your eyeball. They should be placed and adjusted to prevent this, but they can sometimes sneak up. Just let your lash technician know if they do so they can be re-adjusted.
SHOULD I GET CLASSIC, HYBRID OR VOLUME?
Classic is a method where one individual lash is safely applied to one natural healthy lash. A subtle look, like your wearing a couple of coats of mascara.
Volume is a technique where a fan of lashes, made up of super lightweight extensions are applied to one natural healthy lash. This creates intense volume with a soft, fluffy look with zero pain & damage.
Hybrid is simply a combination of both classic and volume. Perfect if you love classic but want to add a little more drama to your look or simply if you want to test out volume lashes without going all the way.
A typical full set can vary from 40 extensions up to 150 extensions per eye depending on desired look and of course how many natural lashes you have.
Now let's talk about cleaning and looking after your lashes. I know some of you are afraid to get them wet, wash them or are afraid to even touch them but you really should be more afraid of what can happen if you don't.
You do not need to wait 24 - 48hrs to get your lashes wet. Yes, you read that right. The main ingredient in lash adhesives is cyanoacrylate. This ingredient cures with moisture. During application the fumes and residue from the glue can stick to the skin around your eyes. Your lash technician should wash or rinse your lashes after application as this will remove any of this residue, reducing the risk of irritation and allergic reactions.
Dead skin cells, dirt, makeup and oil will build up in your lash line, so it is very important to give those beautiful lashes a wash with a lash cleanser specifically formulated for lash extensions. I would recommend washing your lashes every second to third day or if you wear a lot of makeup, daily. Not only will all this buildup cause the lash glue to become weak, resulting in pore retention, but you have a high chance of either getting an infection or cause your lash mites to become out of control. Yes, most of us have lash mites. These mites will feed off all our build up, whatever that build up might be and will become overgrown, overpopulate and become out of control. This will cause the eyes to become itchy, dry, red, and inflamed. The worst part is that these lash mites do not have an anus, so when they reach their size limit they will explode adding to the debris. Will you wash your lashes now?
Brush your lashes! Brushing your lash extensions morning, night & after getting them wet will prevent them from crisscrossing & sticking together. Brushing will also help them to last longer.
Avoid products containing oil. Oil will cause the lash adhesive to break down.
If wearing eye makeup, use an oil free makeup remover followed by your lash cleanser. Avoid rubbing sideways, always swipe downwards gently. It is very important to remember not to rub your lash extensions as you will cause your extensions to break from the friction.
Avoid sleeping on your face buried in the pillow. Cotton pillowcases tend to pull and rub at the base of the lashes causing them to fall out sooner. Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase, they cause less friction and they are also better for your skin & hair.
It is very important to get refills every 2 - 4 weeks to keep them looking fresh and full. Each individual lash has their own cycle. When each natural lash's life cycle is complete, it will shed taking the lash extension with them. Each lash is at a different stage in the lash cycle so you will be constantly losing lashes. We lose approx. 21 lashes per week, 63 lashes in 3 weeks.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?
Lash treatment prices can vary, depending on the type of extension you are getting.
Classic full Set: $80 - $220 Refill: $50 - $140
Volume full set: $150 - $280 Refill: $80 - $180
Be extremely careful of technicians that charge less, qualified and experienced lash technicians that use high quality supplies comes at a price.
WHERE SHOULD I GO TO GET MY LASH EXTENSIONS?
If you live on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria or don't mind traveling, visit me at my home-based beauty salon located in Somerville. I would love to meet you and transform your lashes. If you live just too far or even in another state or country, all I can say is please do your research. Don't be afraid to ask questions and know who will be doing your lash extensions.
Top things to ask before you make an appointment:
1. What are the ingredient's listed in your lash adhesive? If they can't answer the question or the glue contains formaldehyde (known eye irritant that can cause redness, irritation and itchy and swollen eyelids) definitely cancel the appointment. 2. Does the service include a full consultation, or do I need to book that separately?
A consultation will give your technician important insight into your general health, contraindications and to access the health of your natural lashes. Trust me, all this information matters. 3. Do you wash my lashes before and after the service? Washing your lashes before application is super important. This will remove any excess oil left on the lashes, creating a perfect surface for the lash extensions to adhere to. 4. How do I look after my lash extensions? 5. What lash cleanser do you use and recommend for me to use at home?
If you do have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Have an amazing day!